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Violin Classes

Tenth Strings offers group lessons and string orchestra experience for children at an affordable cost. Interested students from Tenth Church and the surrounding community are welcome to join. Performance opportunities include informal recitals and providing music for services at historic Tenth Presbyterian Church.  


Group lessons are offered in Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass. Lesson groups will be assigned based on musical experience and age. At the discretion of the director, lesson groups will be combined to form an orchestra during weekly the class time.

The Tenth Strings program is designed for children ages 7 to 17. No musical experience is required and absolute beginners are welcome.

Classes meet at Tenth Church (use entrance at 1701 Delancey Street) and are held weekly during the school year, 4-5p on Wednesdays:

  • Session 1: September 25 – January 22 (15 lessons))

  • Session 2: January 29 – May 13 (15 lessons)

Payment of $150 for Session 1 is due at the first class, September 25. This cost covers the cost for all music and books used in the class. Please pay by check or money order made out to “Tenth Presbyterian Church.”


  • Judy Harvey is a certified music teacher with a masters degree in education. She has been teaching strings, both privately and in school contexts, for over 30 years. She currently directs the strings program for upper elementary students for the Cheltenham Township School District.

  • Eric Jones is a PA certified music teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. He is on the faculty of Cairn University, Csehy Summer School of Music, and Philadelphia Classical School. He holds cello performance degrees from Temple University and Stetson University,  


Students accepted into the program must have an instrument by their second class. Tenth Church does not rent, sell, or provide instruments. You may rent or purchase an instrument from any source.  The average cost to rent a good quality violin is about $190 for a year. The cost to buy a good quality student violin is around $170. Many cheaper violins can be found through the internet but often are not playable. Violas, Cellos, and Basses are generally more expensive than violins.

Here are some reliable sources for string instruments:

Music and Arts Center
(multiple area locations)


Harold Golden Violins
(Chestnut Hill area)


Shar Music Products


Southwest Strings


To determine the correct size of violin for your child, use this general guideline: with your child’s arm fully extended, measure from your child’s neck to the middle of his or her palm. If this measurement is:
20 inches or less — obtain a ½ size violin
20 to 23 inches — obtain a ¾ size violin
23 inches or more — obtain a  4/4 size violin (“full-size”)

If you have further questions about finding an instrument for your child, please email the director, Judy Harvey


Classes begin Wednesday, September 25th.   Please sign up in advance to reserve a place for your child.  (Students may enter the program at other times if space is available.)

To register, please fill out our online form.

If you have any questions, please email Judy Harvey.