My Philosophy Every person regardless of age has the potential to learn and grow. My studio is a positive and safe place for everyone to learn without fear of discrimination or judgement.
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I believe in an individualized plan for each and every student in my studio.
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Goals are different for every student in my studio, and I believe it is my job to make sure I accommodate those desires.
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Every student should have a strong foundation in technique and note reading to reach their highest musical potential.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will lessons be held? Lessons will be held at my home studio located in Lynchburg, Virginia near University of Lynchburg.
How long are the lessons? I offer 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons that occur once a week. The length of the lesson will depend on the age and level of the student. We will work together to determine what length is best for you and/or your child.
Do you offer discounts? Discounts are available for families with 2 or more students who take lessons.
Do you offer lessons online? Yes! I teach lessons conveniently through Zoom to accommodate non-local students and for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. You and your child's safety is my top priority.
What experience is need in order to take lessons? Although musical knowledge and awareness is helpful, absolutely no experience is required. I teach students at all levels!
How old does my child need to be to start lessons? Most children do well starting around the age of 4 or 5, but I have taught children as young as 3 years old.
Do you teach adults beginners? Absolutely! All ages are welcome! I have a ton of fun working with adult students.
Do I need to purchase or rent an instrument before the first lesson? Yes! If you are local, I recommend checking out Violins & More of Lynchburg. Your child might need a fractional size. I am happy to make arrangements with you to determine the correct size for your child. If you are not local, I highly recommend Shar Music and Johnson String. Both of these shops offer high quality instruments that you can rent or purchase online.
Do methods do you teach? Do you teach Suzuki? While I use the Suzuki method and books, I use a blended curriculum in lessons. I pull materials from many sources to give students a balanced education and strong foundation. Students in my studio learn a strong foundation in note and rhythm reading while also learning to play by ear.
Do you have a contract? Yes. I require all parents and students to sign an agreement form that includes important information about the lessons, payments, student expectations, practice requirements, performance requirements, and more. You will receive a copy of the contract before your first lesson and it will need to be signed before the second lesson.
"My 10 year old daughter, Jana, has developed a passion for learning the violin since starting private violin lessons with Greg. He is a wonderful, talented, and patient teacher. His teaching method is very thorough and direct. His dedicated style of teaching has helped my daughter in building a solid foundation in playing the violin. I highly recommend Greg. He is awesome." - Lana Sawaie, mother of Jana Hayajneh
"Greg’s teaching is positive and encouraging. He sets clear expectations and shapes each lesson to fit each students' needs. He provides a direct approach to solving problems and gives every student the opportunity to learn from new experiences when playing the viola. His style gives students the drive to learn as much as they can and holds each student accountable for putting in the work to succeed." - Sarah Howard, violist
"Greg customizes his lessons to fit each student's specific goals. He is wonderful at developing new ideas to approach and fix problems. I came to him as a self-taught violist, and after studying with him, I am finally able to feel more confident in myself as a violist. I would highly recommend him as a teacher to any violist or violinist!" - Sarah Kravetz, violist
"We are so blessed to have Greg as our violin teacher. He is incredibly patient, very encouraging, and makes accommodations for students with special needs. He is very passionate about teaching and will go the extra mile to help his students succeed. Greg teaches both my son and me, and it has been a true joy to take lessons with him." - Lynsey Harper, violinist