Guitfiddle Academy


Viola Lessons


At Guitfiddle Academy we realize that today's music demands more than classical music training. Though classical is an important part of learning technique, other styles can be just as important (and fun!). Violists at Guitfiddle Academy will not only be able to play with an orchestra, but they will also be able to play with a band and will be able to play fiddle on viola if there is interest. Students of all instruments are invited to play in the Wondersound Music recital. Once a year, through Wondersound Music, they have the option to play with a rock band outside of lessons and be in a rock show! It is nice to also step away from "normal stuff" too sometimes. Even if it's not fiddle music, music from movies, anime, video games, etc. can also supplement learning just for fun.


Beginners age 5 and up are taught fundamentals first through the book Essential Elements 2000. Students are taught how to hold the viola and some basic rudiments of music while plucking the strings. When the student can read notation on two strings and adequately hold the viola, the budding violist is taught to hold and use the bow on open strings. Both left and right hands are used together once each open string can be played well. When all four strings and basic scales are learned, the student "graduates" to Suzuki Book 1 where more basic technique is taught through familiar songs and pieces.


In addition to progression pieces, intermediate violists will begin learning doublestops, 2nd and 3rd positions, harmonics, and more advanced scales. They will also solidify technique through etudes. It is at this level that students in 7th - 12th grade can enter the WSMA Solo & Ensemble through school.


Advanced students learn positions 4 and up, more advanced doublestops, advanced bow technique, solidify 3 octave scales, and study more advanced etudes. Further, students learn more advanced pieces and concerti.

Music Theory

Music theory is important! Each student will learn music theory as part of his/her lesson. How advanced the theory is depends on age. Also, seperate theory lessons can be taken weekly or once in awhile in addition to regular lessons.

Keep In Mind...

The above are general learning schedules. Each student is different and will progress differently.

Still have questions?

Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

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