Violin + Viola Lessons
Pricing, Policies, Examinations and Recital Information
~~~ COVID-19 UPDATE: Lessons are held online. We currently accept new students. ~~~
Violins are widely represented in string and symphonic orchestras, chamber orchestras, as well as being played solo. Violin teachers of our music school will help you succeed in pursuing your personal goal and prepare you for our internal bi-annual solo recitals, exams or competitions, or continue to play violin for your own pleasure without the pressure of ever performing on a stage. Many students take annual Royal Conservatory of Music Exams in levels 1 – 10 which we specialise in. Many other students wait until they reach very high levels 9 or 10 to take formal exams. Many students choose not to take any exams and follow their own steady progress. No matter what journey you are on, violin teachers of our school are here to help you progress. Once you fall in love with the sound of the lovely melodies, dramatic steady progress of your playing and technically challenging new techniques of violin playing, there is no going back. There is always more to be learned. String players have one advantage of joining our own small string orchestra. That’s after they master the basics.
Alternatively to violin, you may start learning the viola, or switch from violin to viola at any time during your studies. You may become to prefer it over the violin. All our violin teachers can also teach viola. The clef is different, violin uses treble clef and viola is using alto and treble clef, so reading music needs to be taught in order to read viola music. Viola has a mellow and smooth sound, one string is lower than on violin. Viola is slightly bigger in size, but can be adjusted for smaller hands, too. The sound board of viola produces deeper sound of a lower register. We need violas in orchestra, as they are a very important bridge between violin and cello sounds.
Pricing, Policies, Examinations and Recital Information
Beginner Level – Level 4
Level 5 – Level 8 + senior violin instructors
Level 9, 10 and ARCT lessons
ONE-TIME REGISTRATION FEE
SCHOOL YEAR SCHEDULING AND MISSED LESSONS POLICY FROM SEPTEMBER TO JUNE:
After initial trial lesson you will be given exact time spot. From then on, lessons are scheduled on weekly basis. Lessons are billed and due monthly, on the first day of each month. One-time fees are billed at the time of booking. Registration fee is charged only after the initial trial lesson, once you confirm your interest. There are NO lessons (no charge for lessons) during Statutory Holidays. No make-up lessons policy: If you are unable to attend the scheduled lesson invite a friend or a family member to take a lesson in your place. Notify us prior to lesson about who will be attending. No credits can be issued for any missed lessons. Also, there will be no alternate time allocated, only regular scheduled time.
SUMMER LESSONS SCHEDULING AND MISSED LESSONS POLICY FOR THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST:
In the summer months of July and August we have flexibility to accommodate as many or as few lessons as you choose. Lessons are scheduled ahead of time, on specific weeks and days. After detailed consultation with the teacher’s availability you can choose your weeks and length of your lessons. You may consider more frequent or longer lessons on the weeks you can make it, to gain time for missing some weeks you cannot come in. Billing will follow accordingly, based on pre-booked lessons. Lessons are paid for in advance. During summer months we ask for minimum 2-weeks cancellation notice, or the lesson is considered missed and paid for. No make up lesson will be allowed for the missed lesson without 2-week notice. We limit the make up lessons to 2 in the summer.
Labour Day: Sunday & Monday closed
Thanksgiving: Sunday & Monday closed
Winter Break: Two full weeks closed
Family Day: Sunday & Monday closed
March Break: Lessons on the 1st weekend then closed Monday to Sunday
Easter: Friday to Monday closed
Victoria Day: Sunday & Monday closed
ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC PREPARATION FOR STRING PLAYERS:
Piano accompaniment at the exam is mandatory. We provide all the preparation and accompaniment at the exam. One original copy of music must be provided for the accompanist and one for the adjudicator. Also technique book is required at exam, one original copy for you and one for the adjudicator. We have spare books you can borrow for this purpose free of charge.
PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT FEE AT REHEARSAL
STRINGS ADDITIONAL RECITAL FEES
FEE FOR THE EXAM PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT AT THE ACTUAL EXAM DAY
Pricing and Rent to Own Information
INSTRUMENT RENTAL FEES
Half (1/2) of the amount spent on renting the instrument goes towards later purchase (only for some instruments, exceptions apply). Payment plan for buy out is also available.
Withdrawal from lessons 2 weeks notice.
Fill our registration form online, so we have all your contact information. In there, write us a note describing what you are looking for. Pick an instrument based on your personal preference and we will match you with the teacher on a certain day and time of the week. Then we set up an initial lesson time for you. After you pay for the lesson, all is set. Registration fee is only charged after the initial lesson and when you decide to sign up for weekly lessons.
We have selected instruments for rent, starting at $20/month.
If you have a small child who is undecided, attend a Junior Class for very young children. Children 6 and up can also observe the Junior Class, or observe some other instrumental class by appointment.
Bring your child to a live music concert. We recommend classical music concert, or some of our internal music recitals we put on every December and June. Show your child variety of musical performances and styles. What resonates with them is the right choice. For us at Klaudia’s Music Studio is important to know what style you like. Classical music, light classics, popular contemporary music, heavy metal music, movie music, or anything else.
