7. Exams, Videos & FAQ

Below are the following sections:

-1. Exams with ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

-2. Videos from our Strings2u Concerts,

-3. Favorite Videos from Youtube and

-4. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. EXAMS with ABRSM

Exams with ABRSM-preparation and registration

Here are the dates for 2019:

Registration date 15/2-8/3/19 for Practical Exam on: June and July

Registration date 5-26/7/19 for Practical Exam on: October to December

2. STRINGS2U CONCERT VIDEOS please click:

2014 Concert Videos of Strings2u Students

2015 Concert Videos of Strings2u Students

2016 Concert Videos of Strings2u Students

2017 Concert Videos of Strings2u Students

2018 Concert Videos of Strings2u Students

3. YOUTUBE Violin VIDEOS please click:

Violin Youtube Teaching and Performance Videos

4. FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions

1. HOW and WHEN can I TRY OUT the violins?

2. What are the AVAILABLE LESSON TIMES? Please click here: “Where and When To Visit” or on the Menu tab of the same name above. 

3. WHERE AM I LOCATED?

4. CAN I PAY ONLINE AND HAVE A VIOLIN SENT TO ME?

5. WHAT is a GOOD AGE to START learning the violin?

6. CAN I have a TRIAL LESSON first?

7. IS the PARENT involved?

8. DO I PAY WEEKLY, MONTHLY or EVERY THREE MONTHS?

9. WHAT about HOLIDAYS and ADVANCED NOTICE?

10. IS there a MAKE-UP LESSON when I miss a lesson?

11. What happens if I take a month off for any reason?

12. CAN I PAY ON A LESSON by LESSON BASIS?

13. HOW MUCH are the LESSON FEES?

14. DO I NEED TO READ MUSIC?

15. WHAT COURSES do you offer?

16. HOW LONG does it take to LEARN CLASSICAL VIOLIN?

17. WHAT are the COURSE CONTENTS?

IS YOU ANSWER NOT HERE? Please leave a comment below or sms your question to me at +614 7788115377 🙂

ANSWERS:

1. HOW and WHEN can I TRY OUT the violins? For the location please look at  Answer 3 🙂 Call or sms me at +614 77885377 to arrange a time to come and visit at one of the following days and times: Monday to Saturday 1pm to 9pm.

You could come during my teaching schedule in one of the available lesson slots by clicking here“Where and When To Visit” or on the Menu tab of the same name above. 

2. What are the AVAILABLE LESSON TIMES? Please click here: “Where and When To Visit” or on the Menu tab of the same name above. 

TRIAL LESSONS: Please ask for a Trial lesson for $20 beforehand – I can supply a violin for the lesson if needed. Also, I sell all sizes of new 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 in the comments below and you will be informed if or when the slot becomes available.

• ENQUIRIES to: Peter at strings2u2@gmail.com or sms 0477885377

3. WHERE AM I LOCATED? I am in Sydney at Chisholm Street Wolli Creek, next to Wolli Creek Station.

4. CAN I PAY ONLINE AND HAVE A VIOLIN SENT TO ME?

Yes! Tell me which violin you would like to purchase and I will send you a PAYPAL INVOICE which includes the cost of postage. Once payment is received in my paypal account, I will send a receipt to you and post the violin to you the next day. With payment through Paypal you have Buyers Protection which gives you a full refund of the price of the violin if it does not arrive or it is damaged in the post.

5. WHAT is a GOOD AGE to START learning the violin?

For children, I recommend any age starting from age 5 years. Movement to music classes can help prepare children from ages 3-4yrs. Parent need to help 5 year olds to practice daily to show good  progress.

For adults, it is never too late to begin to learn violin.  The most important key to success is motivation through listening to violin recordings, regular weekly lessons and practicing violin each day. I recommend 15 minutes a day for beginners. Even if you cannot practice till late at night, you can learn through the use of a violin mute which will soften the volume of the violin.

6. CAN I have a TRIAL LESSON first?

Yes you certainly can. I charge only $20 a lesson so you can come and try out with me for a one lesson, no obligation, friendly trial. I also recommend that you buy a beginner’s violin for $150 and try it out to see if you like it enough to come for lessons.

7. IS the PARENT involved?

Yes, for a child aged from 3-12 years, the parent/guardian is strongly encouraged to come for the lesson to take notes and observe. This is really beneficial so that the all important PRACTICE AT HOME can be capably supervised by someone. If you are keen and interested to learn the violin together with the child, I strongly encourage it. The only extra expense is the purchase of an adult size violin. Think of it as a free lesson for the parent/guardian.

