VIOLIN and VIOLA LESSONS


Violin and Viola Lessons in Sydney for Children or Adults and 
Violins for Sale

Welcome to STRINGS2U 🙂

Strings2u is located in SYDNEY next to Wolli Creek Train Station at 7 CHISHOLM STREET.

Business Hours are 1pm to 9pm Monday to Saturday.

If planning a visit to TRY our VIOLINS or to TRY a $20 TRIAL LESSON just call or sms 0477885377 first (if overseas call +61477885377).

If you are interested in an ONLINE LESSON then email Peter at strings2u2@gmail.com

7 Chisholm St photo

VIOLIN LESSONS at Wolli Creek for BEGINNERS cost only:

$30 for 30 mins, $45 for 45 mins, $60 for 60 mins

ONLINE VIOLIN LESSONS are: $30 for 45 mins, $45 for 60 mins.

NEW and ANTIQUE VIOLINS are also for sale BY APPOINTMENT (call 0477885377). The violins are suitable for beginners to semi-professional students.

WHERE AM I LOCATED? I teach violin and sell violins at 7 Chisholm Street, Wolli Creek 2205, Sydney. It is right next to Wolli Creek Train Station.

Chisholm Street Wolli Creek

BUSINESS HOURS: Monday to Saturday: 1pm to 9pm

* LESSON TIMES AVAILABLE :

To reserve a time please email Peter at strings2u2@gmail.com  🙂

SYDNEY SINGLE LESSON STUDIO TIMES AVAILABLE at Wolli Creek: 

Tuesday: 3.30pm till 8.30pm.

Wednesday: 3.30pm till 8.30pm.

Thursday: 3.30pm till 8.30pm.

Friday: 3.30pm till 8.30pm.

Saturday: 1.30pm till 8.30pm.

ONLINE SKYPE SINGLE LESSON TIMES AVAILABLE: please email Peter at strings2u2@gmail.com to arrange. A Trial Lesson is only $20.

AGES TAUGHT: The LESSONS I teach are for all ages from 4yrs old to seniors.

ABOUT ME AS A VIOLIN/VIOLA TEACHER: All lessons are given by me personally. I hold a Bachelor of Music Education Degree which specializes is the Suzuki Violin Method. I have been teaching Violin and Music Theory for over 25 years in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. My Performance experience includes playing in orchestra, chamber groups, Irish fiddle, Australian bush, American folk and violin for recording studios. As well as teaching the violin I have taught High School Music in Sydney for ten years.

• LESSONS for CHILDREN aged 4 years and above; I’m a parent of a 12 year old and teaching children is something I love to do. Also, I encourage a parent/guardian to attend the lesson so they can assist the student with their daily practice.

• LESSONS for ADULTS: around half of my students are teenagers or working adults. Adults actually learn the violin much faster than most children. What adults lack in time, they make up for in motivation and disciplined regular practice.

• MUSICAL STYLES TAUGHT:

– CLASSICAL VIOLIN, POPULAR and FOLK/IRISH-AMERICAN FIDDLE: Suzuki Method & A.B.R.S.M. Examinations are offered. The student can choose what music they want to learn. Some students prefer to work through the Suzuki repertoire while some prefer to mostly play A.M.E.B. or A.B.R.S.M Examination pieces. Others want a mix of classical together with pop and folk music.

WHAT DO I TEACH? 

1. Suzuki Violin Method Classical Music;

2. A.M.E.B. and A.B.R.S.M. Exam Repertoire Music;

3. Popular and Movie Music. Any combination is available.

4. Improvisation to different styles of music and the use of effect pedals and loopers.

WHAT LEVEL DO I TEACH? I teach from BEGINNERS to ADVANCED players with an emphasis on technique to give faster results.

TRIAL LESSONS: Please ask for a Trial lesson for $20 with a email to strings2u2@gmail.com 
– I can supply a violin for the lesson if needed. Also, I sell all sizes of new beginner violins which I personally select from the Sydney Violin Shops. I only select violins which are the best sounding so my students and others can sound their best too.

