(AGES FIVE AND UP)
String lessons at Okemos Music Academy offer the ultimate opportunity to explore or learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or stand-up bass. Lessons are designed to teach students the fundamentals of technique, ear training, and more, using a variety of musical styles to enhance the learning experience. Whether you are looking for a traditional musical experience, fiddle, country, or even rock influenced lessons, our instructors are ready to provide the best instruction available.
What’s the #1 reason to study the violin, viola, cello, and stand-up bass at Okemos Music Academy?
Our string instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with you to craft a lesson plan that fits your individual needs and the student’s favorite type of music. Whether you’re playing in local bands, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to the violin after many years, we’ll set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.
What styles of violin, viola, cello, and stand-up bass do you teach?
We teach all styles from classical to contemporary.
How qualified are your string instructors?
Our violin, viola, cello, and stand-up bass teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as Berklee College of Music, Grand Valley State University, Maranatha Baptist Bible College, University of Miami, University of North Texas, Istanbul University State Conservatory, Marshall University, Saginaw Valley State University, Washburn University, The University of Kansas, Boise State University and Michigan State University. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the US, North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia and have over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience. Our teachers have even performed for 3 different US presidents! In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.
What will I learn from violin, viola, or cello lessons at Okemos Music Academy?
Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. Our instructors balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson presents a new technical challenges or theory concept, and ends with something fun, such as your favorite riff or song. We use a variety of method books.
Do I need to purchase an instrument to learn how to play?
Yes, to practice at home, you will need to have an instrument available. However, you do not need to purchase an instrument as there are many options available for renting these types of instruments.