Getting Your First Violin or Viola? Read This First.

Budgets are tight, and the holidays are here. Your daughter wants a violin, but you can’t afford $500 for one – so you turn to Amazon, eBay and Craigslist. Sounds like a great idea until you get it, and not only does it sound awful (and it’s not just operator error), but the pegs don’t work, fine tuners broke within days and the bridge… is it bent? While these online resources are fantastic for many things, the musical instruments you find there often leave something to be desired. Craigslist actually…

Homeschool Violin and Viola Classes via Skype

I get it – I’m a homeschool mom too. We want to do everything we can for our kids, but when we’re footing the bill, things add up quickly. When it comes down to it, sometimes the cost of private lessons is just too high for our budget. Here’s an affordable option: Live, online via Skype. You’ll get great quality lessons, at a lower price. Maybe you’ve tried save money and let them learn violin via YouTube – how did that work? Usually, without a teacher really bad habits become…

A New Year, and a New Violin!

Carlie has been a student for a little over a year, and is one of those kids who does her work and sees the benefits of that work. She makes my job easy. Really. Easy. Her family, like many others, rented her first violin to see how she would like it. In fact, it’s something that I strongly recommend.¬†She fell in love with the violin, and they started looking for one of her very own. Here’s the message that her mom sent along with the photo: A happy camper with…

New Look!

You may have noticed the website changes that I recently started working on. While I like change as much as the next person, there’s a purpose to this change beyond just a “sprucing up” of the website. I’ll be adding some key functionality that will enable current students to log in, find the music they need, and even pay their monthly tuition online. Keep checking back!

Theory Time Workbook Series

I stumbled upon this series on Amazon.com, and on a whim added it to my wishlist to be looked at later. Well, I happened to get a copy of this for Christmas this year, and boy am I glad I did! It’s well structured and easy to follow with a bit of guidance from a knowledgeable adult. Our twins have really enjoyed the activities, and always seem to want to do just a little more than I ask of them, which speaks¬†volumes about the book’s interest level for them. I…