How do I start lessons?
Just let me know! Send me an email at Paul@ClassicalFiddle.com. You can also call me at 703-532-6727, be sure to leave a message!
Where do you give lessons?
I have beautiful, dedicated studios for in person and online lessons set up here in my home in the Boulevard Manor neighborhood in Arlington. Be sure to check out the Gallery for pictures.
Is it possible to come and meet you and visit the studio before signing up for lessons?
Of course, I love "meet-'n-greets!" We can get together to see the studio, talk about lessons, music, say hello, etc. They are free of charge, please just get in touch and we'll set something up.
How long are lessons?
Lessons can be 30, 45, or 60 minutes. I generally prefer longer lessons since it enables us to get more work 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 commitment. I help my students and families with practice structure and practice strategies.
What ages do you teach?
As early as 6 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 refine 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 have one, I can help you with purchasing or renting a violin.
I got my start playing violin when I was quite young. When I was just four years old, my parents asked me, "Would you like to learn how to play the violin?" and I said, "Sure!"