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You are registering for interest in weekly private lessons with one of the above teachers.
Once you submit your registration, we will contact you within 24 hours to set up a trial lesson, or answer any questions you have.
(biweekly lessons can be arranged with some teachers)

All of our music teachers are Suzuki Certified, have a Masters or Doctorate Degree in their instrument, perform regularly,
have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and have passed a background check.

There is no registration fee, and we will contact you within 24 hours to set up a trial lesson time.
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Karen teaches all levels of violin lessons, viola lessons, and cello lessons.
She teaches private lessons to ages 3 through lessons for adults.
She currently has a waitlist.

Adam teaches all levels of cello lessons.
He teaches cello lessons to ages 5 through adults.
He currently has both in-person and virtual lesson times available Sunday through Thursday.

Regina teaches all levels of violin lessons and viola lessons.
She teaches lessons to ages 3 through adults.
She currently is accepting new students for private lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Which instrument should I play?

 

​At Silver Strings Academy, we focus on teaching the stringed instruments: Violin, viola, cello, and piano. Each instrument has its own personality and sound. Watch the video below to hear and see the violin, viola, and cello. Read more below about the ages at which we begin each instrument to help you determine which might be best for you.
Violins are portable, fairly inexpensive to start renting, and children can play in groups, orchestras, and often at school. The viola is a unique and beautiful instrument that has many of the same benefits as the violin, but is a less competitive instrument. The cello is much larger than the violin and viola, and has a gorgeous rich tone quality. Many people are very drawn to the sound of the cello.

There are many benefits to playing the piano. It is always in tune, immediately sounds good, and it is very tangible. There is a different learning curve for every instrument, and the piano is easier to start off with and then becomes more difficult later once students are playing with hands together and reading in two staves. The bowed stringed instruments take a longer time to develop good tone quality, and are hard to play in tune (since they do not have frets).

Music reading and key signatures are also much more abstract. Because of this, these instruments have a slower learning curve in the beginning. However, these instruments only ever read in one staff and do not play chords (only single notes) for a very long time.

No one instrument is harder than the other, but each instrument has a unique learning curve.

Even the violin and cello have significantly different learning curves. For example, the violin has to be supported under the chin, so as the child grows they are constantly having to adjust the way they hold the instrument and stand. The cello, which is always played sitting, has very large strings that are hard to press down at first. The pinky finger is used from the very beginning (unlike on the violin and viola), has to be quite strong. These are only a few of many differences between the instruments.

Frequency of lessons

We offer weekly lessons. Bi-weekly lessons are available in special circumstances, but students learn much faster with weekly lessons. Students practice more regularly with regular weekly lessons, so progress is also more consistent. Especially for beginners, two weeks is a long time to go between lessons, and mistakes can become habits in the span of fourteen days. It is also important for students to be held accountable for their progress by having a regular lesson.

 

Do you have studio recitals?

Yes. We have two solo recitals yearly, where each student plays an individual piece accompanied by a pianist or by their teacher. These fall in December and May. These are not required, but they are great goals to work toward.
None of these are required, but they are fun, enriching experiences for the students.

Suzuki specific questions:
box violins, parent learning, group classes

 


 

​Do you use box violins for young beginners?

We typically do not. If we do use box violins (cardboard instruments that do not make sound and are used to teach posture), it will not be for long (a few lessons), and only for very young students such as three year olds. Sometimes they are used in group classes. I have, on occasion, used a box violin for a bit longer than usual if a student is very high energy or has trouble treating their instrument with care. Here is a link to a good box violin.

 

Should parents learn along with the child?

When I start a student under the age of five, I do ask that the parent learn along with the child if at all possible. It is very motivational for the child to see the parent play- they naturally want to imitate them. Practicing is not a chore, music making is a family activity and part of the all-important daily routine. It is also encouraging to the child to see that the parent also makes mistakes. I certainly do not require parents to continue taking lessons, I just teach the parent along with the child until we decide the child is OK to continue on their own beyond the parent. (Although some parents truly enjoy playing and chose to continue!)

 

What is your stance on group classes?

Due to Covid, we are not currently offering group classes.
Group classes are an important supplemental part of becoming a musician. Students learn how to listen to each other, count, and cooperate musically. However, until Covid is better under control, we are referring students to the Arvada Center. The Front Range Youth Symphony has excellent opportunities for young musicians.