Online Group Violin Lessons for Adults with Experience

Learn the violin or viola from home with affordable video chat group violin classes, and online private violin lessons. Attend an in-person group violin class held in Windham, Maine ME.

New and Returning Students: $5 Per Class Discount!*

Maybe you've played in high school orchestra? Or perhaps you were a Suzuki kid? Maybe you've had private lessons? Below is a list of ongoing classes with openings for new students. Students with experience may begin at any timeplease inquire about joining a class in progress as usually future schedules are listed below. Each class has a brief description, so you can perhaps see which class may be of interest and close to your level of playing.

Classes & Levels

If you wish to know if any class may be a good fit for you, feel free to write and describe your experience, From there, we'll schedule a free consultation so we can see where you're at with your violin playing. You may also visit any class to see how it is going to be. Please don't be shy, classes are fun, imaginative, and you will learn to play with great classmates!

Our adult classes are open to students 13 years of age and older.

Our skills series (the first 4 years of learning) includes classes in this progression below. If you wish to know if any of our classes might be a good fit for you, feel free to write and please describe your experience, and/or mention the pieces you last remember playing.

You do not need to wait for the beginning of a session to join a class. If there's a class that might be a good fit for you, you may join in at any time. When joining after a session has started, tuition would be pro-rated to be only the classes remaining in the series.

*If you are a new or returning student, our discount will apply towards as many classes as you sign up for, up to the full session of 8 classes, please write for more details.

If you would like to visit (or participate in) a class to see what it is like, please be in touch!

First Year: Beginner Violin 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e
Second Year: Violin 2a-2e
Third Year: Violin 3a-3e
Fourth Year: Violin 4a-4e
Fifth Year and Above: Violin Ensemble

It is recommended that students with 3-4+ years of experience augment group classes with additional private lessons.

MORE: Advice on renting or purchasing a violin.

About Your Teacher

Over the years, I've been delighted to help people make violin and viola playing a part of their lives. I've been teaching for over 30 years in Seattle, and Olympia, Washington, Eugene, Oregon, New York City, and Windham, Maine. While in Eugene I taught for the 4J School District as an orchestra director and conducted sectionals and auditions for the Eugene Youth Symphony. I've taught at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle, Tacoma Youth Symphony Music Camp, and been director of the Thalia Olympic Music Camp.

I've been most fortunate to have studied with Peggy Olson, Edward Seferian, Leslie Straka, Milton Katims, Walter Schwede, and Eric Shumsky, with masterclasses and coaching from Glen Dicterow, Steven Staryk, Joseph Genualdi, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

I wish to build a  school that offers music education for adults. This school is to have various programs for all stages in one's musical development. It is my goal to create such a school that says: "It is never too late to start. It is never too late to experience, and express through music."

It is my belief that the arts are interrelated and when given an insights into music making, these insights can lend a fresh approach to other processes. Playing an instrument is not merely learning technique or faithful reproduction of pieces, it can be a diving board for an exciting journey into self discovery through the world of the arts: composers, musicians, dance, theater, visual art and literature. I hope to pass this feeling of a inter-relatedness on to my students and to give my students something to take home in their hearts.

It gives me great joy see students discover, and grow. 

Ed Davis

Tuition & Policies

Please note that missing class is not recommended and you will need to practice outside of class! As every class builds one upon another, if you anticipate missing a class, you may schedule a private make-up lesson to keep current with the group.

Each session includes eight hour long group classes.
Students are encouraged to also include the optional private lesson.

Reservation/Partial Tuition:
$110, without private lesson
$150, with private lesson

Tuition Remainder, Due by First Class:
$160*

TOTAL TUITION:
$270, without private lesson
$310, with private lesson

* $160 via Zelle, $167 via Venmo or Credit Card.

As these are group lessons with limited class size, please commit to the full session in which you wish to be enrolled. Fees for the session are non-refundable.

Online Meeting Room

After you sign up for a video chat class, you will receive confirmation with links to our online class meetings (please allow 1-2 business days for this info to arrive.) To fully participate in video chat lessons, you will need an internet connection, and a tablet, laptop, or computer with a camera and microphone.