Please request a day and time from below and email strings2u2@gmail.com to arrange a day and time for your trial lesson.

* VIOLIN/VIOLA LESSON FEES: .
$20 for a Trial Lesson of 30 minutes.

MONTHLY LESSON FEES:

For Beginners/Suzuki Bk1/Grade 1: 

  • $120 a Month for 4 lessons of 30 minutes each.
  • $180 a Month for 4 lessons of 45 minutes each.
  • $240 a Month for 4 lessons of 60 minutes each.
  • Please see below regarding Suzuki Bk2 and Grade 2 and higher.

SCHEDULE OF LESSON FEES:

  4 LESSONS A MONTH 30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Monthly Monthly Monthly
LEVEL 1: Fiddletime 1,2;    Suzuki Bk1            Exam Grade 1 $120 $180 $240
LEVEL 2: Fiddletime 3        Suzuki Bk2 & 3     Exam Grade 2&3&4 $140 $210 $270
LEVEL 3: Suzuki Bk4&5&6  Exam Grade 5&6 $160 $330 $420
LEVEL 4: Suzuki Bk7&8       Exam Grade 7&8 $180 $270 $350
LESSON BY LESSON BASIS 30 Minutes 45 Minutes 60 Minutes
Weekday Level 1 $50 Level 2 $55 Level 3 $60 Level 4 $65 Level 1 $75 Level 2 $80 Level 3 $90 Level 4 $100 Level 1 $100 Level 2 $110 Level 3 $120 Level 4 $130
Weeknight / Saturday Level 1 $55 Level 2 $60 Level 3 $65 Level 1 $80 Level 2 $90 Level 3 $95 Level 1 $110 Level 2 $120 Level 3 $130

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about LESSONS:

1. MONTHLY PAYMENT is made in advance on the last week of the previous month.

2. REPLACEMENT/MAKEUP LESSONS are offered when you can’t come to your normal lesson time IF:

(a) you notify me 24 HOURS BEFORE your scheduled lesson that you will be absent.

(b) IF the makeup lesson is in the SAME CALENDAR MONTH or week as the lesson that was missed. Please arrange your replacement lesson a.s.a.p. as refunds are not given and the following month fees are not reduced.

(c) IF you arrange the makeup lessons by sending me an sms of your selected day and time from the list of AVAILABLE TIMES ABOVE. I can’t suggest times to you as I don’t know when you are free. PLEASE NOTE: If the replacement lesson is not arranged it won’t be transferred or forwarded to the following month.

3. HOLIDAYS: 

(a) Public Holidays: unlike some schools, I do not charge for lessons that fall on Public Holidays. As no lesson is given on Public Holidays, no lesson fee is charged for that day.

(b) School Holidays: Most school holidays I am teaching. If you will be away for a week or more, you can notify me when advance payment is made at the end of the month. If I am told of this when fees are paid, the fees will be reduced for these weeks. Please tell me in advance as unused lessons are not refunded and unused lessons are not transferred to the following month.

I don’t teach on the last two weeks of December (i.e. 14th-31st December) so no lesson fees are charged for these weeks.

(c) Overseas Holidays: if you are away for four weeks or more you can reserve your permanent time by paying 50% of lesson fee. ALTERNATIVELY you can forego your lesson time and take a new lesson time when you return (no enrollment fee is charged).

(d) The 5th week of the month: lessons will not be given on one of the 5 weeks as notified by the teacher, so please ask when fees are paid.

PLEASE LEAVE A QUESTION or COMMENT BELOW: If you would like to know more you can leave a question below/call my handphone 96611413/ email me at strings2u2@gmail.com (NOT strings2u@gmail.com). I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for reading, Peter

49 thoughts on “VIOLIN and VIOLA LESSONS

  1. hi there!

