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Kendra R.

Kendra R.

Having taught and performed for over 30 years, I have had the pleasure of working with students of all levels and ages. For beginning students, you can expect to be playing and learning to read music within your first month of taking lessons. I am happy to say that my intermediate and advanced students have met goals of preparing for auditions with success, performance events, and simply studying new technique and repertoire for their own pleasure. I look forward to meeting and sharing your musical endeavors!
/30 mins
Stephanie Q.

Stephanie Q.

Being a violin and viola teacher for the past 25 years, I love imparting to my students the how-to of tone production, and can teach from beginner all the way to auditions. My teaching experience covers over 3 decades. I am of a direct teaching lineage to the legendary Clara Schumann. My students have won competitions. To see my teaching style go to YouTube Stephanie Quinn Music and look for my masterclasses. If you follow my micro-management and practice directions, you will succeed with your goals!!
/30 mins
Shannon B.

Shannon B.

I use a hybrid approach in viola lessons using Suzuki and method books. Note and rhythm reading are taught as well as good technique and tone. Students have opportunities to perform on recitals and play familiar music.
/30 mins
Damien G.

Damien G.

Expert advice on tone production, theory, technique, and musicality
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Michelle T.

Michelle T.

I love teaching strings. I focus heavily on bow technique. I have gotten students into youth orchestras and passed college auditions. I like to use the Essential Elements and Suzuki books. I also offer online group lessons at a highly discounted price. I suggest that all my students join. This is a great option for kids while class is out.
/30 mins
Nicholas H.

Nicholas H.

I'm an experienced and dedicated musician, having played with Orchestras and Chamber groups throughout my state. My lessons are focused on relaxation, and am as laid back or strict as the student needs. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, shooting to be a church player or a pro, I have taught students for that and am the teacher for you.
/30 mins
Joshua A.

Joshua A.

I was raised in the Suzuki method, trained in it, and I believe in it. It is the most effective school of education for new musicians who want to learn reliably. I've been teaching it 6 years. I can talk to you for days about the method, but I will sum it up as quickly as i can. 1: Immersion 2: Daily Practice 3: Listening 4: Strong relationship between student, teacher and parent. If the student listens everyday, practices everyday, practices what i tell them, and is made to love the music, you will learn. I've taught hundreds of students this way and when all the conditions are met, all my students have had success.
/30 mins
Michael D.

Michael D.

I feel what makes taking lessons with me unique is my experience teaching private violin and viola lessons in Texas public schools (grades 6-12) and my career as a professional musician having performed in many orchestral, opera, and chamber music settings. Through the lens of that performed experience, I know how crucial an education that includes classical music can be in a student’s overall academic development and maturation. Though not everyone pursues music as a career, no matter the student’s age, I wish to ultimately be a positive support system in fostering their development in their mirrored desirability to make classical music and incorporate it's richness and beauty into their life.
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Julia is the best instructor we can ever ask for. She is very professional and patient to my sons. Also, she is very encouraging yet also gets across what she expects from her students. We would recom

Sandy (Viola lessons with Julia L.)

This review is for myself and my daughter who are both taking lessons with Theresa. We give Theresa S. 5 stars each for being a great teacher and 5 stars for her location being very good for us. In ad

Sari Hewlett-Pacheco (Viola lessons with Theresa S.)

Betsy was AMAZING!! She helped me work on scales and my concerto, she made it so mug more fun and was very nice to be around.

Annmarie Seaman (Viola lessons with Betsy F.)

Betsy was my daughter's viola teacher for almost 2 years. She was consistently fun, nice, supportive, knowledgeable, and professional. We recommend her highly.

michelle (Viola lessons with Betsy F.)

Julia is the best instructor we can ever ask for. She is very professional and patient to my sons. Also, she is very encouraging yet also gets across what she expects from her students. We would recom

Sandy (Viola lessons with Julia L.)

This review is for myself and my daughter who are both taking lessons with Theresa. We give Theresa S. 5 stars each for being a great teacher and 5 stars for her location being very good for us. In ad

Sari Hewlett-Pacheco (Viola lessons with Theresa S.)

