A child needs to be familiar with some sort of school routine where s/he has learned to follow directions, to work cooperatively with a teacher, and to be able to focus during a 30-minute lesson.
A reputable store will know how to measure a student to determine the appropriate sized instrument. Some stores where you may rent a viola include Music & Arts (several locations in the metro area) and Howren Music (Park Road Shopping Center).
A student can improve his skill by studying privately. A person playing independently or in a small ensemble is responsible for his/her own part and cannot depend on other players.
No. A student just needs family support and a good environment to practice daily.
Yes, Southern Park will provide an accompanist for the recital, dress rehearsal, and one private rehearsal. The student may contract privately with an accompanist for additional rehearsals.
We do offer Chamber Music Ensembles for small groups.
Several stores in our area have excellent rent-to-own programs for string instruments. We recommend The Violin Shoppe http://www.theviolinshoppe.net and Davidson Violins with several locations in the area: http://www.davidsonviolins.com
Yes, a student will need a shoulder rest, first frets, and a method book. The teacher will tell you what books to purchase. Materials may be purchased at Music & Arts which has various locations in and around Charlotte (Arboretum, University City, and Huntersville). You may also wish to order sheet music online at http://www.sheetmusicplus.com or http://www.primamusic.com