Guilderland String Lessons
Our violin, viola, cello, and bass teachers can teach a wide variety of genres.
(AGES FIVE AND UP)
We offer lessons on string instruments including the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students will start with the basics of their chosen instrument such as proper tone production, hand position, finger placement, and bow hold. Intermediate and advanced students will further advance their studies through both technical studies and while learning significant repertoire within a variety of styles and genres. Teachers use a variety of methods including parts of the Suzuki method to best meet the needs of their students. All of our lessons include instruction on music theory, notation, and rhythm while students explore classical music, popular music, and jazz!
What’s the #1 reason to study the violin, viola and cello at Guilderland Music Academy?
Our string instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with you to craft a lesson plan that fits your individual needs and the student’s favorite type of music. Whether you’re playing in local bands, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to the violin after many years, we’ll set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.
Do I need to purchase a violin, viola, or cello to learn the instrument?
Yes, to practice at home, you will need to have an instrument available. However, you do not need to purchase an instrument as we have an instrument rental program at our school!
What styles of violin, viola, and cello do you teach?
We teach all styles, from rock, fiddle, classical bass – on electric and acoustic basses.
How qualified are your string instructors?
Our strings instructors are highly qualified, all have teaching experience, and most importantly, they have a passion for teaching. Being a musician doesn’t automatically make you a teacher–that’s why we search for those who are best qualified for mentoring our music students!
We search the entire area for the top teachers, who embody the high values at Guilderland Music Academy. Most importantly, our instructors strive to relate their teaching to each individual student’s learning style. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the USA and Europe and have years of professional performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching abilities, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly, and strive to get to know each student and their parent or caregiver on a personal level. We search high and low for the BEST teachers, so you don’t have to!
What will I learn from violin, viola, cello, or bass lessons at Guilderland Music Academy?
Our teachers understand that every student is an individual, with personal musical needs and goals. We make it a priority to tailor how we teach and what we teach to your individual needs.
If you enroll here for violin lessons, your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child. Together, you will develop a plan to achieve your goals! We love beginners, so even if you don’t know where to begin, we can help!
How long does it take to learn to play a string instrument?
There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn to play. With regular practice, a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long-term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
I don't have any musical background or ability. Can I still help my child practice?
Yes! Even if you don’t have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Parents will occasionally sit in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands. We also send lesson notes weekly and sometimes create videos to help in the most effective way possible.