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Academy of Music

Excelsior, MN 55331
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The Academy of Music is a non-profit music school offering private, group, and ensemble lessons for most musical genres. The academy relies on tuition, unsolicited donations, and revenue from events it hosts for funding. The Academy of Music specializes in brass, violin, voice, piano, and guitar lessons that are hosted at the Mount Calvary and Mount Olive Lutheran churches in Excelsior and Minneapolis respectively. Before placement in classes, students are vetted for their skill level, stylistic preferences, previous musical experience, objectives for studying, and personal characteristics, as well as scheduling preferences so they can be placed with the most suitable teachers.

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All Things Musik

Maple Grove, MN 55369
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All Things Musik is a music lessons service founded in 2009. The company runs a unique service that pairs students with teachers in their cities. The teachers have diverse backgrounds and experience with instruments such as piano, violin, guitar, ukulele, percussion, and others. All Things Musik also provide a piano tuning service through two highly experienced and certified piano tuners. Recently, the music lessons service has introduced a free online music lesson service that has been well received by music learners from around the world.

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Chaska Music Studios

Chaska, MN 55318
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Chaska Music Studios offers music lessons for both children and adults in instruments including piano, guitar, violin, voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, English Horn, trombone, tuba, and baritone. The company's kindermusik program introduces children to the joys of music and movement while nurturing their freedom for self-expression, promoting self-esteem, stimulating imagination, and fostering an appreciation for learning. Chaka Music Studios organizes music camps as well as spring and holiday recitals to provide its students with alternative learning environments.

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Kramer’s School of Music

Eden Prairie, MN 55347
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Kramer's School of Music was started in 1999 by master pianist and educator Elena Kramer. The school offers private lessons for guitar, voice, piano, violin, and other instruments as well as group theory classes for all levels. The group theory classes also include sessions for students preparing for advanced music theory examinations. Kramer's School of Music's teachers all boast university level training and years of music performance experience. The school encourages students to participate in exams, recitals, and competitions to test their skills. Kramer's School of Music organizes four recitals for its students throughout the year.

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Maria Benaros

Eagan, MN 55122
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Maria Benaros teaches violin for different age groups from her studio in Eagan. Maria was born in Argentina where she first learned violin and piano at the Collegium Musicum of Buenos Aires. The violinist moved to the US after spending two years studying violin under Russian violinist Moti Schmitt at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. For her instructor certification for kindermusik and Suzuki pedagogy, Maria studied under Mary Horozaniecki and Professor Mark Bjork at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota respectively.

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Rubinstein Music Academy

Woodbury, MN 55125
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Rubinstein Music Academy is named after legendary Russian musicians and educators, brothers Anton and Nikolai Rubinstein. The 19th-century greats founded the world famous St. Petersburg and Moscow conservatories. Rubinstein Music Academy offers primary, intermediate, and advanced level lessons for violin, piano, cello, and guitar. To be accepted for primary level lessons, learners must have studied their instrument a minimum of two years. Entry requirements are less stringent for learners enrolling in the young artist, adult, and soirées musicales programs. Students can test their skills and check their progress at recitals that are arranged by the school at concert venues in Minnesota.

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Stenson Suzuki Studio

Maple Grove, MN 55369
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Stenson Suzuki Studio is run by Steve Stenson, a Suzuki teacher with over 40 years experience. Suzuki technique instruction is offered for violin, viola, and cello instruments. Steve offers students in Maple Grove one weekly private lesson and another group lesson every week. Stenson Suzuki Studio students also benefit from two solo recitals and two group recitals a year and a fun filled day 'torture camp' lasting a week every year in August. Steve is a member of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota, the American String Teachers Association, and has been honored with lifetime membership of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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Waconia Music Studios

Waconia, MN 55387
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Waconia Music Studios offers voice and instrument lessons for learners of all ages and skill levels in Minnesota. The company's instructors have a combined 90 years experience and provide lessons for 18 different instruments. All lessons are private, but same family members are allowed to take lessons at the same time. In such cases, the company offers discounted rates to make the lessons more affordable for the families concerned. Waconia Music Studios is a member of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce.

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Walker West Music Academy

Saint Paul, MN 55104
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Walker West Music Academy has trained musicians who have gone on to lead successful careers. The music school has provided a music lessons service in Saint Paul for over 25 years. Lessons are offered for over 20 instruments in 10-week sessions that are spread over the school calendar. Walker West Music Academy's music teachers are themselves working musicians with many years of teaching experience. The school regularly arranges summer music camps and concerts where students can test their skills in band and orchestra performances.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Violin lessons are professionally taught courses and one-on-one instruction sessions that help individuals of varying ages learn how to play and understand the fundamentals of the instrument. While specific lesson plans can vary among instructors, beginning violin students typically learn how to hold the instrument correctly, bowing techniques, tuning, and how to play scales.

