Roy Sonne Violin Studio

Roy Sonne Violin Studio

5.0 (2)
1 hire on
51 years in business

About this pro

I am retired from the first violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I teach intermediate and advanced students 12 yrs. or older. Adults are welcome. My students do a mix of technical material (scales and etudes) and repertoire ( Concertos, short pieces)  I help them to find the pathway between technique and musical expression. I hold frequent masterclasses and recitals for my students. I also help people prepare for auditions for youth orchestras, and seating in school orchestras.  

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  • Melissa Mooney

    As an adult student looking to refresh my violin playing skills and technique, I had my first lesson with Roy a couple weeks ago. It was a great experience! He is very kind and patient and gave some great tips and considerations to help improve my finger agility and tone. Not only was it a fun lesson, I left feeling motivated and excited about continuing my violin studies. Highly recommend.

  • Melissa Mooney


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

I like to learn about the students musical history and experience. Then I like to hear and see the student play a couple of different pieces including the one that he/she knows the best or is the most comfortable with. Then I will decide what are some good areas to focus on initially in order to serve the students needs and musical goals.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

28 years in the Pittsburgh Symphony. 40+ years of private teaching. Various courses in string pedagogy.

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

I charge $70 an hour for lessons. I do not teach half hour lessons.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students age 11 or older who have had 3 or 4 years of lessons. I also work with adult students.

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