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Jill G.

37 Reviews
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Starting at $29
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Jill G.

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Whether you're 3 or 103, if you're playing viola (or starting to play!) I hope you're EXCITED about it!! Over the years, my students have said that their lessons are/have been their favorite times of each week. I believe learning to play viola should be full of joy, learning, thinking, and feeling. Bring that joy alive for yourself by partnering with me as your musical guide. I bring over 30 years of experience and pure joy to my work, and I'd love to share that with you!

About Jill

I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyp

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Julian
Jill has been great! I’m an adult beginner who was nervous about jumping into learning the Violin. Jill is very helpful, super encouraging and knowledgeable. Also very flexible with my schedule. I recommend her to anyone starting out. I look forward to my next lesson!
Deborah S.
I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson. Jill is an excellent teacher. She is patient and so easy to follow. Btw she is an amazing violinist. I’m so impressed.
Jim W.
A great deal of instruction in the first lesson.
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Betsy F.

24 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Teaches students 2 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1999
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Betsy F.

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Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.

After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing multiple songs.

About Betsy

Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, t

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Kathleen
We have been so happy with the lessons our daughter is receiving from across the country. We used Betsy to get her ready for an audition quickly and then signed up for 15 more weekly lessons.
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Misty B.
Betsy is a wonderful violin instructor, and we found her sense of play, imagination, balanced with the need to instruct a good fit for our three year old daughter. Thank you Betsy for your patience and flexibility!
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Catherine W.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, mandarin
  • Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Catherine W.

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This is my profession.

About Catherine

Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the Ameri

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Sophia D.
Great with children very understanding knows a lot of information willing to help you succeed in success! Would recommend to anyone.
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Merlene
I had a great experience because Catherine is an amazing instructor.
She taught lessons with a high degree of professionalism and care. As a novice, I was able to learn a lot because Catherine was patient and attentive to my learning style.
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Mary V.

39 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks Russian, Italian
  • Teaches students 14 and up
  • Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from University of Southern Maine
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Mary V.

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Although I mainly sing now, I was originally a violinist and played all through college in professional orchestras, quartets and even as a soloist.

As a professional Music Educator, I have run String Programs in various International Schools among many other instrumental ensembles. I've conducted student orchestras & built many programs from scratch. Please see the links in my profile of the beginner orchestras as well as my playing!

Although I do not play professionally anymore, I still play very well, and am a perfect teacher for a beginner and intermediate student. I know how to get students started quickly and with confidence. Choose me to jump start yourself or your child.

I think my biggest strength as a strings teacher is helping this tedious time as a beginning violinist be fun and useful. My students really enjoy their lessons. I also have a lot of experience online and anticipate all of the normal issues (tuning, instrument care, etc;)

I've trained a lot of ...

About Mary

Hello everyone, I hope you are staying healthy amid the COVID-19 Crisis. This is such a difficult situation for everyone. Stay home and stay safe. If you are interested in online music lessons, consider me, as I've been teaching online for the past 3 years. I've mainly taught voice but have

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Mitchell
As an adult with lots of piano experience but limited violin experience, Mary was able from the very first lesson to quickly determine my skill level and tailor instruction appropriately. I am looking forward to more lessons and am confident that under her guidance and with diligent practice, I will steadily improve.
Katie J.
Within only the first few lessons, I have already learned so much! Mary exceeded any expectations I had. She is incredibly knowledgeable, and has wonderful material suggestions.
Abigail
I just had my first lesson and it was amazing and helpful.
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Jill Z.

10 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance from Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • Teaches students Male: 6 to 17; Female: 6 and up
  • Awarded Concerto Winner 2004 from South Orange County Chamber Orchestra
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Jill Z.

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Students can start from the very beginning or come in to improve technique, sound, skills, ear training, intonation, and reading music. Students work on scales, exercises for tone and coordination, vibrato, solos, audition music, and orchestral music. I can recommend many youth orchestras in the area. Some of my students work on auditions and music for All Southern Youth Orchestra and All State Youth Orchestras. I go at the student's pace and also start out many beginners. Students learn to sight read and practice rhythm exercises to prepare for orchestra auditions and playing with other musicians.

