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Violin Lessons in Seattle

Are you thinking about taking violin lessons in Seattle? You’re in luck because Seattle is the perfect place for budding musicians. Seattle is home to some of the most legendary musicians and bands including Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam. While the city is primarily known for 90’s grunge music, Seattle has one of the most diverse music scenes in the country, making it one of the best cities to learn a new instrument.

Seattle has an array of music venues where you can hear everything from jazz to country to rock. By visiting different venues and listening to a variety of musical genres, you’re sure to get inspired and possibly pick up a few tips and tricks along the way. Below are several music venues around Seattle that will help ignite your passion for violin.

Benaroya Hall
Located in the heart of downtow
n Seattle, Benaroya Hall is a great place to hear the sounds of classical violin music. The modern concert hall is home to the acclaimed Seattle Symphony, which has received 18 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards, and other numerous recognitions. In addition to hosting the Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall invites other well-known musicians to perform, including renowned violinists from all over the world.

The Royal Room
Founded by musician and composer Wayne Horvitz, the Royal Room is a place where local musicians of all ages and genres come to play. Located in the neighborhood of Columbia City, the unique restaurant and bar not only allows musicians to show off their talents, but they also offer musicians the chance to record shows or rent the space for rehearsals. Get to know the local violists in your area at the Royal Room.

The Vera Project
Do you want to listen to great music from local musicians while learning the ins and outs of the music industry? The Vera Project is a volunteer-run music and arts venue whose mission is to engage young people and promote creativity. The venue hosts popular music concerts and offers musical education classes on things like live audio engineering and studio recording techniques. Pursue your musical passion and practice your violin skills in a safe community at The Vera Project.

Dimitrou's Jazz Alley
What do Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Betty Carter, and Bill Evans all have in common? Besides being renowned jazz musicians, these folks have all played at Dimitrou's Jazz Alley. Dubbed the greatest jazz club in Seattle by Citysearch Seattle, the venue showcases a wide variety of jazz musicians from around the country. If you’re interested in playing jazz violin, get inspired by visiting Dimitrou's Jazz Alley. Who knows, you might even pick up a few tricks.

If you’re taking violin lessons in Seattle, you might want to consider checking out these various venues to get inspired and connect with other local musicians. Experiencing different genres of violin music will help broaden your horizons and skills.
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BJ M. Seattle, WA

As we begin lessons, we break down the violin (of course not literally) to explore how integral each part is. We also look at positioning and holding the instrument discovering the motion and muscle that creates the best tone from the violin.

With these foundations, I'll introduce scales, songs and progress into new concepts along the way.

But with any musical instrument, the ear is the most important part of the instrument. How you listen directly impacts how you will play. I will help train your ears to be your best teacher.

All in all, learning the violin can be fun - a time or two frustrating.Though with willingness and proper practice, we will learn from mistakes, grow with each lesson and make beautiful music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a comfortable ground-level studio with plenty of natural light and street parking. Parents are welcome to stay with children during their lesson. There are, however, a variety of choice cafes and bakery shops just around ...

About BJ

I grew up studying violin under the Suzuki method for over 13 years at the University of Louisville School of Music Preparatory School, my listening and playing skills were nurtured at the young age of five. I performed with the Louisville Youth Orchestra and other ensembles increasing my skills and confidence playing the instrument. A confidence that I can bring out in you as your violin teacher. Beyond the classical foundation of Suzuki's collection, the violin has afforded me a unique opportunity to express myself in a wide range of musical styles and venues: * I have supplied harmonies on acoustic covers and classic rock numbers at college open mics and coffee shops. * I rocked out with an indie-pop band on famous Seattle stages like The Showbox, The Crocodile and ...

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Nilanjana G. December 16, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
BJ has been a wonderfully dedicated violin teacher for my 10 year old kid. He is very approachable and understands the student's needs very well. I would highly recommend him.
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Carol D. May 17, 2014
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
I have learned more in 3 lessons with BJ than I did in a year with my last teacher. He has clear and helpful exercises to fix my bad habits in how I bow. We aren't into actual playing yet, but I expect things will progress well for me.

His place is easy to get to and comfortable. He is prompt, organized and manages to be efficient at fitting a lot of teaching into the time we have. I did shift from half hour lessons to a full hour, as the half hour was not enough time to really finish a topic for us.

