Absolute Beginner Violin Class 

For adults learning violin for the first time.

134 W 26th St, Suite 701 (7th floor)
   (646) 801-1787

The Book



The eCourse



Live Instruction

Weekly Classes

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 Class dates and times below are subject to change.


Dec 4th - Jan 22nd, 7pm
Feb 5- Mar 25 sold out
Jun 10 - July 29th at 7pm
Aug 5 - Sept 30 at 7pm 
(No class Sept 2)


Apr 11 - May 30 sold out


Jan 6th - Feb 24th, 1:30pm
Mar 2 - Apr 20     
sold out
May 4 - Jun 29*, 2:00pm   
July 13 - Aug 24 at 2pm
(8/17 & 8/24 are 75 min classes.)

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Marie with Absolute Beginner Class Feb 2022

Absolute Beginner graduate Emily performs a few months later at our Student Concert.

8 Week Semester

The Absolute Beginner Violin Class is an 8-week semester of live classes with one group class per week. The group classes consist of 6-12 other adults learning violin for the first time, taught by a teacher experienced in teaching adult beginners. We will set up, tune and show you how to play your violin. 

Our goal is to hold a fun, effective class which will give you the opportunity to not only learn violin but play with other adult students. You can supplement the group classes with private classes if you wish, but these are not necessary or required.

Free eCourse and Online Practice Videos 

We will use the Absolute Beginner Violin Book as a textbook. You will get a copy of it for free once you sign up for the semester. You'll also receive free access to the eCourse as well, so that you can practice to the Practice Videos that go along with the book!  In short, we have everything you need to learn violin.

If You Miss a Class

You can make it up with a discounted private lesson, or catch up for free on your own using the eCourse.

Once per week

Class is held once per week for 8 weeks, just enough time to get through the Absolute Beginner Book 1. Class times are noted above. Classes are 1 hour long.

In Midtown

Classes are held at NYC Violin Studio, located at our new studio at 134 W 26th St, Suite 701 (7th floor).

Rent or Buy a Violin 

You'll need a violin for class. You can bring your own violin, or rent or buy from us.  Rentals are $40/mo plus tax, until you return the instrument. Click here to start your rental.

Or, you can own your very own high-quality student violin for a first-time enrollment special of only $330, available only to newly enrolling students. We stock Gewa L'Apprenti or Core Academy A-11's depending on availability. Retail value ranges from $545 - $590 depending on the exact model we have in stock.

2 Ways to Enroll:



8-Week Semester

  • Full 8 Week Semester¬†(1 per week)
  • Violin rentals available for $40/mo.
  • In-Person Classes
  • $41/class
  • Free Absolute Beginner Violin Book Included
  • Free¬†Absolute Beginner eCourse¬†& eBook¬†
  • 10% discount on single Private Lessons during semester
  • Bring your own violin or rent one from us at $40/mo.¬†

Semester + Violin


8-Week Semester + Violin

  • Full 8 Week Semester¬†(1 per week)
  • 1 New High-Quality Student Violin¬†(at a 40% discount)
  • In-Person Classes
  • $38/class
  • Free Absolute Beginner Violin Book
  • Free¬†Absolute Beginner eCourse¬†& eBook
  • 10% discount on single Private Lessons¬†during semester

Live instruction for 8 weeks, taking you from "never touched a violin before" to playing songs within just a couple weeks. 

Use the Free eCourse to practice the exercises in the book using the practice videos to strengthen your practice results.

Check out a candid Week 6 video from the Winter semester 2022!

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So, You've Never Touched a Violin Before?

Great. You'll fit right in!

Adults can learn violin! It doesn't have to take very long, and starting is easy. With this class, it's the perfect excuse for a social activity because you actually learn faster in a group setting!

I want to show you how to play violin if you:

  • Have never touched a violin before (or any instrument for that matter)!
  • Used to play violin when you were younger, and feel like you forgot everything (don't worry, you didn't).
  • Have always dreamed of playing the violin.
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The Absolute Beginner Violin Method Book 1

Written by Antoinette Ady, to address the problem of a lack of material for busy, working adults.  This book was written for adults learning an instrument for the first time, in a group setting. It has lots of duets to keep learning fun, and exercises to accommodate students at different learning speeds. This book comes for free with the class, as well as practice videos for each and every exercise.

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Why Group Classes?

Here's what our students think!

Rocio K.


I've been taking violin group classes at the NYC Violin Studio for two years now and I love it. I started as a beginner and now I'm in the intermediate class. Both Antoinette and Marie are amazing teachers. Even now with the covid pandemic, taking online classes I've improved a lot, and also I've enjoyed playing and the concerts. I can't wait to start the summer semester!

Rocio, Astrophysicist
Intermediate Violinist

Katherine H.


"I cannot recommend NYC Violin Studio enough. I have been to other schools in NYC and this is by far the best. Scheduling is incredibly easy. If I needed to miss a class I could make it up on another date. The instruction is fantastic. I think the instructors understand that most of the students aren't planning on becoming concert violinists, so they focus on teaching interesting pieces while providing enough theory and technique to improve without completely overwhelming us. Truly top notch professionals who make the class fun!"

Corporate Training Director
Late Beginner Violinist

Tonia P.


"Antoinette is not only a wonderful musician, she's a true teacher. She was endlessly patient with me and could always find a different way to explain or describe what I needed to do. She was always encouraging but never fake about praise, so when I got it, I knew I'd actually done something right--and if I didn't, she would simply work with me further on it until I did. I'm a teacher myself, so I recognize what it takes to be a good one--and Antoinette is not just good: she's excellent. I've never met better."

Retired English Professor
Early Intermediate Fiddler

In just 8 weeks you can go from having never touched a violin to playing Ode to Joy! 

Video: Hybrid student orchestra in 2021 playing the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby.

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