Bate Violin Studio

Bate Violin Studio

5.0 (8)
15 years in business

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Vernon, WI 53186
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8 Reviews


  • Kim Schafer

    Eric was a very caring, patient violin teacher to my beginner 8-year-old daughter. He explained concepts well to her, including mini lessons on music history and theory in the lessons too. I highly recommend him for beginning students.

  • Heather Phillips

    Eric has been a great instructor for my son, who is not always easily engaged. He patiently worked with him, thoroughly explaining things in a way that was easy for a beginner to understand and follow, and he helped set my son up for a successful future with the violin. I highly recommend him!

  • Amber Van Dyke

    Eric customized each lesson to my daughter's needs. He added insightful comments and was overall congenial! She especially enjoyed playing a duet with him for the recital. I highly recommend him as a violin teacher.

  • Sharon Yang

    Both of my boys studied with Eric starting in 5th grade. Eric pays close attention to detail when teaching violin and viola technique. He doesn't rush through things just to create the illusion of progress. He comes up with different ways to help each student succeed. Eric is a very devoted teacher, and I really appreciated that.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

For students with past experience, my main job in a first lesson is to find out how you play. What method books you have worked out of? What pieces have you studied? I will ask the student to play for me their most recently worked-on piece and a scale of their choosing. I also spend some time discussing your goals with studying the violin or viola. For complete beginners I begin by teaching the bow hold. Then I move on to holding the violin and dropping the fingers down in tune. Finally, we put them together and work on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Suzuki Book 1. All this happens over the course of about six lessons. I teach using the Suzuki method books, but I do not call myself a Suzuki teacher. I supplement the Suzuki books with other etudes and exercises. I really like Fiddle Magic by Sally O'Reilly and the Sevcik exercises.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Monthly tuition is due at the first lesson of each month.

30 minute lesson (ages 5-12 only): $35

45 minute lesson: $50

1 hour lesson: $65

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