Learn Violin in 8 Weeks!

in the

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

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 Class dates and times below are subject to change. If changes do occur, we will keep you updated.


Feb 5- Mar 25 sold out
Jun 10 - July 29th at 7pm

Aug 5 - Sept 30 at 7pm*


Mar 2 - Apr 20   sold out
May 4 - Jun 29*, 2pm
July 13 - Aug 24 at 2pm*

*No classes on Sat, Aug 27 or Mon, Sept 2.
*90 minute classes on Sat 8/17 & 8/24.

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Absolute Beginner Class Graduates from June 2024

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. 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 and tune your violin before the first class, and over the course of the 8 weeks, show you how to hold and tune your violin, as well as how to bow, ready easy sheet music and play some songs!

Our goal is to hold a fun, effective class that will give you the tools to play music on your own, and to introduce you to a community of adults who share the same passion you do.

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 provided eCourse.

Free eCourse and Online Practice Videos 

We will use the Absolute Beginner Violin Book as a textbook. You receive a free printed copy as part of your semester purchase, which you will receive on the first day of class. You'll also receive free access to the eCourse, 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!


Once per week

Class is held at the same time each 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. After you've enrolled, click here to start your rental.

Prefer to own your violin? You can own your very own high quality student violin for a first-time enrollment special of only $335. We stock one of three models, depending on availability:
- Gewa L'Apprenti VL-1 ($548)
- Core Academy A-10 ($560)
- LeGuan ZA7 ($550)

Private Lessons

Private lessons are optional, and are available or those who are interested, or who need to make up a class.

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

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 included
  • 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!

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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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