Ages 5-18 (How do I get started)

My favorite age to start a new student is at five years. Prior to that, preschool aged musicians are encouraged to join our Pre-Twinkle Violin Program.

Parents attend all lessons with the beginning student and also learn the beginning stages of playing the violin.  Parents are responsible for supervising the home practice while the student is in the early stages.  Students starting from age 10 or older do not need to have a parent attending their lessons.

Students in the Conservatory take one private lesson each week. Beginning students usually start with a 30-minute lesson, then move up to a 45-minute and then 60-minute lesson as they advance. In addition to the private lesson, students attend Saturday workshops where they practice with other students at their level. The schedule of these workshops is on the Date Sheet. Students perform in 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 CourseFor all ages – 5 through 105 Get started on the right track with this week-long introductory course. Parents of children age 5-13 participate and learn alongside their children

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 Diane at (805) 704-0775 to schedule a session earlier in the year.