Violin Lessons

Taught by an experienced violin teacher with a master's degree in music education, strings/violin emphasis

For more information or to register for private lessons, please call 219-690-8945 or email us.

"We couldn't be more pleased. I attend the private lessons and am impressed with the wonderful rapport that Mrs. Suwardi has built with my son that encourages and challenges him. Although she uses a book and has a plan, she doesn't have a rigid curriculum she adheres to, but often gives him choices to play what interests and motivates him, going the extra mile to find music that is at his level for concerts. She regularly praises him, and he feels proud of the work they do together."

~ Mother of a 6th Grade Violin Student

"Thank you so much for being such a great teacher. . . I'm so happy we found you!!!"

~ Parents of a 2nd Grade Violin Student

"Thank you for working so hard to make it possible for your students to take part in so many concerts! One of the blessings I'm grateful for is that my son has such a wonderful music teacher. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"

~ Mother of a 7th Grade Violin Student

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The violin is the smallest and highest pitched string instrument. It rests on the left shoulder between the chin and shoulder. In order from lowest to highest, its strings are G, D, A, and E. Orchestral violins are often divided into firsts and seconds so the section can play harmony. First violins often have the melody. The violin reads the treble clef.

Famous composers who have written for the violin include:

Famous violinists include Midori, Itzhak Perlman, and Jascha Heifetz. Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson also played the violin.

You can learn about violin history here. This is a short video about the Renaissance violin. This video gives more information about the Baroque violin.

Let the Fun Begin!


Violin 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.

Often times, parents wonder how old their child must be to start the violin. Because the violin is sized to fit the player, almost any age can start learning this versatile instrument. I would be happy to meet with you to determine whether your child is ready to begin learning the violin or another instrument.


Students with previous experience will begin learning new material according to their current abilities. Throughout your studies, you will have opportunities to perform at concerts and participate in exciting, educational programs. Please bring your violin and recent music to your first lesson.

Your lessons will be designed around your goals with a strong framework of technique and musicianship. You will have the opportunity to study scales, arpeggios, scale studies, rhythm studies, etudes, and solos in progressive lessons that continuously develop your playing ability. Music theory, composition, music history, and world music are also included in our lessons.

Lessons are personalized to fit the player's goals, needs, and preferences.