Lessons

Stringed instruments are challenging to learn, and there is no way around it – instruction from an experienced player makes all the difference. At Beekman Violin Inc., we offer both individual lessons and small-group classes designed to accommodate our students’ varying needs, abilities, and budgets.

Current Programs and Specials:

Friends Lesson Special

Tuesday Night Workshops

Private Lessons



Friends Lesson Special

Sometimes it’s more fun with a friend!

  • 4 1-hour lessons for two
  • Each lesson includes ensemble and individual instruction
  • Lessons scheduled according to students’ availability
  • $110 per student

Contact us any time to arrange lessons.


Tuesday Night Workshops – 2017

Tuesday Night Workshops return this year starting May 23rd from 7-8pm! This year’s workshops will be organized into four sessions, each focused on developing a particular skill or technique. Each 3-4 week session will include a basic overview, developmental exercises and ensemble activities, and a look at some applications in solo and ensemble repertoire. “Homework” will be given at each class to help with practice at home.

Fee per 4-week session – $48

Fee per 3-week session – $36

All workshops meet on Tuesday night from 7-8pm at the Beekman Violin Studio. To sign up, fill out the online registration form.

Dates and Topics:

RHYTHM – May 23rd-June 6th (3-week)

Complex rhythms look intimidating on paper, but learning how to break them down can make them accessible and even easy! This workshop will focus on frequently occurring rhythmic patterns that tend to throw us off, and will teach strategies for working through difficult rhythms we encounter in solo and ensemble repertoire.

THEORY/IMPROVISING – June 13th – June 27th (3-week)

It’s not all about Classical! Learning to play backup or to improvise over a chord progression is great fun, helps with ear training, and decreases performance anxiety. This workshop will teach the basics of chord structures and progressions and provide participants with a basic skill-set for jamming out in their friends’ garage band.

SHIFTING – JULY 18th – AUG 8th (4-week)

* This workshop is open to violinists and violists only.

Shifting is a critical skill for all string players. Whether you have been struggling with learning to shift or are just getting started, this workshop will demystify the process so that you can get in and out of positions comfortably and confidently.

TONE – AUGUST 15th – 29th (3-week)

Tone is the heart of every player’s sound – but unfortunately, it can be easy to forget in the face of difficult fingerings and rhythms. This workshop will teach methods for building strong tone into your own, personal playing style through use of bow speed, bow pressure, and sounding point.

Sign up form is available here!



ONGOING PROGRAMS

Private – Individual Lessons

  • Introductory Package for Beginners on Violin or Viola
    • 1 20-minute lesson followed by 2 half hour lessons, scheduled within 3 weeks or less.
    • $60 with your own instrument
    • $50 if you are renting an instrument from Beekman Violin, Inc.
  • Individual lessons – Beginners to Intermediate
    • We offer lessons for violin and viola on site on weekday evenings
      • $25/ half hour
      • $35/ 45 minutes
      • $45/ hour

We also maintain a list of local teachers in all violin-family instruments that are accepting new students. Please contact us for more information.

If you are a teacher and would like to be included in our referral list – please contact us!