Brill Music Academy is your Las Vegas destination for violin lessons and viola lessons. Our highly experienced team of violin and viola teachers is ready to help you along your musical journey. That’s true whether you’re just starting out on violin or viola or if you’re looking to take your skills to the next level.
At Brill Music Academy, we take a well-rounded approach to musical instruction, and we do it in a warm, inviting setting. While we strive for excellence, we do it in a way that’s fun and free of the conservatory-type pressure found at some music schools.
Does this message resonate with you? If so, keep reading to learn about violin lessons and viola lessons at Brill Music Academy.
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Born in Chicago, Sara started her musical journey in 2001 when she started learning to play the violin. At first a fun hobby, music spiraled into more than she could ever imagine-
Starting Out With Violin or Viola
To begin learning any string musical instrument it is of course important for students to understand some basic music skills. This can include anything from reading and understanding music to rhythm to scales. Depending on where a student is in their music knowledge we can help them at their level with our professional instructors.
Once certain skills are mastered, there are different methods of learning viola and violin. We ensure the best method is chosen for the lesson. The Suzuki method is a popular starting point, though instructors are ready and willing to change methods to match each student’s learning style as well as their specific needs. Throughout each lesson, there will be emphasis on ensuring students are always developing their technical skills along the way, such as listening for pitch, sight-reading music and anything else they need extra help with.
Lessons for More Advanced Violin & Viola Students
Advanced students are very welcome to Brill Music Academy. We can assess where a child is with their viola and violin skills and tailor lessons to help them along. It’s important to have an open communication between the child, their guardians and the instructor to ensure the goals the child has are being worked towards and that the child is challenged while still enjoying lesson time.
Students who already have basic viola or violin skills can go on to learn three-octave scales, vibrato and double-stop playing, more in-depth and advanced level bow strokes and so on. Often, students know what they want to work on, and our instructors are well-versed in all of these aspects of the wind instruments. Again, this open communication is vital in ensuring the most is being done during the lesson so the student can continue practicing even when at home.
Practice is an important piece when learning any musical instrument. Students are encouraged to practice between lessons to help cement what they have learned with their instructor. There is an individualized approach to lessons in general, which means the amount of practice of needed or suggested will vary between students and their specific level. The instructor will be able to share more insight into this during the first lesson, and any goals can be changed as students progress.
- Weekly 30 minute lessons: $130/month
- Weekly 60 minute lessons: $255/month
Violin and viola instruction has some unique characteristics compared to other instruments, and those characteristics require a special approach. While we don’t insist that all our teachers follow the exact same teaching methods, here is a general overview of what you can expect regarding our approach.
Proper Technique is Key
Playing a string instrument well requires very precise physicality, and this starts with the correct posture, bow hold, instrument positioning and hand positioning. Naturally, this is where we start.
One difficult thing about string instruments is that it’s entirely possible to learn the basics wrong. Students who do this can squeak by (pun intended) in very basic music, but their improper physical technique prevents them from advancing very far. At some point, if they want to continue to progress, they have to un-learn and re-learn the basics. That’s why it’s so important to begin violin lessons or viola lessons with a qualified professional instructor.
We Take a Well-Rounded, Tailored Approach
Once students learn correct posture and positioning, it’s time to begin playing. Young students will typically start with the Suzuki method, which focuses in on violin fundamentals as well as ear training. Ear training is more important on string instruments than others, because tuning pitches is accomplished entirely by hand. No keys or valves here!
As students continue learning, they will move on to more advanced technique exercises, like scales and arpeggios. They will begin to select literature that fits with their interests and goals, too.
Music Fundamentals are at the Core
All of this takes place in a well-balanced teaching environment, one that engages the whole person and seeks to build an understanding of music fundamentals, like theory, rhythm, and music-reading ability.
What’s the Right Age to Start Violin and Viola Lessons?
The right age to start violin lessons (or viola lessons) is a conversation that generates some strong opinions. Some teachers (as well as parents who are themselves string players) are willing to start students as young as three years old.
While we respect that approach, at Brill Music Academy we believe the best learning starts around 5 years old. Our general policy is to wait until age five to begin teaching violin lessons, viola lessons, and cello lessons.
Buying an Instrument
Some parents want to know if they need to bring an instrument to the first lesson. The answer for most students and families is no, not unless you have experience and know how to work with an instrument shop to fit an instrument to your child.
If the previous sentence sounds like nonsense to you, that’s OK! Please understand that buying a violin or viola can be a complex process. If your child is starting young, he or she will not be ready for a full-sized instrument. Smaller instruments (such as a 1/8 violin or a 1/4 viola) are available, and it takes an experienced professional to determine which size is right.
Not only that, as your child gets older and gains more skill, you’ll want to move on from a cheap student model. There is a whole world of choices out there, and prices range from the hundreds into (literally) the millions. It’s quite a lot for a parent without string instrument training to navigate. Let your child’s teacher help you through this part of the journey as well.
The Brill Music Academy Difference
We know you have many choices in the Las Vegas area for violin lessons or viola lessons. What sets us apart?
