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Average Cost of Violin Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute violin lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $200 per hour.

30-min $15
$38 average
45-min $17
$53 average
60-min $20
$66 average

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute violin lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute violin lessons are 20% less expensive at $53, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $38.

Curious how much violin lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best violin teachers .

Violin Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Violin instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

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Zhana G.

New York, NY
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Omer A.

New York, NY
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Mimi D.

Tulsa, OK
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About Zhana G.

New York, NY
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Each lesson will be taught in response to current needs of a student but the following are the parts that make up an entire lesson:
- Technique
- Theory
- Music
- Practice
All together are basic fundamentals.

My job as a teacher is to help you find a place for music in your daily life and to make a practice time more of an experimental discovery play, than boring work. Once you find a key, it opens up a whole new world of communication.

As a private violin instructor, I believe that education is impossible without student’s motivation and passion. Perhaps you have decided to become a professional musician or maybe you want to play for your own enjoyment... Whatever your goals are, I can lead you there! Let's make it happen together because it is never late to follow a dream!

I recommend younger children travel to me for the best learning experience.

Thomas January 30, 2019
· Violin · In home
Zhana is such a kind, thoughtful, and patient instructor! Our lessons give me the perfect balance of structure and fundamentals, along with playfulness and exploration. She is able to make the connection between the technical aspects of the basics and the musicality of a piece. Zhana regularly plays with me during our lessons, which has really helped me hear my intonation and what correction is needed. She is very understanding of the fact that I am an adult learner and do not always have the opportunity to practice as much as I like, but at the same time she is constantly encouraging me to learn more and improve my technical abilities. I would highly, highly recommend Zhana as a teacher for anyone looking for a new teacher!
Amir January 24, 2019
· Violin · In studio
We really love Zhana. Very attentive and thorough teacher. Spends a lot of time on proper technique. Always finds a way to encourage a young learner.
Vera Z. August 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
We are very happy to know Zhana! My daughter enjoys taking violin lessons with her. Zhana is very kind, responsible, and her instruction effectively improves technique and inspires enthusiasm for music.

About Omer A.

New York, NY

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Hey there explorer!

So you thought the violin is only meant to play Classical music? Think again!
With over 13 years of experience in improvisation in many different musical styles on the violin, I will show you the methods to explore and teach yourself any type of musical style you'd wish to play!

Although being mainly a Jazz violinist, I have performed and recorded in many different musical genres and improvisation styles including Blues, Trad Jazz, Rock, Indian Classical music, Bluegrass, Jewish Klezmer music and more. Since students spend most of their crucial development time individually in the practice room, as a teacher my biggest ambition is to teach my students 'how to be your own teacher' (I know it's kinda shooting myself in the foot :] ). Based on my 20 years experience playing the violin and other instruments, my training in Alexander technique, teaching artistry, psychology, philosophy and meditation, I've accumulated a set of methods and ideas about how to ...

Ruth May 26, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Omer is giving Violin lessons to my youngest son Eric for the last 6 months. Eric started playing the guitar a few years ago up until a movie he recently saw on a Japanese brilliant violinist , a week later he told us on his will to tryout the violin. Fortunately We heard Omer playing in a jazz club, and contacted him a few days after, Omer is a very talented musician but has unique capability and patient for his students. Omer is teaching with a very relaxed, positive attitude, his passion for music with small anecdotes and humour was what made Eric to get in love with the instrument and he is Impatiently waiting for his next lesson. we highly recommend Omer as a teacher and musician.
Mike May 24, 2018
· Audition Prep · Online
Omer helped me in preparing for my audition to the school of jazz in The Newschool, NY. Don't know my answer yet but Omer definitely helped me feel confident about my playing and be more coherent in my presentation in front of the judges. He showed me some techniques to be able to remain focused even under the stress of an audition of such significance for me and I feel like it really changed my performance for the better.
Highly recommended!! :]
Idan May 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I've been a classical violinist for many years and but never had the courage to improvise on my instrument. Omer showed me how fun improvisation could be and really made everything seem easier than what I thought it was.
Great guy and awesome teacher!!

About Mimi D.

Tulsa, OK
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In her teaching, Mimi specializes in helping her students achieve all their goals.

She encourages and nurtures her students, builds up their confidence levels and character, and improves their techniques and skills in each lesson.

Students can hear the improvement in their playing in each lessons.

Mimi has developed a very experienced, masterful and supportive teaching style, she used extremely helpful techniques for studying and practicing music.

Mimi shares her musical gifts and love of music with all her students.

Mimi is currently accepting
new students.

tawna April 3, 2019
· Violin · Online
I love my lessons with Mimi, she is so patient and so very helpful to me !! I love this!!
Paula D. April 3, 2019
· Songwriting · Online
This was my first songwriting lesson with Mimi. She helped me with one of my sings and listened to 2 of my other songs. I have found Mimi to be a very knowledgeable and patient and creative teacher who inspires self-confidence in her students. Definitely several points above average.
Gail B. March 14, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Mimi continues to be very patient and kind. I feel I am progressing in my learning/skills nicely. I could not ask for a better instructor!

