Serious about learning to play a musical instrument?

Book a Free Get To Know You Violin Lesson 

...or Chat with Mr. S first. Use email, please.

Click here for lesson availability schedule. Pick your best time. During your free consultation, we'll also discuss how to set up your home studio for the best online lesson experience. Students of Mr. S get discounted pricing on instruments and equipment through the online store, Sign up for the popular instrument-lesson combo! Ask me about it.

 Experienced, patient teacher.    
Teaching students of all ages    

I teach...   

Violin students of all levels from beginner to professionals. However, I prefer teaching students who are serious about music, who are truly motivated to excel and are interested in learning advanced performance techniques and attaining a high level of artistry.    
Traditional & Creative, modern techniques; improvisation and composition.   

You will...  

  • increase coordination  
  • learn best posture for producing great sound  
  • get relaxed technique, beautiful sound  
  • increase self-confidence and self-image  
  • improve your state of mind  
  • increase your proficiency, fluency  
  • learn advanced performance techniques for more difficult pieces  
  • improve note reading skills and knowledge of music theory    
  • learn different styles of music.   
  • win auditions & competitions   


Advanced degrees from both New England Conservatory of Music & Yale University in violin   

Taught privately for many years   
Former faculty New England Conservatory Preparatory School, coach for BYSO chamber music, and NEC Summer Camp   
Formerly adjunct professor in College of Charleston, currently adjunct professor at Bunkerhill Community College.   
Taught in private schools and colleges including Atlantic Union College   
Many years of experience in professional orchestras and other performance organizations.   

Music Studies Consultation    
There is no charge for your consultation or "Get to know you" meeting. We'll meet an talk for 25 minutes.    
When you sign up for your introductory consultation, I listen and we talk and figure out what the next step in your music-playing education will get you where you want to go with the instrument. We'll determine together what music, books, or other materials we'll use, to reach the goals that you identified.   

Other benefits: free consultation about instruments and care and maintenance.   

I include instruction in music theory as needed as part of the lesson.   

Violinists & pianists:    
Bring your violin (or shop for one here). Bring any sheet music you have worked on before, if any. Beginners will be assigned a new instruction book.   

Sign up your free consultation. questions? email me.

more subjects I teach...

Viola, Cello & Piano beginner to intermediate.   
Recording & Production. Modern musicianship technologies such as recording and production, working with midi, synthesizers, setting up your effects foot pedal and performing with your electric violin, working with effects, electronics and more.  

What are your musical goals? Tell me a bit about yourself (click here)


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Who should take online lessons?  

I do not recommend online lessons for beginners, especially very young students. Adult and mature students can learn a lot from online lessons, as long as they practice between lessons! Learning an instrument is best when you can see each other. People don't realize that its not just about the hands or the arms. Its also about the posture; the position of the feet & the torso.  

But if you have no other alternative; If you don't have a local teacher or they live too far to commute, then online lessons are a great, time-saving alternative  

Or, it can be used by violinists who are already quite experienced. You've already learned the basics, and need guidance or coaching from an experienced virtuoso violinist. Or you're working on a specific technical challenge, piece or problem. 

lesson pricing breakdown

Prices are discounted with you sign up for 3, 6 or 12 month term, length of lesson & number of family members enrolling.

Please email for details.