Class Details

  • Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • 5 Students
  • 10+
  • 45 mins.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to plan an effective practice session

  • How to break down difficult sections of music

  • How to use practice rhythms

Weekly Curriculum

Tuesday October 10th: Organizing Your Practice Time - Learn how to plan your practice time effectively and come up with a basic routine to cover all your bases, no matter how little time you have to practice!

Tuesday October 17th: Breaking Things Down - Learn how to take a difficult section of music and break it down to the simplest format possible to figure out what the problem is and how to fix it. Bring any specific examples and we can work through them together.

Tuesday October 24th: Open Strings and Practice Rhythms: In this class, I'll talk about one of the most beneficial practice techniques I know - using practice rhythms to train your brain and make difficult spots much easier!

Sunday November 5th: Learn how to play without pain. I will explain and demonstrate a good setup for the violin and the bow. I will explain and demonstrate various exercises to release tension and improve flexibility. I will have students participate during the class and be able to ask questions about their own playing. Learn how to play in a relaxed position with good technique and no pain or tension

Sunday November 12th: Learn how to use various rhythms to improve your playing skills. Come to class with an etude that you are working on. I will show you different rhythm patterns you can use to make learn the etude easier and more interesting. Once you learn these rhythms, you can apply them to multiple things you are learning. Class with Lisa.

Sunday November 19th: Ever wonder what is the best way to learn a new piece of music? Come to class with a new piece you are starting to learn. I will explain and demonstrate ways to learn the piece and how to approach learning new music.

Sunday November 26th: Practice routine. Come to this class to learn how to set up a practice routine for yourself and how to use your practice time most effectively. Learn to start with long tones, then scales, etudes and pieces. Learn some exercises you can do to warm up your hands and arms before you pick up your violin. Class with Lisa

Requirements

A reliable internet connection

A laptop or desktop computer if you’re joining from home - The Google Chrome web browser is recommended for computer users

A tablet or smartphone if you’re on-the-go - The TakeLessons app (for Android or iPhone) is required for smartphone users

A built-in or external webcam

Description

Most people have busy schedules and finding time to practice the violin can be a challenge. These classes will teach you the tips and tricks for making your practice sessions more effective, even if you don’t have a lot of time. You’ll learn techniques such as how to break down a difficult section of music and how to use practice rhythms. Your live instructor will also be available to answer any questions you might have.

Teachers

To provide the greatest availability of start dates we have assigned multiple teachers to this class. All teachers will cover the same class material however their teaching styles may vary.
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Susanna S.
I've been teaching violin for over 20 years and my students have gone on to play in youth orchestra, attend PMEA and ASTA events or go to college as a music major. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to improve your playing skills and as time goes on you'll be able to play at a more advanced level. I specialize in [Traditional Classical violin, typically use Essential Elements 2000, Samuel Applebaum methods, Suzuki methods and traditional scales and etude books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: Metronome, Tuner, rosin. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
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Lisa C. L.
After playing the violin for over 20 years, I was inspired to share the gift of music with others by my teacher, Susanna. I'm is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, and have attended the 2017 ASTA National Conference. I currently performs with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. I have played in recitals, the Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra, and was accepted to the 2006 PMEA District Orchestra. I can’t remember a time before I learned how to play the violin; it has brought me great joy!
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Lucas B.
Hi! My name is Lucas and I love to teach! I've been playing violin since I was 11 years old and currently hold two degrees. A Bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a Master's degree from DePaul University in Chicago - both are degrees in Violin Performance. I began violin in the public school system in Tallahassee, FL and eventually began taking lessons privately with an emphasis in the Suzuki Method. I can't wait to teach you!

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