NC Strings Studio
My name is Jacob Hermsen, founder & owner of NC Strings Studio, based in Durham, NC. I teach violin / viola students throughout the Triangle Area in all age categories & levels online and in person!
Currently supporting 35+ private students in their passion for music, to improve their skills, musicality, and sound.
At NC Strings Studio, I make music lessons accessible, affordable, and stimulate music education wherever / whenever I can, therefore I also offer discounts for siblings, as well as a sliding scale incl. different rates depending on county, and tailored to personal financial circumstances if necessary.
Please contact me here at lessons.com or through my website www.ncstringsstudio.com
I thoroughly enjoy supporting my students in their passion for music, to improve their skills, musicality, and sound!
Through patience, understanding, and fun, I always try to find a creative solution to common problems, and I strongly believe that every student can learn how to play an instrument!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
- I always have to ask a few questions to each new student such as 'Have you played an instrument before?'/ 'Do you get music lessons at school?' / 'Can you already read notes?'
- Providing the student with an instrument is the first, and most important step. I can assist you in choosing the right size, or advice you on where to find instruments.
- During the first lesson we usually cover the basics of holding the bow, and how to hold the violin / viola.
- I find the Suzuki approach very useful for beginning students, but like to add other genres as well.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
- Music Mind Games Teacher Training at Meredith College, NC
- Suzuki Violin Teacher Training at East Carolina University, NC (studied with James Hutchins)
- Masters of Viola performance degree from the University of Music Dresden, Germany (studied with Vladimir Bukac)
- Bachelor of Viola performance degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (studied with Nobuko Imai)
10+ years of orchestra experience as principal viola in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and the USA.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
30-minute lesson - $40
45-minute lesson - $57.5
60-minute lesson - $75
You'll find more information about payments, make-up lessons, cancellations etc. in my studio policy, which is available on my website: www.ncstringsstudio.com
What types of students have you worked with?
Beginners - Intermediate - Advanced