At VMA, we believe that music is for everyone, regardless of age. That's why our violin lessons are designed to cater to individuals of all ages and skill levels. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned professional, our experienced teachers will guide you every step of the way, providing personalized instruction that is tailored to your individual needs and goals.
We believe that it's never too early or too late to start learning music. Our classes are open to anyone who has a passion for music and wants to learn how to play the violin. We have programs for young children, teenagers, and adults, and we make sure that every student receives the support and encouragement they need to succeed.
Our instructors understand that learning an instrument can be a challenge, but they also know that it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. That's why we take a fun and engaging approach to teaching music, using a variety of techniques to help our students learn and grow. Our lessons are designed to be enjoyable, while still providing a solid foundation of technical skills and music theory.
Violin Lessons for
Our Professional Instructors
Voice, Piano and Theory
Trained as a classical vocalist and multi-instrumental musician, Nadia is currently a Dramatic Arts student at the University of Windsor. Last year Nadia completed her Level 8 Conservatory Canada idioms exam and was awarded the Medal for Excellence for achieving the highest score in her category.
As a singer, Nadia has had the opportunity to create many different kinds of music. Some of her favourite styles are musical theatre, pop, rock, and folk! Music has always been a special part of Nadia’s life, and she is passionate about helping others find joy through song.
Piano, Guitar, Drums
Silas Tracey is a classically trained guitarist who graduated from Mohawk College music program in Hamilton Ontario. Trained in guitar, piano and drums, Silas has his first encounter with the guitar in high school and that is when he really fell in love. All throughout high school Silas studied the guitar and with each year he was reassured that this is what his calling was.
While studying in Hamilton, Silas learned from famous guitar players such as Emma Rush, Tim Phelan, and Jeffery McFadden. Silas graduated from Mohawk with honors in 2019. Now he brings his talents to Verellen where he hopes to inspire and teach a new generation just how beautiful music can be.
Drums, Guitar, Piano, Music Theory
Martin has been playing professionally for more than 13 years and has several years of live show experience within the music community here in Windsor. Martin is currently studying a Bachelor's in Music Performance, and is in his final year of studies.
Along with having a formal music background, Martin is involved in multiple rock bands in the community, including "Part of the Plan" and "Freedom in Exile." Martin regularly records in studio, and this experience allows him to teach his students practical skills needed for both on-stage and in-studio performance.
What are the benefits of learning to play the violin?
Firstly, playing the violin requires a great deal of improvisation and creativity. Even when playing written music, a violinist must add their own interpretation and expression to the music, which allows for personal creativity.
Secondly, the process of learning to play the violin involves problem-solving and experimentation. A violinist must figure out how to produce the desired sound from the instrument, which involves trying different techniques and adjusting their approach until they achieve the desired result.
This process of experimentation and problem-solving can help to develop creative thinking skills.
Thirdly, playing the violin can also inspire creativity outside of music. Studies have shown that learning to play an instrument can lead to increased creativity in other areas, such as visual arts, creative writing, and problem-solving in general.
Enhanced fine motor skills
Firstly, playing the violin requires a high degree of finger dexterity and control. A violinist must move their fingers quickly and accurately to produce the desired notes, which can strengthen the muscles and improve fine motor skills in the hands and fingers.
Secondly, playing the violin requires good posture and a stable hand position. A violinist must hold the instrument properly, maintain a straight posture, and keep the hand steady while playing. This requires control over the muscles in the arms, shoulders, and back, which can improve overall fine motor skills.
Thirdly, playing the violin involves the use of the bow, which requires precise control over the movement of the arm and hand. The bow must be moved in a smooth, controlled motion to produce a consistent sound, which can improve fine motor skills and coordination.
Firstly, playing music has been shown to reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body, such as cortisol and adrenaline. When a person plays the violin, they become absorbed in the music, which can help to distract them from the sources of stress and reduce feelings of anxiety and tension.
Secondly, playing the violin can promote relaxation and a sense of calm. The slow, melodic tunes of some pieces of music can be soothing and calming to the mind and body. Playing the violin can also be a form of meditation, as it requires concentration and focus, which can help to calm the mind and reduce stress.
Thirdly, playing the violin can provide a sense of accomplishment and mastery, which can boost confidence and reduce stress levels. As a person improves their playing ability, they may feel a sense of pride in their accomplishments, which can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
Improved cognitive abilities
Firstly, learning to play the violin requires a great deal of concentration and focus. A violinist must concentrate on producing the desired sound, reading sheet music, and coordinating both hands and fingers to play the instrument. This level of focus can improve attention span and concentration in other areas of life.
Secondly, playing the violin involves memorization of musical pieces, which can improve memory skills. A violinist must remember the notes, rhythm, and other aspects of a piece of music in order to play it correctly. This can help to improve memory skills and cognitive function in general.
Thirdly, playing the violin can improve problem-solving skills. A violinist must learn to analyze a musical piece, identify areas that need improvement, and develop strategies to address those areas. This process of problem-solving can improve analytical skills and critical thinking.
Types of Violin Lessons
At VMA, we offer personalized, one-on-one violin lessons with a dedicated teacher who will work with you to create a customized lesson plan based on your skill level, goals, and learning style.
Private lessons are an excellent option for those who want individualized attention and a more flexible schedule.
With private lessons, you can progress at your own pace and receive feedback and guidance tailored specifically to you.
Whether you're a beginner or an advanced player, our experienced teachers will work with you to help you achieve your musical goals.
At VMA, we offer group lessons where students learn together in a social and collaborative environment. Group lessons are a great option if you prefer to learn with others and are looking for a more budget-friendly option.
In a group lesson, you'll have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with other students, which can be a great way to stay motivated and inspired.
Our experienced teachers will ensure that the lesson plan is tailored to the needs and skill level of the group, so you can progress together and achieve your musical goals.
At VMA, we offer online violin lessons that provide a convenient and accessible option for students who are unable to attend in-person lessons.
Online lessons are particularly beneficial if you have a busy schedule or live in a remote area with limited access to in-person lessons.
With online lessons, you have the flexibility to schedule lessons at a time that works best for you, without the need for physical proximity to a teacher.
With the increasing popularity of online learning, you can now take violin lessons from anywhere in the world, at any time, without having to worry about traveling to a physical location.
At VMA, we offer hybrid violin lessons that combine the flexibility of online learning with the benefits of in-person instruction. Hybrid lessons are a great option if you want the convenience of online lessons but also want to have some face-to-face interaction with your teacher.
Our hybrid lessons are tailored to your skill level, goals, and learning style, and our experienced teachers provide personalized instruction both online and in-person.
This allows you to learn from the comfort of your own home while also having the opportunity to receive hands-on guidance and feedback from your teacher in a physical setting.