Violin students are also assigned etudes, or shorter musical compositions to help sharpen their skills and build confidence in performing. In addition to individual lessons and group instruction, violin lessons are also taught at community colleges, music camps, and performing arts schools.

How do you start learning to play the violin?

You can start learning to play the violin by taking lessons. Violin lessons are available for students at all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Lessons with a skilled instructor help students learn everything from the basics of holding the instrument and understanding scales to how to play advanced sonatas.

Is violin hard to learn?

The violin is considered a difficult instrument to learn. However, with continued practice, many students can become advanced players within four years. Learning violin may be easier for some students than others, depending on how comfortable they are with the instrument, along with their overall comprehension of the sheet music and violin techniques.

How do you learn violin notes?

To learn violin notes, a student must first learn about the staff and clef, or the lines on sheet music pages, then they must learn the names of each note, which are A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. Students who can pick up notes by listening, or "play by ear," may be able to learn violin notes without sheet music.

Can you learn to play the violin by yourself?

It is possible to learn to play the violin by yourself if you can read music and follow violin instruction either through books or online tutorials. Additionally, certain people have the ability to recognize violin notes in songs and repeat them on the instrument.

How long does it take to learn the violin?

Certain violin songs can be learned within two to three months, however this can vary based on a student's overall comprehension of the instrument. With continual practice, many students can become skilled violinists within three to five years.

Is playing the violin harder than playing the guitar?

While players' specific experiences can vary, in general, it's believed that playing the violin is harder than playing the guitar. This is due to factors such as playing postures, instrument size, and the fact that guitars are designed with fretboards that aid in creating notes, while violins don't have fretboards.

Can I learn violin online?

Adults and children can learn violin online through various video chat platforms. These platforms allow instructors and students to communicate in real time, similar to in-person lessons. Courses available online range from beginner basics to advanced techniques.

What age to start violin lessons?

In general, the best age for children to start violin lessons is between five and six years old, but children as young as age three can start lessons with modified instruments. However, there's no set age requirement to start violin lessons, so adults can also begin learning violin at any age.

Am I too old to learn violin?

No one is ever too old to learn the violin or any musical instrument. While it can take up to eight years of continuous training to become proficient, a positive mindset and an eagerness to learn combined with continued practice make it possible for students of all ages to learn the violin.

How much are violin lessons?

Violin lessons for children and adults can cost between $15 and $100. Half-hour lessons generally start at $15, while hour-long sessions can start at $40. An instructor may charge more or less depending on their specific qualifications, and lessons provided by  community colleges and music schools are generally covered by the cost of tuition.

How much do violin lessons cost for adults?

On average, violin lessons for adults range between $15 and $35 per half hour and $40 to $100 per hour. Specific prices may be higher depending on the experience and qualifications of the instructor and the skill level of the student, which is rated on a scale of one through seven.

Why is the violin called the devil\'s instrument?

The violin is sometimes referred to as "the devil's instrument" based on a story that the 19th century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini sold his soul to the devil in order to play so well. Additionally, some early Christians associated music, dancing, and parties with the devil.

What is an old violin called?

An old violin is called a fiddle. The term started in Europe, and it's considered an informal name for the violin in the United States. When Americans refer to the fiddle, they most often are speaking of Scottish and French traditional violin styles, as well as American bluegrass and Cajun fiddling.

Is a violin a fiddle?

Violins and fiddles are essentially the same instrument, however, fiddles have steel core while violins generally have synthetic core strings. The main difference between a violin and a fiddle is the way the instrument is played. Violins are considered classical instruments and fiddle players can be more diverse in their song selections.

How much would a Stradivarius violin cost?

While exact prices vary, Stradivarius violins are valued at approximately $2 million or more. There are only 650 original Stradivarius violins in existence today, and they're considered the most expensive violins in the world. Copies of Stradivarius violins range in price from $50 to $50,000.

How old is a Stradivarius violin?

The first Stradivarius violins date back to 1666. The violins were crafted by various members of the Stradivari family, with Antonio Stradivari being the most well-known designer and builder. The family also built violas and cellos, along with various other stringed instruments.

How can you tell if you have a Stradivarius violin?

A common way to determine if your violin is a Stradivarius is to check if it has “Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno [date]” printed on its label. However, it can be difficult to determine whether the inscription is real. Stradivarius violins are also more stiffened in the middle section and have a tightened radius in the upper corner.

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