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Though similar in look to its counterpart, the violin, the viola offers some unique characteristics, including being larger and lower in pitch than the violin. The tuning of the strings, set a 5th apart, offers a rich alto texture that serves as vital component in any orchestral or chamber music setting. Our degreed Viola teachers offer an in depth approach that develop versatile skills on the instrument. Let our private instructors guide you through easy to understand steps, as made possible by our unique STEP Report system, and let us guide you through the labyrinth of modern and classical repertoire. With the viola, our instructors will show you how important you can be to an orchestra, string quartet or even your own band!
Slightly larger than a violin, the viola has a deeper sound. A regular member of an orchestra, the viola is also written for as a solo instrument and has four strings. The viola comes in a child's size but due to its lower pitch necessitates more pressure on its four strings than a violin; it likewise uses a bow of horsehair to be played. Both instruments are generally held and played the same way. Among the great classical composers, many preferred playing the viola in ensembles versus the violin such as: Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. After the twentieth-century, there was an explosion of music written for viola in classical, folk, and even pop genres. Those pop bands who have utilized viola include: The Who, The Cure, The Beatles, Velvet Underground, and Van Morrison.