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​Q: How much do lessons cost?

A: A flat fee of $150 per month is the current rate, for which you receive one 30-minute lesson every week - including 5th lesson days - as well as unlimited email and phone support between lessons (which comes in handy in case you forget specific details we covered in the lesson).  Violin rentals are available for an extra $20/month.
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Q: Where are you located?

A: My home studio is located in Antelope, at 2818 Tourmaline Way.  It is far for some and close for others, but if you're serious about learning the violin, it is well worth the drive.  I have a surprising number of students that commute an hour to come to lessons.
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Q: Is my child too young to start?

A: The youngest I recommend is 4 years old.  I've gotten consistently good results from students this young as long as the parents are involved and ready to put in at least 10 minutes each day to help their child practice.  Keep in mind that the younger the student is, the slower their initial progress will be, but the advantage is that they'll be getting a head start on learning.  Try to remember that with very young students, practice must involve lots of games and fun. Strict discipline simply doesn't work to craft young violinists.  It has to feel like playing to them.  Try to make them smile at least once per practice, but know that some days will be better than others.  You, as the parent, have to be consistent for a couple of years; week to week - and perhaps hour to hour - your child will change their mind about playing!  But if you show consistency in helping them, they will eventually adopt that attitude as their own.
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Q: I'm an adult, is that ok?

A: Yes, over half of my students are adults.  I've taught students as young as 4 and as old as 75, both very successfully.
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Q: I have no musical experience, is that ok?

A: Yes, it is part of my job to give you musical experience.  I will teach you everything you need to know, both in the realm of music theory and in the realm of physical technique.  I have a wealth of experience teaching absolute beginners from the ground up, and I appreciate the opportunity to work with a blank slate, since it allows me to ensure that everything is done correctly.
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Q: I can't get my child to practice.  Help me?

A: You CAN get your child to practice, but it does require work on your part.  Sometimes, it involves making them, but we must also draw a fine line between achieving consistent practice without ruining the fun.  Luckily, it doesn't take more than 10 minutes a day to effectively practice at first, so you simply need to sit down with your child and help them practice, just as they would have to do any other chore.  But the key is to avoid treating it like a chore.  It will feel like work to them, but if we keep a positive attitude towards it (even though it's difficult at times), they will adopt that attitude eventually.  
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Q: I am an adult and can't motivate myself to practice.  Help me?

A: You CAN get yourself to practice.  It involves discipline and/or clever solutions.  Here are some:

1) Leave your instrument out of the case.  Don't make excuses for why you can't, because I promise you can find a way!  This is very important, as the biggest hurdle to practicing is often just getting the violin/viola out of the case.

2) Set a timer for a realistic amount of time that you'll practice every day.  Play until the timer goes off, and do NOT set the timer in a place where you can see it.  Just wait until you the hear the beep to stop.  Don't check it before then.  Don't go over the time, and don't go under.  Just practice until the timer stops.  You can also purchase "timer cubes" that make this process even easier.

3) Get a real music stand. Besides making practicing easier, it also helps to set you "in the mood" of playing music. Environment plays a role in how much you enjoy playing and how productive your practice sessions are.

4) If these all fail, put the instrument in a hallway that you need to traverse multiple times per day.  You will feel guilty every time you pass the violin and don't play it.  One of those times you are bound to pick it up and play for at least a few minutes.  However, to be honest, if you're having to guilt trip yourself into playing, you may just not enjoy the instrument that much.
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Q: My child practices on their own so I don't need to be involved, right?

A: Wrong!  Even if a child has the best intentions, they almost always lack the common sense of adults.  You, as an adult, understand simple concepts like "if you're bad at this part of the song, you should only practice that part of the song until it's as good as the other parts." But most kids won't do this on their own at first.  They think practicing is just playing the song - incorrectly - 10 times in a row.  Or perhaps just randomly playing different things for the length of their required practice time.  Close supervision is vital!  Be there to watch over practice, but  make sure it doesn't feel like you're hovering over them to punish mistakes.  Be there as a supportive - and perhaps occasionally naggy - pillar.  They'll get annoyed with you for correcting them but you have to stay patient and calm!
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​Q: What makes you better than other teachers?

A:  To put it simply, I truly care about my students' results.  This, combined with an innovative approach to teaching and a wealth of experience and playing ability, makes me a far more proficient violin instructor than most.  I have a sharp eye when it comes to identifying technical problems in a player and a sharp ear when it comes to identifying tonal issues.  I'm constantly working to become a more efficient and more motivating teacher.




How much do lessons cost?

Where are you located?

Is my child too young to start?

I'm an adult, is that ok?

I have no musical experience, is that ok?

I can't get my child to practice.  Help me?

I'm an adult and can't motivate myself to practice.  Help me?

My child practices on their own so I don't need to be involved, right?

What makes you better than other teachers?