Musical Instruction Available for:
Violin, Guitar, Fiddle
Lessons are currently available online ONLY. We've had amazing success with the distance format since March 2020, and I look forward to teaching you or your child online! Please reach out with any questions!
30 minute lessons: $120 (4 lessons per month)
60 minute lessons: $240 (4 lessons per month)
If there are 5 weeks in a month, we would have the option to add it for $30 or we will take one week off.
If I'm ever not available for all 4 weeks, tuition will be reduced by $30 for each week I'm unavailable. I will always give advance notice unless it's an emergency situation.
There will be NO make-up lessons. Students must take a minimum of 3 lessons/month to keep their timeslot.
A Few Notes from Miss Katie:
Technology seems to be changing everything these days, and music lessons are no different! I utilize google drive to take weekly notes for each student so they know exactly what to practice at home. This also allows me to take quick, personalized photos and videos occasionally during lessons when a student needs a visual reminder to assist with home practice.
I do not specifically teach the Suzuki method; however, I use many of their techniques combined with a multitude of techniques (Paul Rolland Method, Mimi Zweig String Pedagogy, etc) I have learned from other successful music schools around the world. One especially important concept in my studio is the Suzuki triangle: Parent, Teacher, Student. Successful lessons require commitment and open communication between all three. To make this work, I require parental involvement in lessons for students under 10 years old, and suggest it for all parents!
I also wholeheartedly believe that there is ALWAYS more to learn! Even for the teacher! For this reason, I am dedicated to forever continuing my own pedagogical studies. I’m always consulting colleagues, researching new techniques, attending pedagogy camps, and so much more to provide the highest quality education to all my students!
Frequently asked questions:
What size instrument does my child need?
Guitar: I recommend either ½ size or ¾ child size guitars to begin unless the child is at least 5’ tall already. Contact me personally for more information.
Violin/Fiddle: These instruments run from 1/64 size all the way to full size, so your child will need to be sized by me in the first lesson, or a professional at a violin shop.
Where do I get an instrument?
PLEASE do not buy or rent an instrument before speaking with me. All instruments and music stores are not created equal! After years of trying to teach students on lower quality instruments and watching them eventually quit out of frustration, I do not allow my students to play on those instruments anymore.
Guitar (make sure you get a case!):
½ size (ages 4-6): Oscar Schmidt 1/2 Size Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
¾ size (ages 5+): Baby Taylor, or Little Martin
Full size: Ask the teacher
Violin/Fiddle: I HIGHLY recommend the Wyatt Violin Shop for their superior rentals at an affordable cost. 816.252.5656
My child already plays violin/viola, but I want them to learn more. Can they study here?
Absolutely! I have a master’s in violin performance and work with students of all ages and abilities. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about your child’s specific situation.
What kind of music will my child learn?
I have a unique background in not only classical music, but alternative styles as well. For young children, the beginning stages are mostly set with a mixture of classical and children’s tunes. As the child grows, there is room to explore different styles like bluegrass, pop music, jazz, and more!
Violin/Viola/Fiddle students begin with the Suzuki violin books (American Fiddle Method for older fiddle students)
Guitar students begin with Mel Bay Children’s Guitar Method ***Please note: I do NOT teach classical guitar, only acoustic and electric
How much should my child practice and what does it entail?
The most important thing is DAILY practice. Set a specific time each day that your child practices. The routine makes it easier to remember and generally leads to fewer fits when it comes to practice time.
LISTENING is an important part of learning any instrument! If your child’s method book has a cd along with it, listen to it every single day! If your child is more advanced, make sure they’re listening and watching professionals play their instrument. Youtube is fabulous for this. Ask me if you’re unsure what your student should be listening to, but they should be listening every single day! (Turn on the CD during breakfast, or when your child gets ready for school, or any other time it fits into your schedule.)
Children under 10 need a reminder from Mom/Dad! Sometimes children 10+ need a reminder too! It’s a team effort! Everyone has a busy schedule, but it’s much more fun to learn when we practice regularly!
The specific amount of time varies depending on the student’s age and ability level. Ask me about your child!
More questions? Ready to sign up?