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Welcome to Violin Lessons NYC

IMPROVE YOUR VIOLIN SKILLS TODAY

Beginner

Our beginner violin lessons are designed for students with little to no violin experience and who want to learn the basics of violin strings and bowing.

Intermediate

Intermediate violin lessons are offered to those students who have already been practicing the violin for several years and want to improve their skills.

Advanced

Our advanced violin lessons are for highly skilled violinists wishing to refine their technique or who plan to audition for music schools and competitions.

Meet our Violin Instructors

LEARN ABOUT YOUR VIOLIN INSTRUCTORS

Our violin instructors are all classically trained with a minimum of a Master’s Degree level of education and have graduated from highly reputable music schools and conservatories from all around the world including the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and New York University (NYU). Each teacher brings their own unique style of teaching and experience to the lesson to help ensure that our students get the best possible violin instruction whilst realizing their full music potential. At Violin Lessons NYC our violin instructors all have the same goal in mind and that is to provide the highest quality education in a fun, energetic and welcoming environment.

Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL
Violin Lessons NYC’s mission is to offer affordable private violin lessons in New York City and many areas of Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island for all ages and levels. We offer personalized one-on-one violin lessons either in the student’s home or at the National Opera Center conveniently located at 330 7th Ave. Our violin instructors also offer lessons at their private residence located in various areas of Manhattan. Violin Lessons NYC helps students explore various musical styles including: classical, contemporary, chamber, orchestral, pop and folk. We also prepare students for university and conservatory entrance auditions, music school exams, ABRSM exams, NYSSMA exams, recitals, and competitions. Violin Lessons NYC offers 1 hour, 45 and 30 minute lessons. All potential students receive a discounted trial lesson to evaluate their current musical level, and to discuss goals and future violin aspirations.
Our violin teachers use a variety of teaching methods including Suzuki, Kodaly and Traditional Method to help students reach their full potential and excel in violin performance. By combining these three styles it provides a more diverse understanding of technique, musical expression, range of dynamics and interpretation. As Violin Lessons NYC expands we intend to hold annual violin recitals where our students can showcase their achievements and get accustomed to performing in front of an audience. Violin lessons can be offered in either English or Chinese. If you would like more information or to schedule your discounted trial lesson please contact us.

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Areas of Study

WHAT WE TEACH

music intervals

Music theory is the study of the way music is organized. Or more simply put, it’s the language used to talk about the music we hear and play. Learning music theory is one of the most important things a musician can do as it helps them to not only become better performers, but also have a better understanding of the music they are playing and hearing. It also makes musical activities such as performing, composing, improvising, arranging, teaching music, or getting a music degree much easier once one gains a basic understanding of music theory.

During our violin lessons students will learn a range of different music theory subjects. The first thing we teach is notation which covers the staff, clefs, note names, rhythms, rests, intervals, meter and time signatures, key signatures, and dynamics. Students will also be taught about scales and chords (harmony), melodies, phrases, and musical forms. Whether you are an absolute beginner or already know a lot about music theory our violin lessons are individually tailored to cover everything from the most basic scales to the most advanced notation.

sight reading

Sight-reading by definition is the reading and performing of a piece of written music that the performer has not seen before. It is also referred to as prima vista, which translates to “at first sight,” which is exactly what we teach our students to master: the ability to read and play a piece of music upon first sight. Just like learning to read words, learning how to sight-read music takes a lot of practice and discipline until it eventually becomes second nature. In each of our violin lessons, students are given a range of different tasks and activities to help them increase their sight-reading ability. They not only become adept at playing the notes accurately, but also learn to read and anticipate the changing dynamics in speed and volume as written.

Our exercises focus on honing students’ short-term musical memories to allow them to read ahead while playing a piece so that they play it correctly when they get to that section. Often highly skilled musicians can sight-read silently, meaning they can look at printed music and hear it in their heads without playing or singing it. All musicians are required to have good sight-reading skills as this makes learning new pieces much easier and quicker. As a result students are more likely to try learning new pieces of music by themselves, making them stronger and more well-rounded performers.

learn violin duets

While there is a good amount of music written for solo violin, one of the most important and exciting parts of playing violin is having the opportunity to play music with other musicians. Playing chamber music means to play not just as a soloist, but as someone who collaborates with other musicians. In our violin lessons students will learn how play duets and in other small ensembles to develop the skills needed to cooperate with other musicians.

