Lessons

Currently enrolling new students!

Hello and welcome. I believe that anyone can learn how to play violin – from preschoolers to adults and every age in between. If you are interested in lessons for yourself or your child, I welcome you to observe a lesson or two in my studio to see what it’s all about, or to come in for a trial lesson.

A typical lesson for a beginning child is 30 minutes once per week. Parental involvement is essential, and a parent is required to be present at the lesson to observe and take notes. Students are expected to practice at home daily with the parent’s help. I will teach your child in a progression of very small steps, or building blocks. There are many games and incentives that I incorporate into lessons to make it fun!

Read below and check out my “About” page and other pages/links on this site for more information about myself and teaching style.

If you would like my rate sheet, have any questions, or are ready to schedule your first lesson, please e-mail me at sarahhemm@gmail.com. Email works best with my busy schedule, but if you cannot email, call or text 608-921-1838.

Teaching Philosophy

Learning the violin is presented in a fun, positive, goal-oriented environment. I make it easy for students to succeed by breaking down complex music and technique into small steps that are the building blocks of excellent violin playing and overall musicianship.

My lessons are rooted in the Suzuki Method (standard classical, baroque, and folk music). We focus on developing a beautiful tone and ear-training (memorization). I teach additional technique including scales, etudes/studies, and sight reading. Besides private lessons, groups lessons are an important part of learning violin — it is fun to connect with other violinists, students at different levels help and inspire each other, and students learn how to play with an ensemble. Music theory is taught both in private lessons and in a group setting. In addition, we can learn music that the student is interested in! There are many genres of violin music besides classical, including bluegrass, Celtic, church, holiday, rock, pop, jazz — the possibilities are endless. Performance opportunities for students include recitals and group concerts throughout the year.

Private Lessons

I offer weekly private lessons in 30 min., 45 min., or 60 minute increments. Very young students (ages 3-4) may take 15 min. lessons until their attention span widens. Most beginners may want to start with 30 minutes/week. Tuition is paid by the month in advance. It is very important to be punctual, as I may have lessons before and after your time slot, and to come to your lesson every week.

Group Lessons

Your private lesson tuition includes Suzuki group classes. It is very important to try to come to group classes that are offered. Not only is it fun to play together and make friends with other violin students, but it is an essential part of learning to play with a group. We will play games, learn ensemble music, theory, and more.

NOTE: My Suzuki group lessons are open to other Suzuki violin students, even if you do not take private lessons with me, you can still come to our group and play with us. That is the beauty of the Suzuki method, that students all over the world are learning the same songs and can play together and learn from each other.

Email me at sarahhemm@gmail.com for pricing and to get started with lessons!

Location

We are located at 902 1st Center Ave. (Hwy 11) in Brodhead, WI. (on the southeast corner of 9th Street). We are in the process of painting the exterior of our house so please excuse any mess.

Parking: You are allowed to park on Hwy 11 in front of the home, on either side of the street. You may also park on 9th street. Please do not park in our driveway.

Entry: Please enter through the front doors. The right door with the doorknob will be open. The routine for lesson times will be — enter quietly without knocking (because I may be finishing up with another student), take off shoes, coats, etc., get instrument and student ready to begin while I get ready to start your lesson time.

What to bring to your First Lesson

Very young students (pre-school)

You don’t even need an instrument or any music to begin violin lessons! Typically, we start very young children with a box (cardboard) violin — which we can make together as a fun activity at the first lesson! It’s also okay to start with a real violin if you have one but it is important to make sure the violin is the correct size for the student. Check with me or a violin shop before purchasing.

  • 3 ring binder
  • 1st month payment

School age – Adult students

Please bring your violin, bow, and shoulder rest. It is important to make sure your child’s instrument is sized correctly, check with me or a violin shop before purchasing.

  • 3 ring binder with some loose leaf paper
  • 1st month payment

Music/Instruments

What do you need to play violin?

  • Violin, bow, and case
  • Shoulder rest
  • Rosin
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Music stand for home

Coming Soon — I will have a selection of violin instruments, books, accessories, and more available for sale in my violin studio!

Suzuki Books:
A good place to shop, besides a local music store, is Shar Music online. You can get the Suzuki books with CDs at a discount. You can also get instruments, strings, shoulder rests, rosin, music stands, and other accessories.

Amazon.com also has a lot available, including the MP3 albums.

Violins:
Sometimes renting an instrument for young students is best because they grow quickly and it is important to have the correct size violin. If you plan on purchasing, make sure you buy from a reputable store or check with me first if purchasing online. There are a lot of “violin shaped objects” floating around on the Internet. They are cheap, but do not have a good sound and will only be frustrating for the student. If you buy a better instrument, you will have an easier time selling it when the student outgrows it. Sharmusic.com has good instruments for good prices for both rental and purchase.

Shoulder rest: Foam is good for younger students and I recommend a Kun (Everest) type for older students. We can discuss this at lesson if needed.

Local Music Stores

Knapton Musik Knotes – 2475 Milton Ave, Janesville

Voigt Music Center – N. Main St, Janesville

High Quality Violins and Bows

Ralph Rabin Violins, Madison

Korinthian Violins, Milwaukee

Feel free to email me at sarahhemm@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.