CLASSICAL VIOLIN & VIOLA, FIDDLE, AND PIANO LESSONS Lessons offered in downtown Arlington, WA 98223
PRIVATE LESSONS OUTLINE Private lessons are held weekly for 30 or 45 minutes. Each student has their own weekly time slot and lessons are held at the same time each week. For more motivated students or older beginners, 45 minute lessons are required.
Lessons in the studio are September - June. There are no lesson in July or August.
In addition to the weekly private lessons, there are up to seven group lessons throughout the school year, held on some of the first Saturday of the month. During the group lessons, students will perform for each other, learn new musical concepts and songs, play music related games, compare practice times with studio wide practice competitions, practice and perform ensemble pieces, and socialize with other music students.
There are two recitals per calendar year. The recitals offer a platform to showcase a student's skills, motivation to practice, make music lessons social and interactive, as well as building performance skills.
I recommend waiting until seven or eight years old for classical lessons. Adult students are most welcome! Approximately 25% of my students are adults who are taking lessons and learning music just for the fun of it. Private lessons make a wonderful recreational hobby for adults.
TUITION Tuition is a comprehensive flat monthly fee due in 10 payments September through June that includes private lessons, group lessons, recitals, and most materials. Email for current monthly tuition rates.
LESSONS CALENDAR Dates for private lessons, group lessons, and recitals for the upcoming year are listed on the calendar handed out at the studio.
STUDIO POLICIES Please email lauraroundy@live for a current copy of the studio policies and operations.
VIOLIN / VIOLA / FIDDLE LESSONS Since I am a classically trained violinist, I offer a technique oriented approach to stringed instrument lessons, which is referring to the method of using the instrument and developing good technique, not necessarily the genre of music studied. I enjoy teaching fiddle students as well, but with an emphasis on classic training and technique. Even fiddle students should be able to play all kinds of music. The goal is that violin students have a good understanding of how the instrument produces sound and that students learn to maximize quality sound out of the instrument. Note reading and music theory are very important for violinists of any age. Therefore, my teaching approach is to use a variety of song and method books to improve skills such as sight reading, note reading, and ear training, to make a well rounded violinist. Beginner students use a comprehensive method I have written just for my students.
GROUP VIOLIN LESSONS This is a fun and affordable way to introduce a schooled aged student to wonderful world of music. These are a once a week recreational violin class, geared towards introduction of good violin technique and music in a fun social setting. Enrolling now for September 2017. Space is limited!
PIANO LESSONS Piano lessons are taught with an emphasis on developing classical technique from the very beginning and strong note reading abilities. Each student receives a custom tailored lesson plan. A wide variety of materials are used during lessons, from technique trainers to song books. I have developed a large library of music and tailor each student's lessons and materials to suit their needs. Piano students will receive some materials directly from me, and then some lesson books will need to be purchased by the student. My goal is that each piano student studies music that inspires them to not just play piano, but make music with the piano. A piano student will quickly develop a large repertoire of pieces that they can play, ranging from classical music to contemporary solos to Christmas music. I have spend the last decade focused on research in quality teaching materials and continuing education to be able to offer the highest quality of music lessons that I can. Piano lessons are taught on a very high quality professional grand piano, so that good basic technique and sound quality can be developed. I teach sitting at a second piano, so we can maximize our time spent in lessons with quick demonstrations, duets, and playing in unison. Owning a real piano is required for piano lessons. Keyboards are not pianos and are not sufficient to take lessons on. I can make recommendations.