NEW! Beginning Group Violin and Viola Class for Adults: LESSONS
NEW! Beginning Group Violin Class for Children 5-7: LESSONS
Violin and Viola Lessons
Private Lesson Monthly Rates:
30 min: $120
45 min: $150
60 min: $180
Lesson length depends on the age and focus of the student. Longer lessons allow for more time to cover music reading, theory, and composition.
Instruction with Ms. Detlefs
Ms. Detlefs' teaching style follows the Suzuki philosophy with the belief that music is a language that, like the other languages of the world, is learned most easily and organically through immersion. Ms. Detlefs believes a solid technical foundation makes playing more enjoyable. After all, technique exists to help us create beauty, to play with ease, and to play with confidence. She expects and encourages students to develop their creativity, by expressing their musical ideas and their personalities through the violin.
Lessons with Ms. Detlefs emphasize how to practice, discovery of the students preferred learning style, and the development of tone and musicality. Ms. Detlefs' students develop a set of polished, memorized repertoire; play classical music ranging from Bach to Paganini; are members of their high schools' intermediate and advanced orchestras; learn songs both by ear and musical notation; range in age from 5 to 55 years old; have written their own arrangements; have learned fiddle and folk music from the Americas, India and Eastern Europe; and have played a variety of popular music including Enya and the music of Zelda.
"Miss Lea Detlefs was my son's first violin instructor and because of clear instruction and enthusiasm he has learned quickly. Within just one year he can read music with confidence and practices daily without prompting. He looks forward to her lessons every week. She is a great teacher!"
"Lea's emphasis on positioning and tone have been the backbone of my daughter's lessons with her. We can all tell what a big difference proper positioning makes in her sound. Lea is flexible in her teaching methods, and adjusts her teaching style to fit the student. She is willing to experiment with different ideas to keep things interesting! Her students feel motivated by her encouragement and her interest in them. I would highly recommend Lea as a teacher."
"Lea was a perfect match for our daughter Rena. Lea was successful in teaching Rena how to enjoy the violin. Her way of teaching was systematic and to the point. Rena learned violin theory, how to hold the bow, keep the best posture, how to keep rhythm, and how to express dynamics. Lea always wrote down a list of learning points, homework for Rena, which Rena voluntarily practiced every day. She really enjoyed it. I don't know how young Lea learned to teach like an experienced teacher. I myself used to learn violin as a child, and wonder if I could have been a better player if I had met Lea."