    I am keen in rekindling my violin playing, i’ve got mine own and wouldnt mind travelling to Pandan Valley. However, may I know your lesson slots for 2011?

    would appreciate an email reply.

    Thanks.

  2. Hello Peter,
    I have 3 yr old girl who is extremely interested in music – she is very quick at learning songs by herself just by listening to Cds etc (at 2 plus, she could sing a song that she listened a year ago and we never taught her) . I would like to develop her music skill but unsure if she would love the violin. Would you be able to assess this perhaps via a trial classs at my home (in the east)?

  3. hi,
    i used to attend violin lesson at music school for a short while but did not use suzuki method, if i were to learn from you, would it be a problem? is the sat morning slot still available?

    • Hi, thanks for your enquiry. On Saturday morning I have only one 30minute slot still available. Its at 9.15am. I hope this time is alright for you.
      No problem if you haven’t used the Suzuki method – I design the violin lessons around what you want to learn and the learning style that works best for you. The Suzuki classical repertoire is recommended by many teachers as it is well selected in increasing level of difficulty. I also use other material and styles, especially for beginners I use a book which has a pop accompaniment practice CD.
      If you want to come for one lesson to try out you are very welcome. I charge $30 per lesson. Hope to hear from you: sms or call 96611413 Peter

  4. hi I am currently 19 yes old with no musical background.I am interested in learning violin .are you available on weekends for lessons preferably in evenings.thanks

    • Hi, thanks for your enquiry.
      For an evening, the closest to a weekend evening I can offer you is Friday evening at 8pm.
      Saturdays I am teaching from 9am till 5.15pm. If you are interested in 5.15pm or 6pm on Saturday please let me know. This is the latest I am teaching on Saturday. Sunday, no lessons. Hope this helps. I’d like to hear from you, my Handphone is 96611413 for sms or call.
      Best Regards Peter

  5. Hello!
    I’m 15 years old and play the guitar and ukulele. I’ve goofed around on the mandolin and can play “I’ll Fly Away” and “Whiskey for Breakfast.” I am interested in learning either violin or mandolin in a group setting. I know the group lessons won’t begin until February. I own a violin and am interested in picking it up (tried to with some video lessons, but I believe I need a teacher in front of me.) Could you please reply by email? Thanks! Ana

      • Hi Ana, what I teach depends on what you want to learn. If you want to learn to read music then music books are used. If you do not need to read music then chords are taught followed by playing melody by ear in the style of music that you prefer. Give me a call on 96611413 to arrange a trial lesson – regards Peter

  6. Hi there,

    I am keen in restarting lessons for the viola. I started lessons about 3 years ago, and stopped briefly for about a year due to work commitments. I am wondering if we can arrange for a trial lesson? I’m working full time, hence I can only make it in the evenings or during the weekends. Please let me know your available time slots.

    Thanks!
    Yvonne

    • Hi Yvonne, I hope you can come to one of the times available in the evening or Saturday:
      TIMES STILL AVAILABLE as at 14/1/2012:
      Wednesday 7pm;
      Thursday 7pm
      Friday 7.15pm;
      Saturday: 3.15, 3.45, 4.45, 5.15, 5.45pm.

      Please let me know one of the times above is suitable.

      Best Regards
      Peter (strings2u2@gmail.com) 96611413

  7. Hi Peter, I would like to know if u have old European maker’s(luthier) violins for sale? I need a good one yet it must not be too expensive. I’m also keen in taking lessons with u.
    By the way, if u have violins I may like when can I come for viewing?
    Pls do not hesitate to contact me @ my mobile: 97951030
    Thank you!

