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5 Ways To Make Money Playing Violin

5798939739_7bffcf4d6f_bWhen you think about making money using your skills as a violin player, violin teacher jobs might be the first thing that comes to mind. But there are so many more options! Here are some ideas from Brooklyn, NY teacher Julie P...

 

The ability to play the violin is a very marketable skill. If you’re looking for violin teacher jobs, working at a school or teaching private lessons is a great way to earn money. But if you’d prefer to just play and perform, there are a number of opportunities open for you to make money with your violin playing.

1. Special Events

Special events such as weddings, funerals, bridal or baby showers, and church services are great places for violin players to provide music. Any of these events may call for a solo violinist, but often they call for string quartets or trios. The types of music requested are usually classical and light jazz/pop, but it really depends on the event. Churches often use violinists as part of larger orchestras for special services around Christmas and Easter, or as a solo instrument for weddings and funerals. Some funeral homes keep a database of musicians to contact when clients request special music.

2. Playing in Bands

If you play any music in the rock/pop/folk/bluegrass/jazz genres, you could make money playing violin in a band. Since the violin is often a featured instrument in these groups, playing in a band is great for people who enjoy performing as a soloist. Some groups provide written music, but often the violin player improvises their own parts, so it’s important to be able to improvise and play by ear. You can also work your way up to soloing with musicians such as Celine Dion, David Bowie, and the Rolling Stones.

3. Cruise Ship Entertainment

Many cruise ships hire string groups (often trios) to play mostly classical music in the dining room, as well as in places like the grand promenade on large cruise ships. If you have your own group and possess the proper repertoire, this can be a great opportunity to get performance experience while also seeing different parts of the world. Cruise ships pay a weekly salary and also provide room and board free of charge. Some cruise ship companies have websites that list opportunities for musicians, but often your best bet is to find an agency that books acts on cruise ships.

4. Musical Theater

Many musical theater productions call for violinists. If you enjoy this kind of music and don’t mind playing the same thing for multiple nights in a row, playing for a musical can be a great way to make money. The top level for this kind of playing is Broadway, where the pay is quite high. But opportunities exist in almost all major cities, as well as at high schools, colleges, and community theaters.

5. Symphony Orchestra

The violin sections of professional and semi-professional symphony orchestras are made up of some of the very best classical players in the world. Getting a job in one of these orchestras is very difficult and consists of passing at least one audition, if not more. The amount of money these orchestras pay their members depends on the number of services (rehearsals or performances) that make up their season, as well as the performance level of the orchestra itself. The top orchestras pay a full-time salary while the semi-pro groups often pay a set amount per service. Audition notices may be posted in union papers and some trade magazines/journals.

For any of the ways to make money playing violin listed above, you have to be a solid player as well as have good networking skills. Musicians are often recommended and hired by word of mouth, so it pays to know as many people as possible in your field. It’s also important to conduct yourself professionally in all work situations, and be easy to get along with. If people have a good time on the gig with you, chances are they’ll want to work with you again.

If one of these five ways to make money playing the violin appeals to you but you don’t have the necessary skills yet, private lessons are a great way to move toward your goal. Find the right teacher to help you achieve your goals today!

JuliePJulie P. teaches flute, clarinet, music theory, and saxophone lessons in Brooklyn, NY. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ithaca College and her Masters in Music Performance from New Jersey City University. Learn more about Julie here!

 

 

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 1/19/15

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Michael E. in Dallas, TX wrote, “I have the privilege of teaching a young man named Aidan. Here he is playing part of “Day Tripper” by the Beatles:

He just turned nine years old and has been taking lessons for only eight months, having never touched a guitar before that. I can’t claim the credit here. He has done the work and it shows what a student can do if they really want to do it. It’s a pleasure teaching him.” Great work Aidan! We can’t wait to hear more great music from you!

