violin/viola/composition lessons

Private lessons:

Weekly private lessons are offered in 30 minute, 45 minute, or 1 hour increments, depending on age/skill level of student. In these lessons, we cover many aspects of playing the instrument, including posture, technique, phrasing, theory, and how to practice. No matter the skill level, we will work with the student to develop their musicianship in whichever categories they need the most. Every student is different and we work with each individual with their specific abilities in mind. 

We offer: viola lessons, violin lessons, composition lessons

Online lessons:

We have been teaching lessons online for over 10 years and are happy to share our experiences with you! We generally use Skype for our online lessons as we have found that it is the best for combined video and sound quality. While we do have many students who use the internal cameras their computers came with-- or even just their phones-- having a computer with an external webcam or at least an external microphone will greatly improve the experience if this is a possibility. For obvious reasons, a high-speed internet connection is necessary as well.

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"I have been taking lessons from Scott Slapin......blends in a bit of theory and history into the lessons which is appreciated and needed, and Tanya does an amazing job of teaching and running the business side of the studio."  -Helen F.

"I particularly wanted to have Tanya teach me the viola as I heard her playing on Spotify and really liked it.  It is really useful  to have a specialist viola teacher who knows the repertoire......Tanya is very detailed in her teaching and my playing of solo viola pieces has greatly improved.   At the same time her manner is reassuring, so I am gaining confidence. I am in the UK so Tanya teaches me through Skype.  The technology is amazing!"  -Vincent I. (UK)

"Scott's positive, approachable manner set me at ease immediately. He is very knowledgeable and strikes the perfect balance between challenging and encouraging, providing selective, targeted feedback that builds confidence as well as skills." -Penney O.

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