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Viola Lessons

The viola, not to be confused with its cousin (the violin), is a stringed instrument that produces a beautiful deep, low sound. It dates back to the mid-1500s and has since played an integral role in the orchestra, providing the alto voice.

If you’re interested in learning to play this lovely instrument or building on the musical skills you already have, our certified viola teachers can help. Here at TakeLessons, we offer the best online viola lessons, in addition to our amazing in-person private and group sessions. Sign up with us today to learn to play the viola like a pro!

Certified Viola Teachers

At TakeLessons, we’re committed to helping you master the viola. That’s why we only work with certified viola teachers with the experience and knowledge to instruct you. We also require our teachers to undergo background checks, so you’re always in safe hands.

When signing up for your viola lessons, we invite you to select your ideal teacher. Our listing of viola tutors near you provides you with the information you need to make your choice. You can read about their background, check out student reviews, and see their starting rates. Our teachers set their own prices, but on average, a 60-minute session will cost around $70 and a 30-minute lesson will cost approximately $39. Because there are so many options, you’re sure to find a teacher that suits your preferences and budget.

To finish the sign-up process, select your teacher, choose your schedule, pick your lesson package, and then you can start your lessons today!

Online Viola Lessons for All Ages

Have you ever felt like it was too late in your life to start a new hobby or follow your dreams? Well, don’t let that stop you from learning this instrument! Anyone can master the viola, no matter what age they begin their musical journey.

Here at TakeLessons, our teachers are skilled at teaching viola lessons for kids and adults, so you don’t have to give your age a second thought. Whether you’re signing up yourself or looking for lessons for your seven-year-old child, you can take comfort in the fact that we cater our lessons to every student, regardless of their age.

Viola Lessons for All Levels

One of the best things about our in-person and online viola lessons is that our tutors have the experience to instruct students of all levels.

If you’re picking up the instrument for the first time, our viola lessons for beginners are a great place to begin. You’ll learn all the basics and build a strong foundation. Already know your way around this instrument? Then perhaps our intermediate or advanced lessons are a better fit for you.

No matter where you’re starting out, our tutors will determine your skillset and create a customized lesson plan based on your goals.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Viola Lessons

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 Lessons

Your teacher might instruct you on 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 Lessons

Topics covered in advanced lessons depend greatly on the interests and goals of each individual student. 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

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Nothing should get in the way of you learning this beautiful instrument. When you’re ready to start your viola lessons with us, you’ll find that our check-out process is a breeze. Simply select your teacher, choose your schedule, pick your lesson package, and don’t forget to score our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

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Is the viola easy to learn?


Whether or not you find the viola easy to learn depends on many factors. For example, if you already know how to read music, your viola-playing journey might be slightly easier than someone who doesn’t have that skillset yet. Or, if you’ve mastered other stringed instruments, the viola may come more naturally to you than someone who has never dabbled in the musical world.

That said, when you sign up for viola lessons, our tutors strive to make learning this instrument as easy as possible. They’ll break down concepts and techniques for you, making everything more easily digestible. Taking it one step at a time will help make the learning process as smooth as possible. What’s more, they’ll instruct you based on your preferred learning style and go at a comfortable pace, ensuring you build a strong foundation.

How much are viola lessons?


The costs of viola lessons will vary, but here at TakeLessons, we are committed to making our classes flexible and affordable. Our sessions range between $15 and $150 an hour. On average, a 30-minute session costs $39, while a 60-minute lesson costs $70. Our teachers set their own starting rates, and their prices will vary based on a number of factors. Review our listing of certified tutors to find out more about their individual prices.

Can you learn viola as an adult?


Yes! It’s never too late to begin learning this instrument. Here at TakeLessons, our certified viola teachers are equipped to teach students of all ages and backgrounds. In other words: you never have to worry about your age getting in the way.

When you sign up for our private lessons, you’ll have your own tutor who is dedicated to your success. Your tutor has all the patience in the world and will go at a speed that best suits you. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback so that you can slowly but surely master this stringed instrument.

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