New this fall… Group Violin Lessons!

The Bridge to Learning

This year, Joyful Melody Studio will be offering an exciting new thing! Group violin lessons will now be available for beginning or early intermediate students. I’m excited to help your child embark on a lifelong journey of love for music and for playing the violin.

I currently have a class for children turning 5 or 6 in the 2017-2018 school year. I am offering another class is for children between 9 and 12, and would be open to creating other groups as needed. The cost will be $25 per 1 hour class that meets weekly. (Receipts are available for reimbursement or tax purposes).

For the younger students, I’m planning to make it 1 hour long with lots of activities. We will sing songs, play rhythm games, learn the notes on the staff in a fun way, learn proper bow hold, the parts of the violin, placing the violin in walking and shoulder positions, and how to play violin in pizzicato (plucking) and with the bow. I use a modified Suzuki method and emphasize encouragement and proper technique.

For the older students, we will learn the violin basics, along with note reading and ensemble practice. I will also work with them in a master class style–listening to each student individually and offering comments and input from the group.

As a child I loved being a part of group lessons. It’s enjoyable to play as a group and is a way for students to encourage each other as they progress. If you would like to find out more, please contact me by commenting or using the contact information available here.

All the best!


Getting started with violin lessons

For beginning violin students, I use two books simultaneously for the first few months. Please plan to bring these with you to your first lesson.

  1. Essential Elements for Strings, Book 1 by Michael Allen (you can get either Essential Elements 2000 or the pink Essential Elements Book 1)
  2. Suzuki Violin School, Vol 1. You can also get the CD that goes with this book–and it is helpful, but you don’t have to have it.

You don’t have to order them from, Shar Music also has good prices. The fastest way to purchase them is from Long and McQuade music store (near South Edmonton Commons) which has these books in stock.

Also, you’ll need a violin, bow, and shoulder rest. Most violins are also sold with rosin, which you need, too. I have students who are very happy renting their instrument from Long and McQuade, and love working with PJ Tan Violins. Shar Music has a nice program where you can try out an instrument before purchasing it.