How do I start lessons?
Just let me know! The best way is to get in touch via my contact page or send me an email at Paul@ClassicalFiddle.com. You can also call me at 703-532-6727, be sure to leave a message!
Is it possible to come and meet you and visit the studio before signing up for lessons?
Of course, I love meet-'n-greet lessons! They are free of charge, please just get in touch and we'll set something up.
When do you give lessons?
I am available to teach most times, any day of the week except Fridays and Saturdays.
Where do you give lessons?
I have a beautiful, dedicated studio for lessons set up here in my home in the Dominion Hills neighborhood in Arlington. Be sure to check out the Gallery for pictures.
How long are lessons?
Lessons can be 30, 45, or 60 minutes. I generally prefer longer lessons since it enables us to get more fiddling done.
How often are lessons?
Lessons are once a week.
As a parent, do I need to be at the lessons?
Yes. If you are the parent of a child learning the violin, you must be present and participating in the lessons.
How much practice is required?
A quick rule of thumb is that you don't have to practice your violin every day, you only have to practice the days you eat something (thank you to Dr. Suzuki for that one-liner). The amount of practice required each day is a balance between goals and time committment. I help my students and families with practice structure and practice strategies.
What ages do you teach?
As early as 6 (perhaps a bit younger) up until...whenever! I love adult beginners! Please remember that in the case of children, a parent must be present and actively participating in all lessons.
What levels do you teach?
Beginners, folks wanting to sharpen their technique, classical violinists wanting to understand fiddling better, and fiddlers of other styles wanting to learn about Celtic or Scandinavian music.
How many lessons do I sign up for?
As many as you would like! Lessons are scheduled in monthly blocks.
Do I need my own violin?
Yes. If you do not currently own one, I can help you with purchasing or renting a violin.