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Lyz Russo Violin Studio

Violin Lessons

Violin lessons are available for ages 5 years to 95 years. Slots for children under 12 years are generally a half-hour per week, and from ages 12 up there is a choice of 45 min or 60 min lessons at the rate of one per week. Slots for adults are more rare.

For the younger children a group practice session per week is offered additional to the 1:1 lessons; the cost of this is nominal. We accommodate all different levels in the group practice as they learn from each other. Group lesson availability depends on the number of applicants.

The method of tuition is largely classically based. It is tailored to each student's individual needs. Method books used are: Suzuki Method, Violin Tunes series, classical studies and pieces, as well as some more modern and genre styles such as gypsy and Irish fiddling, to provide a broader base. Scales and techniques are dealt with in the course of the development of the student, as the correct prerequisite levels are reached; and also in exam preparation. Scales are learnt based on the approach of celebrity violinist Alan Solomon's method, as recorded in his book "Not Another Scale Book".

Viola Lessons

Learn to play the most beautiful instrument there is! The sound of a viola is warm and velvety; its alto voice is between that of a violin and a cello. The technique is closely related to violin technique, so to move from violin to viola is a small step, and it can also be learned as an additional instrument with very little adjustment.

Viola players are in demand everywhere, and a good viola player will easily find a position in an orchestra. Ensembles also regularly need viola players. An ensemble that can boast two violists, can play quintets and sextets, some of the most beautiful music ever written.

Viola lessons are available for players of all ages on the same basis as violin lessons. Viola students are welcome in our Violin Club (practice session) too.

You will need the following:

Here is a list of equipment you will need for starting violin / viola lessons:

  • Own violin / viola and bow (click here for good deals)
  • Shoulder rest for the violin*
  • Music Stand for practising at home*
  • Rosin for the bow
  • Basic tuner
*read in the FAQ about why a shoulder rest and music stand are both important

  1. If you're a beginner:
    • Suzuki Violin/Viola Method Book 1*
    • 'Violin Tunes for Beginners' (violinists only)*
    • 1 empty music notation (exercise) booklet

    *Both these books are available at most music shops in Pretoria. Music exercise books can be found at most stationers.

  2. If you're taking group lessons:
    • All the above
    • Additionally a flip-file

  3. If you have played before:
    Simply bring the books you were last working out of, and we'll take it from there.

Info and Frequently Asked Questions

Why music is so good for you:

Many studies have been done on the effects of music on children's development, and on the whole person. The reasons you should allow your child to learn an instrument, are many, ranging from increased IQ, to vastly improved fine motor skills, to an emotional outlet to balance the psyche. Below are a few links to articles (there are countless more).

Why do we need live musicians at all?
First Evidence That Musical Training Affects Brain Development In Young Children
The Effect of Music on Children's Intelligence
The Benefits of Music - A Review

Frequently asked questions:

How long before I / my child can play?

How long must I practise?

Why can't my child start violin younger than 5 years?

Why does my child need a shoulder rest and a music stand?

I would like to start violin but am over 30 (40, 50...)

Why does my child have to practice every day?

Why do we have to play concerts?

What is the point in the Ceilidhs?

Are house concerts compulsory too?

Why a membership fee not a lesson fee?

Will the membership be a lot more expensive?

What memberships are available and what do they include?

What is the "Studio Year"?

For concert, ceilidh and studio rules of conduct, please click here.