The Milwaukee Street Violin Academy is the perfect place for young violinists and violists to get their start in both classical and contemporary music. My name is Amelia Lamis (founder, instructor) and I have been working as a violinist/violist and teacher for over ten years. Trained at the Mannes School of Music in New York City, I have performed internationally as a soloist and have toured with orchestras all over the East Coast. I currently play at the Basilica of St. Josephat here in Milwaukee.
Being a violin and viola teacher is my calling. The world needs more musicians, and I am just a vehicle to help make that happen. Nothing is more satisfying to me then watching a child grow to love their instrument and music in general. I expose my students to a wide array of music so that they can figure out for themselves what appeals to them.
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I believe in a combination of The Suzuki Method, ear-training and improvisation, and music theory. My students are well-rounded musicians, who enjoy playing and feel comfortable and excited about performing.
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$30 for 30 minutes
$40 for 45 minutes
$50 for 1 hour
My mother is a professional violinist and she taught me violin when I was young. We continue to gig together to this day. She has been a wonderful role model and major inspiration to me.
I work primarily with young students in their first few years of playing, however am comfortable teaching students up to the college level. I have also taught beginner adult students.
I am currently playing masses Sundays at the Basilica of St. Josephat. It is an incredible experience, as the church is beautiful, the people are wonderful, and the music is fantastic. I am very grateful to have this position and look forward to what it might bring in the future.
I would always suggest selecting a teacher who is upbeat, fun, and who you feel comfortable with. Learning an instrument is undoubtedly challenging and onerous at times, but it is incredibly satisfying. You want to work with someone whose passion for their instrument and for music itself radiates out from them.
I would advise students to make a pact with themselves that they will commit to lessons for one year. Learning the violin and viola take time and progress can be slow. But progress is happening!