    • Hi Steven,

      thanks for your email enquiry. I have old European maker’s violins. One is
      ready for viewing by Adolf Stowasser of Grazlitz Austria, and several will
      be ready in a month’s time as they are needing to be cleaned and set up
      with new pegs, tailpiece, bridge, and strings. If you can wait it will be
      more worthwhile for you to visit later. I can inform you when more violins
      are ready.
      Regarding the lessons, you are welcome to come for a trial lesson which
      costs $30 for a 30 minute lesson. Just let me know your preference from the
      times below:

      *Wednesday 2.30, 3.00, 5.30, 6.30pm; **Friday 11.00am, 11.30am,** 12.30,
      1.00, 2.00, 2.30, 3.30, 4.00pm.*

      *Information on the Prewar 1924-1948 Austrian Labelled Violin by Adolf
      Stowasser* – label reads: “Adolf Stowasser, Instrumenten-Fabrik, Graz.”
      Adolf Stowasser made violins in the area of Bohemia – Graslitz (Austria)
      between the years 1924-1948. This violin is a nicely crafted old
      instrument, with a masterly carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling.
      Its sound is resonant with excellent volume and projection. It is
      masterfully made to give even tone across all the strings especially in the
      higher register where most violins struggle. Due to its outstanding tone in
      the higher registers it is highly recommended for the advanced student. Due
      to its age there are two old repaired cracks on the front left side. They
      are very stable as they are not near the bass bar they do not effect the
      sound. The front is finely grained spruce and the back, neck and ribs are a
      nicely flamed maple.

      It measures aprox.: full length:59 cm/23.22”, body only:35.6 cm / 14.01”,
      vibrating chord length 33 cm / 12.99”, weight ~430 gr / 0.947 lbs.

      This is a genuine labelled violin by Adolf Stowasser who is a known maker.
      Other instruments by Adolf Stowasser sell for US$2,000 and above. *Price
      S$1,190*
      Best regards

      Peter
      96611413

      • Hi Peter, thanks for your reply. Pls inform me when those European violins are ready for viewing. I’m not so keen in cracked violin, pls help me to lookout for violins with uncracked condition. Thank you.

        Best regards

    • Hi Mrs Kwan,

      thanks for your enquiry. If your girl is ready for a full size violin then it is worthwhile to spend a bit more to get an advanced violin for around S$1000 -$1200 which she can use for the higher grades of grade 6, 7 & 8. These violins which I sell for around $1,000 retail for $2000 plus in the shops because they are made with European spruce and maple.
      For around $1000-1200 I also have antique 100 yr old European violins which have a more mature warmer sound.
      I recommend you come and try the violins I have so you can make an informed decision for yourself.

      Hope to hear from you soon

      Peter
      96611413

  8. Hello Peter,
    My daughter of 10 years old would like to begin violin lessons. We are American, and she has had 16 months of piano there. Without a piano here, she would like to take up violin. We will need to purchase a violin as well. We are homeschooling, so our available times are quite flexible. We do prefer weekday lessons. Please let me know what you would have available.

    Warmly,
    Traci Moore

    • Hi Tracy,

      thanks for your enquiry. I recommend you come for a trial lesson first. I can provide a violin for the lesson and also show you a selection of violins for future purchase.
      After the trial lesson you can secure a weekly lesson slot with a monthly fee of 4 lessons. The lessons are individual not groups lessons at the following price: $30 for 30 minutes or $45 for 45 minutes.
      As I have limited slots available I do not refund for absences but do offer replacement lessons.

      The following times are available:

      Tuesday: no times available.

      Wednesday: 5.30, 6.00pm.

      Thursday: 7.00pm.

      Friday: 4.30, 5.00pm.

      Saturday: 2.30, 3.00pm.

      Please let me know what time you can come for the trial lesson.

      Looking forward to hearing from you
      Peter 96611413

  9. Hi Peter,

    My boy is using 1/4 violin now and he has out grown it. Probably need a 1/2 size now. May I know if u have quite good violin to recommend? My budget is around $400. Thanks!

