Our Approach to Violin & Viola Lessons
Rogers School of Music takes a balanced approach to music instruction. We make learning fun and foster creativity, while maintaining a focus on the core principles of good musicianship.
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.
Our violin and viola instructors enjoy tailoring lessons to their students’ interests and goals, while incorporating the technical skills needed for them to achieve mastery of their instrument. We encourage individuality while making the learning experience fun for students of all ages. Below is an outline of our approach.
Viola and Violin Lessons Should Be Fun!
The only thing sweeter than the sound of a violin or viola is the experience students will have at Rogers 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 blends 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 Rogers 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 Rogers 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.
Rogers School of Music is proud to offer violin and viola lessons to people of all ages and skill levels. Our instructors love to customize lessons for each student, providing well-rounded instruction for students of any age and skill level interested in violin. Whether your goals include learning to play Romantic concerti, exploring jazz improvisation, or familiarizing yourself with fiddle tunes, our teachers can help you get there!
Rogers School of Music teachers are passionate about creating a fun and engaging experience, while providing new string players with a firm foundation to move forward.
Our instructors are fantastic people and great musicians, and many of them perform professionally in a variety of musical contexts. Their top-notch credentials and experience allow our teachers to tailor lessons for each student, covering areas including technique, fundamentals, and expression, and exploring many different musical genres.
The best part? This all takes place in the comfort of your own home.
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Our Violin and Viola Teachers
Our seasoned staff of violin and viola instructors thrives on creating a fun, engaging, and well-rounded experience for each student. Within the violin and viola world, there are many musical styles ranging from classical to pop and sacred. Whatever your preferred genre (or if you like a little of everything), we have a teacher that will work for you. Our qualified instructors often participate in public performance and possess significant academic credentials. Their experience enables them to customize their instruction for each student, covering areas including technique, fundamentals and expression.
What’s a Good Age to Begin Violin or Viola Lessons?
Children can begin studying violin as young as ages 4 or 5, but we welcome students of all ages, including adults!
Even so, not all 5-year-olds are ready to begin violin lessons. Whether your child is ready for lessons depends on a variety of factors including physical development, dexterity, and attention span. If you’re not sure, we are happy to consult with you and help determine if your child is ready to start.
While children make up a good percentage of our student roster, we also love to work with adults. There is no such thing as being too old to learn an instrument!
If you have the desire to learn, we have the desire to teach you—no matter your age.
So, What Are You Waiting For?
If you’re ready to jump into the world of violin or viola, we are excited to match you with a teacher that can get you started on your musical journey. Nothing will enable you to progress more effectively than a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring violin professional. Let us help you explore and build your abilities in a setting that is comfortable for you. You never know how far you can go until you take that first step, so why not get started today?
Praise for Rogers School of Music
Jared is friendly and encouraging to my daughter, even when she is struggling with the music.Lisa K.
Tanner really really enjoys working with Drew! He is so encouraging and challenges him with fun stuff to play. He looks forward to going each week!Amy K.
Our teacher really has figured out our daughter and is able to keep her focused. Anna’s style is so engaging which is just what we needed. There is much mutual admiration between student and teacher!Brad P.
Gina is great! She is always prepared, flexible, firm but loving. My daughter respects her and has learned so much!Leslie
I appreciate the individual support my son receives at Rogers School of Music so he can excel at school. Summer lessons help him to keep up his skill level.Susan
After only one voice lesson, I noticed a difference in my singing. The teacher was even more knowledgeable than I expected (and talented, too!). I learned an amazing amount in that one lesson, and am really looking forward to more. I would definitely recommend Rogers School of Music.Michelle P.
Drew is really patient and very encouraging. He really focuses on the positive and not the negative during our sessions. I’ve learned more about music from Drew in the past 6 months then from any other teacher/method I’ve tried in the past 5 years.Todd F.
We can’t say enough wonderful things about Rogers School of Music. We have two daughters who enjoy receiving the gift of music education through the wonderful instruction provided by encouraging teachers. My daughters are encouraged to stretch in their learning. The teachers provide a positive environment along with a fun learning atmosphere. We look forward to our weekly lessons! The customer service and professionalism demonstrated by all of the staff, from the teachers to the front desk personnel makes us feel a world class welcome each time we arrive. The gift of music education is an investment we wouldn’t want to experience anywhere else!Stephanie Louder
I can’t say enough good things about lessons! I could talk all day. He loves it so much. It was one of those things where he plays tuba at school, but they have jazz ensemble and we thought he would love to try bass. It was a big commitment to buy the bass and do the lessons, but it was the best decision we ever made. His confidence is way up! He says “I love it so much.” Winning student of the month gave him even more confidence, and he is so proud of it! We love it– we absolutely love it. He is doing great, and I don’t STOP telling people how great you are and how their kids should come for lessons too.Stacy W
I just can’t tell you how happy I am with my experience at Rogers School of Music. I’ve taken lessons from so many places over the years, and never had it go so smoothly–because the musicians often weren’t so good at the business side of things. Everything is so well planned and laid out, starting with the contracts and schedules. You never have to guess, everything is clear and concise. I always feel welcome here, from the minute I walk in. And I love my teacher! So thanks!”Jan S.
I got signed up and had my first lesson last Wednesday! It went very well. I was nervous going in, but my teacher was very nice to work with, and I was actually comfortable. I look forward to my future lessons, and after the first lesson, I have every confidence that I can actually do this!An adult student
Rogers School of Music is an amazing place! People are friendly, teachers are wonderful, and both my children are very successful with their instruments. Their teachers not only make their lessons fun but sharing their love of music has inspired my children to practice, to be proud of their accomplishments, and share their new musical talents with others!Erin B.
My teacher makes it fun to not just learn rock music, we talk about it and I love that he can pick up a song and work with me right away on it.Bill M.
Mike was a great fit for my child, my son thinks he is “cool” which helps my son be more excited to go to lessons every week.Julene
Our son really likes his teacher Anna and so do we. We appreciate her dedication to her profession and he compassion for it also. It transfers onto our son.Bette
Love love love this program!! Caring teachers who provide positive guidance and encouragement to our girls. We would recommend this program to anyone!!Stephanie L.