Our Viola Philosophy
At Glee, we believe the three most important things to teach in viola lessons are discipline, solid technique and an appreciation for the viola. Discipline means learning how to create and maintain a consistent practice schedule. Building a solid technical foundation on the instrument means you know the most effective and beautiful way to play the instrument. Being able to appreciate the viola and what sounds you can create will motivate the viola student to keep learning and playing.
The viola is a challenging instrument, especially for beginners but sometimes for even experienced string players. Learning to circumvent the issues presented by a larger instrument, requires a viola teacher teaching the viola student the precise balance of finesse and force to produce a nice sound. This process is a very rewarding process. Studying viola instills a certain patience and mindfulness in the student.
At Glee we have 3 to 5 music recitals a year to make sure every student has an opportunity to share their new skills as well as to motivate them to keep practicing. We make sure the recitals are a positive experience for the students so that eventually they can perform well in front of any audience, no matter the size.
To participate in our exciting recitals and learn how to play the viola, scroll down and register below!
Love of Music
Encouraging teachers make your child’s musical journey educational and enjoyable at Glee Music Academy.
Commitment to Excellence and frequent recitals help foster student motivation so that you can focus on becoming your child’s biggest fan.
Our teachers have collegiate training and are active in music associations such as Music Teachers Association of California.
Glee Viola Guarantee
Money Back Guarantee: Worried that your student might not click with the viola teacher? We are so sure that you will love your first viola lesson, that we’ll give you your money back if your first lesson isn’t everything you hoped for. So that means that you can register with no worries. If your viola teacher isn’t everything you hoped for, just let us know in writing the same day as your first class.
Meet Our Teacher
Luke, Viola Teacher
- Graduated in Viola Performance from Blair School of Music
- Loves ice hockey and ice skating
- Performed in France's Festival Aix-en-Provence
- Started playing viola in 4th grade.
- Studied with Roberto Diaz, Cynthia Phelps and Robert Vernon
- Loves the band AC/DC
- Has two little dogs: Don Juan and Pixel
Affiliations & Certifications
60-minute Weekly Private Lessons
Month to Month
45-minute Weekly Private Lessons
Month to Month
30-minute Weekly Private Lessons
Month to Month
This is popular for adults who have unpredictable schedules
Must give notice the month BEFORE you want to discontinue before the 15th of the month.
If you promise to stay for the entire season through June, we give you a discounted price.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age is ideal for starting?
It depends on the level the individual would like to reach. If the child wants to become a professional musician and be accepted into a top music conservatory, age 5 would be a good age to start. It is not only age that is important however. Daily practicing, focus, and determination to progress is crucial to how much the student can improve. Also at very young ages (5-12), it is highly encouraged that parents are involved and know how to help their child at home since a teacher cannot be present everyday to watch the student. As a hobby or personal goal, any age is great!
What ages do we teach?
We teach ages 5 – adult.
How long does it take before students begin sounding good?
Generally it will take a couple years until one can hear a student progress, but it may take one student 5 years to sound good and another student 2 years. Again daily practice, discipline, the right attitude, and focus is key to how fast a student can develop.
How much does a viola cost on average?
For beginners, violas can range from $50-200. Intermediate level students can range from $500-$2,000. Advanced students can range from $2,000+. High costs usually equates to a better instrument but not necessarily always the case. It is more important to check the quality of the instrument by sound and the right fit for the student. Parents and students, please ask us for viola renting/buying advice before going on eBay or going to a non-music store.