Megan S.

Colorado Springs, CO
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Martin S.

New York, NY
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Keiko T.

New York, NY
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About Megan S.

Colorado Springs, CO

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Students can expect to learn excellent fundamental technique, tone, musicality, and basic music theory skills to allow them to read perform beautiful music!

Carter April 16, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
Hooray! Lesson number 1 and my daughter is so proud of herself! I’m so appreciative of your patience and positive attitude with a beginner. 😊
Michael July 26, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
First off, let me tell you that Megan is not only an outstanding musician. She gifted in the art of patience. This is what makes her an excellent teacher. She is also a quality person, an asset that's instrumental " no pun intended" in teaching the Arts.
Laurie July 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Megan teaches not only skills and technique, she passes on a love for music and joy in learning. She demonstrated patience with my daughter, and my daughter couldn't wait for another lesson mainly because it was time with Megan. I recommend her highly!

About Martin S.

New York, NY

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Dounis technique for string players

Lanny September 10, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Martin is a colleague of mine; we have worked together at Lincoln Center and in recording studios in NYC.
I believe he would be a wonderful teacher, patient and knowledgeable. He is well versed in the Dounis method of violin pedagogy.
Gil August 27, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Helped me a lot.
Jill August 25, 2018
· Violin · In home
Martin really knows the in's and out's of violin playing and teaching. He's worked with some of the best teachers and can tell you things very few other teachers know. He's got a great sense of humor and is super organized. Wonderful teacher.

About Keiko T.

New York, NY

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I love teaching adults because we can build up meaningful relationships and have intriguing conversations through music! I am fully equipped to teach from absolute beginners to semi-professionals who had chosen a non-music career path. Let's work together to achieve your goal, and make beautiful music.

Kei January 30, 2019
· Violin · In studio
I highly recommend Keiko as a violin teacher. She would be good with any level and any age student. Keiko is really a wonderful, patient and constructive teacher. She really knows fundamentals and always explain to me how to do things from many different prospective. I work full time and often find myself not ready for the lessons. She doesn't discourage me in any way even if I make really simple mistakes. She is always very positive and somehow makes me wanting to learn more. I am so lucky to have found her.
Polibio January 3, 2019
· Violin · In home
A wonderful violin teacher, always with the right solution for the technical and musical challenge. Keiko has a warm and kind manner that encourages confidence, especially for an adult student like me. And I continue to learn from her - in my ongoing lessons and her performances that I attend.
Rachel December 29, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Keiko is an awesome instructor who knows her stuff. She really helps and challenges her students to better understand the instrument and how to play it. I definitely recommend her as a teacher as you will learn a lot with her!!

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Violin Lessons

The violin is one of the most empowering musical instruments to learn, and has frequently been the subject of many music research studies. It has been found that those who learn to play the violin have also benefited in other areas of their lives. Those who play the violin demonstrate enhanced concentration, as well as increased math, memory and reading skills. Although the violin is known best for its use in classical music, it has become a far more versatile instrument that has also been used in country, folk and even popular rock. Whether your goal is to play Beethoven, an Irish jig, or a lively fiddle tune, taking lessons can help you become a well-rounded violinist.

Because the violin is such a complex instrument, finding a violin instructor with skill, patience and extensive knowledge is essential. Finding the best teacher for you is one of the most important parts of your musical journey, and specialized instructors can bring forth the virtuoso that lives within. Taking private violin lessons will give you the feedback and attention you’ll need to hone your skills.

Beginner vs Intermediate vs Expert Violin Lessons

Private Violin lessons with a TakeLessons instructor are tailored to each student based on their current skill level, and goals. Beginner students get easier songs, easier exercises, and simpler techniques. From there, the difficulty increases in order to properly challenge and motivate intermediate and advanced level violinists to develop greater skills, to stretch their preconceived limitations, and to ultimately gain more satisfaction, meaning, and pleasure from the Violin.

We understand advancing violinists may also have professional goals, so our teachers can counsel you to increase your chances of getting more and higher paying gigs. Who knows, someday, you too can become a TakeLessons Violin instructor and get paid to teach other aspiring violinists like you.

Violin Lessons for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

If you’re the type of parent who believes music can improve early childhood development, science has good news for you. A recent study suggests that Violin practice can help children better and faster process music and language. Hearing different pitches and tones can help one better parse spoken words. So while every parent needs to be careful not to forcefully involve their little ones in music, sports, and other interests, parents can still take a gentler approach that stimulates joy and curiosity, and plant a seed for lifelong learning.

Violin Lessons for Kindergartners and Grade Schoolers

Science also has good news for kids older than preschool age. Research suggests music lessons improve academic performance, as well as cognitive skills in children. Violin lessons and practice can help improve motor skills, cognitive performance, and listening skills at a young age.

