Clete Davis

Clete Davis

4.9Exceptional(10 reviews)
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I have a Bachelor's degree in violin performance. I have been teaching violin for 45 years, and I teach students from beginners to very advanced. I also enjoy teaching adult students. I teach using Zoom, so it doesn't matter where you live. I teach a standard curriculum of materials.


Hired 5 times
1 employee
49 years in business
Serves Elmhurst , IL
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Do you own a violin?

Student who has an instrument, Student who is planning to purchase an instrument and would like advice

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Student can read music, Student cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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  • Reviews

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    Clete is very easy to work with and does a good job of being patient with the student!
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    October 21, 2019


    Aby T.

    Mr. Clete is a very good violinist and a good teacher. My daughter really likes his way of teaching. He gives a lot of background information about music, violin, violinists and various types of music around the world. This helps my daughter interested in the class. He is also on time and is very patient.
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    October 18, 2019


    Mary P.

    My son had lessons with Mr. Clete. for approximately 10 years.
    I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor in my sons life. I don’t believe there’s any better violin instructor than Mr. Clete.
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    October 15, 2019


    Pearl W.

    I have taken violin lessons from Mr. Davis for the past five years as an adult. Mr. Davis is knowledgeable about the violin, violinists and works of music for this instrument. His attitude is patient and supportive, and his teaching effective. He customizes the lessons according to my strengths. The amount of my weekly assignments is just right, never too much, with just one or two areas to focus on for improvement. I enjoy learning to play the violin from him.
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    October 11, 2019


    Karen M.

    Clete has been a really wonderful instructor. I work from home and have my own business so I prefer an instructor to come to me. He is very knowledgeable in not only teaching violin but the history and theory behind the instrument and music. Overall I feel that I am getting a very well rounded education in the convenience of my own home. Thank you Clete!
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    October 10, 2019


    Jamie S.

    Clete is a wonderful teacher! My daughter and I have been learning with him for 3.5 years. When we started, neither of us had any musical training. He is patient, yet knows when to push us to be better. He does a wonderful job of integrating his vast knowledge of musical history into lessons, fostering an appreciation of the instrument. He is professional, always on time, and communicates well. I highly recommend Clete as a violin teacher!
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    October 09, 2019

    Frequently asked questions

    It depends on the student, as I teach students from beginners to advanced.  With a beginner, I start them learning the proper way to hold the instrument and bow, and begin teaching them to read music.  If the student has some experience on the instrument, I ask them to play something of their choice so I can assess their abilities, and let me know where to begin with them.

    I have a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  I have also studied locally at the American Conservatory, Roosevelt University, and Northern Illinois University.

    I have a fixed fee for lessons.  The current price is in my quote.

    I began to teach about four years after leaving college.  I just wanted to help others learn the instrument I enjoy.

    Everyone from raw beginners to very advanced students, and children to adults.

    A ten year old student of mine just performed the J. S. Bach Concerto in A minor for violin, and did really well!

    Pick a teacher who is interested in your progress, and not just in collecting your money.  Pick a teacher that gives you a well rounded musical education in music theory, music history, and performance techniques as well as the basic education of playing the instrument well.

    Well, first, are we talking about a child student, or an adult?  The parent, or the adult student, should try to decide:

    1. What is my goal in music?

    2. Where does my interest lie in music? Classical, pops, folk?

    3. Am I willing to practice (or help my child to) in order to meet my goal?  Nothing in music comes free of work! The violin is a difficult instrument.

    4. If you don't have an instrument, always rent for the first year. Never buy a small size instrument for a child, always rent.  They will quickly grow out of it and need the next size up.  Think "shoes"!

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