© 2018 by Katelyn Benyo.

Musical Instruction Available for:

Violin, Guitar, Ukulele, Viola, Fiddle, and Mandolin

Quarterly (3 months) Studio Membership Includes: 


11 private lessons with Miss Katie at your scheduled time
A minimum of 3 group classes for students advanced enough to attend (inquire about your child if you’re unsure)
A minimum of 1 recital opportunity (either formal or volunteer)
all administrative fees

 

Quarterly (3 months) Studio Membership Tuition:


30 minute lessons: $300 paid in monthly installments of $100 each month
60 minute lessons: $600 paid in monthly installments of $200 each month

A Few Notes from Miss Katie:

I have found through my 15 years of teaching and pedagogical studies that kids not only have more fun when given the opportunity to play with other kids, but the speed at which they learn absolutely skyrockets in comparison to private lessons alone. For this reason, I include group classes in monthly tuition rather than charging an additional fee. The kids have a blast making friends and music at the same time!

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 also utilize google hangouts for online lessons when students cannot make their lesson in person, or when a parent wants to watch the lesson, but cannot attend with the child.

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.

  • Ukulele: I recommend beginning with a soprano ukulele.

  • *Viola: These also range in size generally from 12” on up. If your child is not at least 10 years old, I would recommend starting on violin.

  • *Mandolin: This instrument has one standard size and two styles (A style and F style). If your child is not at least 10 years old or large for their age, I would recommend starting on either the fiddle or a small guitar.

*I can evaluate whether these instruments are practical for the size of your child in person

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

  • Soprano Ukulele (make sure you get a case!): Kala KA 15-S, Cordoba 15SM, or Lohanu LU-S

  • Viola: I HIGHLY recommend the Wyatt Violin Shop for their superior rentals at an affordable cost. 816.252.5656

  • Mandolin: Ask me for recommendations

Can students take only private lessons or group classes?

  • Students MUST take private lessons. The weekly one-on-one lessons are where we develop a strong technical foundation for success. Students may opt out of participating in group classes, but tuition is the same either way.

 

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 kcviolinist@gmail.com 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

  • Ukulele students begin with Children’s Ukulele Method (Mel Bay) AND Alfred's Kid's Ukulele Course Notespeller 1 & 2

  • Mandolin students begin with American Mandolin Method

When is the best time to start learning an instrument?

  • It's NEVER too late to learn an instrument, but the best time to start is somewhere between the ages of 3 and 9. This gives the best chance for development and success on the instrument. Similar to learning a language, it is easier to soak up information at an early age. However, with hard work and determination, anyone can learn at any age!

How much should my child practice and what does it entail?

  • Students under age 8 need a parent to commit to practicing with them all the time (they need help building positive muscle memory on their instrument!)

  • 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?

Let's chat! (kcviolinist@gmail.com)