TakeLessons instructors are background-checked, and highly qualified to give your kids the lessons they need to stay engaged, enjoy the learning process, and to gradually and continually improve one key, one note at a time. After all, learning at a younger age yields the greatest and most long-lasting benefits.

The last thing you want to do is force a kid into playing and practicing so much that they begin to flame out and reject something as beneficial as the Violin.

Violin Lessons for Teenagers and High Schoolers

The teen and tween years are the make or break years for most people, in deciding whether they’re going to stick with a childhood hobby or interest, for life. As you go through puberty, and begin preparing for life as an adult, and responsibilities pile on your plate, the first things to go tend to be the personal interests you’re passionate about, because they don’t pay the bills. Also, because they’re not an official part of your school curriculum. In other words, what was once a must-have becomes a nice-to-have.

This is why it’s important to have someone that holds you accountable for prolonging your learning and practicing, regardless of whether it’s a musical instrument, or a sport, or any other after-school matter. Someone to keep you motivated. And if you decide to make your passion a profession, someone to guide you along the way on how to find the right opportunities for paid gigs, or even a full-time career in playing the Violin.

Violin Lessons for College Students

Let’s be honest, private lessons aren’t the best idea for college students who are generally tight on budget, time, and commitments. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and practicing. You can still work the Violin by taking classes or participating in music programs at your college. These tend to be more affordable, more social, and less stressful than trying to fit private lessons into your routine.

Violin Lessons for Working Adults & Parents

By now, you’ve already decided whether to stick with the Violin or to drop it. If you’re one of the lucky few that stuck with it, in spite of having an extremely busy schedule with work and family obligations, congratulations. Contrary to popular belief, taking the time out for routine Violin practice has tremendous benefits, even for the busiest of people.

We believe that Violin practice as an adult is more productive than it seems because it clears your head, it builds patience, discipline and concentration skills which you can transfer over to other parts of life, and it keeps your hand-eye coordination sharp. It also keeps you committed to learning and improvement, which again, are transferable traits to professional life. As role models, parents taking active classes shows kids the importance of pursuing personal interests for life.

A new study on the long-term benefits of music lessons reports that older adults who took lessons at a young age process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not, regardless of whether it was a violin, a harmonica, a ukulele, or any other instrument.

The study found that participants who had four to 14 years of musical training had faster responses to speech sounds than participants without any training — even though no one in the first group had played an instrument for about 40 years.

Violin Lessons for Senior Citizens & Retirees

Another study showed that practicing a musical instrument can slow down the aging process. The study of adults ranging from ages 60 to 83 revealed that those who played music regularly had better verbal and non-verbal memory, verbal fluency, visuomotor speed, and cognitive flexibility.

Even if you’ve never played a musical instrument or shown any interest, it’s never too late to start. Even latecomers can fall in love with something as timeless as the Violin. Age isn’t a relevant factor, when it comes to curiosity, pleasure, and determination.

More Benefits of Violin Lessons

Another music study at Duke University found that brain activity while listening to violin classical music showed unique brain activity for when a patient was listening, reading, and imagining playing music, and that the entire area of the brain fires on all cylinders providing for a whole body experience.

And here’s a comparison of your brain on music versus your brain without it on NPR.

Topics Covered in Private Violin Lessons

Learn about violin basics and advanced techniques such as the anatomy of a violin, scales, playing ranges, acoustics, chords, strings, finger placement, and the fingerboard.

Learn about playing posture with both right and left hands, and techniques such as vibrato, vibrato trill, harmonics, double stopping, triple stopping,

Learn how to hold the bow, and different bowing techniques such as detache, tremolo, pizzicato, and more.

Learn how to properly tune a violin in order to produce beautiful sounds that can only come from violin music.

Learn how to play the violin by reading sheet music, and by ear.

Learn about productive violin practice, and how to effectively play solo or in an orchestra.

Learn about the violin instrument family of stringed instruments, such as the fiddle, viola, cello, and bass, and their unique characteristics.

Learn about the different genres of violin such as classical music, jazz, folk music, Indian classical music, fidding, and more.

Free Violin Lessons and Classes

Check out this video for a free lesson on violin finger positions.

A free video lesson on playing violin vibrato.

A video tutorial on how to properly tune a violin.

A free violin lesson on scales for beginners.

A free violin lesson on how to hold a bow.

A free 15-minute lesson on violin practice.

A free video lesson on how bowing technique affects violin tone.

Why Learn Violin with TakeLessons

• Each student will receive customized violin lessons. Instructors will assess your interests, age and skill level so you’re provided with an experience tailored specifically to your needs.

• Students have access to lesson journals online to keep you motivated and on track.

• Choose from an incredible list of local instructors or online violin instructors who are knowledgeable, friendly and certified.

• And don’t worry – if for any reason you’re unhappy with your lessons, you’re protected by a 100% money back guarantee.

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