Taught by an experienced teacher with a master's degree in music education, strings emphasis
The viola is the oldest of the modern string instruments. It creates a beautiful, dark tone with limited opportunities for being unintentionally squeaky. It is slightly larger than the violin and lower in pitch. As with the violin, it rests on the left shoulder. Its open strings are C, G, D, and A from lowest to highest. The viola usually reads the alto clef and plays harmony parts.
Good viola players are in high demand, which can lead to more opportunities including scholarships for talented players.
Important composers who have been violists include:
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Biography / String Quartet K515-1, Walter Trampler, Viola)
- Ottorino Respighi (Biography / Pines of Rome)
- Paul Hindemith (Biography / Viola Sonata performed by William Primrose)
Famous composers known for their viola compositions include:
- Hector Berlioz (Biography / Harold in Italy)
- Bela Bartok (Biography / Viola Concerto performed by William Primrose)
Let the Fun Begin!
Viola lessons begin with learning the parts of the instrument and bow, proper holding position, pizzicato technique, and arco technique. As you progress, you will begin learning scales, more challenging method book studies, and solos. Throughout your studies with me, you will have opportunities to perform at concerts and participate in incentive programs. Since violas are sized to fit the player, almost any age can learn this versatile instrument.
Students with previous experience will continue learning new technique, repertoire, and musicianship. Please bring your current or most recent music with you to your first lesson so I can get to know your playing better, and you can share your goals with me.
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