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Average Cost of Violin Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute violin lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $200 per hour.

30-min $15
$37 average
45-min $17
$52 average
60-min $20
$66 average

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute violin lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute violin lessons are 22% less expensive at $52, and 30-minute lessons cost 44% less at $37.

Curious how much violin lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best violin teachers .

Violin Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Violin instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

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Popular Violin teachers

Eugene H.

Sugar Land, TX
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Mimi D.

Tulsa, OK
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Chin K.

New York, NY
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About Eugene H.

Sugar Land, TX
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Kas R. April 23, 2013
· Piano ·
Excellent Teacher

I am an older student and I started to learn to play the piano more than a year ago under a different teacher. I started with Eugene about 4 months ago. I was struggling with the piano previously. But after just 2 lessons with Eugene, I found myself playing confidently. Eugene explains so clearly and everything makes sense to me now. I enjoy practicing everyday now. He is excellent teacher, patient, and very professional. He is always on time.
NkiruU March 14, 2012
· ·
Eugene is the best piano teacher I have ever had! He doesn't just know how the teach piano but music as well! I'm so glad that I chose him!

About Mimi D.

Tulsa, OK
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In her teaching, Mimi specializes in helping her students achieve all their goals.

She encourages and nurtures her students, builds up their confidence levels and character, and improves their techniques and skills in each lesson.

Students can hear the improvement in their playing in each lessons.

Mimi has developed a very experienced, masterful and supportive teaching style, she used extremely helpful techniques for studying and practicing music.

Mimi shares her musical gifts and love of music with all her students.

Mimi is currently accepting
new students.

Gail B. March 14, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Mimi continues to be very patient and kind. I feel I am progressing in my learning/skills nicely. I could not ask for a better instructor!
tawna March 13, 2019
· Violin · Online
My first lesson was wonderful!! I can now confidently hold my violin, tune it, know strings, how to hold my bow and more!! I am still so thrilled! Thanks Mimi, I am so looking forward to next week!
Charlene February 21, 2019
· Suzuki Method · Online
Have had only one lesson, and Mimi was very encouraging. Am looking forward to more. She was very motivating!

About Chin K.

New York, NY
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It is so important to learn from a real professional. I am international soloist and pedagogue, having studied with the world's greatest teachers, Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay, Josef Gingold, etc. international violin competitions winner. It is very easy to get faulty instruction at any stage of the development. Mine is of the highest of quality. I can teach from beginner to the most advanced. Have been teaching for 40+ years.

Sun November 29, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My son has learned so much from him. The best violin teacher in NYC! Highly recommend.
Ju November 29, 2018
· Violin · In studio
He is a very good teacher, he is very focused of the lesson, try to understand my individual problematic or desire and managed them.
The best violin teacher I have ever seen, very thankful.
Nayeong November 29, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Dr.Kim is a fantastic violinist, teacher and mentor for all levels of playing. Highly recommended!

Martin S.

New York, NY
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Panagiota K.

Mesa, AZ
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Stephanie Y.

Maywood, IL
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About Martin S.

New York, NY

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Dounis technique for string players

Lanny September 10, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Martin is a colleague of mine; we have worked together at Lincoln Center and in recording studios in NYC.
I believe he would be a wonderful teacher, patient and knowledgeable. He is well versed in the Dounis method of violin pedagogy.
Gil August 27, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Helped me a lot.
Jill August 25, 2018
· Violin · In home
Martin really knows the in's and out's of violin playing and teaching. He's worked with some of the best teachers and can tell you things very few other teachers know. He's got a great sense of humor and is super organized. Wonderful teacher.

About Panagiota K.


Experienced teacher, teaching for 20 years at universities as well as beginner and intermediate students. Building a strong foundation and cultivating musical expression, I have successfully prepared students for auditions and helped them pursue their goals. Lessons are customized to the needs of each student. All ages and levels, professional or for fun are welcome!

