The viola is the middle voice of the string family, slightly larger than a violin but sharing the same strings as the cello. Viola can be started from an early age, and its rich and beautiful tone makes it a very rewarding instrument to play. We enjoy the opportunity of taking students on the journey of learning viola and the many life lessons that viola study teaches.

Viola Lessons for the Individual

Viola students at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle receive one individual lesson per week. The parent attends each lesson and helps the student work on the material throughout the week of practice at home. The length of the lesson depends on the student’s age, attention span, and level of advancement. Generally, beginners start with 20 to 30-minute viola lessons. As the student advances, the length of the lessons increases.

Viola Lessons as a Group

Viola students at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle also receive weekly group lessons. The purpose of group lessons is to provide students with motivation, develop their self-confidence, teach them reading skills and to have fun! Group lessons are often a student’s favorite music-related activity. The younger or less advanced students benefit from the modeling provided by the older students, and the older students enjoy being leaders.

Music Classes Enrollment Information

Please contact the viola department head, Rose Hashimoto, regarding enrollment. Students are enrolled at the instructor’s discretion—the instructor may recommend that your child take the Explore Suzuki Music class before viola lessons.