Interested in violin, viola, cello or upright bass lessons? Congratulations! The string family has a full singing tone unmatched by any other instrument. All of the great composers wrote lots of beautiful music for this family of instruments, and people still do today – from movies to TV shows to popular music, strings play a prominent role. No matter what your musical preference, the teachers at the Wichita Music Academy will help you become the violinist, violist, cellist or bassist you want to be. We can introduce you to the fundamentals of music reading, ear training, technique and theory, and we’ll use music you love in your lessons!
Why should take violin, viola, cello or bass lessons at the Academy?
Our teachers are warm and friendly, and they get to know each student and parent. We work with each student to develop a lesson plan that fits the student’s unique needs and musical tastes. Whether you’re a fifth-grader needing help with your school orchestra repertoire or an adult returning to the instrument, we’ll get to know what you want to accomplish musically and help you achieve your goals.
What styles of music do you teach?
Of course, there is a lot of classical music written for the string family. But these instruments also show up in country, folk and pop music – we can help you express yourself musically in practically any style.
What ages do you teach?
The violin in particular comes in small sizes for small hands, but your student needs to have the ability to hold the instrument, the attention span for a half-hour lesson, and the drive to play during the week so that learning can occur. Call us – we can help you determine what’s best for you.
Do I need to know how to read music?
You don’t need to know anything. Students from beginners to advanced are welcome here.
Do I need a violin, viola, cello or bass to learn the instrument?
No, you don’t have to own one of these instruments, but you will need something to play at home. If you don’t have access to one, we have rental violins starting at just $17/month. We also rent violas and cellos.
Are there recitals?
We don’t have the sort of recitals where you have to play Bach partitas from memory for stern-faced judges. We DO have fun student showcases in summer and winter; you can play music you like for your friends and family. Our showcases are not in some corner of the store but in a nice venue with sound, lighting, and video recording – you can be on YouTube if you want to! This is a great opportunity for your family from far away to see your progress. And, unlike some, we don’t charge a fee to perform.
" I want to let you know how much M___ loves her voice lessons. Her teacher is absolutely PHENOMENAL! !! She looks forward to her lessons and is so excited about the music she is working on. Every week she tells me how thankful she is to have a teacher who really gets her. Many thanks..."
"You'll find that it's very relaxed, easy, non-threatening and you'll have a good time. I've experienced another place or two, and they don't come close to comparing." Joe, who takes private guitar lessons.
"I have really enjoyed learning piano at the Academy. My teachers there have been patient with me, and I do feel that I have learned something new each time I finish a lesson. It has been a great experience and I look forward to learning more."
"I think I was looking for this, and I think I was looking for it for a long time. Instead of listening to music, now I can make some music."
"I really enjoy playing. This has been quite an accomplishment for me. I never had any music before and now I can play."
"I thought, 'I don't know if I'll ever be able to play these.' But after the first lesson and the second lesson and the third lesson, I thought, 'I think I like this!' I saw the ad in the paper and decided to come down here. It's the best decision I ever made."
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for the new keyboard! It is AWESOME. However, I may never get anything done because it is so much fun to play. I found the perfect combination of piano and strings with the duet setting and I played it for my husband. It's one of his favorite songs and it made him cry..."
"If you want to do it, don't be afraid – just do it. And have fun with it. When I sit down and play the piano, I forget everything else."
"I highly recommend learning to play. No, you are NOT too old to learn! You will find it very enjoyable and therapeutic."