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Luther W.

7 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Luther W.

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I am a professional violinist and violist in the Boston area. I am a graduate of the New England Conservatory where I have studied with Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, and Martha Katz. I have performed extensively throughout my life as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on both the violin and viola in a variety of professional ensembles including substitute viola work with the Borromeo String Quartet. I draw from this performing background to teach my students of all ages and abilities.

I currently act as Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Viola at Merrimack College, where I serve as a primary instrumental teacher to enrolled students. I have also acted as the primary violin teacher for Main Street Music, LLC, in Waltham. Additionally, I run a private studio of 5-10 students as young as 6 and as old as 60. Of these, some never touched an instrument before our first lesson, and some are serious conservatory-bound musicians intending to make a career as a performer.

About Luther

I am a professional violinist and violist in the Boston area. I am a graduate of the New England Conservatory where I have studied with Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, and Martha Katz. I have performed extensively throughout my life as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on both th

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Thao R.
My daughter has had very good lessons with Luther. He is enthusiastic knowledgeable, and has great techniques. He understands kids and works with my daughter very well. She improves a whole lot and enjoys playing.
Robert O.
Extremely nice and very patient.
Olivia R.
Mr. Warren explained very well on how i could improve my techniques in playing the viola. I learned alot from my first lesson and hope to learn more with him.
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Erin C.

52 Reviews
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Starting at $38
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Erin C.

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I teach scales, technique, shifting, vibrato, tonal exercises, solo pieces, and theory. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, etc., in Classical, Religious, Fiddle, Pop. I help students with their school orchestral music and audition pieces also.

About Erin

My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churc

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Sheena
My daughter and I had our first lesson with Erin together. We both had a lot of fun and learned alot in the first lesson.
James
Erin went above and beyond to get me my first ever violin/fiddle lesson on my birthday as part of a surprise from my family. As someone who plays other instruments but has never touched anything with a bow, I was very thankful to have Erin to introduce me to the instrument with patience but also thoroughness and clear expertise. Very much looking forward to continuing lessons with Erin as I begin to learn this instrument.
Elaine M.
always fun and informative!
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Kathleen L.

45 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Awarded US Fulbright, NEA Grant, Aspen Music Scholarships from United States Fulbright Commission, NEA, Aspen Music School
  • Teaching since 1993
  • PhD Ethnomusicology from Indiana University
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Kathleen L.

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I teach beginning through college level viola, and have studied viola at Indiana University during my doctoral program.

About Kathleen

With a PhD in Ethnomusicology and a Masters in Violin Performance, Kathleen teaches everything from Celtic fiddle tunes to classical concertos. Kathleen has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Indiana's Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestr

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Laurie Z.
we had so much fun playing together
Laurie Z.
always new and exciting! always more to learn.
Mary Ann S.
Kathleen is so very encouraging and helpful no matter what problem I'm having. Love my lessons!!!!!
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Emily W.

18 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Doctor of Musical Arts - Music Performance from CUNY - Graduate Center
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Emily W.

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Whether young or old, raw beginner or experienced player, I am happy to teach you! I am keenly aware to the needs of my students and adjust my teaching based on each individual's musical interests and goals. I have experience preparing grade-school aged students for NYSSMA solo festivals.

About Emily

American violinist Emily W. is an active and versatile performer of chamber and orchestral music. As a chamber musician, Emily has appeared with the Mannes American Composers Ensemble in the ensemble's Alice Tully Hall debut. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo

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Michael Y.
Emily was patient with me as a beginner. Her instructions were very detailed, easily understood and very helpful. Her pace was just right - not too slow, not too fast. She took the time to observe my technique and make corrections gently as needed. I would highly recommend Emily for online violin instruction to students of all ages.
Yitao
I’ve been learning with Emily for 4 years now and have seen major improvements with my playing. She is such a dedicated, hardworking teacher. I have gotten so many amazing opportunities working with her, such as joining youth orchestras, playing in recitals, concerts, etc. No matter your level, she always motivates you to do better. I wish I could learn with her forever :((
Lara
So far so good. Emily was extremely patient and my daughter said she liked it a lot.
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Jessica L.

15 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Awarded First place, Concerto Competition from The New Texas Symphony Orchestra
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Jessica L.

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I am a professional cellist with a graduate degree in music and extensive performing and teaching experience. I look forward to working with you or your child to help accomplish your goals and have fun making music! Lessons are tailored to each students needs and abilities, and I have vast experience working with students of all ages and abilities, from elementary students to college students. I teach online and in-person lessons.

I can provide private lessons for beginner-intermediate level violin and viola students who are in elementary-middle school. I also provide beginner-advanced cello lessons for students of all ages.

About Jessica

Jessica L. is a professional teacher and cellist with a Master of Music in Cello Performance and a Certificate in Arts Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and a Texas teaching certificate in music education. As a

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Alicia F.
very patient
Ryan M.
Jessica was well prepared and very engaging with our daughter. Our daughter can’t wait for the next session!
Ashley B.
Great first lesson, very thorough!
Am excited for the other classes
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Betsy F.

39 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 2 and up
  • 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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My daughter was very nervous and Betsy made her feel at ease. Great first lesson !

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Average Cost of Viola Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute viola lessons is $74. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $160 per hour.
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"Julia has a genuine interest in her student’s progress. She is dedicated to teaching as much as she is to playing the viola and piano!"
Max
Took Viola lessons from Julia L.
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"We got a good basic lesson today. Thanks Trinity!"
Emily
Took Viola lessons from Trinity H.
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"Julia not only is a wonderful musician, but is also one of the kindest people you will ever meet. She is easy to work with, very knowledgeable, and knows how to inspire her students to achieve their fullest potential. You won’t be disappointed!"
Eric
Took Viola lessons from Julia L.
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"No matter how un well I play she always encourages and I feel like "ok I will try again and practice a little more and guess what I do improve . I have progressed 100%"
alycia
Took Viola lessons from Kendra R.
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"I studied with Michael Drobycki during my last two years of high school. In that time he helped me tremendously with my technique and developing my sense of musicality. I was able to make huge amounts of improvement within that time, which allowed me to place into my school’s highest orchestra as well as All-Region placement. Additionally, he helped me find the viola that I concertized on for more than nine years. He continues to be one of my mentors to this day."
Rizwan
Took Viola lessons from Michael D.
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"My son has been developing his skills through her lessons. I've seen him more motivated and dedicated since he has started working with Shannon. I'd highly recommend her for anyone that has a student that is serious about improving their craft."
Jennifer
Took Viola lessons from Shannon S.
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"If you're looking for an amazing violist and teacher, look no further!"
Christopher
Took Viola lessons from Virginia A.
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"I'm actually a colleague of Michael's from the Las Colinas Symphony, and freelance work too. But I do learn a lot from the guy, so maybe consider me a student also! He's one of the finest, and most well respected musicians in the orchestra. Super knowledgeable, very creative and fun. Call this guy up, talk to him for 2 minutes, you will see what I mean."
Drew
Took Viola lessons from Michael D.
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"Nicholas is amazing! He knows how to really explain the viola so that my 10 year-old understands. He’s also very kind."
Ava
Took Viola lessons from Nicholas H.
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"We got right into it and he addressed all my questions and needs at the first lesson!"
Vivian
Took Viola lessons from Kyle B.
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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 or

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chestra. 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!