    • Hi Frances,
      I definitely can help you find a good sounding 1/2 size violin for less than $400. Let me know what day and time you are wanting to come and try the violins. Call or sms 96611413 Best regards Peter

  10. Hi Peter, just enquire if my son is preparing for his grade 3 violin recently but have not learnt any theory lessons of date yet, is it too late for theory now?

    James

    • Hi James, certainly there is no time like the present. Theory can be learnt at any time, however, regarding exams you can’t sit for the 6th grade ABRSM exam if you don’t have the 5th Grade theory exam certificate. So you will need to get a theory teacher to catch up. All the best Peter

    • Hi James, sorry for the late reply. It is never too late to learn theory. I can recommend the Lina Ng “Music Theory Made Easy” books that are available at Yamaha Music Plaza Singapora. These books can be worked through at home and do not require very much of the teachers time.

  11. Peter,
    We have just returned from the US 3 weeks ago. My 13 year old picked up Suzuki violin 3 years ago in the US. She played in both the school’s and community orchestra. She is currently on Suzuki book 5 and is very keen to continue to make progress in her violin skills. Singapore is very ABRSM based. Question I have is how can she manage both Suzuki method and ABRSM? How can you help her?
    I would appreciate your suggestion as I have little knowledge on how to progress from here because I have no music background.
    Thank you.

    Valencia

    • Hello Valencia, I think there should be no problem for your daughter to do both Suzuki and ABRSM, as she has good music reading skills from her involvement in the orchestras. I will be happy to discuss further at a trial lesson when you are free. Please have a look at the available lesson times and sms me at 96611413. Best Regards Peter

  12. Hi Peter

    I am keen for my 6 year son to have violin lessons with you. Is the time slot for wednesday evenings still available please ? Thank you.

    • Hi Christine, yes someone is already having a trial lesson Wednesday at 7.15pm slot on 2/1. I can let you know later if it is available the following week. Wednesday 6.45pm and 7.45pm is available this week if you can come. Please sms or call 96611413 to confirm. Best regards Peter

  13. Dear Peter,

    Both my sister and I are interested in getting a real affordable violin as both of us are still schooling. We have grades in theory of music and both of us plays the piano as well. We thought of getting a violin because we really like how it sounds. Can you advise on the price range (full-size) based on your expertise and any recommended slots for us if we were to go for your trial lesson? Thank you so much and sorry for any inconvenience caused. Warmest regards.

    • Hi Zhen Kang, for a real affordable violin you can choose the $150 beginners violin. To see the available time slots for trial lessons please have a look at the homepage http://www.strings2u.wordpress.com and see the heading “Available Times” as you scroll down. You can sms me at 96611413 regarding which time suits you. Best regards Peter

  14. Hi we are relocating to Singapore in Augudt and looking for a Suzuki violin teacher for our 9 year old daughter who has just moved on to Suzuki book 2 Saturdays would be great for us!

    • Hi Clare, I have put your daughter on the Saturday waitlist. When you arrive in August please give me a call at 96611413 and I hope to have a time available for you.
      Best regards
      Peter

  15. Hi Peter:

    I’ve just a little question for you. How can i know about a violin tagged “nicolaus amatus fecit Cremona 1635” is true or a copy? it came to my hands as a payment for a job, i know about solid body guitars and basses but nothing about acoustic instruments. The only thing i know about that violin is was in a warehouse and received the worst treatment you can imagine for almost 40 years. Any advice you can give me will be very very highly appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Mauricio Espinoza
    ( Santiago – Chile )

    • Hi Mauricio, original Amati violins are rare and very expensive. You probably have one of the many copies of an Amati. Most copies are worth around $1,000 if they are in playing condition and sound good. Some are worth much more, so it is hard to say what you have. The label inside the violin is probably also a copy of the original. I suggest you take it to a violin shop and ask them for their opinion – if they offer to buy it then it must be worth more than they offer so have someone who plays have a look at it. Best regards Peter

  16. hi, Peter, GX here. I am an adult had certain but not many experiences in music. I just texted you. can I book Dec 5 2013, at 6 pm? I have one violin with broken string. Can you help me fix it? Thanks

  17. Hi Peter,

    I’d like to know the price for a half size violin which is for my 7yrs old niece.
    Previously i had bought from you .

    thank you .

