Choosing the right teacher is perhaps the most important part of learning to play the violin. A great teacher can make learning to play the violin a wonderful experience while a bad teacher can make it a painful one. It is also important to remember that teacher styles work better with some students than others. For example, a student who finds music theory interesting may enjoy working with a teacher who takes time to explain the theory behind the music. On the other hand a student who does not find music theory may find the same teacher confusing and frustrating. Good teachers understand that sometimes it takes a couple of trys before you find the perfect match and should not be offended if you decide to try another studio. Do not feel badly if you don't get it right on the first try. The following are some tips that will help you find a violin teacher:
Tips for finding a great violin teacher
- Start by finding violin teachers in your area (the Violin Teachers Directory can help with that)
- Arrange for a phone conversation to learn more about the teachers style. Ask them about their experience with teaching and performing as well as any other questions you may have.
- Arrange for a trial lesson where you can visit with the teacher and get a feel for how they act around you or your child. Experienced teachers often require trial lessons to make sure that there is a good fit for you and them.
- You may also consider asking to observe the lesson of one of their existing students. Most teachers are willing to arrange in advance and it will allow you to get a better sense of their teaching style.
Note: We always recommend that parents stay with their children during the lessons. This allows you to get a better feel for the style/effectiveness of the teacher and students tend to improve faster when parents participate in the lessons.