I'm very happy with the experience and am so glad to be playing again.
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Greg S. December 1, 2013
Music Performance
This guy is a true PRO

I have not personally taken lessons from B.J. Montoya, but I am a colleague of his and have created and performed music with him off and on over the last ten years. WHat I can confidently and boldly say is that B. J. is masterful at the violin and fiddle, and truly knows all aspects of the language of music. IF you take lessons from him, you won't just learn songs; you will learn artistry, technique, music theory, ear-training skills, music appreciation, and most of all a PASSION FOR MUSIC - which B.J. cannot HELP but to pass on to his students. I say this because I have always respected and admired his true passion for creative muical expression on the violin.

Besides all that, B.J. is a sincere, super-friendly, and laid-back guy who will help any student - at any level - feel comfortable and at ease. His ability to offer warm support and encouragement - AND make the lessons FUN - will surpass any other violin teacher - I can pretty much guarantee that.

I highly recommend B.J. as a music teacher.
Benita L. Lynnwood, WA

About Benita

My heart would beat too fast and too loud whenever I had to perform music in front of an audience! Nerves can be calmed by mental "gymnastics"! We will practice making music as a team! I have coached a lot of string players so that they can master their challenging orchestra music. I love to help anyone learn how to play the piano, the violin, the viola or the mandolin. I want you to be able to play the tunes that you enjoy the most and make it "your music"! I will teach you about music theory and history and help you train your own ears. You can compose your own music IF that is what you like...performance opportunities, chamber music too! I have a BA/BM in Violin Performance from the University of Washington. Certificated in Suzuki Method. Former Assistant Concertmaster, ...

Jae-In S. Seattle, WA

About Jae-In

Starting to take violin lessons when Jae-In was 4 years old, she had become the youngest winner of the Korea national music competition at the age of 6, and made a solo concerto debut with one of the major orchestras at the age of 10. Since the debut, she has been performing extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, and often performs live on national television and radio such as on KBS and King FM Radio. and Asia, S. had performed solo with the Seoul Symphony, Port Angeles Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, UW Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic, Gloria chamber Ensemble, and Washington Idaho Symphony. She studied music at the Preparatory School of Korean National University of Arts, Yewon School, and Seoul Arts High School and received her bachelor degree in music at Yonsei ...

Reviews

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Alan B. November 30, 2014
Violin · In studio
Jae-In is one of the most competent violinists in the Seattle area. As a teacher she is very analytical and puts a lot of thought and effort into her students's progress. I am a former semi-professional player who stopped playing the violin for 20 years. I recently started practicing again, but felt that I needed more direction and guidance. I have progressed more in the last two months working with Jae-In than I have in the previous 1 1/2 years since I picked up the instrument.
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Dana P. July 31, 2014
Violin · In studio
I was lucky to study with her cuz she is a professional, personable, and motivating teacher.
I leaned not just how to play violin, but how to practice on my own and listen to myself. So I notice that I'm improving my playing each time I practice.
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Aries C. February 17, 2014
Violin
She's the finest violinist and teacher I've seen.

Jane's very devoted and responsible to her students and she knows how to keep them inspired and loving playing violin.
My son couldn't get into the college receiving full scholarship without her.
Jonathan G. Seattle, WA

About Jonathan

I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.

Lindsay H. Seattle, WA

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About Lindsay

I teach violin lessons to students ages 3-18 of all levels. I teach mostly using the Suzuki method, but also supplement with other materials. I have a Bachelor's in violin performance from the Eastman School of music and Master's from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA. Before moving back to Seattle this month, I was freelancing as a violinist in Pittsburgh while maintaining a small private violin studio for the past 3 years. I'm now accepting new students in Seattle.

Eric W. Redmond, WA

I started playing violin with the Suzuki method at age 5. I have been teaching violin to ages 4 to adult for over 8 years. While not a concert or symphony level player, I have been providing quality lessons and guidance to beginners and intermediate players of all ages and interest for years. As with all of my lessons, I provide a core curriculum as well as custom tailor to the student's needs and interest. From Bach and other Suzuki classics, to modern favorites like Pirates of the Caribbean or Lindsey Stirling.

About Eric

Music lessons for all ages and levels on guitar, bass, violin, cello, ukulele, banjo and voice/singing. Private studio in downtown Redmond. I have been teaching for over 10 years, performing and recording as a singer/songwriter/guitarist for over 25 years. Berklee College of Music alumnus. All styles of guitar, classical, jazz, blues, rock, acoustic, electric. Suzuki method violin and cello as well as fiddle and folk styles. Lessons at comfortable retail location in downtown Redmond, Allegro Music Lessons.

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