Our Approach to Violin & Viola Lessons
Mastering the violin or viola can be a somewhat technical adventure. Unlike many other instruments, there are no automatic true pitches to be had. True pitch must be accomplished by the student’s ear and fingers alone.
Violin lessons as well as viola lessons require more of a complete body awareness than any other instrument. This awareness is taught not in a high-pressure way but in a calm and reassuring way meant to foster feelings of confidence and safety. To achieve eventual mastery and freedom of performance, it is vital to be a good student of music in a general sense.
Violin Lessons Should Be Fun!
The only thing sweeter than the sound of a violin or viola is the experience students will have at Tampa Music School. 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 Tampa Music School, 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 Tampa Music School 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.
Have you ever been inspired by the emotional performance of a true string artist? At Tampa Music School, we believe the strings are some of the most versatile and emotive instruments. A good violinist or violist can call to action, sing sweetly or sigh sorrowfully.
You can become a well-versed student of this type of musical expression by partnering with a qualified violin teacher or viola teacher. Tampa Music Studio employs exactly the type of instructor who can assist you in mastering this elegant instrument.
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Our Violin & Viola Teachers
All our instructors are highly credentialed and have earned degrees from quality institutions. Most participate in outside areas of performance and can bring that experience to their individual lessons.
We believe that a good teacher must always be learning and growing themselves in order to effectively inspire a student.
Frequently Asked Questions About Violin & Viola Lessons
What is the minimum age to start violin or viola lessons at Tampa Music School?
There are no specific minimum age requirements for violin and viola lessons at Tampa Music School, but we do ask parents to gauge their child’s readiness. Consider your child’s attention span, ability to read words and recognize patterns, core body and finger strength, and desire to learn the instrument. With these abilities, children gain a more fruitful lesson experience.
Do I need any prior experience?
Students of all ages and skill levels are welcome to start violin and viola lessons at Tampa Music School. Whether you’re brand new to the strings or are preparing for a professional career, we will match you with a well-qualified instructor. Our teachers create a customized lesson plan that thoroughly and logically develops your skills and guides you on your musical journey.
What styles of violin or viola can I learn?
Learn to play any style of music at Tampa Music School. As versatile instruments, the violin and viola are found in every genre from classical to rock, and we equip you to play the genre and style of your choice. Share your preferred style and musical goals with your teacher, and we’ll personalize your lessons to incorporate your preferences and goals.
What materials will I need?
Your teacher will provide you with a list of required materials, including details about the size and type of instrument you need. We may suggest online resources, local events, and other tools, too, as we improve your music appreciation and literacy.
Is violin or viola the right fit for me?
You can use the violin and viola to express any emotion and add tone to any musical piece, which is why these instruments are popular. But playing the violin and viola requires technical skill and complete body awareness. If you want to play one of these string instruments, take lessons and learn to master the technique, expression, and history of the violin or viola.
Why Come to Tampa Music School for Violin or Viola Lessons?
The fun, nurturing, and creative environment at Tampa Music School puts you first. While we strive to develop well-rounded musicians, we also make lessons a source of pure fun. Here, you have space to make progress toward your musical goals and develop a love for the instrument. Our teachers also take an interest in your life outside the studio, and their mentorship helps you grow as a musician and a person.
So, What’s Stopping You?
We’ve told you about the amazing teachers at Tampa Music School, all the amazing opportunities we offer, and what is possible if a student truly dedicates effort to their musical craft. All that’s left is for you to see what you personally can achieve!
The best environment for musical growth is one in which a mentor comes alongside a student to personally observe, demonstrate and inspire. This kind of value can’t be gained from an internet resource. The face-to-face approach is far better.
If you would like to stop by and see for yourself what makes Tampa Music School unique, we welcome you to visit anytime.
Perhaps you have questions that our website didn’t answer. Give us a call at (813) 837-9245 and we’d be happy to assist you. Why not schedule your first violin or viola lesson today?
My daughter had a great time at camp! She talked about it everyday. It built up her confidence and gave her a taste of many different instruments!Jana Lindsay Tallent | Parent
My son is a returning student and he loves the instructors! We feel very fortunate that he is well supported and learning a lot!Gabriela Martinez | Parent
We love Tampa music school! All the instructors are awesome and my daughter has made tons of progress!Lindsey Rae Graves | Parent
This is just an awesome music school! From the School owner Matthew Maines to my Instructor Milani this is just a top notch bunch. I would definitely recommend this school to others looking to learn a new instrument or perfect their skills!J.J. S. | Parent
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I have learned so much about working within a band. Matt has been very supportive of all members and has an obvious understanding of how each instrument within the band can be showcased and contribute to the overall sound. I’m very grateful I’ve found such a nice studio right in my community.Barbara B. | Parent
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We feel very fortunate that he is well supported and is learning a lot!!Gabriela M. | Parent