Information for New Students

There are currently some limited online daytime vacancies. Please note that there is a waiting list for certain days and times, but please do get in contact for further information.

 

Before students are added to the waiting list, they are required to observe a number of groups lessons and attend an initial contact meeting before we move on to formal lessons. Please contact us and provide as much information about your current situation as you can, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Teaching Philosophy

Playing a musical instrument can bring such satisfaction and joy, and our ultimate aim when teaching any student is for them to develop a love for the violin that will stay with them forever. We strive to nurture our students and allow them to develop their musical skills in a happy and healthy environment.

Much of Helen's teaching draws from the method created by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki, and over the years she has clocked up several hundred hours of training and observation of lessons taught both in England, Europe, and the USA.  In addition to their Suzuki journey, students routinely acquire the skills necessary for entry into grade exams offered by Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Trinity College London (TCL), and London College of Music (LCM). Students at the Violin with Helen String Academy regularly achieve extremely very high exam results. 

Individual Lesson and Group Lessons

In addition to individual lessons, children also attend group lessons (approx. 6-7 per term on a Sunday), where regular attendance ensures that students consolidate their learning and progress quickly.  Group attendance is a compulsory part of the curriculum and includes ensemble work, repertoire and technique, note-reading, orchestra, performance skills, theory, and choreography. The String Academy is particularly proud of their strong Theory of Music program, where every student progresses from pre-reading through to ABRSM and Trinity Theory of Music examination grades.