Children's Music Education

Violin Classes

 

Now in our fourth year, we continue to be excited about offering violin classes at an affordable cost. Viola, Cello and Stringed Bass lessons are now being offered as well! 

All interested students in the church and surrounding community between the ages of 7 to 17 are welcome to join us.  After reading this page, you may sign up for lessons using the "Sign-up Form" at the bottom.

Overview

  • The one-hour classes will take place once a week on Wednesdays at 4 PM at Tenth Presbyterian Church.
  • All students aged 7 to 17 are welcome to participate.

Payment

Payment of $160 for 16 lessons (by check or money order made out to Tenth Presbyterian Church) is due the first class, September 27. This cost covers all materials and books used in the class. 

Sessions

  • Session I: September 27 - January 24
  • Session II: January 31 – May 24 
 

Teachers: Judy Harvey and Eric Jones

  • 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 certified strings teacher in the School District of Philadelphia since 2005 and is on the music faculty of Csehy Summer School of Music and Cairn University. He holds performance degrees from Stetson University and Temple University. 

About Instruments

Students accepted into the program must have an instrument by the second class, if possible. You may rent or buy from any source. Tenth Church does not rent, sell, or provide violins.

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. 

Violin Sizes

With your child’s arm fully extended, measure from your child’s neck to the middle of his or her palm. If you have questions about violin sizes as well as those for other stringed instruments, please email the director, Judy Harvey

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 full size or 4/4 violin

Renting or Purchasing a Violin, Viola, Cello or Stringed Bass

Here are some reliable sources:

Music & Arts Music Center  /  www.musicarts.com   /  1-800-347-1116

Harold Golden Violins   /  www.goldenviolins.com  /  215-242-0307 (Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy region)

Shar Music  /  www.sharmusic.com  /  800-248-7427

Southwest Strings   /  www.swstrings.com   /  800-528-3430 

Sign-Up Now

Due by Sunday, September 24; classes begin September 27

 

Fill out our online form.

 

If you have any questions, please email Judy Harvey.