Hi! Thanks for considering me as your new Violin or Piano teacher in the Wichita, KS area. If you haven’t read my about page, go ahead and take a look at my bio now! Call 768-PLAY to schedule a new student interview with the most FUN, professional and Tech Savvy teacher in Wichita, KS! You can like and follow our studio facebook page here and see all the fun we have: www.facebook.com/violinjudystudio
*My studio is very full for 2017 but I may have an opening for you so please call 768-PLAY to schedule a new student interview! Mommy & Me type “little music” classes, Preschool Piano, Private Violin Lessons, Piano Lessons, Music Theory Homeschool Classes and Group Piano or Ukulele Classes are offered at my studio. Please see information about ukulele classes here: https://violinjudy.com/ukulele/
As a dedicated teacher of over 20 years, and a mom myself, I try to make every part of taking lessons as easy as possible with online payment options and virtual (facetime or skype or even a youtube video) lessons for sick or snow days. Consistent learning is the key to success and technology makes it easier to get every lesson in!
If you child is interested in music lessons , then I would love to chat with you about lessons. I discuss current lesson times available at the new student interview. If I don’t have a time that works well with your schedule I do have an active waiting list. I make contact each month with those on the list. I do teach EVERY day! I also offer little music (birth through ages 4 classes) you can learn about here and Little Mozarts Music Classes for ages 4-6 you can learn more about here!
My students get “spoiled” because I’m always trying out new ideas with them, so they get lots of extra treats and rewards for good practicing. I put my new ideas into my blog, websites, books and speeches that I give to other Violin and Piano Teachers. I’m honored to have been a featured teacher in webinars and magazines, and REALLY enjoy that other teachers use my ideas all over the world!
Fees are PER MONTH for a once a week private lesson:
$60/15 minute lesson (age 3-4 preschool lessons only)
30 minute lessons are $90 / month
1 hour lessons are $150/ month.
There is a one time $30 deposit fee. Lessons times depend on your level and playing ability. Because I pay my bills on time, I also require payment by the 10th of each month, or there is a late fee of $10. I accept cash, check, and paypal at www.paypal.me/violinjudy. I discuss availability (days and times for lessons) at the new student interview and I do have an active waiting list, meaning that I contact any families that I don’t have a current lesson time for at the beginning of each month to hopefully schedule them. I do teach daily and my hours are listed on my facebook studio page at www.facebook.com/violinjudystudio
What I have to give: I offer fun group lessons for a very small additional fee, these are monthly and not required but encouraged (my past years’ themes include cars, minecraft and frozen, and christmas music.) I also offer 2 “bonus days” each year, which are held on an afternoon when there is no public school so that students may come to play for me, play games or parents/students can just chat with me. Usually I schedule these just before recital days. These bonus days are included in the cost of tuition and are optional. I have lots of freebies for my students; loan of my books and materials, fun and seasonal worksheets to supplement theory lessons, stickers, custom practice charts, extra free help for those taking the Wichita Youth Symphony audition, free extra help for those preparing for their Suzuki book recital (and the trophy for that recital is provided) and free membership in Piano Maestro for iPad, a $1800 yearly value. Each new student receives a 3 ring binder for lesson use that I put copies and materials in and this should be brought to every lesson along with all books.
Call 768-PLAY to schedule a new student interview!
Communication: Because I often need to give information to all of my students, I prefer email and text messages so that I can ensure everyone has the correct information. Each month I have a newsletter “Just a Note” which I email to parents. I try to text alert those parents who have indicated that they do not frequently check email. I am happy to take calls during my lesson office hours which are 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays.
Books: All materials I use with my students are listed on my website under the current students-Books tab with amazon links so you can easily purchase the correct book! You can also take the list of books to Senseney Music Store in wichita ks.
Instrument: Before you begin lessons you need to have a good working instrument. While piano students can start on a keyboard, Violin Students must have an instrument that has been set up. Please don’t expect me to perform a miracle on a VSO…a Violin Shaped Object.
Is it Really a Violin? Or Is it a VSO (Violin Shaped Object)? It can be difficult to tell. I want to be sure my students have the best possible chance to succeed however unfortunately, I have recently seen kids attempt to learn to play on instruments that are of such inferior quality that the children cannot possibly learn and the entire lesson time might be spent trying to get it in a playable condition. Everyone likes a good deal: usually parents are finding these inexpensive VSO instruments on EBAY or AMAZON.
