Fiddle lessons are an investment in life’s simple pleasures — discovery, beauty, music, patience, diligence, spending time with friends, laughter…  This investment has tremendous rewards today and for the rest of our lives.  Fiddle students learn community, self-worth, discipline, focus, cooperation, music theory, musicality, and how to enjoy life through playing the violin.

These benefits are directly linked to the time, energy, and money you invest.  To give you an idea of what this might look like for a beginning student, as far as TIME and MONEY go, I have compiled the following two tables.  Let me be clear that these are not definitive lists but rather general outlines of what this musical adventure will require of you the first few years.

TIME

When

Who

What

30 minutes

Weekly

Student

Lesson attendance 

15-30 minutes

Daily

Student

Practice at home

15-30 minutes

Daily

Student

Listening to the recording of the pieces he/she is working on (this can be done while doing other things)

1 hour

Several times a year

 Student

Group “jam” sessions

TBD

Yearly

Student

The Spring Solo Recital and other performance opportunities

MONEY

When

What

Approx. $220

Trimesterly

Tuition for 11 weekly 30-minute lessons (each academic year has three trimesters)

Approx. $20

Monthly

Violin rental (www.resonanceviolins.com for exact rental fees)  Check out the * below and this link if you plan to buy your fiddle.

Approx. $24

Annually

Event fee (up to three performance events per year)

Approx.
$40

Yearly

Music books and recordings

TBD

 

Other music supplies (music stand, metronome, strings, rosin, shoulder rest, various items at various prices)

*Buying your own fiddle:  Please talk with Jessica before you purchase your own fiddle.  Buying a fiddle may seem as easy as buying a boombox at Mal-Wart when in actuality it is more like buying an electric drill for the house you want to build.  Read more…

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