Adults (How do I get started)

The best medicine for a mature brain is to use it for learning new skills, especially if they are difficult.  With all of the new knowledge about the incredible plasticity of the brain, we now know that one can learn skills, even learning to play the difficult stringed instruments as an adult.  I really enjoy working with my very interesting adult students who are making music a vital part of their busy lives.  They are an integral part of the Conservatory and a marvelous support and inspiration for the younger students.

Adult students in the Conservatory take one private lesson each week, usually 60 minutes.  In addition to the private lesson, adults are welcome to attend Saturday workshops where they practice with other students (usually much younger) at their level. The schedule of these workshops is on the Date Sheet.  Adult students are welcome but not required to join with the younger students in public performances.  Performance opportunities include two solo recitals and one ensemble concert (called the Annual Concert on the Date Sheet) each year.  We will also play at the Atterdag Village in December and present a Christmas Concert.

The first step in investigating this program is to come and observe a lesson or group class. Text me at 714-0775 or email to and we’ll set up a time.

Introduction to Violin – A One-Week Course

For all ages – 5 through 105 Get started on the right track with this week-long introductory course. In just 5 one-hour classes you will be able to:

  • Hold the instrument
  • Produce a good tone with the bow
  • Place your fingers
  • Play the first piece in the Suzuki Repertoire!

Download the flyer for more information and contact Diane for more information.

The next summer session is scheduled for June 15-19, 2020. If you can’t wait that long, text me at (805) 714-0775 to schedule a Course at an earlier time.