In-Person Group Violin Lessons for Adults with Experience

Attend an in-person group violin class held in Windham, and Portland, Maine ME.

Maybe you've played in high school orchestra? Or perhaps you were a Suzuki kid? Maybe you've had some lessons? Below is a list of ongoing classes with openings for new students. Students with experience may begin at any timeplease 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.

Classes & Levels

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 13 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.

You do not need to wait for the beginning of a session to join a class. If there's a class that might be a good fit for you, you may join in at any time. When joining after a session has started, tuition would be pro-rated to be only the classes remaining in the series.

If you would like to visit (or participate in) a class to see what it is like, please be in touch!

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.

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About Your Teacher

Over the 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, New York City, and Windham, Maine. 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 taught at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle, Tacoma Youth Symphony Music Camp, and been director of the Thalia Olympic Music Camp, and Seabeck Music Camp.

I have built a school that offers music education for not only children, but also for adults. This school has various programs for all stages in one's musical development, and it is 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 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 inter-relatedness on to my students and to give my students something to take home in their hearts.

It gives me great joy see students discover, and grow. 

Ed Davis

FAQs
Do I need to know how to read music to take this class?
First year classes will focus on reading and some basic music theory. Advanced classes will address reading issues as applied to  each piece that is studied.
How long are the lessons and how many students are there in class?
Classes meet once a week, and each class is about 1 hour in length. Students may also add an optional private lesson to the course for individual guidance, or to make up for a missed lesson. North Windham classes are limited to no more than 5 students. Public school class locations are limited to 9 students.
I've been playing for some time and wish to join a class with experience, what should I do?
Please be in touch to schedule a free informal listening and consultation. Prepare a minute of any piece you like to play, this will help in finding out which class might be best for you - and don't worry if you're feeling rusty, your piece doesn't need to be perfect! Please write to arrange for a time.
Work sometimes will keep me late, what if I have to miss class?
Students who miss class may schedule a make-up lesson to stay current with the class, these lessons can be scheduled at a convenient time, and may be either in-person or over Zoom. Lessons outside of class are a great way to stay current or to have extra help from time to time.
After this class, will I be able to continue where I left off?
Yes! If there is interest, ongoing classes will be offered following any class, however it may be at a different time, and location.
If I join a class that has already started, what will my tuition be?
Please ask: tuition would be pro-rated so that you would only pay for remaining classes in a session.
Most of the class schedules I see are in the future, how can I join now?
Aside from holidays, classes are almost always in session—however classes that are currently in progress may not be listed in the schedules below. Please inquire for more information.

Schedule & Sign Up!

To enroll in a class, please see the offerings below and click the enroll button for the class that best suits you. If you are unsure of which class to enroll, please be in touch for a friendly, free consultation.

If your checkout email address is not your preferred address, please include an additional email address in the "notes" portion of your payment.

Violin 1c
In-Person Class

4-5 Months Experience
Classes meet in North Windham, ME.
One space remaining.

In this class, we will be learning more about how the body works with bow movement, and we'll also take a look at slurring, tone building, and musical expression. We'll also be learning bow techniques and articulations, bow distribution, a G Major scale, and a bit about creating shape with texture.
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22

Violin 1b, Beginner Violin Plus
In-Person Class

2-3 Months Experience
In this Beginner Violin PLUS class, we'll be learning to move smoothly from string to string, how to play comfortably on different string levels, memorization strategies, and portioning of the bow, we'll also have an intro to note reading, and creating musical shape. To enroll, students will need to have completed the Beginner Violin course, or to have had about 2-3 months of lessons.

Students will need a violin, shoulder rest to participate. A clip-on tuner is also recommended to have available.

This course is being offered through the Portland Adult Education program, and clicking the "More Info.." button below will take you to their website.
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
February 14
No Class on February 21
February 28
March 7, 14

In-Person Classes, Maine

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Cancellation Policy: There is a $20 cancellation fee, your reservation fee is only partially refundable. If canceling your enrollment 7 days prior to the first class, your entire 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 class, private lessons, or future class.

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