I am currently accepting students from ages four to adult and emphasize a positive approach through encouraging, constructive, traditional lessons tailored to the individual needs of each student. While studying violin playing, students will also learn about history and culture, the artistic process, freedom within discipline, and how to communicate through the medium of music.
Lessons are offered as weekly 1/2 hour, 45 min. and hour-long sessions. I have rental instruments available and can also recommend several local violin shops for renting and purchasing instruments. Twice a year students have the opportunity to participate in recitals where they learn to share music with others and are able to hear and encourage fellow musicians.
For those in the Claremont area, I teach at the Claremont Community School of Music claremontmusic.org. I also teach privately and at the University of La Verne sites.laverne.edu/music and Cal State University San Bernardino music.csusb.edu.
It is a great joy for me to share the wonder of the musical world through teaching.
If you are interested in lessons or have any questions, please feel free to call me at (909) 240-6416 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out my online violin lesson page at http://daniellecumminsviolinist.wordpress.com/online-violin-lessons-violin-basics/.
Recently I was asked how to get started playing the violin from someone outside my area. The response will be helpful to others interested in violin, so I have included it here:
That is wonderful that you want to play the violin! Go for it! If you have the love for the instrument, a good instructor, and a consistent and healthy practice schedule, you will go far as a violinist.
If you are interested in a student violin to start with, Southwest Strings (www.swstrings.com) has good student instruments with clear sounds. In the past I’ve referred many students to them.
Another option, if you want to hear the sound first, is to go to a reputable violin shop in your area and ask to try out instruments in your price range or have someone play them for you. A good way to find such a shop is to ask the violin professor from a good university. This is also a great way to find a teacher. Make sure you find an encouraging teacher who is also a wonderful professional musician.
To start learning to play the instrument, you can purchase my violin method book entitled “Discovering Violin” published by Santorella Publications. You can find it on Amazon. It has a practice CD and detailed information on technique and reading notation.
Please let me know if you have any more questions! Best wishes for your violin playing!