For one, our balanced culture and teaching approach. Some music teachers are all fun and no depth: their students have a great time and learn the basics, but they don’t really progress. On the other end of the spectrum, some music schools practically treat five-year-olds like conservatory students. Students progress (the ones who don’t quit, anyway), but no one’s having fun.
At Brill Music Academy, we believe we hit the sweet spot. Our experienced, credentialed teachers have the skills needed to help your child excel, and all this learning takes place in a warm, fun, nurturing environment. We always take a student’s interest into account. We don’t try to turn fiddlers into symphony musicians, nor do we try to turn aspiring symphony players into pop artists. We create well-rounded musicians, and we help them pursue their goals—from fiddling to pop to classical artistry.
Why Take Violin Lessons or Viola Lessons?
There are some great reasons to study violin or viola beyond merely learning the instrument. Learning an instrument is great for the brain. Doing so generally leads to improved test scores according to a number of studies. It also helps to make your child a more well-rounded person, and it can open the door to opportunities as they progress. Some will simply have a greater appreciation for music and greater enjoyment in playing it.
And some really will make a career of it. We all have, after all!
Want to Learn More about Violin and Viola Lessons in Las Vegas?
If you’re ready to get your child started in violin lessons or viola lessons in the Las Vegas area, give us a call today. We will get you paired up with a teacher that suits your child’s personality and skill level. Soon your child will be on his or her way to excellent music-making.
I would like you to know that we are upset that we have to withdraw because we are moving out of state. We love Brill Music! We think this place is ran perfectly!!April K. | Parent
I love the personal treatment we receive here. I have never felt like my son is treated as just another student. Fred and the instructors we have worked with are all very friendly and patient. We have been to a couple other music schools and this one is the best!Bryan K. | Parent
My daughter tried cello lessons here. I was very happy. They answer the phone and they are polite and easy to deal with. My daughter is different, so finding the right teacher for her has been challenging.Terry T. | Parent
Front desk staff is wonderful!!! Teachers are awesome!! One of my children’s favorite extracurricular activities. Thank you!!!Kathleen V. | Parent
Great place! Our 12 year old looks forward to his lesson every week. As a parent, I especially appreciate the terrific organization and communication. Such is rare and invaluable with kids’ extracurricular activities and particularly music instructors or centers. Whether it’s scheduling, lesson feedback, payments or recitals, everything is concise, simple and accurate. Further, it’s very reasonable and convenient with plenty of parking! It’s also next to Domino’s Pizza!George A. | Parent
My 11 year old son wanted to play saxophone in the band in middle school and started taking lessons at Brill last summer. He absolutely loves his instructor and is excelling in band. He is excited about mastering the instrument and continues to take lessons.Silvie W-E.
I would like to tell you how impressed I am w/Brill. It’s run very professionally and the teachers are great. I have learned so much studying w/Mark. He sure knows his music and he is very professional. So, all in all, Brill should get an A+. I recommend it highly. Thanks again.Ursula B. | Student
We are so pleased with the progress our daughter has made since joining the Brill Music Academy earlier this year. Our daughter looks forward to her lesson each week and has formed a strong bond with her teacher, Ms Debbie. We are so thankful we found Brill Music and couldn’t be happier!Jennifer B. | Parent
The Brill Music Academy is a relaxed place where anyone can learn music. They listen to the reasons you are there and want to help you achieve your goals. My daughter was frustrated trying to learn at another music school in town. She hated piano (even though she knew she could love it, and loves music). It became a chore that she felt she would never master. When we came to the Brill Academy I was afraid that my daughter would not do well, that we would argue and it would continue to be a struggle. But I do not have to remind her to practice, she wants to play. She gets excited about her lesson and she loves Liz. They always come out of lessons smiling and laughing and with a positive outlook for next week. I am so glad we found this school and music is once again a fun activity in our house.Stephanie W. | Parent
Kasey has passed his passion and love for music onto my son. I cannot believe I don’t have to ‘tell him’ to practice. 🙂 He is always energized about what he has learned after a guitar lesson!Christine F. | Parent
Just wanted you to know we enjoyed Sarah’s first recital very much. It was great hearing other students as well. Thanks for the great job organizing. I am happy Sarah is enjoying music. Pam has been a great teacher as well. See you soon!Karen P. | Parent
The Brill Music Academy has some of the most experienced music teachers in Las Vegas. When my children first started playing music, they went through teachers at a couple of different schools. While they were learning, it was obvious they weren’t understanding the reasoning behind the music or feeling the music, just the notes. After moving to your academy, I noticed my children immediately became interested in music again and they started progressing at a much faster pace, in spite of having to relearn some of the “basics” they were never taught before. Bravo to the teachers and staff at the Brill Music Academy.Holly D. | Parent
I am so pleased with the instruction my son is receiving from Bernard. He is so patient with him. He tailors the lesson for his age and communicates his progress with me after each lesson. I am so glad we are sending him to Brill Music.Charlene M. | Parent
My children want to take lessons at the school where all of their friends go.Stacey C. | Parent
The teachers are the best! They really care about what my child is learning.Alan A. | Parent