8. DO I PAY WEEKLY, MONTHLY or EVERY THREE MONTHS?

WEEKLY PAYMENT: for those who do not have a regular fixed time;

MONTHLY PAYMENT: for those who have a weekly fixed time. Fees for four lessons are paid in advance on the last week of the previous month. When there is a 5th week in a month it is optional for those who want an extra lesson. Otherwise, if there is a 5th week in the month, there will be no lesson.

9. WHAT about HOLIDAYS and ADVANCED NOTICE?

When you pay the fees in advance on the last week of the previous month you need to tell me if you will be out of the country and we will adjust the fees for that month. For other reasons for absence such as birthday parties, exams, school events etc, I recommend a make-up lesson that week or the following week.

10. IS there a MAKE-UP (REPLACEMENT) LESSON when I miss a lesson?

Yes, we can try to find a different time or day in the same month for a make-up lesson. I will try to do a replacement lesson if your schedule and mine can manage it within the same month.

11. What happens if I take a month off for any reason?

I will reserve your time or you for a month. If it is longer than a month and the time is no  longer available we will find another time for your regular lesson.

12. CAN I PAY ON A LESSON by LESSON BASIS?

Yes, for those who cannot commit to a weekly lesson I can accept payment on a LESSON BY LESSON BASIS. However, a regular weekly time is not possible so you will need to arrange a new lesson time for each visit. You can do this by looking at this website under “When and Where to Visit” under the heading “Available Times” and sending me an sms to request that time/day.

The LESSON BY LESSON FEES are as follows:

LESSON BY LESSON BASIS

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

Weekday

Level1:$50  Level2:$55

Level1:$75 Level2:$80

Level1:$95 Level2:$100

Weeknight / Saturday

Level1:55  Level2:$60

Level1:$80 Level2:$90

Level1:$110  Level2:$115

13. HOW MUCH are the LESSON FEES?

MONTHLY LESSON FEES:

For Beginners/Suzuki Bk1 /Grade 1: ON WEEKDAYS till 7pm

  • $180 a Month for 4 lessons of 30 minutes each.
  • $270 a Month for 4 lessons of 45 minutes each.
  • $350 a Month for 4 lessons of 60 minutes each.
  • Please enquire regarding Suzuki Bk2 and Grade 2 and above.

Beginners/Suzuki Bk1 /Grade 1: WEEKNIGHTS 7-9pm &SATURDAY:

  • $200 a Month for 4  Lessons of 30 minutes each.
  • $290 a Month for 4 lessons of 45 minutes each.
  • $390 a Month for 4 lessons of 60 minutes each.
  • Please see below regarding Suzuki Bk2 and Grade 2 and above.

LESSON FEE UPDATE EFFECTIVE JANUARY, 2015

MONTHLY FEE

4 WEEKDAY LESSONS A MONTH

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

LEVEL   1: Beginners & Grade1; Suzuki:Bk1

$180

$270

$350

LEVEL   2: Grade 2&3&4&5 Suzuki:Bk2&3&4

$200

$300

$390

LEVEL   3: Grade6&7&8 Suzuki:Bk5&6&7&8

$220

$330

$420

MONTHLY FEE 

4 WEEKNIGHT LESSONS A MONTH  (7-9pm) OR SATURDAYS

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

Monthly

Monthly

Monthly

LEVEL   1: Beginners & Grade1 Suzuki:Bk1

$200

$290

$390

LEVEL   2: Grade2&3&4&5 Suzuki:Bk2&3&4

$220

$330

$430

LEVEL   3: Grade6&7&8 Suzuki:Bk5&6&7&8

$250

$380

$490

SOME ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES:

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

*REPLACEMENT LESSONS are given ONLY if you notify of absence 24 HOURS BEFORE your scheduled lesson.

*You are given a replacement makeup lesson within the SAME CALENDAR MONTH, not the next month.

*If you are AWAY for A MONTH: 1. you can keep your lesson time IF you pay 50% of your fee while you are away.

OR 2. you can forego your lesson time and take a new lesson time when you return (no enrolment fee is charged).

14. DO I NEED TO READ MUSIC?

Music reading is not a requirement of learning or playing. Many excellent violinists can play traditional music without reading music. I teach Music reading in a easy to learn way so it is understood to be an aid to playing and not a barrier to learning.

15. WHAT COURSES do you offer?

For CHILDREN: CLASSICAL VIOLIN: Suzuki Method & A.B.R.S.M. for age 4 yrs and above.

