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Euphonic Studio Violin Lessons

Phone 319.895.8002

Learn to play piano, guitar, violin, bass and banjo at Euphonic Studio in Mount Vernon, Iowa… call 319.895.8002 today to arrange for a free, no-obligation introductory lesson.


Violin Lessons at Euphonic Studio

Expert violin instruction from an experienced professional musician

Violin lessons at Euphonic Studio will help you develop your natural abilities efficiently

Violin lessons at Euphonic Studio will help you develop your natural abilities efficiently

I began study of violin in 1960 when I was 9. My dad was the string teacher at our public school in International Falls, Minnesota for over 2 decades. I began teaching beginner students in 1968. I was the concertmaster of my college symphony in 1971-1972, and I played violin in bands for 2 decades in a bluegrass, folk, rock, and jazz environment.

Euphonic Studio violin lessons are fun! All instruments present their own set of challenges to the new musician, and violin has some special coordination requirements which can be challenging.  Learning violin requires a great deal of patience and focus,  but violin lessons are worth the effort!  Having someone to coach you can speed up mastery of technical problems and help you learn new skills faster.

To make even the most basic pleasing sounds on violin is an athletic feat. Simply holding the instrument is very unnatural as it requires your left arm to be bent into a shape that you would never use for anything else. Bowing requires you to combine the radial (circular) motions of joints in your fingers, wrist, elbow, and shoulder into moving the bow in a straight line.  I teach straight bowing early in the process.

One thing you really need to bring to the game is patience, especially on the beginner level.  You need to respect yourself and your ability to learn. I have seen students who get very frustrated because they expect to make faster progress. For 99.9% of us, the progress we make is directly proportional to our dedication to playing the violin! Just realize that in order for you to make progress on violin (and learn to play it correctly) it will require 4 things with your private lessons:

  1. Dedication and determination
  2. Regular practice
  3. Some natural athletic and musical abilities
  4. A caring, experienced instructor (that’s my job)

Euphonic Studio beginner violin lessons checklist

Younger students may require supervised practice, which also means that their parent will need to audit a lesson now and then so you know what your child and I are working on.

First, you need to evaluate your decision to study violin in terms of your real available time for practice.  Please be prepared to discuss your practice time available for music lessons at your free introductory lesson.

If you don't own an instrument, your local music store can help you find the one that's right for you Having the right violin will make it easier to learn

If you don’t own an instrument, your local music store can help you find the one that’s right for you. Having the right violin will make it easier to learn.

Second, you will have to find a playable violin. For the younger student please rent an instrument rather than buy.  The music store can help fit you with the right instrument. There are at least two music stores I know of in the Cedar Rapids area where you can rent one. They have inexpensive, smaller instruments for young beginners that you probably would not want to purchase but are fine for learning. There are some stringed instrument dealers in the Cedar Rapids – Iowa City area who carry fine instruments and bows, if you are in the market for such a violin.

Third, you’ll be needing some course material. I have been teaching violin with a variety of different violin courses over the years. I have used the String Essentials books, Belwin, and Merle Isaac for child students who are absolute beginners. If you have already taken lessons somewhere else, we may continue to use your methods books if that is what you prefer to do. In addition I will frequently use Suzuki materials to supplement the other books.

If you have already taken lessons through the Suzuki method, you may continue using your course material at Euphonic. Parents of very young Suzuki students should audit their child’s lessons for the best results.

For those of you interested in classical music, I have many methods books for your review and a lot of nice pieces on different levels.

You will have fun learning!

Violin is not easy to play, but it is worth the effort. I really enjoy teaching violin… it’s very satisfying for me to watch students progress. I can tell you from personal experience that if you plan to do any entertaining, there is nothing that gets a crowd’s attention more than a hot fiddle solo. I’m looking forward to helping you learn the basics and beyond.

Euphonic Studio Violin Lessons

Private violin lessons with a professional musician and experienced instructor with over 50 years of violin study, performance, and teaching experience…

Call Bill at 895.8002 to arrange for a free evaluation lesson

Mount Vernon, Iowa serving Cedar Rapids, Marion, Solon, Mechanicsville, Ely, Springville, Anamosa, Iowa City and surrounding area

For information about music lessons and digital recording at Euphonic Studio, call Bill at 319.895.8002

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