2. VIOLIN VIOLA LESSONS

Welcome to Strings2u 🙂  We are conveniently located next to Wolli Creek Train Station in Sydney.

VIOLIN AND VIOLA LESSONS are conducted one to one at Wolli Creek and also ONLINE through: 1. the SKYPE name: Strings2u and 2. ZOOM Meetings with the gmail strings2u2@gmail.com.

Please CONTACT PETER at strings2u2@gmail.com or call +614 77885377 (or in Australia call 0477885377) if you are interested in a trial lesson for $20.

Here is my teaching studio in Sydney just next to Wolli Creek Train Station:

7 Chisholm St photo

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

Chisholm Street Wolli Creek

BUSINESS HOURS:

TEACHING VIOLIN/VIOLA:

-WEEKDAYS: Tuesday to Friday: 3pm to 9pm;

-WEEKENDS: Saturday: 10.30am to 6.30pm

SELLING VIOLINS (by appointment email strings2u2@gmail.com to arrange a time) as follows:

-WEEKDAYS: Monday: 10am to 9pm, Tuesday till Friday: 10am to 3pm;

-WEEKENDS: Saturday: 7pm to 9pm; Sunday 4pm till 9pm.

* LESSON TIMES AVAILABLE :

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

SYDNEY SINGLE LESSON STUDIO TIMES AVAILABLE at Wolli Creek or ONLINE: 

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.

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 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 in the comments below and you will be informed if or when the slot becomes available.

WHAT AGES DO I TEACH? age 4 to forever.

WHAT MUSIC 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.

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

WHAT I TEACH: SUMMARY OF CURRICULUM
BEGINNERS-LEVEL 1: (equivalent to AMEB Grade 1 Exam)

To learn basic music reading, I use the book “Fiddle Time Joggers” as a fun book with music accompaniment. This book gives ten pieces to learn open strings, then another ten pieces to learn first finger, then second finger then third finger.

Material Used:

-“Fiddle Time Joggers”

-Movie Themes and Pop Songs are introduced once third finger can be used in “Joggers.”

-Suzuki Book 1 is also introduced at this time from piece 1 to 11.

-“Fiddle Time Runners” is used to introduces the keys of G Major, C Major and A Major. These involve changing the position of the second and third finger. Suzuki Book 1 is continued from piece 12 to 17.

-Movie Themes and Pop Songs are again used to help motivate students to learn the new keys.

INTERMEDIATE: LEVEL 2 (equivalent to AMEB Grade 2, 3 and 4) Material used:

-“Fiddle Time Sprinters.”

-Movie Themes and Pop Songs and

-Classical repertoire from Suzuki Books 2 and 3

-past and current Exam Pieces from A.B.R.S.M and Trinity.

ADVANCED: LEVEL 3 (equivalent to AMEB Grade 5, 6 and 7) Material used:

-“Fiddle Time Sprinters.”

-Movie Themes and Pop Songs and

-Classical repertoire from Suzuki Books 4, 5 and 6

-past and current Exam Pieces from A.B.R.S.M and Trinity.

ADVANCED: LEVEL 4 (equivalent to AMEB Grade 8)

-Classical repertoire from Suzuki Books 7, 8 and 9

-past and current Exam Pieces from A.B.R.S.M and Trinity.

ABOUT THE FIDDLE TIME BOOKS:

I use the Bk1: “Joggers,” Bk2 “Runners: and Bk3 “Springers” as:

– they have a mix of different styles of popular, folk, fiddle tunes, and classical

– they are easy to learn, while the student is taught the techniques for how to play in tune (left hand) and how to produce a good tone (right hand).

– they have an accompaniment CD which helps the student to learn the melody and enjoy playing at home

– they are proven to work well for all students who love learning the violin or viola.

– they allow for students (4 yrs and above) to learn to READ MUSIC in an easy and methodical way as the pieces start with just open string notes for 10 pieces: G string and D string then A string and E string (or for viola: C string and G string then D string and A string). Following this we learn 1st finger notes on all strings for 10 pieces; then we learn 2nd finger for 11 pieces. Finally we learn 3rd and 4th fingers for 16 pieces and can play and read music using all the fingers in the keys of  G, A and D Major (for viola the keys of C, D and A Major).