    Ashley

    • Hi Ashley, the half sized violin is $150 for the 100 series and $320 for the 300 series. You are welcome to come try the violins at any of the following times: Monday: from 12noon till 9pm; Tuesday: from 12noon till 4pm; Wednesday: 12noon till 3pm; Thursday: 12noon till 3pm; Friday: 12noon till 3pm; Saturday: after 6.15pm; Sunday: after 6pm.
      Call or sms me at 96611413 to arrange a time to come and visit when I am not teaching violin. Best regards Peter

  18. Hi, Peter,

    I am interested in finally starting up lessons with you. I am looking at a permanent weekly time Tuesday at 3:00 PM if that is still available. Also, what material would you like me to obtain for our lessons together? I’d like to get them ahead of time; I know I need work on my bowing and intonation – so rusty, but so happy to be playing again. if possible, so I can peruse therm and get a little practice in beforehand.

    Thank you for your time!

    Carolyn

    PS: Love my violin – such a lovely sound – well – it would be! :o)

    • Hi Carolyn, I am delighted that you can start lessons as Tuesday 3pm is available for you. Please let me know if you want to start tomorrow or later in the month. I would like to start with the Suzuki Violin School Book 4. Let me know if this is suitable for you. Very glad you love the violin 🙂
      Best regards Peter 96611413

    • Hi Ching,

      thanks for your enquiry. Do you need a 30 minute or a 45 minute permanent lesson on a weekday later than 5pm? I will waitlist you and let you know soon.
      Best regards Peter – Strings2u 96611413

  19. Hi Peter, I am thinking about taking up the violin and would like a trial lesson. I do work but can be flexible on a Friday or over the weekend. Do you have any slots?

    • Hi Bernadette,
      you can come for a trial lesson for $45 for 30 minutes first. Please choose an available time from below and let me know your choice:
      Tuesday: 12/1: 5.15pm, 5.45pm; 19/1: 5.15pm, 5.45pm; 26/1: 5.15pm, 5.45pm.
      Wednesday: 20/1: 7.30pm; 27/1: 7.30pm.
      Thursday: 14/1: 3.15pm, 3.45pm; 21/1: 3.15pm, 3.45pm; 28/1: 3.15pm, 3.45pm.
      Friday: 8/1: 5.30pm; 15/1: 3.15pm, 4.45pm; 22/1: 3.15pm, 4.45pm; 29/1: 3.15pm, 4.45pm.
      Saturday: 16/1: 6pm; 23/1: 6pm; 30/1: 6pm.
      Best regards
      Peter – Strings2u – HP: 96611413

  20. Hi Peter,

    I am planning to take up violin lessons with you but would like to take a trial lesson first. Is there any slots available on weekdays after 5.30 pm?

    Thank You (:

    Nadirah

  21. hi my son is nearly six and very interested to learn violin, i saw that u have a time slot on weeknights around 5pm. i would be picking him up from school at 4,30 at holland village and coming straight over to ulu pandan,do you think that would be ample time or is it a bit of a walk from the carpark etc to find your place? just trying to gauge the aprox timing it would take:)

    also he has never played before, other than having fun in the shop:), he has a very good ear for recalling music. would you recommend 30 min lessons for someone his age and level as sufficient?

    thank you jade

    • Hi Jade, I can see you this Thursday 19/1. You can arrive between 5pm and 5.15pm so don’t worry about the timing. A violin will be provided for the trial lesson if needed and 30 minutes is definitely enough for a beginner. If you could sms me at 96611413 I will sms you the address and directions to the lesson location. Hope to hear from you soon and I look forward to meeting you and your son – best regards Peter – Strings2u

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