Violin and Viola

Tuition


We teach violin at all levels - whether you are young or old, a beginner or advanced player looking to improve, we can teach you in your home or remotely online.

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Your Tutor

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Bernard

Royal College of Music, London


Fees

£40 per hour

£30 per 45 mins

£20 per 30 mins

A full fee cancellation charge is applicable for cancellations of 24 hours or less.

If you do not live within the Oxford area, we would be happy to provide you with an hourly rate - depending upon your location.

How we teach Violin and Viola

Bernard has been teaching both violin and viola for the past 30 years. He holds Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Royal College of Music, London; Master of Music from Yale University, USA and ‎a Doctorate of Music from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in Canada.


Bernard has performed with Quincy Jones, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Bristol Ensemble, British Sinfonietta, Senbla Orchestra (performing Love Actually live with the orchestra), the Phantom of the Opera UK national tour, Opra Cymru,‎ Yales Symphony Orchestra and was a founder member of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He is violist with The Hilman Quartet, and has recorded with Manic Street Preachers, The Proclaimers and Roger Daltrey.


In addition to playing viola and violin, Bernard is also a composer. He has composed for stage, theatre and film for venues including the National Theatre in London, Queen Elizabeth Hall in Southbank and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The music that Bernard has composed has also been performed on the BBC.

Benefits of learning Violin and Viola

Learning to play the violin and viola teaches more than playing music:


  • Improved memory and attention span
  • Better mental function and health
  • Sensory development
  • Develops motor skills
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves posture and muscle function
  • Improves hand and eye coordination


We travel to students and teach them in their own homes or remotely online. We teach both adults and children in mainly 60 minute, 45 minute and 30 minute lessons. However, longer lessons can be arranged for individual circumstances.


Beginners and more advanced students welcome.



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About Violin

The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest and highest-pitched member of the family of string instruments.


The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word violin comes from the Medieval Latin word vitula (meaning stringed instrument), this word is also believed to be the source of the Germanic 'fiddle'.


The violin (while it has ancient origins), acquired most of its modern characteristics in 16th-century Italy. However, there were some further modifications occurring in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The following instruments made by the: Gasparo da Salò, Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati families from the 16th to the 18th century in Brescia and Cremona, Jacob Stainer in Austria, are particularly prized by violinists and collectors.

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It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.


Johann Sebastian Bach