Violin Lessons for Ages 3-4
We offer three options for violin lessons, so read below to find out more about each. Regardless of which option you choose, children under the age of five must have a parent partner who is also learning to play or already plays the violin to observe their lessons and practice alongside them. We do not teach children to read music until they can identify letters, shapes, and numbers and know the difference between left and right, and even if your child can do these things, they will not be able to practice effectively without help until they are about 10 years old. Some children need or want a parent partner into their teen years. It doesn't matter how mature, intelligent, or independent your child is. They will not be successful without someone to keep them on task in practice and otherwise support them as they learn. After the first year, the parent partner may choose to stop taking adult violin lessons, but it will still be necessary to observe the lesson, takes notes, and help with practice until the child is able to do these things alone. You do not need to know anything about music in order to be a parent partner, but we encourage you to learn to as well if you do not already play an instrument. We also need to make sure your child has an instrument that is suitable for learning, so if you have not purchased a violin yet, please do not do so until we have matched you with an instructor. We offer a free orientation and instrument consultation in our studio for anyone interested in studio or home lessons for violin, viola, or cello.
This is the traditional way to learn to play an instrument. The student visits the studio once a week and practices daily between lessons. Some students request two or three lessons a week. We recommend beginners start with no more or less than one half-hour lesson per week except in special circumstances. Our studio is located at 203 W Main St in Smithville, MO. For the protection of both our students and our instructors, we do not allow children under the age of 14 to be in the studio without a parent or another responsible adult present. However, if your child is 10 or older, you may sit in our waiting room with the classroom door open.
The main difference between studio and home lessons is that the instructor travels to the student rather than holding lessons at the studio. Some students find they learn better in their own home, and it is more convenient not only because you don't have to travel but because your instrument will stay in tune longer if it is never transported. Home lessons are currently available in the KC Northland. Instructors are not permitted to be in the home of a minor student without a parent or other responsible adult present, and lessons must be conducted in common areas of the home (not bedrooms).
Video Chat Lessons
Taking lessons via Skype, Facetime, or Facebook Messenger allows your child to have home lessons at the studio lesson price. There are some disadvantages we want you to be aware of. The instructor will do his or her best to demonstrate from different angles and will ask your child to turn around or move the camera in order to see different angles, and that really isn't any different than walking around the student in the studio. However, because the instructor cannot touch the student to adjust the position of the hands or instrument, there is time lost in giving detailed verbal instructions that would not be necessary in the studio. Watching the same videos we use for exchange and flipped lessons can help compensate for this, but it is important that your child not work ahead of what the instructor has assigned. We recommend tuning and setting up several minutes before the lesson begins, in order to make the most of your time. Children should not tune their own instruments until taught to do so by the instructor, which probably won't happen for several years. Parents need to learn to tune, and tuning needs to be done at least once a week before lessons, if not before every practice session. Video chat lessons are available to anyone in the continental United States.