FAQs
Do I need to know how to read music to take this class?
First year classes will focus on reading and some basic music theory. Advanced classes will address reading issues as applied to  each piece that is studied.
How long are the lessons and how many students are there in class?
Classes meet once a week, and each class is about 1 hour in length. Students may also add an optional private lesson to the course for individual guidance, or to make up for a missed lesson. Classes are limited to 7 students.
I've been playing for some time and wish to join a class with experience, what should I do?
Please be in touch to schedule a free informal listening and consultation. Prepare a minute of any piece you like to play, this will help in finding out which class might be the best class for you - and don't worry if you're feeling rusty, your piece doesn't need to be perfect! Please write to arrange for a time.
Work sometimes will keep me late, what if I have to miss class?
Students who miss class may schedule a make-up lesson to stay current with the class, these lessons can be scheduled at a convenient time. Lessons outside of class are a great way to stay current or to have extra help from time to time.
After this class, will I be able to continue where I left off?
Yes! Ongoing classes will be offered following this class, however it may be scheduled at a different time.
If I join a class that has already started, what will my tuition be?
Please ask: tuition would be pro-rated so that you would only pay for remaining classes in a session.
Most of the class schedules I see are in the future, how can I join now?
Aside from holidays, classes are almost always in session—however classes that are currently in progress may not be listed in the schedules below. Please inquire for more information.

Schedule & Sign Up!

Please see below for all class offerings, and click the enrollment button to sign up for a class. If your checkout email address is not your preferred contact, please include an additional email address in the notes portion of your tuition payment.

If you need a violin, please visit this page for suggestions on renting close to your home, or buying an instrument.

To view class descriptions and to enroll, please scroll to see all class offerings.

A note about time zones, classes are listed in Eastern Standard/Daylight Time (EST.)

Overseas students are welcome! Please know that lessons will be given in English.

Online classes are according to the schedules seen below, and the fee structure seen above. In-person classes are listed below, and will have a different tuition and scheduling.

Violin 1c
Online Class

4-5 Months Experience
In this class, we'll be learning to move smoothly from string to string, how to play comfortably on different string levels, memorization strategies, portioning the bow, with also an intro to note reading and creating musical shape. We'll be learning songs from Suzuki Book 1, and students may also suggest works to be studied!
Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm EST
July 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 5

Violin 3f
Online Class

~3 Years Experience
In this class, we'll be studying pieces from the Barber collection, in addition to studying Wolfahrt etudes, and scales. We'll be learning more about contrast, and managing (sometimes radically) differing bow speeds and techniques. We'll also be having a look at how to create shapes and character through variation, and gaining a better understanding of how it is possible to lead the ear of the listener. We'll also be having a deeper look at vibrato and 3rd position.
Mostly Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm EST
Monday June 20, 27
Tuesday July 5
Monday July 11, 18, 25
Monday August 1, 8

Violin 4A

~3-3.5 Years of Experience
In this class, we'll be studying works by Seitz, in addition to studying Wolfahrt etudes, shifting and scales. We'll be learning more about contrast, and managing (sometimes radically) differing bow speeds and techniques. We'll also be having a look at how to create shapes and character through variation, and gaining a better understanding of how it is possible to lead the ear of the listener. We'll also be having a deeper look at vibrato and 3rd position.
Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm
August 15, 22, 29
September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3

Violin Ensemble
Online Class

4+ Years of Experience
In our most advanced class, we'll be studying three trios by Haydn for three violins (download) and also duets by Shostakovich (download), and at the end of the course, we'll turn (at least) the first Haydn trio into a multi-screen synchronized video. We'll also be working on vibrato, scales corresponding to our literature, and etudes to continue to develop technique. Learning how to analyze music, and shifting concepts, will be also explored.
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm EST
July 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7

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In-Person Classes, Maine

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Cancellation Policy: There is a $20 cancellation fee, your reservation fee is only partially refundable. If canceling your enrollment 7 days prior to the first class, your entire enrollment fee, or portion of, may be forfeit if the vacancy cannot be filled. Thank you for your understanding.

On occasion, class may be canceled/rescheduled due to low enrollment, at which point a student may have a refund of tuition, or use tuition towards an alternate class, private lessons, or future class.

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