VIOLA LESSONS IN HOUSTON

Whether you have mastered the violin and want to move on to something similar, or you’re totally new to string instruments, Cy-Fair Music and Arts is the place to go for viola instruction.

VIOLA LESSONS OVERVIEW

Most viola students come to the viola with some training on the violin, though prior violin experience is not required.

VIOLA LESSON FORMATS

Our lessons are available in 30, 45, and 60-minute increments and are designed to provide meaningful and customized one-on-one instruction. Regardless of your child’s experience level or preferred style of learning, our teachers will provide guidance tailored to your child’s pace of learning.

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To get started on the viola, please fill out the form and one of our team members will reach out to you.

Or just give us a call at (281) 855-8855! We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

HOW IS THE VIOLA DIFFERENT FROM THE VIOLIN?

Professional violinists and violin teachers tend to be very comfortable playing and teaching viola on some level. However, the viola differs from the violin in some important ways.

In the family of orchestral string instruments, the viola occupies the middle register, comparable to an Alto in a choir. The viola sound is also darker in sound than the violin.  The viola's darker and lower sound have much to do with the size of the instrument, which is slightly larger than the violin.

Another important difference between violin and viola is that viola music is mostly notated in alto clef. Requiring good note reading skills, it switches to the more common G clef only for the highest register. 

In string quartets and orchestral symphonies, the viola plays the lines most suitable for the instrument--those in the middle register. As such, the viola--much like the alto in a choir--performs a very important role even if it is not quite as prominent as the higher violin parts featuring the main melodies. Nevertheless, a few composers since the 18th century have written solo concertos for the viola to spotlight its beautiful sounds.

More recent examples of viola concertos include those by twentieth-century composers Paul Hindemith, Béla Bartók, and William Walton.

 

WHO CAN TAKE OUR VIOLA LESSONS?

At Cy-Fair Music and Arts, we start offering viola lessons to students of age 6. 

Remember, it’s never too late to learn something new and master an instrument that you’ve always loved!

BENEFITS OF VIOLA LESSONS

Why take viola lessons instead of learning to play another instrument? The viola offers some unique benefits, including the following:

The viola is a unique instrument with a warm sound. It is played by a relatively small number of musicians, which allows you to stand out.
The viola is an “in-between” instrument that comes in a variety of sizes and can be easier to maneuver compared the larger cello (and bass!).
Because the instruments are closely related, violists may be able to learn the violin with ease.
Violists can play many different genres of music.
Violists are important supporting members of the orchestra, so learning to play the viola can help students become better team players.

WHY CHOOSE CY-FAIR MUSIC AND ARTS FOR YOUR VIOLA LESSONS?

1. Learn from professionally trained Viola Instructors who are patient and will tailor their lessons to your individual learning preferences and goals!

2. Participate in our regular student recitals!

3. Get unlimited access to our group make-up classes!

To get started, please fill out the form and one of our team members will reach out to you.

Or give us a call at (281) 855-8855. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you sign up.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I Need to Know How to Play the Violin Before I Can Play the Viola?
No. Many students start learning the viola after they’ve learned to play the violin, but violin is not a prerequisite. Even if you’ve never picked up an instrument before, you can still take viola lessons.
Who Are Your Instructors?
Visit our faculty page to learn more about our viola instructors, their teaching philosophy, and their background.
How Do I Sign Up for Lessons?
To sign up for viola lessons, or to learn more about them, give us a call at (281) 855-8855. We’re always happy to hear from potential students (or their parents) and can answer any questions you might have.