This could be you!
In just 8 weeks you can go from having never touched a violin to playing Ode to Joy! This semester we are bringing back the Absolute Beginner Class as a Hybrid class, so you can attend in-person in NYC, or online. (Online students will be required to take the How to Tune online workshop first.)
Video: Successful Hybrid class testing of the Student Orchestra last semester.
Summer Semester starts June 8th. Save your seat now!Sign Up Now!
You Can Learn Violin as an Absolute Beginner Adult Student!
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 whether 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.
The Absolute Beginner Violin Method Book 1
Written by Antoinette Ady, to address the problem of a lack of material for focused, whip-smart adults. This book was written for adults learning 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.See Book
The Magic of Group Classes
At the end of the last semester, we decided to do a Zoom interview to find out from students themselves what they liked about group classes!
The only violin class of its kind.
I know because I created the course and the materials from scratch!
Watch this video so I can tell you a little bit about it.
(P.S. The students in the background are really my students!)
How it Works
Always Dreamed of Playing the Violin?
Used to Play When You Were Younger?
Not Your First Rodeo?
Meet Your Instructor
The 3 Main Barriers to Learning Violin
Whether you are starting out for the first time, or you have tried this before, I want to ensure your success by explaining why students fail at violin (and any subject they study).Jump to Class Details
#1 Not Being Taught Any Music Theory
My training was a perfect example of this. I was trained mainly on the Suzuki method and I am sad to say it wasn’t until years later that I could actually read sheet music. This was frustrating to me at the time, because I couldn’t pick up any new piece of music and read it. I always had to listen to it first, or else I couldn’t play it.
I’ve also seen the opposite scenario where I’d have a student come in who said he’d read the whole Violin for Dummies book but had never actually tried it on a violin. Needless to say, he had to start from scratch all over again.
In my classes, I put a good deal of focus in on making sure the student is able to perform the right technique AND understand why they are doing it. You could call this a proper balance of practice and theory. If the scales are tipped too heavily in one direction, the student is uncomfortable at best, and angry, frustrated and willing to give up at worst.
Don’t let a bad teaching method get in the way of your progress. Sign up for my class today and get the best of both worlds!
#2 Starting In Way Too Hard
What is the best way to learn? Get the hardest thing out of the way first, then do the easy stuff later? Or start easy, and build it up?
When you learned math for the first time, you learned addition and subtraction before you learned multiplication and division. Why is that? It's not just because it's easier. It's because one ties in to and is a foundational concept to the next step along the ladder. If I asked you to climb a ladder, but took out the first 2 rungs, I wouldn't be setting you up for guaranteed success, would I? You would probably find a way, if you were determinied, but if you took 100 people and asked them to do the same thing, a lot of people would quit before they made it very far.
Yet this is actually quite common with teachers, as it is with the Suzuki method.
Suzuki had his heart in the right place. In Japan, they had a very strong musical education program in the schools, so when Suzuki introduced his rote-style violin teaching program to children, it caught on like wildfire. Not only were kids learning how to play violin, there was also a focus on developing as a person, building character, learning about goal setting, time management and overall discipline. This method has a whole lot of positives for little kids.
But when it comes to translating this method to adults, the results are not the same. Adult students who came to me from Suzuki...
#3 Not teaching you what the symbols and terms mean
Though I’m giving this last, this is actually the most important barrier. It requires special attention.
I know it seems like I’m picking on Suzuki, but really they are just the most widely known method. My problem with Suzuki is they never take the time to explain the sheet music to you.
If Suzuki used no sheet music and had you learn solely by ear, I'd support them 100%. But instead, they throw a piece of sheet music at a 5 year old, a 10 year old a 40 year old, and they tell them to play it. IN WHAT WORLD would a newbie have ANY idea what they are expected to do?
I speak here from personal experience. I grew up with two older brothers and my dad in the household. During summers, I would take my Mad Libs and my violin and we would go deep into upstate NY to my grandparent’s Bed & Breakfast where I would spend the day roaming the lake, being scared of spiders and borrowing my dad’s Swiss Army knife to whittle away at sticks. My dad seemed to use his Swiss Army knife for everything, and my brothers followed suit and I remember thinking, “I want a Swiss Army knife!” I was probably only about 9 at the time. I told my dad. He thought about it, and probably knowing it wouldn’t happen for quite some time said to me, “Once you learn how to read sheet music, I’ll get you one.”
I didn’t know how I was going to read sheet music, but I knew I was bound to if I kept playing violin. Now that I am fully trained as a teacher, I can see the answer so clearly, but back then, I just figured if I persisted long enough, it would eventually make sense.
Only, that logic was flawed...
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!
"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
Absolute Beginner Violinist
"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
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