Violin & Viola Lessons Palatine, Illinois

Learn to Play Violin or Viola

Our Approach to Violin & Viola Lessons

Study a string instrument with our expert teachers at The Music Room. 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!

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 The Music Room. 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 Music Room, 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 Music Room 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.

The Music Room 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! 

The Music Room 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.

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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 to 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.

Sean Carolan

Sean Carolan

Bass Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Strings, Banjo, Mandolin

Since beginning the study of guitar, bass guitar and cello in 2005, Sean Carolan quickly developed his skills to become a working musician, performing throughout the Chicagoland area. He has performed in

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Laura Vandercar

Laura Vandercar

Violin, Viola, Piano

Laura Vandercar has over 20 years of teaching experience. She taught at Palatine Music Center for 19 years and is now pleased to join The Music Room in Palatine. Her teaching style

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Luke Lykken

Luke Lykken

Strings, Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Upright Bass

I was a music teacher at Karnes Music, teaching all stringed instruments for 24 years. I also taught music at Palatine Music for 32 years, and El -Rey Music for 20 years. I

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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.

Our Violin & Viola Teachers

Our music teachers are some of the best in the Northwest Chicago and Palatine, Illinois area. They hold degrees and are experts who love to share their knowledge of music with others.

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?

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Praise for The Music Room

  • My daughter took lessons at The Music Room for years. She tried a number of instruments over the years; violin, piano, and bass guitar. The Music Room’s team was unfailingly responsive and flexible whenever my daughter wanted to change instruments. I highly recommend The Music Room for rental and lessons. I felt like they really cared and they made working with them easy. Carol, Carley, and everyone else we interacted with was great. The Music Room taught my daughter a love of music without pressure or fuss.

    Rebecca F.
  • A great hometown music store!!! Not only do they have a wonderful selection of guitars, and amplifiers, but they also have orchestral instruments, sheet music, and lessons, all of which at very reasonable prices. The lessons there are friendly and helpful, not to mention fun. All together, I give this place an enthusiastic two thumbs up!

    Joel Roberts
  • Great place for an enthusiast, aspiring musicians, beginners or even just explorers. They offer variety of instruments and materials as well as personal lessons. They don’t have a huge selection of instruments as some of the competition but their staff makes up for that being very friendly and informative. Definitely recommend the place.

    Maulesh J.
  • Our youth have often struggled with more traditional forms of communication; at Lutherbrook we have found that the expressive therapies are invaluable in helping youth give voice to their experiences. We appreciate The Music Room’s generosity in helping us to expand these opportunities.

    Brent Diers
  • The Music Room is a mandatory store to shop if you are looking for great music lessons and good selection of instruments (rentals too!). Being a long time customer, I can say that TMR has been essential to the musical education of my kids (drums and piano). The staff and teachers are extremely knowledgeable and polite, and the atmosphere is hip and fun.This year I finally mustered the courage to start voice lessons, and now I am experiencing the “why did I take so long to do this” syndrome.

    Highly recommend!

    Marco Vidor
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