5050 Hodgson Road
North Oaks, MN 55126
Mondays: Openings: 3:30, 8:20
Near hwy 96 and Lexington Ave-near Arden Hills, North Oaks, White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, Hugo, Coon Rapids and Blaine. I am close to Chippewa Middle School and Snail Lake Education Center.
Free adequate parking is available on the south side of the church near the side entrance doors. After entering the church pass through a set of double doors to the commons area next to the sanctuary. Lessons are given in a sun-filled spacious area. There is a piano is nearby to accompany those students preparing for a recital.
If you are looking for violin or fiddle lessons in North Oaks, I teach music students five years and older.
Most people begin with half hour lessons. However some five year olds may require 15 minute lessons. More advanced students will need longer lessons to learn various skills such as vibrato, spiccato (getting the bow off the string) and other off the string bow strokes.
I emphasize proper technique from the beginning to the advanced student. I use various supporting method books to develop technique and note-reading. Since music is based on scales, I also teach them as it develops better intonation and correct hand position.
I find that rhythm is challenging for most students. Therefore I introduce rhythmic study to students of all ages so rhythms are easier to play as a student gets more advanced. The method I use involves linking various rhythms to words. I encourage parents and adult students to take pictures of rhythms linked with words for home practice. When a student is comfortable with clapping different rhythms, I introduce a sheet with assorted rhythms without words to test their mastery.
If you have no experience with the violin I would be happy to help you select an appropriate instrument to ensure a pleasurable playing experience. I can best explain what to look for in a violin when we meet.