For ADULTS: a combination of POP/FOLK/IRISH/AMERICAN FIDDLE music and CLASSICAL using the Fiddletime Books 1, 2, & 3. At the end of Fiddletime Joggers Bk 1 students also begin Suzuki Method Book 1 for classical repertoire. Music reading is not a requirement unless requested. Adults can also request A.B.R.S.M. examinations if they are interested.

COURSE: CLASSICAL VIOLIN
GRADING SYSTEMS:
Associate Board of Royal School of Music (A.B.R.S.M.) Examination and Certification
OR Australian Music Examination Board (A,M.E.B) Examination and Certification

16. HOW LONG does it take to LEARN CLASSICAL VIOLIN?

AVERAGE TIME PERIOD NEEDED:
Beginner-first 6 months THEN
A.B.R.S.M. Grade 1 and SUZUKI Bk1 – 1 year THEN
A.B.R.S.M. Grade 2 and SUZUKI Bk2 – 1 year THEN
A.B.R.S.M. Grade 3 and SUZUKI Bk3 – 1 year THEN
A.B.R.S.M. Grade 4 and SUZUKI Bk4 – 1 year THEN
A.B.R.S.M. Grade 5 and SUZUKI Bk5 – 1 year THEN
A.B.R.S.M. Grade 6 and SUZUKI Bk6 – 1 year THEN
A.B.R.S.M. Grade 7 and SUZUKI Bk7 – 1 year THEN
A.B.R.S.M. Grade 8 and SUZUKI Bk8 – 1 year THEN
***N.B. Where progress is accelerated it is possible to complete two Grades in one year. Examination is optional.

17. WHAT are the COURSE CONTENTS:
MUSIC LISTENING
TECHNIQUE
PERFORMANCE
MUSIC READING: I recommend music reading as a natural part of learning the violin.
MUSIC THEORY
REPERTOIRE: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary.

9 thoughts on “7. Exams, Videos & FAQ

  1. Hi do you still have slots for weekend? I have no experience in and I do not own a violin too but I am really interested with it – I am looking for classes and I found this site.

    Have you heard of synwin and musicessential? i have heard good feedback for both of them. I read from your post that adults age 13 and above suits 4/4 size – uuhh I am planning to buy one but I do not know which store to buy tho. Some of the blogs I read says that beginners should opt to the $100+ violins.

    • Hi Moshi, you can come for a trial lesson this Saturday 25/8 at either 12.30pm or 2.30pm. Please let me know through sms 96611413 whether you can come to one of these times. I will sms you the address and directions. I can supply a violin for the lesson and show you the beginner violins that I have for sale at $150. They are personally selected by me from the retail shops to ensure that you will receive a good sounding and properly set up violin to make learning much easier and more enjoyable. Best regards Peter

  2. Hi Peter,
    My daughter is having summer holidays in December and January next year. Last 2 weeks she had Western Australia school Winter String Orchestra performance. She was playing under her primary school and also Applecross Senior High School String Orchestra group (which was accepted in the beginning of the year). Since we are going on holiday in Singapore for two months and we would like our daughter to have a violin teacher to guide her (including violin instrument too). In February next year, she’ll go for another audition again in order to get her into High School String Orchestra Group. I haven’t talk to both of her violin teachers regarding what are violin pieces that she need to practice. Just wondering how much do you charge the fees which including renting violin too. Because we are not bringing her violin back to Singapore.

    Thank you.
    regards,
    Carole

  3. Hi Peter,

    May I know if you have a slot for a trial lesson sometime this month (weekends excluded)? I have no musical experience (and no violin of my own) but am greatly interested in learning how to play the violin.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth, the following times are available for a trial lesson. Please select a time and sms me at 96611413 to book the time. Best regards Peter
      Tuesday: 5pm; 5.30pm; (22/10: 7.45pm). No Lessons on 15/10 as it is a Public Holiday.
      Wednesday: (9/10: 4.15pm, 4.45pm). No Lessons on 16/10.
      Thursday: 5pm; 5.30pm-except 10/10; (10/10: 7pm). No Lessons on 17/10.
      Friday: 3pm; 7pm-except 4/10; 6.30pm available 1/11; (18/10: 3.45pm; 25/10: 3.45pm).

  4. Hi Peter
    For the start of a trial or first few lessons, do I need to purchase a violin or I can borrow one as am uncertain if it’s of what I’ll like?

    • Hi Lays, yes I can provide a violin for you to use in the first few lessons. Just let me know when you want to come. The available times are listed for you to choose from. Best regards Peter – 96611413

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