» Playing the violin involves a lot of coordination: the violin position, the bow hold, the finger positions on the strings, and the bow arm movement must all be correct in order to produce a pure, clean tone.
» Violins don’t have frets like the guitar and other stringed instruments. This makes positioning your fingers on the strings much more tricky — they must be in the right spot or the note will sound out of tune!
» The violin is actually the same instrument as a fiddle — it's just a different style of playing the violin! We teach both fiddle and violin styles of playing, so you can choose one or both to learn in your lessons.
MEET THE TEACHERS
Cecilee Robson-Kranzthor's interest with music began with a love of dancing to records of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake when she was a child. She began studying the violin at age 11 and found it gave her the ability to express herself and connect with people in a way she hadn't before. She began her studies with jazz through programs like the Tipitina's and Arts Intensives with the Positive Vibrations Foundation, but later moved to a more classical focus. Cecilee has played with groups like the University of North Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Tulane Orchestra, the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra, and Ensemble 504. Cecilee's unique approach to teaching combines her knowledge of body mapping to avoid physical strain with the concepts of mindfulness and meditation. Though Cecilee is talented at many different styles of playing, Cecilee specializes in classical violin and orchestral music.
Katie Lott started learning violin when she was 8 and was heavily involved in local orchestras, string quartets and summer festivals growing up. In college, she founded the Birmingham-Southern string quartet and played in the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra in Birmingham, AL. She also played strings for a local dream pop band, Parishop and a folk trio, Verdure. She currently plays violin in the New Orleans area for weddings and events in addition to teaching private lessons at NOLA School of Music. She works with students of all ages, from 3 to adult and teaches classical, pop, and fiddle styles of playing.
Younger students will need a smaller size violin, because their arms are shorter. As the student grows, they will upgrade their viola sizes until they reach a full-size viola. We recommend going to Keller Strings and having them size your child for the violin they will need.
WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND I BUY A VIOLIN?
Don't worry if you don't have your violin yet! Go ahead and schedule your first lesson — we'll go over the basics with you and let you play your teacher's violin.
If you're anxious to get started, we recommend Keller Strings! They offer a rental program for smaller sizes of violins and offer full-size violins for purchase.
You are also welcome to purchase an inexpensive beginner violin on Amazon. A lower quality violin (as long as it's in good shape) is just fine for a beginner student.
30-minute lessons are our most popular option at NOLA School of Music. They are ideal for beginners and children who don't have enough material (or the attention span) for a longer lesson.
60-minute weekly lessons are great for adults or intermediate/advanced students. An hour lesson gives your teacher plenty of time to focus on technique, sight-reading, improvisation, and other aspects of music without being rushed.
For many students, 45-minute weekly lessons are the perfect sweet spot. Since 45-minute lessons are difficult to schedule, they may only be available during early afternoon hours or late evening.