Learn the violin In-Person in Windham, Maine, or from your location with video chat group violin classes, and online private violin lessons.
Maybe you've played in high school orchestra? Or perhaps you were a Suzuki kid? Maybe you've had private lessons? Below is a list of ongoing classes with openings for new students. Students with experience may begin at any time, please inquire about joining a class in progress as usually future schedules are listed below. Each class has a brief description, so you can perhaps see which class may be of interest and close to your level of playing.
If you wish to know if any class may be a good fit for you, feel free to write and describe your experience, From there, we'll schedule a free consultation so we can see where you're at with your violin playing. You may also visit any class to see how it is going to be. Please don't be shy, classes are fun, imaginative, and you will learn to play with great classmates!
Our adult classes are open to students 14 years of age and older.
Our skills series (the first 4 years of learning) includes classes in this progression below. If you wish to know if any of our classes might be a good fit for you, feel free to write and please describe your experience, and/or mention the pieces you last remember playing.
First Year: Beginner Violin 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e
Second Year: Violin 2a-2e
Third Year: Violin 3a-3e
Fourth Year: Violin 4a-4e
Fifth Year and Above: Violin Ensemble
It is recommended that students with 3-4+ years of experience augment group classes with additional private lessons.
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.
Please see below for all class offerings, and click the enrollment button to sign up for a class. If your checkout email address is not your preferred contact, please include an additional email address in the notes portion of your tuition payment.
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To view class descriptions and to enroll, please scroll to see all class offerings.
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!