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What's the Total Cost of Learning to Play the Violin?

Do you want to learn violin, but you're not sure if you can afford it? Below, violin teacher Carol Beth L. shares the total cost of learning to play the violin... Is "learn violin" on your to-do list for this year? Learning to play any instrument is an investment. Some students or parents may not realize, however, exactly how much investment must be made in order to reach their goals. The cost of learning the violin can be broken down into a few major categories, which include both monetar … Read More
What's the Total Cost of Learning to Play the Violin?
Do you want to learn violin, but you're not sure if you can afford it? Below, violin teacher Carol Beth L. shares the total cost of learning to play the violin... Is "learn violin" on your to-do list for this year? Learning to play any instrument is an investment. Some students or parents may not realize, however, exactly how much investment must be made in order to reach their goals. The cost of learning the violin can be broken down into a few major categories, which include both monetar
How to Prepare For Your First Online Violin Lesson
Have you always wanted to play the violin? Online violin lessons are a great option for busy or remote students. Below, experienced violin teacher Carol Beth L. discusses several ways to prepare for your first online lesson... Taking live, online violin lessons can provide a lot of flexibility absent in face-to-face lessons. Neither you nor your teacher needs travel to meet the other, making scheduling easier and more convenient. Live online lessons, however, are a bit different from face
Setting the Right Goals for Violin: 4 Questions to Guide You
Before you start learning violin music for beginners and all of the violin techniques you need to know, it's smart to write down specific goals you'd like to achieve. Here, San Francisco, CA violin teacher Carol Beth L. share some guidance to get you on the right track...   Teachers, students, and parents of younger students come to the table with different expectations about violin lessons. Even before beginning the lessons, it is important to talk about those goals to make sure ever
How to Find the Best Local Violin Teachers
Have you always been envious of people who know how to play the violin and wished you were one of them? Are you looking to start learning and wonder where you could find great local violin teachers to guide you through this musical journey? Each violin teacher is different, and some teacher-student relationships work well, while others may not. The ideal teacher should have the right credentials, experience, and teaching techniques to be able to inspire you, encourage you, and make you love play
Is it Hard to Play Violin? 4 Challenges - And How to Overcome Them
Many young students interested in learning to play a music instrument are drawn to the beautiful sound and expressiveness of the violin. The first question they will ask is often, is it hard to play violin?  Learning to play any musical instrument can present challenges to the beginning student. However, much of the difficulty in learning any instrument rests with the student¬ís attitude. If something is perceived as hard, it can be easy to get frustrated at the first sign of trouble and simply

Violin in Minneapolis

By Greg B. - Minneapolis Violin Teacher

As a recent transplant to the Twin Cities, I have been finding out just what a Midwest winter means. Although I’m from New York, spending the last 6 years living in Miami and Los Angeles didn’t help me prepare for the chill here. But there have been some performances this winter that have been so blazing, they warmed me right to the core. If you are a student aspiring to take violin lessons in Minneapolis, you have some excellent talent to emulate.

This city has hosted many stellar string players, true musicians that redefine the possibilities of the instrument. First on my list is Andrew Bird, violinist and songwriter. His performances in December at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral were remarkable. Bird combines his violin prowess with guitar, singing, and whistling, all of which he runs through a looper in order to create an orchestra of himself. His latest CD, Useless Creatures, is worth checking out if you haven’t heard it.

Next comes a local favorite of mine, Jelloslave. Consisting of 2 cellos, tablas and a drum kit, Jelloslave blurs the boundaries between jazz, Afro-Cuban, Indian and even pop to create something spectacular. With infectious grooves and soaring melodies, this quartet will engage you for the whole performance. Finally, there’s the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, a unique band that starts with progressive bluegrass before launching off into jazz, world, and rock compositions. Lisi Wright, the band’s violinist, fits right in with the electrified ensemble, improvising catchy licks one second and rocking out the next.

As an instructor teaching violin lessons in Minneapolis, I encounter many beginning students who are frustrated with their supposedly slow progress on the instrument. All their friends that play guitar are able to crank out pop songs in no time flat, and they can barely manage to get through Old McDonald. But the violin should not be compared to the guitar or any other instrument. It is a unique tool with its own advantages and disadvantages. For musical neophytes, an instrument where the only fixed pitches are four open strings can make the violin appear unapproachable. But just as Rome was not built in one day, violin mastery is not attainable in a month. It's important for the student to keep focused on their improvement, day by day, week by week. If you are able to enjoy the experience of discovery and the knowledge that comes with diligent practice, then the end goal becomes much less critical to the ego. Keep this in mind the next time you hit a roadblock during your violin lessons in Minneapolis.

No matter what your taste in music, there’s sure to be a great concert this winter that will warm you right up. So get out there, explore the diverse music scene in the Twin Cities, and take violin lessons in Minneapolis!

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