James W. in Jacksonville, FL wrote in to let us know his student Carla recorded her first vocal demo this weekend. James wrote, “ The recording session for my student Carla went great.  She did a good job on vocals on “You” by Shakira.  She liked my new slightly faster tempo for the song and acoustic guitar track I made for her. I used Keri’s ibanez .I will add  a guitar fingerpicking track with my Ovation sometime this week and Keri will add some lovely vocal harmonies.  So far so good. Smile She’s happy. I’ll mix and master it within two weeks or thereabouts.” Congratulations Carla on the recording! Keep up the good work!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 12/22/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Kelvin L. in Bolingbrook, IL wrote, “I would like to congratulate Sophia H., Matt M., Spencer M., Sannah B. and Jay B. for your excellent performance at Steinway Piano Gallery yesterday! Your excellent performance and hard work are deserving of recognition. Have a blessed holiday!” Bravo and keep up the good work in the new year!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 12/15/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Chelsea C. in Savannah, GA wrote, “In just 6 weeks my weight loss student, Andy, has lost 25 pounds! His work ethic and perseverance is inspirational and it makes it easy to encourage and advise on his next steps. So proud of him and his hard work!” Way to go, Andy!

James W. in Jacksonville, FL wrote, “My student Larry Favroth landed a part in a new film.” Congratulations Larry!

Beverly M. in El Reno, OK wrote, “I am so proud of all of my students, but several are excelling in the field of music. I thought I would share a couple of bios… More to come later!

Junior piano student, Ashley, just completed recording 14 original songs for her debut album. She’ll be recording her first video in January. I’m so excited for her!! She serves on the Junior Student Council; participates in volleyball, basketball and track; is on the Principal’s and Superintendent’s Honor Roll; is scuba certified and a student pilot; and last but not least, a guitarist and pianist. Check out some of her songs!

Senior piano student Emily is the drum major at her high school, an honor student, and excels at playing flute and trombone. Her favorite genre is jazz, and we’ve enjoyed learning pieces such as “In The Mood,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” I’m going to miss her terribly when she leaves for college next year!  She is first chair trombone in the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Oklahoma Youth Winds, Oklahoma Youth Jazz Ensemble, and Yukon High School Wind Ensemble. She has been the Drum Major for the Pride of Yukon for two years. She is a three-time All Stater and has made the Central Oklahoma Director’s Honor Band for six years in a row. Upon graduation from high school next year, Emily plans to continue her music education and study to become a music educator herself.” Amazing accomplishments, Ashley and Emily! Keep up the good work!

Rebecca F. in Bellevue, NE wrote, “I have 2 students who are brothers, and another 2 students that are grandfather and grandson. For Christmas, they have been doing duets with each other. This requires coordination and good listening skills, and both duets have managed to learn how to work with each other. They learned to listen and play together, and are having lots of fun.” Duets are loads of fun! Keep listening to each other and playing together!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 11/24/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Heather W. in Abingdon, MD, wrote, “Way to go, Hana! You’ve mastered the Premiere Piano Books 1A (Lesson, Performance & Theory)! You are now ready to tackle the Premiere Piano Books 1B! Keep up the good work and keep on practicing!” Great job, Hana!

BJ M. in Seattle, WA, wrote, “Last weekend, I hosted my first ever Studio Jam session. My beginning students got a chance to experience the feeling of playing music with others violinists and playing with a band of guitars, piano and drums. It’s not an easy thing for any beginning student to come into an unfamiliar situation to learn and play new music on the spot. My students were up to the task and contributed wonderfully to this new experience of the Studio Jam Session. We tackled every thing from pop to roots music and even included a beautiful rendition of Pachabel’s Canon in D. All in all it was a great success and it’s an event I’m looking to put together on a regular basis. Audio clips can be found directly on my website as well on my TakeLessons profile.” Congratulations to all the students who participated, and thank you BJ for making this event possible!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 11/17/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here is a shout out we received this week:

Diane G. in Gaithersburg, MD, wrote, “ I wanted you to know that three my students performed at the Love Ball which was to raise money for humane societies and rescues. Arianna and Estrella performed on the violin and Arianna even performed a beautiful solo. Lisa performed on the piano. It was such a wonderful cause and these students added beauty and dignity to it. I am so proud of them.” Well done, Arianna, Estrella, and Lisa! Thank you for using your talents to help others.

