Violin & Viola Lessons in Northbrook, IL

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Our Approach to Violin & Viola Lessons at The Christopher Laughlin School of Music

Study a string instrument with our expert teachers at The Christopher Laughlin School of Music. Our teachers all hold university degrees in music, and structure private lessons around the student – working through repertoire from beginning to advanced levels.

Children can begin studying string instruments at the age of 4. Many of our students participate in other orchestral opportunities. Contact us to learn more about our strings program!

Violin & Viola Lessons Should Be Fun!


The only thing sweeter than the sound of a violin or viola is the experience students will have at The Christopher Laughlin School of Music. We pair the sophistication of these classic string instruments with an unwavering commitment to fun. We want each of our students to LOVE their music lessons!

Our teaching staff expertly blend a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the violin. Whether you’re looking to pick up the instrument for the first time or want to earn the first chair in your orchestra, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique


Strong fundamentals are key to efficient, effortless playing and optimal sound. We teach students essential instrument care and set-up, tuning, healthy playing posture, bowing, and hand positioning. Our skilled instructors also take students through regular ear training exercises to foster the development of good pitch.

Additionally, we strive to ensure our students become literate musicians through lessons in scales, music theory, rhythm, and sight-reading. More advanced students will build a broader repertoire of technique, including vibrato, double-stop and chord playing; more advanced bow strokes such as spiccato, sautillé, and up-bow staccato; and other higher-level musicianship concepts such as phrase analysis and score studying skills.

We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals


At The Christopher Laughlin School of Music, we are delighted to work with students of all abilities seeking to enrich their lives through music. Our teachers take an individualized approach to each student – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a thorough and logical sequence of skill development and training, and one-on-one guidance throughout your musical journey.

Your experience at The Christopher Laughlin School of Music will be uniquely yours. Come and learn from our talented instructors, many of whom can connect you with performance and competitive opportunities, should you wish to pursue your craft on a larger stage.

Our Violin & Viola Teachers:

Our seasoned staff of violin and viola instructors thrives on creating a fun, engaging, and well-rounded experience for each student.

We offer a variety of plans to fit your schedule & budget

Introductory 30 minute private lesson – $20 (New students only. Voice lessons excluded.)

Professional Faculty:

Professional Faculty are all full-time experienced musicians and instructors who hold, at a minimum, a bachelors degree in music. First family member/additional members.

30 minutes – $42/$40

45 minutes – $59/$57

60 minutes – $77/$75

Artist Faculty:

Our Artist Faculty are select music instructors in high demand, with extensive experience and/or exceptional artistic accomplishments. First family member/additional members.

30 minutes – $47/$45

45 minutes – $66/$64

60 minutes – $86/$84

Single lessons:

If you can’t commit to a regular lesson time, or just need a couple of lessons to prepare for an audition, single lessons are available. Professional faculty/Artist faculty.

30 minutes – PF/$47, AF/$52

45 minutes – PF/$68, AF/$78

60 minutes – PF/$87, AF/$104

What you can expect

1. Together we explore student musical goals.

2.We match students with one of our expert instructors.

3.Start attending lessons! Parents can receive progress reports each week.

Common Questions

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