Specialized viola instruction for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students.
Featured performance from student studying with Jennifer Berg
More Information About Private Viola Lessons
The studio receives viola students from across the nation and through varying teaching networks, music programs, and professional referral sources. These viola students range from classical and orchestral styles of music to modern and contemporary studies.
Performance-Oriented Viola Lessons
Though not all viola students studying privately are mandated to perform, there is a strong emphasis on performance development. Nurturing the essential abilities and intuition that make high level students, private viola lessons are designed with a student-centered approach to meet students where they are at while simultaneously providing them with the right musical nutrition to build successful skill sets.
Learn To Play As Well As Speak
Many times, students from other lesson programs have spent 10 or so months preparing the same piece, only being trained to recite music from memory. Though memorization is a valuable skill, this method of teaching unfortunately does not allow students to properly understand, communicate, or essentially develop the fundamental ability to "converse" through music. Instead, it rather trains them much the same as a parrot would be trained to imitate without comprehension. Viola students studying privately with Jennifer Berg are taught the proper forms of all notation from traditional clefs and standard sheet music to artistry and improvisation, using practical methods that allow them to effectively communicate on their instrument both as a soloist and as part of a larger group or ensemble.
Applicable Theory For Viola Lessons
Students taking private viola lessons at the studio are taught critical elements of music theory beyond that of just scales and rhythm exercises. Students develop comprehensive skills allowing them to "connect the dots" to how music is created as well as learning how to create their own original compositions and viola masterpieces.
Interpretive Viola Studies
Private viola lessons encompass an approach that breaks down ideas such as color and texture, relating these to expressive elements like emotion and intent, and ultimately allowing students to touch and feel sound where the art of creating music becomes a much more tangible experience. Students are taught how to listen to the sound and environments around them, strengthening themselves into becoming better musicians as well as performers.
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Study in a focused, private studio dedicated and designed specifically for violin and viola instruction. Offering complete training with full certification from the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), professional membership in the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and tenured membership with the Ann Arbor Symphony (A2SO) and Flint Symphony (FSO).
Lesson rates are $38/30 minute session, $57/45 minute session, and $76/60 minute session. Video lessons via Skype are also available!