The Cambridge Music Consortium has been handling violin instruction in Cambridge since 2013. Students of all ages have access to highly experienced teachers and professional musicians including a 2013 MA ASTA Studio Teacher of the Year winner who has recorded for numerous labels and a former President of the state-wide Suzuki organization and former director of the MA Suzuki Festival. Chamber Music and Group Study are also available as well as regular recitals and events. Students can also take classes in viola, cello, Suzuki violin, viola and cello, piano, flute, clarinet, harpsichord, French horn, jazz guitar, voice, body mapping, Feldenkrais, and Classical Indian voice.
Cambridge, MA(617) 519-9296
Cambridge Suzuki Violins offers violin lessons in Cambridge. Students can take private lessons in the Suzuki method, are encouraged to practice every day, and parents attend all sessions. Group classes take place each Saturday morning, which students must attend thorough Book 4, and summer lessons are advised as well. The owner Lisa Lederer has taught hundreds of students and holds a number of qualifications including as the previous director for the Suzuki Program at the Longy School of Music Suzuki Program for 20 years and as former President and Membership Secretary of Suzuki:MA. Ms. Lederer's students have performed at Symphony Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Harvard Square May Fair.
Cambridge, MA(617) 524-1737
Centre Music House has been helping residents in Framingham learn how to play violin for over 40 years. The center provides private violin lessons for students ages five and up via methods such as Suzuki and Mark O’Connor and can learn music from various genres and cultures as well. Teachers are University-trained with five years of teaching experience, and families can rent violins from the studio. Centre Music House has a reputation for supporting arts within the community and hosts a monthly Open Mic as well as a Student Showcase recital twice a year. Lessons are also available for viola, cello, and numerous other instruments as well.
Framingham, MA(508) 875-0909
Elizabeth and Ben Anderson teach violin in Westborough. The Celtic fiddle and cello duo is comprised of a brother and sister team who have opened for Scottish bands and played at countless festivals and now offer both classic violin as well as fiddle lessons to aspiring musicians. The instructor obtained her BA in music education, principle instrument violin, with an emphasis on Scottish fiddle music from Berklee College of Music, has taught at the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School and Maine Fiddle Camp, and runs the Chauncy Fiddle Camp every year. She is also the winner of the 2016 Perth All Scotland Fiddle Competition.
Westborough, MA(508) 616-9030
Guitar Stop® has been teaching Cambridge students how to play violin since 1962. All violin lessons are customized per the individual needs of each student as well as geared towards the type of music they want to play. All instructors hold degrees in music and are active professional musicians as well. Students get to play in recitals and can also opt for lessons in guitar, bass, piano, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, and voice. The shop is open seven days a week and is known for selling a range of guitars, amplifiers, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, and other accessories.
Cambridge, MA(617) 876-0687
Happy Music has been offering violin lessons in Wayland for 1999. The center aims to "to learn music in making music" and offers both private as well as semi-private lessons for all levels and ages. There are 18 weekly lessons in each fall and spring semester with a more flexible schedule in the summer, and students can also choose to enter group programs such as a monthly Music Workshop, monthly Ensemble Friends, and four different options for children who are two to seven years old. Instruction for voice and other instruments is also available, and Happy Music's website lists extensive bios on all teachers.
Wayland, MA(508) 308-9141
Mass Ave Music teaches how to play the violin in Somerville. Students can be taught violin via the Suzuki or an alternative method depending on what suits their particular needs, and the instructor has taught for the Boston Public Schools, the Onset School of Music, and the Suzuki Institute of Boston. Affordable group classes have included Intermediate Adult Group Violin and Beginning Music Theory and are open to the public. Students get to perform at two recitals each year at a local concert venue, also come to Mass Ave Music for lessons in a range of other instruments, and can purchase instruments as well as request repairs at Stubblebine Lutherie.
Somerville, MA(617) 764-4143
Maz Music Studio has been providing violin lessons to the Somerville community for over 15 years. Children, teens, adults, and seniors can learn to play violin or continue their training in the comfort of their home without any semester commitment. Lessons are available all year, and payments can be easily made online. All new students must pay for a trial lesson to help set goals and expectations, and the teacher presently instructs at the Hill House in Boston and the Cambridge Community Schools. Ms. Maz has played for numerous groups such as the Longwood Symphony, the Serenata Chamber Musicians, the Brahms Society Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic,and the Fusion String Ensemble.
Somerville, MA(617) 863-6629
Morningside Music Studio is an Arlington violin learning center. The community-spirited studio provides 30-minute private lessons as well as a 30-minute group class for learning violin via the Suzuki method and no semester commitment is necessary. Individuals can also sign up to play every week with a string quartet that is guided by an expert coach, offers classic, pop, and movie-theme repertoire, and groups players according to skill level. The instructor has a degree in Music Composition and Violin Performance and has taught at the Boston Public Schools, the Onset School of Music, and the Suzuki Institute of Boston. Ensembles and lessons for other instruments are also available.
Arlington, MA(617) 431-2367
musiConnects has been a violin learning center in Roslindale since 2007. The non-profit group aims to be a community force via music and uses members of professional string quartets to teach violin, viola, and cello to students within the Boston Public School System for free or minimal payment. Students can also join Chamber Kids to play alongside other young musicians in small ensembles. Parents should peruse specific class information on the group's website pertaining to the Lena Park Community Center, the Mildred Community Center, the Kipp Academy, and the Roslindale Community Program for the Greater Boston area, which carried a minimal tuition, although scholarships are available.
Roslindale, MA(617) 513-5325
Performing Arts Center of MetroWest has been teaching students how to play violin in Framingham for over 30 years. The non-profit offers two 17-week semesters of violin lessons as well as individual sessions during the summer, and instruction is available for other instruments and arts including acting, cello, viola, guitar, saxophone, and voice. The group also runs an El-Sistema inspired violin group lesson program with the Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest and provides programs for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of MetroWest, the MetroWest YMCA, and the Christa McAuliffe Charter School band. PAC is an accredited member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.
Framingham, MA(508) 875-5554
The Reiner Family Band has been teaching fiddle to players in Lexington for a number of years. The teacher Dave Reiner believes that violinists are already endowed with a lot of good technique, and lessons thus focus on specific styles, fiddle bowing techniques, tune repertoire, improvising, and playing by ear. Students can practice various styles such as bluegrass, old-time, Irish, and swing and have participated in the local Fiddle Hell in Westford, Massachusetts as well. The band is a family affair that plays throughout New England at festivals, house concerts, celebrations, parties, dances, weddings, fiddle workshops, and other special events. Lessons are not available for beginners.
Lexington, MA(781) 863-0140