Sadly, these instruments are not bargains. While the price may look right, the “real” cost of this instrument may be in costly repairs, poor durability, poor tone, or worst of all, a student who is not able to succeed in lessons. The students may end up driving to my house 4 times a week just so I can tune it. Our local Luthier Simon McHugh refuses to work on such instruments because the cost of time outweighs the instrument.
Here is a list of ways to tell a VSO from a real Violin.
- Do the Pegs provide easy, stable tuning, turn smoothly and stay in place?
- Do the pegs fit all the way through the holes?
- Does The Nut provide for proper placement of the strings? The nut should be the height of a business card off the fingerboard. This is the easiest way to tell.
- You must be able to tune it without having parts break off, and it is imperative that you play the correct size violin.
By saving up for a real Violin, you are placing a great importance on it. Talk with your child about their desire to learn to play while you save and let them know that when you purchase a real Violin, the cost will demand a real commitment from them to practice daily. You the parent will be much more likely to encourage them to play on the instrument that was sought and saved after, as opposed to a VSO which is incapable of producing a beautiful tone and can ruin their love and excitement for the instrument.
Two good resources for purchasing a violin are our local Luthier who is the AMAZING Simon McHugh www.mcfiddles.com where you can get a quality instrument in the correct size. Www.sharmusic.com has instruments that will work for a budget, however you will need to go to a reputable Luthier to set up your instrument if you do purchase an instrument from Shar music (when you factor in the cost of set up I think it is better to just purchase from Simon McHugh because then you don’t have to pay for set up or repairs.)
I DO NOT RECCOMEND YOU PURCHASE A VIOLIN FROM EBAY OR AMAZON.
Technology: I would love for all of my piano students to have an Ipad if possible. I Love getting students excited about learning and Piano Maestro is the perfect way to do this. I am so proud to be a certified JoyTunes teacher. JoyTunes makes awesome apps for learning piano, and they are all free for you to use as my students. When you begin I will give you a list of the apps I like the best! I also like to facetime or skype snow day lessons as well as use facetime to check in on students the week before a recital, if they need a little extra help!
Rewards: I believe in Bribes because all human beings are motivated by incentive, so my students (even adults) enjoy my treasure chest which is stocked with small prizes and candies. Treasures are earned by receiving a number of stamps based on age/ability (earned on a completed song or assignment.)
I frequently have a “special week” once or twice per month…sharp week (instead of shark week!) pirates’ treasure map, winter/summer olympics, and froggies week are just a few examples, and I love holiday themed music. I have a game prepared for at least 1 lesson of every month, more often for beginners.
Each year I throw myself a birthday party, and students can earn an invitation by practicing extra the month preceding my birthday. Each year I have a studio theme and big contest. 2014-2015 is Very Hungry Caterpillars. All of my students are “hungry” for memorized pieces and have special sticker charts to fill out. Those who consistently practice year round are rewarded in May.
Recitals: Every October we wear our costumes and perform spooky Halloween music. December you will find us performing Holiday music in small ensembles at area care homes. Each spring is a formal recital with memorized works and awards are given. Each recital has a reception following so that students can enjoy socializing with other musicians, friends and family. Recitals are not optional, they are important for growth of the musician. I give out each years’ recital dates in August and they are in the monthly reminder section of my monthly newsletter, so please be prepared to put these important dates on your calendar!
Lessons are given in my home near 21st and rock near Bradley Fair shopping center. Older children may be dropped off for their lesson after the parent has stayed at lessons for the first month, however parent participation is expected to ensure success of the young beginner.
My students have lots of fun opportunities including performing before Symphony Concerts, at local music festivals, playing in small ensembles for the Symphony Showhouse, and participating in Camp Allegro, which I have been teaching fiddling, small ensembles, orchestra sectionals and theory classes at for many years. When students are interested or ready I encourage them to participate in local and regional festivals and audition for Wichita Youth Symphony. Being a Symphony member myself, I know how much more fun it is to play music in a group!
Teaching Music has made my life very fulfilling and I hope it will enrich your life as well! Thanks for reading about my Piano, Violin and Ukulele studio in Wichita, Kansas. Call 768-PLAY to schedule a new student interview!
1817 N. Doreen St.
Wichita, KS 67206