What is the youngest age that you teach?
I teach from age 4 upwards. I recommend that very young students have basic reading and counting skills before starting violin. Students younger than 4 may benefit from a general music class for preschoolers instead.
Do you teach adults?
Yes, I teach adults of all levels from beginner to advanced.
Do I already need to be able to read music to learn violin?
No, this is not necessary for a beginner. You will learn how to read sheet music along with your violin skills.
Do I need my own instrument? Where can I buy or hire a violin?
I am a parent, can I sit in the room during my child's lesson?
Yes of course! Parents are welcome to watch every lesson and see how their child is progressing. For young children it can be helpful for parents to see what they need to practice at home. If you are unable to attend your child's lesson, I will send you a video of their violin playing from time to time so you can watch their progress.
How soon after starting lessons will I become proficient at violin?
There is no easy answer to this question as every student has a different musical background, physicality, level of understanding, and practice ethic. The average student can expect to take 12-18 months to complete an AMEB grade level (some students will progress faster, and some slower). Students who develop a strong daily practice habit can expect to see the fastest progress.
What will I learn during my lesson?
Do you teach Suzuki method?
No, I am not a Suzuki teacher. However some of the pieces you learn may also be found in various Suzuki books.
Do you teach group lessons?
Group lessons are generally not available as each student has a unique pattern of strengths, challenges, and aims. Lessons are planned and structured to fit each individual student's needs.
Are violin exams available?
When will you next be opening up the waiting list for applications?
The waiting list is open from early Dec to end of Jan each year. It may also open at selected times during the year. The current waiting period for an ongoing lesson timeslot is approx. 12 months.
Why do I have to wait to be offered a lesson timeslot?
Can I book in for casual or school holiday lessons if there is no regular timeslot available?
Yes, this is certainly possible. If you let me which day/times you are available I can notify you when there is a casual opening that might suit you. However please note I can't predict if/when a casual timeslot will become available, and it is often at short notice.
How can I pay you?
Do you teach viola or piano as well?
Currently I am not offering viola lessons. Piano lessons are available for selected students.