BJ Montoya Violin Studio
My teaching objective is to guide students toward a path of playing violin with confidence and joy. Beyond the typical private lessons, I offer violinist opportunities to play music that is eclectic and enjoyable. I also encourage social playing with other violinist and fiddlers through studio jams and performances.
I love how music has the power to bring people together. Music has been integral in creating and nuturing the best friendships in my life.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
As we begin lessons, we break down the violin (of course not literally) to explore how each part works. We also look at positioning and holding the instrument discovering the motion and muscle that creates the best sound from the violin.
With these foundations, I'll introduce scales, songs and progress into new concepts along the way.
But with any musical instrument, the ear is the most important part of the instrument. How you listen directly impacts how you will play. I will help train your ears to be your best teacher.
All in all, learning the violin can be fun - a time or two frustrating. Though with willingness and proper practice, we will learn from mistakes, grow with each lesson and make beautiful music
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I grew up studying violin under the Suzuki method for over 13 years at the University of Louisville School of Music Preparatory School, my listening and playing skills were nurtured at the young age of five. I performed with the Louisville Youth Orchestra and other ensembles increasing my skills and confidence playing the instrument. A confidence that I can bring out in you as your violin teacher.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Lesson rates are based on a flat-rate, monthly subscription model. New students are asked to sign up for FiddleQuest (additional $12.50/mo.) Typical monthly rate for 30-minute weekly lesson is $120/month.