Jessica February 19, 2019
· Violin · In studio
I started taking violin lessons from Dr. Kalantzi 4 months ago and I am so grateful she is my teacher. She teaches with extreme patience, compassion, and is hands down an amazing teacher! Her teaching style creates a fun and positive atmosphere at each lesson. She has helped me become a better player and because of her way of teaching, I can say that I really enjoy and love learning to play the violin. Magnificent teacher, I highly recommend her!
Mary February 13, 2019
· · In studio
As an older beginning cello player, I found the perfect instructor in Dr. Kalantzi! She teaches with extreme patience and compassion. Her expertise and humor contribute to quality time of instruction in an enjoyable atmosphere. Dr. Kalantzi is flexible in acommendating all of her students schedules from making more time for them to prepare for auditions to accepting students into her schedule after time away. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Dr. Kalantzi and some of her culture. If you want to become a better string player or start from scratch, I highly recommend her!
Jeff November 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Dr. Kalantzi has been an excellent instructor for my daughter. We have been taking lessons from her for several years. She is very personable and patient with my daughter, knows how to motivate her and make each lesson (and homework) fun, and continues to look for ways to help her improve. I would recommend Dr. Kalantzi for anyone new to violin as well as for more seasoned musicians.

About Stephanie Y.

Maywood, IL

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I love tailoring lessons to my students! Music is personal and I want to make sure you're learning what you're interested in or need to learn in order to prepare you for auditions or keep up in groups you play in. I always ask students for a list of music they're listening to or want to learn - nothing's off limits!

Sydney November 25, 2018
· · In home
Stephanie is patient, quick to respond and very flexible. I'm a adult beginner and she has been my teacher for a year now. She makes me feel comfortable when learning. I have a very busy schedule and she is always willing to work with me including coming to my home late at night. She is easy going and it's been a great year and I have learned alot! I definitely recommend and am continuing lessons with her!
Rebecca November 21, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Stephanie is wonderful. First of all, she is a truly virtuosic player. She plays beautifully. That is hugely important. Never hire a violin teacher who does not make a gorgous sound. She makes a gorgeous sound. Second, she is an amazing TEACHER. She knows how to tailor her approach to the student’s unique learning style and musical tastes. She can take you through a purely classical curriculum, or she can also help you learn to play your favorite pop songs. I have been taking lessons with her for two years and my adult (step)daughter who has Down Syndrome has been studying with her for a little over a year. I have progressed consistently and my stepdaughter has also progressed consistently. Stephanie definitly knows how to collaborate with me to adapt her lessons to my (step)daughter’s special needs. My (step)daughter loves her lessons and Stephanie mixes things up to keep her excited and motivated to practice. Stephanie prepares more in advance for lessons than any instrument teacher I have ever observed. She creates her own teaching aids for each student, personalized to their needs. She has formal Suzuki training both as a learner and teacher, so she knows the Suzuki curriculum, and can use a strictly Suzuki approach for people who want that, but she also knows the scope and sequences of skills so thoroughly that she can guide students without relying on Suzuki if that approach is preferred. She takes a positive approach, helping students to learn to listen to and evaluate their own playing rather than over critiquing. She teaches students to practice effectively, and uses questions to gently guide students to draw appropriate conclusions about what they need to do to improve their playing. She paces lessons well. She does not require perfection before moving on, but also discourages racing through repertoire without developing the target skill represented by the repertoire. She does not waste lesson time. She uses lesson time very efficiently. Her demeanor is warm, calm, mindful, gentle and kind, but firm about holding students to appropriately high expectations. I started wth her as an adult beginner and have loved every minute. I am now an intermediate player... sooner than I expected. She is also very reliable. She does not forget appointments or run late or cancel frequently. The room she teaches in is clean and organized. I really think she is very appropriate for gifted kids, average kids, kids with special needs, and adult beginners both typical and with special needs.
Jennifer November 21, 2018
· Violin · Online
Stephanie has been our violin teacher for the past eight years, and we love her. My daughter was five when we started lessons. Everything my daughter has learned about music and the violin, she has learned from Stephanie. From reading music and technique, to music theory. We look forward to our lessons every week.

