Viola Lessons are with Benjamin Perry who is very well versed in preparing students for ABRSM levels as well as teaching the Suzuki Method, but lessons are not limited to Classical Music only. Students are encouraged to bring music they want to learn, whatever genre. The viola is very similar to the violin, they have three strings in common and the viola has an extra lower string. It’s a little bigger too, so often what happens is young kids will start out on the violin, and after they’ve been playing for a few years (maybe when they’re 8 or 9 years old) they transition to viola easily. Viola Lessons will start off with learning about posture, and learn how to hold and play the instrument whilst staying relaxed. Once we are comfortable, and able to produce a nice tone, we’ll start learning some songs. The viola is one of the few instruments to use alto clef, so we will learn how to read it, as well as play scales, arpeggios and any theory you are interested in. If you’re learning the viola you may well be doing so for orchestra, in which case we will do a lot of playing together to really train your ears to listen at the same time as playing. If you’re learning the viola just because you love it’s lower register, that’s great too! Whatever it is you are passionate about, our instructor can help guide you along the way. Once students have learned the basics, they can join the Hawaii Youth Symphony if they are between the ages of 8 and 18. You can rent a viola for about $20 per month if you don’t want to buy one right away.