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 11/10/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Arlys A. in Minneapolis, MN, wrote, “I’d like to give a shout out to my student, Molly D. who just completed a very successful run of the Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes, at her high school. Molly not only won the role of Bonnie, but was also a co-student director! The show ran Oct 30th thru Nov 1st with an amazing cast and Molly didn’t miss a beat the night I came out see her, staying in character every second she was on-stage. She’s a true pro. WAY TO GO, MOLLY D!” Bravo, Molly!

Molly R. in Hayward, CA, wrote, “My student Tatiana is in the chorus of her school’s production of the musical “In the Heights”! She’s been working so hard the past few months in rehearsals, and is super excited it’s performance time!” Break a leg, Tatiana!

Xiaole L. in Irvine, CA, wrote, “Two beginner students gave their debut performance in the Masquerade Halloween recital. Julia G., 3 years and 10 months old, sang and played “Zoom, Witches Bloom” in an excellent rendition. (She joined Joie Studio on Sept.19 and had one-month lessons). In a spooky headdress in Halloween spirit, Yutong L., 6 years old, played “Enchanted Geyser Basin” composed by Xiaole L. While learning this piece, Yutong loves to play the piano and practices eagerly.” Way to go Julia and Yutong on the excellent debut performances!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 11/3/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here is the shout out we received this week:

Mary R. in Milwaukee, WI, wrote, “My student, Luca M. has been struggling to focus while practicing for a few months. He plays his instrument, just not the material I assign. This week he came to his lesson fully prepared. He was in good spirits as he knew he was ready. We got through 4 pages in his books AND he remembered to bring the materials he kept forgetting. He’s a very smart guy and I’m so pleased he found a way to apply himself :)” Way to go Luca! Keep up the good work!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 10/27/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here is the shout out we received this week:

Glenice B. in San Diego wrote in to share her experience with Spanish tutor Sarah B. Glenice wrote, “I’d love to brag about our new Spanish teacher, Sarah B. My 10 year old daughter had her first lesson with her on Monday. She really knows her Spanish and more importantly, she knows how to work with children. She was kind, patient, encouraging and helpful. We will continue to purchase lessons as long as she’s a teacher. My daughter and I are thrilled to find such a qualified instructor. Thank you Sarah for making a difference in Rena’s life!” Muchas gracias, Sarah, and thank you Glenice for sharing!!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 10/20/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Jill H. in Winter Springs, FL, wrote, “My student, Nicholas A. has steadily become an outstanding singer. He has successfully learned some of the important techniques for singing well. His range has improved over the past few months as he has put into practice the elements of good singing, especially breath support. He is to be commended on his hard work and I am proud of his accomplishments. I look forward to seeing his progress sky rocket as he becomes more comfortable with his voice and continues to perfect his skills. He is a great guitarist and he has also worked on his piano skills. Students like Nicholas make teaching fun. Way to go Nicholas!!” Keep up the great work, Nicholas!!

Elizabeth C. in Brick, NJ, wrote, “My piano student Molly W. has been a dedicated learner. She works hard practicing her songs and techniques. In August of this year she began to even learn how to record her songs and we were looking forward to her debut performance in a neighborhood talent show. A few days before the show she broke her finger. Her parents and I were so disappointed that she would not be able to perform because she had worked so hard. However, the next day she came to the studio and told me that she still wanted to play with the fingers that she had left! I love having a student so excited and committed to learning. Her hand is almost healed and we will be resuming lessons very soon. I can’t wait to start working on next year’s performance with her!” Great attitude Molly, and amazing dedication! We look forward to hearing even more great things from you!

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