Teaching

In addition to performing Emily Hale is a dedicated teacher, sharing her knowledge and experience through masterclasses, workshops and private lessons on violin, Baroque violin and viola.

FAQ’s

Where are lessons held?

Emily teaches a private studio in Roslindale, MA, and is on faculty at All Newton Music School and South Shore Conservatory. Skype or FaceTime lessons are possible for long-distance students.

What age/level students do you teach?

Emily enjoys teaching and working with all ages, from young children (age 3+) to retirees. Her studio has included absolute beginners, students preparing for conservatory auditions and adult amateurs, with students hailing from China, France, Ghana, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and US.

at what age can my child start violin lessons?

Although it’s almost never too “late” to begin, learn more about potential benefits of starting early.

which teaching methods do you use?

With all her students, Emily seeks to develop a mature, balanced and versatile playing technique, through which each individual can express his or her artistic ideas, and enjoy making music with and for others.

Some of Emily’s main pedagogical influences include the work of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland and Mimi Zweig, though she is continually learning through others and even her own students.

Emily is a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola instructor (Books 1-4) and prepares students for the Royal Conservatory of Music exams.

For students beginning violin before age 7, learning with the Suzuki Method is highly recommended.

Suzuki versus Traditional Methods - What’s the Difference?

What is your lesson availability?

Please get in touch with Emily via the contact form to learn about current availability.

I would like to take lessons. how do I get started? (private studio - Roslindale)

  1. Fill out the contact form to learn about lesson availability and schedule an observation or sample lesson.

  2. Attend observation/sample lesson. All incoming Suzuki students must observe at least one other current student’s private lesson and group class before registering.

  3. Read 2018-2019 Studio Policies, receive an email link and complete the online registration form.

  4. Submit semester tuition payment by the first lesson (cash/check/credit card/Venmo).

what are your tuition rates?

Please read more about Tuition and Payment here.

what supplies will I need?

  • Violin or viola with all accessories (shoulder rest, bow, rosin, tuner, cleaning cloth, foot chart)

  • Music books used in previous week’s assignment or requested by teacher (not included in tuition)

  • Practice Log/Notebook for taking notes at lessons and group classes, pencil

  • Tote Bag to carry everything

  • Optional: Recording Equipment to record lessons to use as a guide when practicing at home

NOTE: New Suzuki students ages 3-5 will begin with a box violin, provided by the teacher, before “graduating” to a real violin. This tool is used to teach the youngest students respect for the instrument and basic skills before they receive a valuable object that makes noise! Please do not obtain a real instrument until the teacher says it is time. Obtaining the real violin too early can significantly delay progress.

Where can I rent/buy an instrument or music supplies?

Quality instruments and supplies can be rented or purchased from reputable string shops like Johnson Strings in Newton, MA, Shar Music or Southwest Strings.

What are your studio policies on attendance, cancellation and home practice?

2018-2019 Studio Policies are available here.

Do you offer recitals and performance opportunities?

Emily hosts two annual recitals, and her students are involved in many other informal performance opportunities, frequently collaborating with other Suzuki teachers in Jamaica Plain and Greater Boston.

I want my child to learn with the Suzuki Method. Do I need to attend to every lesson?

Yes. A parent or consistent adult helper is required to attend all Suzuki private lessons in order to take detailed notes and assist the child in daily home practice. Parents’ attendance at group class is welcomed but not required.

Will you teach lessons at my home?

No, Emily does not travel to students’ homes.

Can my child’s sibling come to the lesson as well, or should I arrange for childcare?

Siblings are welcome to come to the studio, as long as they are able to quietly play, color, read or do homework and allow the student and parent to focus during the lesson. Beware: this is often how new musicians are inspired!

What others are saying…

Thank you so much for showing me how to become a violinist, not just someone who plays violin… I have gotten so far in the past 3 years due to your excellent teaching… with the teaching you gave me I’ll continue to get better and better. - Ryan, student (age, 13??)

I love to play violin. - Elizabeth, age ??)

Thank you so much for teaching [my 6-year old daughter] this year! We were so impressed with your patience and skill, particularly since you always got Eva at the end of the day, when her energy and focus were at low ebb. - Rebecca, parent

I consistently feel that [my son] is so lucky to learn from a good teacher as you… - Wei, parent

We were immediately impressed not only with Emily’s technical skill as a violinist but also with her dedication to and understanding of Suzuki pedagogy…Emily has the skill to meet her students at a level they can understand while teaching them solid technique and respect for Music while still making it fun. - John, parent