These skills include playing in the same tempo and style with others without a metronome or a conductor, listening to more than one musical line at once, and being able to express ideas and make decisions with another musician. The skill of playing chamber music helps a student become more well-rounded and independent. Students also develop problem solving and communication skills that are necessary in becoming a strong musician.

violin improv

Improvisation in music is the inventive process of composition that comes from an individual and is expressed on their instrument. Improvisation happens when a musician plays music that has never been written down by another person before. When a musician improvises he or she decides to share his or her ideas and emotions with an audience. If taught in the right environment, improvisation can be a very freeing, stimulating, and inspiring activity.

Learning to improvise involves knowledge of music theory, listening skills, and confidence in expressing one’s ideas on the spot. It is a fun and different way to play the violin and also is a great way to branch out into other musical genres, such as pop, jazz, and folk music. In our violin lessons, students will learn how to improvise over chords and learn how to develop their own musical ideas and be able to articulate them on the violin.

violin technique

Learning to play the violin is a very difficult task. It becomes much easier and more rewarding quickly, if the student develops good technique. Having good technical facility at any age or level is very important. This means being able to hold the violin with good posture, having a relaxed stance, knowing where and when to use fingers to make noise and having a good bow hold and bow arm. During our lessons in violin, excellent violin technique will be taught and constantly reinforced.

Having good technique from the beginning ensures progress, success, and allows students to reach their musical and creative goals on the instrument. Different methods such as the Paul Rolland method and the Suzuki method are taught. The ideas and materials of the great pedagogues from the past such as Ivan Galamian, Karl Flesch, and Korgouf will be used, as well as new innovators in teaching including Mimi Zweig, Sally O’ Reilly, and Alice Kanack. This combination of methods ensures that the student understands technical issues on the instrument and can approach new discoveries or problems from several different angles.

ABRSM books

Whether you have an upcoming ABRSM or NYSSMA examination our team of experienced violin teachers are all familiar with the length of time it takes to prepare for each exam and the care needed to ensure that the most appropriate and appealing selection of pieces is presented. Preparing for an ABRSM or NYSSMA exam takes careful planning and an awareness of the importance of including all aspects of the exam in the violin lessons on a regular basis.

Prior to any upcoming examination we help our students choose suitable pieces for the exam and make sure they have selected the right combination from the correct syllabus. We also incorporate at least a few minutes’ aural training and sight-reading into every violin lesson as well as giving them a mock exam well before the actual event. Our students are also encouraged to perform the pieces to their family, relatives, and friends and to work through several sample papers before the exam so that they get used to the sort of questions that will be asked while staying within the time limit. Finally, we help students to develop their confidence in themselves and their abilities through practicing walking into a room and setting up to perform, as these are often the most nerve-wrecking moments before the actual exam.

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PRICES & PACKAGES
  • TRIAL LESSON
  • $45.00*
  • per lesson
  • For all new students
  • Level Check
  • Goals
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  • 30-MINUTE LESSON
  • $55.00*
  • per lesson
  • Suitable for 3 – 10 year-olds
  • Level : Beginner
  • Foundations of Music Theory
  • Basic Violin Skills
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  • 45-MINUTE LESSON
  • $65.00*
  • per lesson
  • Suitable for 5 year-olds to Adult
  • Level : Beginner & Intermediate
  • Music Theory & Sight Reading
  • Technique & Collaboration
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  • 60-MINUTE LESSON
  • $75.00*
  • per lesson
  • Suitable for 10 year-olds to Adult
  • All Levels
  • Music Theory & Sight Reading
  • Technique & Improvisation
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*Please note that fees vary depending on which location you would like to have your violin lessons. For a full breakdown of fees per location please visit our detailed rates page here.

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As our schedule is constantly changing we recommend you get in touch via the contact form below with your preferred day and time and we will get back to you with our availability.

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National Opera Center

330 7th Ave

New York, NY 10001

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Phone: +1 (347) 302-1342

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Email: info@violinlessonsnyc.net