Learn the violin In-Person in Windham, Maine, or from your location with video chat group violin classes, and online private violin lessons.
Group lessons are affordable, fun, and a great way to make new friends—and maybe being part of a group will give you that little nudge to keep practicing! Our sessions will cover posture, holding the violin and bow, basic technique, and fun music. You do not need to know anything about the violin or music—this class is for absolute newcomers! You probably won't notice that every lesson is designed to build your skills methodically, and while you're home, you can access helpful info and pictures, fingerings, sound clips, and exercises from the Students section of this web site.
Students will either need to rent or purchase an instrument to enroll in lessons. Affordable violins may be found online, and also from local dealers.
Our adult classes are open to students 13 years of age and older.
A note about fingernails...kind of a strange thing to consider, but some have been unwilling to part with their long fingernails: if you have long nails, taking this course will require that you give them a trim (proper finger position depends on short nails.)
Over the past years, I've been delighted to help people make violin and viola playing a part of their lives. I've been teaching for over 30 years in Seattle and Olympia Washington, Eugene Oregon, and in New York City. While in Eugene I taught for the 4J School District as an orchestra director and conducted sectionals and auditions for the Eugene Youth Symphony. I've also been on the faculty of the Suzuki Institute of Seattle, Tacoma Youth Symphony Music Camp and director of the Thalia Olympic Music Camp.
I wish to build a school that offers music education for adults. This school is to have various programs for all stages in one's musical development. It is my goal to create such a school that says: "It is never too late to start. It is never too late to experience, and express through music."
It is my belief that the arts are interrelated and when given an insights into music making, these insights can lend a fresh approach to other processes. Playing an instrument is not merely learning technique or faithful reproduction of pieces, it can be a diving board for an exciting journey into self discovery through the world of the arts: composers, musicians, dance, theater, visual art and literature. I hope to pass this feeling of a inter-relatedness on to my students and to give my students something to take home in their hearts.
It gives me great joy to teach and to see my students discover and grow.
Please note that missing class is not recommended and you will need to practice outside of class! As every class builds one upon another, if you anticipate missing a class, you may schedule a private make-up lesson to keep current with the group.
After you sign up for a video chat class, you will receive confirmation with links to our online class meetings (please allow 1-2 business days for this info to arrive.) To enroll in video chat lessons, you will need an internet connection, and a tablet, laptop, or computer with a camera and microphone.
In-Person lessons will be held at a private residence in North Windham, Maine. On pleasant days, we may have class outside by our lake. For the safety of all involved, it is required to be fully vaccinated, this applies to the participating student and any companion, no exceptions. After enrolling in an In-Person class, you will receive a welcome email with more information and our meeting address.
In-Person classes will be held in North Windham, Maine (Zip Code 04062.) After you enroll in class, the address will be emailed to you, please allow 1-2 business days to receive a confirmation email.
To enroll in any online or physical class, please see the offerings below and click the enroll button for the class that best suits your schedule. If your checkout email address is not your preferred contact, please include an additional email address in the "notes" portion of your payment.
To secure your place in class, the Reservation/Partial Tuition Fee is $135.
Please visit this page for suggestions on renting close to your home, or buying an instrument.
Cancellation Policy: There is a $35 cancellation fee. Your reservation fee is partially refundable only with one week advance notice. If canceling your enrollment 7 days prior to the first class, your enrollment fee, or portion of, may be forfeit if the vacancy cannot be filled. Thank you for your understanding.
On occasion, class may be canceled/rescheduled due to low enrollment, at which point a student may have a refund of tuition, or use tuition towards an alternate or future class.
"After waiting for decades to do something I've dreamed of, I am amazed at how much I've leaned and progressed in such a short time. If playing the violin is what you want to do, StringSchool is an excellent way to learn and grow."
"After all those years of thinking & wondering if I could or should, I finally feel that I AM A VIOLINIST."
"The group lessons are the best clean fun around. Better than therapy! You'll feel great about learning something that can nurture your soul for the rest of your life."
"Playing with a group is so much more fun than playing alone, and it's easy to find people to play with who are at roughly the same level as you, whether you've recently started or have been playing for years."
It's never too late to pick up the instrument that you love!