After 9 months learning Book 1 Fiddle Time Joggers, the student is ready for Book 2 Fiddle Time Runners. At this time, they also start to learn the Suzuki Book 1 repertoire.

I. ABOUT THE VIOLIN/VIOLA TEACHER and LESSONS: All lessons are given by me personally. I hold a Music Degree, with many years experience teaching music and violin in Sydney, Australia, K.L. and Singapore.

• LESSONS for CHILDREN aged 5 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: Suzuki Method & A.M.E.B. & A.B.R.S.M. Examinations are offered (see below). 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 Examination pieces. Others want a mix of classical together with pop and folk music.

– OTHERS: POP/BLUES/American FOLK/IRISH FIDDLE music:

For Irish fiddle music involves: a) learning some standard tunes under the categories of jigs, reels and hornpipes; b) learning common bowing patterns and articulation; c) learning common embellishments to the melody; d) learning some pentatonic improvisation techniques; e) optional Irish music jam session with other musicians once you know some of the tunes well enough to join in.

For American fiddle music, I use some books which come with a CD to help to learn the techniques.

• QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor of Education in Music, specializing in SUZUKI Violin Method.

• EXPERIENCE: I’m experienced teaching Violin and Music Theory for 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.

• ENQUIRIES to: Peter at strings2u2@gmail.com (NOT strings2u@gmail.com).

II. ABOUT THE SUZUKI VIOLIN METHOD

The Suzuki Violin Method really works for all ages. It has a superior methodology for both technique (how to play) and repertoire (the music played) in the Suzuki books. What a lot of parents do not know is that the Suzuki method actually accredits its teachers where they must have lessons from a “master teacher” for several years. This enables consistency in technique, teaching methodology and student progress. I have been privileged to study under Suzuki master teachers Harold Brissenden, Nada Brissenden and Marjorie Hystek.

Suzuki Violin Method teachers are specialized in their training to teach young children from the age of 3 years and above. While I have much success teaching adults, the Suzuki Violin Method has enabled me to successfully teach violin to young children also.

WHO SHOULD LEARN THE VIOLIN? Anyone who loves the sound of the violin. With the technique that I teach, anyone can learn to play the violin by producing 1. a good sound; and 2. playing in tune. The pieces for beginners are easy and enjoyable to learn. My students like the music books that I use as they have a range of different styles with interesting accompaniments recorded on a practice CD. It makes it easier to practice daily as the music is fun to play and only requires 15 minutes daily to ensure success and weekly progress.

III. MY TEACHING METHOD:

Like most violin players, I am the result of my own teacher’s instruction. I have had several teachers over the years who have taught me how to play the violin. That only made me an good violin player.

On the other hand, 30 years ago I was blessed to have learnt from a Master Suzuki violin teacher – Marjorie Hystek, who taught me how to teach the violin. That has made me not only a good violin player but a good violin teacher.

For the Suzuki Violin Method in Australia, all violin teachers who are qualified by the Suzuki Talent Education Association must study under a Master Teacher to learn how to teach the Suzuki repertoire as well as Dr. Suzuki’s teaching methodology.

Motivation is very important for the study of the violin to make learning rewarding and progress assured. I am careful to pace the lesson to work on the following areas each lesson depending on the students receptivity and interest.

1. Intonation-Playing in tune (the left hand). Many players who come to me have never been taught how to play in tune consistently.

2. Tonalization-how to produce a good sound (the right hand-the bow). Again, this area is very weak with most violinists. It is easy to improve when the bow grip and bow stroke is done well.

3. Repertoire-each week students learn new pieces with different styles and enjoy their practice with the use of accompaniment CD’s. We also steadily work through the Suzuki Violin books which represent the standard classical violin repertoire.

 

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

1 thought on “2. VIOLIN VIOLA LESSONS

  1. Hi Peter,

    I have very limited experience with musical instrument (keyboard about 20 years ago) but would like to start and learn to play viola. Would it be possible to arrange a trial lesson some time next week? Thank you!

    Best Regards,
    Cora

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