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From Cello To String Bass To a Whole Lot More...
The Joe Ferrante Music Academy offers lessons in four major string instruments: violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Beginning training includes a thorough understanding of the physical instrument and bow and we recommend beginning musicians to start with the violin. Students can begin taking violin lessons as young as 4 ½ years old and do not need to have their own violin to try lessons! We offer both traditional and Suzuki training methods as part of our violin program. Beginning violin training includes a thorough understanding of the physical instrument and the bow, the names of the violin strings, fingering, tuning, and posture. Our violin students learn basic note reading, violin techniques such as pizzicato, slurs, arpeggios, staccato, and basic shifting, theory, and advance to understanding and demonstrating musical dynamics, scales, harmonic and melodic scales, and vibrato. 

At Joe Ferrante Music Academy, each lesson has three major components. The first segment is devoted to last week's lesson assignment where the student gets a chance to demonstrate what they've worked on. The second component is time spent on technical development and music theory training. Students are taught how to read music, increasingly complex rhythms, note interval recognition, ear training, and chord construction. The third component is introducing the next assignment and teaching the student the important elements of their new song(s). Students are tested for their level of achievement twice a year, we have 10 levels of achievement, and are given the opportunity to perform in recitals from a beginning level to an advanced.



Violin FAQ

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How old does my child have to be to take private violin?

We highly recommend that the child be 4 to 4 ½ to begin violin lessons.  For younger students age 3+ we offer our wonderful Pre-K Exploration Class.

Do you teach the Suzuki method?

Yes! We are one of the few private academies that offers both certified Suzuki instructors and Traditional instructors for Violin.