Private Music Lessons
Suzuki Violin Lessons
WHY TAKE LESSONS AT SILVER STRINGS?
At Silver Strings Academy, we specialize in stringed instrument instruction. All of our teachers have a graduate degree in their instrument and Suzuki teaching Certification. Our students excel at their instruments, place in local youth orchestras, all-county, and all-state orchestras, and get accepted to college to study music. More importantly, our teachers are patient, and our students have FUN learning to play their instrument. We teach students all over the Northwest Denver Metro area: students come from Westminster, Arvada, Thornton, Golden, Broomfield, Erie, Boulder, and Denver to take lessons with us.
We provide private music lessons that are catered to your individual musical goals. We offer Suzuki, classical, and folk music instruction for all levels of stringed instrumentalists. We want to brighten your life through music education, no matter where you are on your musical journey.
NEW TO MUSIC LESSONS?
Are you new to the world of private music instruction? Congratulations! Starting a new instrument can be a daunting process, so I’ve put together a page that aims to answer many of the questions you may have.
MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAM
Karen Lauffer founded Silver Stings Academy in 2015, after teaching private violin lessons, viola lessons, and cello lessons in the Westminster area since 2009. She saw a need for a Suzuki school, and wanted to provide the music education possible to students in the Arvada and Westminster area.
In addition to private lessons, students at Silver Strings Academy can participate in group lessons if they are not yet ready for a Youth Orchestra. Group classes are a central part of the Suzuki Philosophy, but there are few options for Suzuki group violin lessons in Westminster and Arvada.
OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE THE BEST!
Private lesson instructors at Silver Strings Academy are friendly, well educated, and helpful people. All private teachers use a nurturing teaching style to encourage students to improve and help them to meet their musical goals. This is not to say that teachers here ‘let things go’- we all strive for the best, and are highly trained pedagogues with college and graduate degrees in music.
We are offering both in-person and virtual lessons!
TEN BENEFITS of becoming an Academy student
1. WE SPECIALIZE IN STRINGED INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTION.
All we do at Silver Strings Academy is provide excellent music lessons for violin, viola, and cello. We are the only school in the Arvada area that specializes in strings. We offer the BEST and most FUN violin, viola, and cello lessons in the West Denver Metro area.
2. OUR TEACHERS ARE THE MOST QUALIFIED IN THE ARVADA AREA.
Our teachers all have an undergraduate degree and graduate degree in Pedagogy (teaching) their instrument. In addition, our teachers have gone through further training to teach children as young as three years old called Suzuki Certification. However, unlike other Suzuki schools, our teachers use music outside of the Suzuki Repertoire as well to ensure that students stay engaged in lessons. This includes fiddle music, music by female composers, Lindsey Stirling, and more! Whatever music you or your child is interested in playing is what we want to teach!
3. A WIDE RANGE OF MUSIC LESSON TIMES AVAILABLE SIX DAYS A WEEK
We offer lesson times Sunday through Friday!
Lessons are available from noon- 8 pm Monday through Thursday.
11am-7 pm Friday
Cello lessons from 2-6 pm Sunday
4. A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF EXCELLENCE SINCE 2013
View our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studios, and a year or two later, they close. Silver Strings Academy has a proven track record of offering quality violin, viola, and cello lessons to families in the Westminster and Arvada areas year round. Karen opened her first studio in 2013, and expanded to Silver Strings Academy two years later. Since then, you can find happy Silver Strings students in the top levels of all county orchestra, youth orchestras, and at the front of their section at school. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons, and hundreds of families have trusted us to do so over the past eight years.
5. A COMFORTABLE WAITING AREA FOR OUR CLIENTS
We have a spacious parent friendly waiting area equipped with wifi. We also provide large observations windows on our lesson rooms so that you can watch your child’s lesson while you wait. Or if you prefer, you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.
6. TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED LESSON ROOMS
We have a Loop Pedal and pickup set-up! This encourages creativity and helps students to have lots of fun creating their own music. A looper plays back music the student plays into it, allowing the looper to create layers of sound! Our teachers have iPads so that if there is a certain song your child wants to learn, we can look it up and print it out on the spot! Our teachers are also experienced in remote instruction, so if you are having a busy day or weather is bad, we can easily do a Zoom lesson instead of having to cancel!
7. TWO to THREE RECITALS A YEAR
We hold two to three recitals a year at our convenient location at Advent Lutheran church. Recitals are held in the sanctuary, which seats 200 people. We have a grand piano in the sanctuary! Recitals are also live-streamed so that grandparents who may live out of state can attend virtually.
8. Late morning and lunch time lessons for home schoolers, retirees, college students, and working professionals.
Our lessons start at noon or 11 am on weekdays. We see many students between the hours of 11 am – 2 pm. If you are a home school parent, retiree, college student, or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our lunch time lesson spots.
9. CONVENIENT LOCATION
We are located close to I-70, I-76, I-25 and Rt. 36. People come to lessons at Silver Strings Academy from Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, Denver, Golden, and Broomfield.
10. Month to Month Lessons
Silver Strings Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to month basis.
If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract. If you decide to stop lessons, just let us know by the 15th of the month- that’s it!