Recent Violin Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Violin articles on our blog.

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5 Famous Violin Players You've Got to Know

Are you just starting to take violin lessons? An integral part of learning how to play the violin is listening to others. Below, violin teacher Julie P. lists the top five violinists every beginner student should know and listen to... There are literally hundreds of famous violin players from all over the world. In addition to the number of well-known classical violinists, such as Fritz Kreisler and Pablo de Sarasate, there are also many great bluegrass and jazz violinists. Choosing just … Read More

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8 Essential Violin Books for Beginners
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Violin Lessons

The violin is one of the most empowering musical instruments to learn, and has frequently been the subject of many music research studies. It has been found that those who learn to play the violin have also benefited in other areas of their lives. Those who play the violin demonstrate enhanced concentration, as well as increased math, memory and reading skills. Although the violin is known best for its use in classical music, it has become a far more versatile instrument that has also been used in country, folk and even popular rock. Whether your goal is to play Beethoven, an Irish jig, or a lively fiddle tune, taking lessons can help you become a well-rounded violinist.

Because the violin is such a complex instrument, finding a violin instructor with skill, patience and extensive knowledge is essential. Finding the best teacher for you is one of the most important parts of your musical journey, and specialized instructors can bring forth the virtuoso that lives within. Taking private violin lessons will give you the feedback and attention you’ll need to hone your skills.

Beginner vs Intermediate vs Expert Violin Lessons

Private Violin lessons with a TakeLessons instructor are tailored to each student based on their current skill level, and goals. Beginner students get easier songs, easier exercises, and simpler techniques. From there, the difficulty increases in order to properly challenge and motivate intermediate and advanced level violinists to develop greater skills, to stretch their preconceived limitations, and to ultimately gain more satisfaction, meaning, and pleasure from the Violin.

We understand advancing violinists may also have professional goals, so our teachers can counsel you to increase your chances of getting more and higher paying gigs. Who knows, someday, you too can become a TakeLessons Violin instructor and get paid to teach other aspiring violinists like you.

Violin Lessons for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

If you’re the type of parent who believes music can improve early childhood development, science has good news for you. A recent study suggests that Violin practice can help children better and faster process music and language. Hearing different pitches and tones can help one better parse spoken words. So while every parent needs to be careful not to forcefully involve their little ones in music, sports, and other interests, parents can still take a gentler approach that stimulates joy and curiosity, and plant a seed for lifelong learning.

Violin Lessons for Kindergartners and Grade Schoolers

Science also has good news for kids older than preschool age. Research suggests music lessons improve academic performance, as well as cognitive skills in children. Violin lessons and practice can help improve motor skills, cognitive performance, and listening skills at a young age.

TakeLessons instructors are background-checked, and highly qualified to give your kids the lessons they need to stay engaged, enjoy the learning process, and to gradually and continually improve one key, one note at a time. After all, learning at a younger age yields the greatest and most long-lasting benefits.

The last thing you want to do is force a kid into playing and practicing so much that they begin to flame out and reject something as beneficial as the Violin.

Violin Lessons for Teenagers and High Schoolers

The teen and tween years are the make or break years for most people, in deciding whether they’re going to stick with a childhood hobby or interest, for life. As you go through puberty, and begin preparing for life as an adult, and responsibilities pile on your plate, the first things to go tend to be the personal interests you’re passionate about, because they don’t pay the bills. Also, because they’re not an official part of your school curriculum. In other words, what was once a must-have becomes a nice-to-have.

This is why it’s important to have someone that holds you accountable for prolonging your learning and practicing, regardless of whether it’s a musical instrument, or a sport, or any other after-school matter. Someone to keep you motivated. And if you decide to make your passion a profession, someone to guide you along the way on how to find the right opportunities for paid gigs, or even a full-time career in playing the Violin.

