Swarthmore Viola Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Viola lessons? Our Swarthmore teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Use your current location
Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Our teachers have taught
1 , 6 8 4 , 1 1 7
lessons and counting!

Popular Viola Teachers Near Swarthmore

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Swarthmore including Wallingford, Morton, Folsom, Woodlyn and Holmes.

Showing 5 results View More
303940_yyzlq3875wxyrrn6t6ny

Amber R.

Blue Bell, PA

Since 2008 I have maintained an active music studio teaching both violin and viola! My lessons are designed around you and your goals for music. I use a combination of Suzuki method and traditional (meaning you'll learn how to read music right away if you can't already) My lessons are catered to your needs, but warm ups, scales, etudes and repertoire are the building blocks of my lessons. Technique is a huge part of the way I teach--so you'll definitely get a solid understanding of how to play beautifully and accurately! I'm a relaxed and gentle teacher, and I'm never going to have anything but a smile on my face, so there's no need to feel stressed or nervous.

About Amber

Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2013
Masters of Music in Viola Performance in progress at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 2015

Ms. R. began her studies on violin at an early age. After studying violin for 10 years, she made the switch to viola and never looked back! She performs internationally--most recently traveling to the Isle of Man for the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition as a finalist to compete in the 2013 competition (this is one of the two international competitions in the world for viola!). In July of 2014,
Ms. R. will be returning to perform at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. She has studied as well as performed in Shanghai, Beijing and many other cities across China. Ms. R. is currently a graduate student at Temple University in Viola Performance as well as a freelance musician and private teacher of the violin and viola. Her principle teachers include international viola soloist, Hong Mei Xiao and Kerri Ryan of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other interests in no particular order include ancient history, philosophy, astronomy, Earth science, veganism, quantum physics, traveling, spirituality, anything interesting and following her heart always.

When we first meet, I'll ask you to play me something so I can get a feel for where you are...whether its a scale or a piece you have been playing. If you don't know anything that's fine too! My lessons are designed around you so every lesson is a different depending on the student, however, below is an example of the materials generally covered.

Example Lesson
1. Warm up (scale, open strings, or finger exercises)
Address technical issues--tone production, posture and set up, various bow exercises, intonation, etc.
2. Positions
3. Etude
4. Repertoire
5. Recap

It might sound like a lot--but don't worry I'll have a smile on my face the whole time and be working with you and encouraging you to do your best!

After 3-6 months:
Read notes (if you can't when you first come)
Count rhythms
Have a correct set up
Full tone
Developed ear
Scales
Greater finger facility
Repertoire

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stand, Metronome, Tuner, Music (but eventually you will have your own) You will need to provide your own instrument.

My preferred teaching methods are Suzuki and Sassmannshaus, Mark O'Connor Fiddle Book (violin and viola)

Recital Opportunities
Studio recitals are held biannually in December and June! They are a great chance to perform for friends and family, as well as meet the rest of the studio. You do not have to perform, but are certainly encouraged to : )
(Location varies, but usually they are held at a local church or university)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Folk
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Andrea May 26, 2016
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
Amber did a great job of building on the previous lessons' information and allowing me to progress at a pace I was comfortable with. She has a positive and encouraging style.
Silhouette-80
Matt September 9, 2015
Violin · In studio
Amber is an excellent teacher that has an individual approach to all her students! I learned so much in a short time and now I feel that my skills are improved. I appreciate music even more after being thought by Amber! I would recommend her to anybody in any age to study violin/viola with Amber.
Thank you so much!
Silhouette-80
Bette Q. June 23, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amber was able to give me instruction so that I can learn the notes and guided me on what I need to have to improve my skills.
View More
View Profile
Amber R.

Amber R.

Blue Bell, PA 19422
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
Profile_41915_pi_thomasjwest

Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA

I can help beginning students on viola learn the basics.

About Thomas

Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a c
appella groups.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Dan L. August 21, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Mr. West is an amazing teacher! He helps you figure out your notes, pieces, scales, etc., etc., and even takes the time to write out music sheets! I look forward to every lesson with him! -Spring Z. (Student)
Silhouette-80
Rebecca August 18, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
I am really pleased with Tom's approach and simplification of cello basics others have made so complex! The instruction was easy to follow leaving me with the ability to play 3 scales the first lesson (with practice of course). I felt like there was hope for someone like me taking up cello so much later in life.
Silhouette-80
Sam August 17, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
It seemed like a great first lesson. My son was comfortable and got directly to learning. We are confident that Mr. West will have him caught up with the rest of the 7th grade band in no time!
View More
View Profile
Thomas W.

Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA 19335
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
Profile_73995_pi_10407410_2445432982680_2468331061911207700_n

Joshua B.