We based our violin, piano, guitar, cello and double bass teaching on classical music, but not exclusively. For example, student can play a new music piece once the technique allows it. And we also have rock guitar and drums lessons that are not based on classical music at all. It all depends on instrument, teacher and student which way you want to lean towards.
Sign up for a trial 10-week period. After this time you will have a better understanding of what is involved.
No. Teacher determined the readiness and it is only recommended for students who take music lessons and music education very seriously. Preparations are extensive and involve much more than just playing a musical instrument.
Yes, for 1/2 price of the regular lesson. One-time initial trial class. You may take another trial lesson on different instrument. We provide instrument for trial class for free.
Yes. Violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, keyboard, electric piano.
No, we only offer lessons at one of the Studio locations.
General music introduction starts at the age 3.5 in our Junior Music Class. Summer Camp is for children 5.5 years and up. Instrumental playing is recommended by Klaudia’s Music Studio at the age 5 or up, with exception of guitar where we recommend starting at minimum 8 years old.
Click the Register link at the top of the website, call us or send us an email.
Our approach is to integrate all aspects of music into one beautiful, ear pleasing experience. Importance of home practicing is the key. The studio encourages daily home practicing from its students.
A word for parents of children: we encourage you to set and devote a prime part of their day to practice a musical instrument. First thing in the morning, if they are early birds; or 1-2 hours after they come home from school if that’s their prime attention time; or 1-2 hours after dinner if they stay up late. Feed your child nutritious food 1-2 hours prior to practicing and try not to offer sweets of any kind. This spike in sugar levels will make them tired for practicing. Keep giving them healthy snacks only and water to drink. Once it is time to practice turn off all electronic devices in the house. And we mean it. Even your buzzing phone on silent mode is a huge distraction to their sensitive and all aware senses. Give your child undivided attention for the time of practicing, especially at the beginnings when the instrument feels new. Help them to your best knowledge. A receptive audience is often all that is required to encourage a child to practice. Sit and listen, try not to interfere too much with teacher’s instructions. Reward them with a hug, sticker, small toy, but avoid sugar treats. Then eventually the child will want to practice alone, in private. This is a great step toward independence. Let it happen, but don’t forget to keep setting time for home practicing, set reminders and continue the rewards so they feel appreciated. Each child needs to hold accountable for his or her homework. Both teachers and parents as role models have an important part in a child’s advancement and only when sufficient effort is put in, will we see great results. If there is too much resistance from child it is time to talk and reconsider a different instrument, or a completely different path. On the contrary, if there is a great enthusiasm and practice reminders are not needed it is time to discuss the future exams with the teacher and get properly informed. Besides of instrument, theory lessons will be needed to develop all skills necessary to succeed in music. It is an investment into one’s future.
Adult students should also devote time to home practicing to progress in their musical development. Home practice gives teachers important weekly feedback and guides both student and teacher to produce a more customized learning routine.
So much have been said about benefits of learning a musical instrument. How good it is to study music regularly for our brain. And that is because it makes our brain work! It requires counting, concentration, persistence, memory, creativity and interest. It needs to be close to our heart, we need to be interested, or there is no music.
And now a true story. (September 2019)
“This is a story about a girl who’s dream of playing the violin came true at the age 40.” We will call the girl Sunny. She turned into violin after many other things she tried couldn’t hold her attention. It all started at the time when her children were grown up, so what to do with her free time, to make her unwind after a long day working in front of the computer screen? Cooking class? Refresh piano from her childhood? Creative writing? Running? All those choices! When suddenly, Sunny remembered liking this Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert, or was it the Oakville Symphony Orchestra that caught her attention? Violin sounded so dear to her ear. So she thought to try violin for herself. Just like that, the decision was made, followed by a message to us asking about violin lessons. With her very first rental violin, Sunny started her lessons. Unsure of herself, but utterly determined to give it her all. Lesson to lesson, step by step, she was a step closer to her goal. She rehearsed her violin with the piano accompanist and braved the student recital like a pro! With shaky hands, she stood up in front of a small audience and season by season, year by year, she played with love and more and more confidence. Now playing difficult pieces, shifting up and down, learning the intricate technique, time has come to buy her own $5000 dollar violin and some $500 dollar bow. At this point it was clear that Sunny wasn’t joking about becoming a violinist. She was becoming one! About five years into her private one-on-one violin lessons Sunny signed up for our String Orchestra named MagicK. The name was supposed to be a symbol for creating something magical with conductor and leader Klaudia, out of simple individual performances. From the very first rehearsal, she was living her dream. No more shaky hands, in orchestra she felt equal, even, accepted. She had others’ support. She is now, at the time of writing this essay, close to her 55th birthday. She continues to take violin lessons, continues with her orchestra rehearsals and concerts and she is even a member of a string quartet with her fellow adult musicians.
What to say to end this story? If you have any doubts about persuing your idea, do not get discouraged by your age, neighbour, colleague at work, family member, your child. Live your dream. Try new things. It will be worth it.