About Jill

Please check Jill's Takelesson's calendar for lesson availability. If you sign up for lessons, they are weekly lessons and you are reserving the same time per week. Weekly time changes are not possible at this time, so please select a Recurring Plan and lesson time when you sign up and no Schedule

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Renee M.
She quickly assesses your skills and figures out how to help you start developing your skills right away! She’s so kind and patient.
Jaden
Jill is kind, professional, and attentive. She made sure my son was comfortable and engaged during the entire lesson.
Samantha
My 6 year-old daughter had her first piano lesson with Jill and loved it! She is so kind and made the learning experience really fun.
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Phoebe S.

5 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2012
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Phoebe S.

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I have been teaching viola for seven years. Though I am classically trained, my interest in music goes far beyond classical music. I am constantly listening to various genres of music and consider myself a forever learner, loving everything in music from Prokofiev to the Flaming Lips. It is my job to help guide my students through their musical journeys, whether that is helping them get into their regional orchestra or teaching them that one song they've always wanted to learn. I teach out of the Essential Elements and Suzuki Method books. Though my lessons are fun and relaxed I will always give my students that extra push when needed. My goal is to help each student reach their personal success and to instill a love for playing music.

Tools for lessons:

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About Phoebe

Hello! I am a classically trained violinist and violist. I have been playing violin for 15 years and teaching for 7. I got my Bachelor's degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut in 2017. Since then, I have performed at Woolsey Hall, Ivoryton Playhouse, Playhouse on Park, and the Bushnel

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Natalia
Excellent first lesson. My 9 year old was very happy. Phoebe is enthusiastic and great with kids.
Manisha N.
My daughter loved it!
Jersey
Great instruction, she had me working with the bow on the very first lesson. Very responsive to students needs, A+ will continue studying viola with phoebe.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing viola teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Average Cost of Viola Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute viola lessons is $71. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $154 per hour.
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"Concetta is clear, helpful, and experienced. I feel that I will learn a lot. Instruction is a good blend between focused and flexible."
Sara
Took Viola lessons from Concetta A.
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"My first lesson was great! I had taken private lessons locally before using Take lessons. I learned more from Susanna in 1 lesson. Looking forward to more."
Cindy
Took Viola lessons from Susanna S.
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"Carly makes lessons interesting and fun for my 10 year old son. My son is high energy, and yet he is able to concentrate, focus and enjoy!

We plan to continue lessons on line with Carly during the Coronavirus pandemic."
Dave
Took Viola lessons from Carly C.
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"I've been getting lessons for 2 years and I've improved greatly."
Miranda
Took Viola lessons from Speedy B.
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"As a former professional musician with an undergrad in Music, my standards are pretty high when I'm selecting musicians to teach my kids. My son has been taking viola lessons with Regina for 2.5 years. She is professional but also down-to-earth and great to work with. My son, now an 8th grader, played a level 1 solo at the District and State ISSMA contests and earned a Gold at both levels--the only kid in his school to do so. We credit Regina for appropriately pushing him to be his best. You can be assured that when you choose Regina, you're choosing one of the very best teachers around."
Ryan
Took Viola lessons from Regina H.
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"It has been an honor to know Susanna since her days as a student teacher. She was an extraordinary student teacher and now, with many years of teaching experience behind her, continues to set realistic goals for her students, and for herself."
Donna
Took Viola lessons from Susanna S.
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"Will's a great instructor. Very knowledgeable, passionate, and patient. Has a wide range of influences and inspirations. Can't go wrong with this man!"
Karl
Took Viola lessons from Will R.
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"Jill is an excellent instructor. She is patient and funny. Kind and informative. She is highly knowledgeable and one of the first Suzuki kids."
Gerlinde
Took Viola lessons from Jill G.
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"I'm very happy with my first lesson. Helena is very informative, and I really like the way she teaches, with wonderful attention to detail. I'm looking forward to next lessons. Meanwhile I'm practicing!"
Dana
Took Viola lessons from Helena G.
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"Betsy was my daughter's viola teacher for almost 2 years. She was consistently fun, nice, supportive, knowledgeable, and professional. We recommend her highly."
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Took Viola lessons from Betsy F.
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Private Viola Lessons Near You

