Tampa Violin & Viola Lessons

Providing Quality Violin & Viola Instruction to the Tampa Area

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 Teachers

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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.




Barbara has extensive experience as a violin/viola instructor with students starting as young as 4 years old up to senior citizens. She uses a combination of traditional and Suzuki teaching styles, depending

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Violin & Piano

Diandra Rufin was born in Cuba, where she was admitted to the Professional Art School at the age of 7. Violin was her passion, although she combined the study of piano and

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What Is a Good Age to Begin Violin & Viola Lessons?

There is much debate as to when it is appropriate to begin instruction in stringed instruments. Some will teach children as young as 3 while others insist 5 or 6 is the right age.

If you have a prospective student who is a young learner, we would be happy to speak with you about the appropriateness of their age and attention span. We want your child’s lesson time to be a fruitful experience, so gauging readiness is key.

If you are an older beginner or more experienced student, we welcome you. Our teachers thrive on teaching students of all ages. No one is too old to learn a stringed instrument. Some students may even turn their love of the violin or viola into a lifetime career!

What Makes Tampa Music School Unique?

Not only do we have a great facility that we call home, but we believe that Tampa Music School employs the best teachers around. Our instructors are able to find a balance between fun and substance that fosters a desire for true growth.

In addition to musical partnership, your teacher also seeks to know and encourage you in the non-lesson aspects of your life. Your ability to make music is closely tied to who you are as a whole person. Understanding what makes you unique will enable your teacher to better tailor instruction to your individual needs. Our students regularly tell us that they consider their teacher to be their friend as well as their mentor.

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?


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Clients Say

  • “Thank You!”

    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
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    My son is a returning student and he loves the instructors! We feel very fortunate that he is well supported and learning a lot!

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  • “I’ve been going to Tampa Music School for almost a year now”

    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
  • “My son is a returning student and he loves the instructors!”

    We feel very fortunate that he is well supported and is learning a lot!!

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