Violin Lessons for College Students

Let’s be honest, private lessons aren’t the best idea for college students who are generally tight on budget, time, and commitments. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and practicing. You can still work the Violin by taking classes or participating in music programs at your college. These tend to be more affordable, more social, and less stressful than trying to fit private lessons into your routine.

Violin Lessons for Working Adults & Parents

By now, you’ve already decided whether to stick with the Violin or to drop it. If you’re one of the lucky few that stuck with it, in spite of having an extremely busy schedule with work and family obligations, congratulations. Contrary to popular belief, taking the time out for routine Violin practice has tremendous benefits, even for the busiest of people.

We believe that Violin practice as an adult is more productive than it seems because it clears your head, it builds patience, discipline and concentration skills which you can transfer over to other parts of life, and it keeps your hand-eye coordination sharp. It also keeps you committed to learning and improvement, which again, are transferable traits to professional life. As role models, parents taking active classes shows kids the importance of pursuing personal interests for life.

A new study on the long-term benefits of music lessons reports that older adults who took lessons at a young age process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not, regardless of whether it was a violin, a harmonica, a ukulele, or any other instrument.

The study found that participants who had four to 14 years of musical training had faster responses to speech sounds than participants without any training — even though no one in the first group had played an instrument for about 40 years.

Violin Lessons for Senior Citizens & Retirees

Another study showed that practicing a musical instrument can slow down the aging process. The study of adults ranging from ages 60 to 83 revealed that those who played music regularly had better verbal and non-verbal memory, verbal fluency, visuomotor speed, and cognitive flexibility.

Even if you’ve never played a musical instrument or shown any interest, it’s never too late to start. Even latecomers can fall in love with something as timeless as the Violin. Age isn’t a relevant factor, when it comes to curiosity, pleasure, and determination.

More Benefits of Violin Lessons

Another music study at Duke University found that brain activity while listening to violin classical music showed unique brain activity for when a patient was listening, reading, and imagining playing music, and that the entire area of the brain fires on all cylinders providing for a whole body experience.

And here’s a comparison of your brain on music versus your brain without it on NPR.

Topics Covered in Private Violin Lessons

Learn about violin basics and advanced techniques such as the anatomy of a violin, scales, playing ranges, acoustics, chords, strings, finger placement, and the fingerboard.

Learn about playing posture with both right and left hands, and techniques such as vibrato, vibrato trill, harmonics, double stopping, triple stopping,

Learn how to hold the bow, and different bowing techniques such as detache, tremolo, pizzicato, and more.

Learn how to properly tune a violin in order to produce beautiful sounds that can only come from violin music.

Learn how to play the violin by reading sheet music, and by ear.

Learn about productive violin practice, and how to effectively play solo or in an orchestra.

Learn about the violin instrument family of stringed instruments, such as the fiddle, viola, cello, and bass, and their unique characteristics.

Learn about the different genres of violin such as classical music, jazz, folk music, Indian classical music, fidding, and more.

Free Violin Lessons and Classes

Check out this video for a free lesson on violin finger positions.

A free video lesson on playing violin vibrato.

A video tutorial on how to properly tune a violin.

A free violin lesson on scales for beginners.

A free violin lesson on how to hold a bow.

A free 15-minute lesson on violin practice.

A free video lesson on how bowing technique affects violin tone.

Why Learn Violin with TakeLessons

• Each student will receive customized violin lessons. Instructors will assess your interests, age and skill level so you’re provided with an experience tailored specifically to your needs.

• Students have access to lesson journals online to keep you motivated and on track.

• Choose from an incredible list of local instructors or online violin instructors who are knowledgeable, friendly and certified.

• And don’t worry – if for any reason you’re unhappy with your lessons, you’re protected by a 100% money back guarantee.

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