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.

Summer Programs and Specials:

Strings start! Camp and Intro Sessions

First-Year Ensemble

Friends Lesson Special

Tuesday Night Workshops

Private Lessons



STRINGS START!

FOR STUDENTS WHO WILL BE STARTING A SCHOOL STRINGS PROGRAM IN THE FALL:

Rentals started for the following programs will be extended through Dec.1st at NO additional charge! 

Just stop by the shop to start your rental prior to the first meeting of the program and you’ll be all set through December – instruments will be delivered at the first class.

Strings Start! Camp

The “Strings Start!” Camp is an immersive string enrichment program designed specifically for new string students who will be starting an elementary school program in the fall. The camp aims to provide both inspiration and a strong technical foundation, through hands on instruction, games, activities, and musical performances – both live and recorded.

Additional sessions will be offered to students interested in continuing after the first two weeks.

Details:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – July 24th – August 4th  9:30-11:30am

Extended pick up and drop off times: 9-9:30am, 11:30-12pm

Fee: $150

Register here!

Strings Start! Complimentary Intro Session

The “Strings Start!” Intro session is a one hour session in the basics of stringed instrument playing. Students will learn about the instrument and its parts, how to keep it in good playing condition (and out of the “violin hospital”), and how to set it up to play. Tips will be given for what to do at home prior to the start of school classes.

Free with instrument rental! ($5 with your own instrument)

For session dates and times, see the registration form.



PROGRAMS AND SPECIALS FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS:

First Year Ensemble

This program is the perfect summer bridge for elementary students who just started playing in the fall of 2016. The small group format will provide a balanced focus on ensemble skills and individual technique. Send your son or daughter back to school motivated and ready to play!

  • Tuesdays 7/11 thru 8/1
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • $60 per participant (min. 4, max. 8)

Registration form available here!


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
    • 4 lessons of 20 minutes each – scheduled over 4 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!