If you're interested in learning to play viola and doing any research on the topic, it won't take long before you discover the fact that violas and violists are the butt of several musical jokes. You'll see cartoons describing viola cases as theft protection for violins and even find an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to the topic of viola jokes. If you take the time, however, to listen to works composed specially for viola, such as "Viola Sonata" by Rebecca Clarke, you'll understand that the viola is the dark horse of the orchestra, and the orchestra wouldn't sound complete without its violists. 

The viola's range sits between that of its string cousins, below the violin and above the cello. It's able to convey a wide range of expression within the middle or alto voice of the orchestra. It can be played as a solo or as an accompanying instrument and is commonly found in string ensembles, orchestras, and concert bands. 

Why Learn to Play Viola?

Cellos and violins have regulated sizes and structures. In the middle of the range, however, violas come in all sorts of sizes and even some pretty wacky shapes (that resemble instruments found in Salvador Dali's artwork). As a result, you won't have a problem finding a viola that feels comfortable - no matter how big, small, or strong you are. 

Playing viola requires impeccable posture and lots of upper body and core muscle strength. As you learn and practice, these parts of your body will grow stronger. You'll also improve your listening skills, as you learn to hear precise pitches and tones. 

In addition, most string musicians choose to learn violin or cello over the viola, putting violists in high demand. As a result, you'll enjoy a much less competitive environment. Violists are so rare that you'll be able to find plenty of opportunities to play in local orchestras, bands, and string ensembles. 

The Best Way to Learn to Play Viola and What You'll Study in Lessons

Although you can find plenty of free viola classes online, the best way to study is with a private viola teacher. You'll receive immediate feedback, helping you overcome challenges and preventing you from developing bad habits early on. You'll pick up new techniques and concepts quickly, while you learn at the pace that's most comfortable for you. 

Plus, a private teacher can customize lessons with fresh and interesting content that'll keep you motivate and learning. No two private lessons are the same. For example, viola lessons for adults differ greatly in terms of teaching style and course materials from viola classes for children. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Viola Lessons

If you have little or no previous experience playing viola, then beginner lessons are for you. In beginner classes, your teacher will introduce you to the basic techniques and concepts necessary to start learning viola. As you practice, you'll learn simple melodies that'll introduce you to new techniques and musical ideas. Your viola tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Instrument anatomy and care
  • Proper posture and how to hold your viola
  • Proper bow hold
  • Basic fingering and scales
  • Introduction to music theory
  • Learn to read musical notation

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Viola Classes

If you're already familiar with the basics of playing viola, you'll feel at-home in intermediate lessons. Your instructor will show you new techniques, as you continue you to challenge yourself to learn increasingly complex music. Your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Exercises, scales, and arpeggios
  • Right hand (bowing) techniques
  • Left hand (fingering) techniques
  • Playing expressively with dynamics
  • Extended techniques

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Viola

If you have plenty of experience playing the viola, a thorough understanding of music theory, and are fluent in musical notation, then you belong in advanced lessons. In these classes, you'll overcome personal challenges and learn to play like never before. Topics covered in advanced lessons depend greatly on the interests and goals of each individual student, but your teacher might choose to cover some of the following topics:

  • Sight reading
  • Mastering the solo
  • Improvisation and composition
  • Scordatura tuning
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation

How to Find a Viola Teacher Near You

If you're ready to learn to play viola, then you'll need a teacher. Finding a private viola tutor on TakeLessons is easy. With a quick search, you'll find a long list of educated and experienced teachers who offer private viola classes near you and online to students of all ages and abilities. Before choosing your teacher, browse through several professional profiles and reviews to find the tutor who's right for you. 

If you're concerned about the cost of private lessons, our teachers offer classes at a variety of rates. You should be able to find a tutor who fits into both your budget and your schedule. Private viola lessons are well worth the investment. You'll learn new concepts fast and your playing will improve after the very first lesson!