Philadelphia, PA

"Joshua is a talented young musician and a gifted and patient educator. His approach to teaching is refreshing and open. Joshua's style is a unique blend of accessible and authoritative, facilitating students’ progress in a friendly and enjoyable way."
- Victoria Voronyansky, Concert Violist & Educator

About Joshua

Joshua Burgos Teaching Studio offers private instruction in viola and violin performance. Lessons are highly customized to accommodate the musical interests and needs of each student. Joshua teaches beginner to advanced level viola and violin performance and has worked with children, teenagers, adults and university students.

Lessons take place at Joshua's private studio in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia, and with special arrangement at student's home or online via Skype or Google Hangout.

In addition to Joshua's work at the Teaching Studio, he is Associate Faculty at the Volider
a Musica Institute for Strings and Faculty at the Burgos International Music Festival.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Susan January 7, 2016
Viola · In studio
I would highly recommend Joshua as a viola teacher. My 13 year old son has been taking viola lessons with him for 2 months and I can already hear an improvement in his playing as well as see a marked improvement in his bow hold and body alignment. My son had previously taken private lessons with another teacher for about a year, but Joshua is really helping him to focus on proper technique. Joshua is a very professional, affable and patient teacher.
Silhouette-80
Barbara September 15, 2015
Violin · In studio
test
Silhouette-80
Barbara September 15, 2015
Violin · In studio
I highly recommend Joshua for violin or viola study. Joshua maintains high standards for his students but is patient and professional at all times. His communication style is friendly and down to earth. I have learned a great deal from Joshua about how to approach violin exercises and, most importantly, the reasons behind the exercises!
View More
View Profile
Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Philadelphia, PA 19134
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
Profile_80199_pi_0cd52fd

Alyssa D.

Swedesboro, NJ

I want to have fun learning and making music together! This is what I love to do and I want to share it with you in a relaxed and cooperative atmosphere. I teach violin, viola and cello at all ages, levels, and to people with all different types of abilities and backgrounds. Music is an amazing way to express yourself, I would love to teach you how to do this!

About Alyssa

I teach to enrich lives, yours and mine! An open and diverse teacher, musician, and lifelong learner, I draw upon my background to shape the approach to each person I teach. Teaching is a partnership between two learners (as, in many ways, learning is a partnership between two teachers) and is built upon a foundation of respect, patience, and enthusiasm to gain new knowledge.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
jennifer R. December 1, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Alyssa is wonderful! She is very talented and truly loves music. She is very patient and supportive. She makes learning easy and enjoyable.
Silhouette-80
Ava October 22, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My niece enjoyed her first lesson and is really looking forward to seeing her again. Alyssa was really patient with her and kept her focused on the lesson.
Silhouette-80
Camryn T. October 21, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Alyssa was exsaclty what we were looking for in an instructor. My daughter had lessons before with an instructor that wasn't the tight fit. My daughter is 6 years old smart excited and curious. Alyssa knows how to work with children and she keeps my daughter having fun and focused.
View More
View Profile
Alyssa D.

Alyssa D.

Swedesboro, NJ 08085
(5)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
Profile_85529_pi_emma_02 (640x427)

Emma H.

Philadelphia, PA

I am a classically trained violist and I love teaching all ages and exploring music together. I strive to create a fun and productive environment for my students, focusing on both both the technical and musical elements of playing. I have received a Master's and Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and Eastman School of Music in Viola Performance, respectively. I've taught privately and to groups throughout the years and I am excited to bring my expertise to your lessons!

About Emma

I am a violist passionate about music education, currently teaching in Philadelphia. I taught group viola lessons at the Moorhead Summer Orchestra Camp in Minnesota (2014 and 2015) and I have taught private viola and violin lessons over the years to a variety of ages. I love to encourage the individuality that each player brings to their instrument at every level of ability. I tailor each lesson to the skills and goals of the individual, and I'm always open to ideas and styles the student wants to pursue. The greatest joy of teaching to me is seeing how each student responds to different ideas
. I enjoy finding new ways to communicate clearly and directly to help my students improve quickly and express themselves effectively.

Violin and viola beginners can expect to learn a solid foundation of basic skills, including posture and music reading. In addition to traditional learning methods such as the Suzuki system, I encourage beginners to improvise to become better acquainted with the sounds of a new instrument and the feel of creating music. This allows us to build good basic technique and musical style with a sense of exploration and fun. l would love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions about what you might learn taking lessons with me!

I look forward to helping you to achieve your musical goals!
...
View More
View Profile
Emma H.

Emma H.

Philadelphia, PA 19103
starting at
$35 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress,
we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

GetStarted
BrowseListings

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Swarthmore?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you
need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

 
Online

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

645 5-Star Student Reviews in Swarthmore through TakeLessons!

Get Started With Free Resources

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More