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Is there a child in your life that has expressed an interest in learning violin or viola?

Children may learn either in this program. We will start at the very beginning with learning how to hold the instrument properly, to learning how to bow and read music. The pace with which we learn new material will parallel the speed at which your child absorb the content and concepts that are presented each week.

Practicing.  Children must practice at home at least 15-20 minutes, 3-5 days a week.  On the first day we will go over the proper way to practice in order to effectively learn and retain material we cover each week.

The book we use is included in the registration fee.  Once registered, the instructor needs an email letting her know which instrument your child plans to learn so the appropriate book will be available for him/her on the first day.

Children must have an instrument for the first day.  Vermont Violins at the Church St. Market Place is offering discounted rentals for children of this program only. Violin rentals are $25 and viola rentals are $30. Please mention that you will be taking my youth beginner's class when reserving your instrument to get your discount. Please call their shop with any questions regarding the rental contract. 

If your child is currently taking viola or violin in school, please contact Sharon Waxman at prior to registering to see if this program would be an appropriate supplement for them.

Instructor: Sharon Waxman
Originally from New Jersey, Sharon Waxman began playing piano at age 5. At the age of 11 she added viola lessons and was recognized by her teacher as a natural at the instrument. After 6 months of study, Sharon was accepted in the South Jersey Regional Orchestra.  At the age of 13, the Interlochen Arts Festival in Interlochen, Michigan welcomed Sharon as a performer, and later that same year, she earned a place in the prestigious Juilliard School’s Pre-College program in New York City. 

After high school, Sharon studied music at Louisiana State University. Upon returning to New Jersey, she played in two professional orchestras: The Orchestra of St. Peter By the Sea and The Garden State Philharmonic.  Sharon later moved to Maryland and maintained a small studio teaching private music lessons in viola, violin, and piano. More recently, she has made Vermont her home and has opened her music studio for private instruction on viola and violin.
She currently is a member of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra.  Sharon plays an asymmetric- cornerless viola made by the Canadian luthier, John Newton. She has studied with: Elizabeth Reid, Melissa Hullman, Jerzy Kosmala, Eugene Becker, and Dorothy Sobieski.

Registration Information:
  • All Registration is done online and there are two payment options.
  • At Checkout you will have the option to pay online or offline.
  • 1. Online Payment Option is with a credit card (A convenience fee of $2 or 3.5 % is added, whichever is higher). Using this option your balance is paid in full and the person you are registering is enrolled in the programs that you have chosen. The Online Payment Option is available until the deadline (if there is one stated), or the day before the program begins, or in the case of a weekend program the Thursday before, as list are delivered on Friday.
  • 2. Offline Payment Option is mailing, using the drop box, or bringing in a check or cash with the receipt that is generated after you register. Reminder; the person you are registering is not enrolled until payment is received. The Offline Payment Option, closes a week prior to the start of a program or deadline to register. This is done so that mailing in payment reaches us prior to the start of the program.
  • When the Offline Payment Option is closed you can come into the Rec. Office to register and pay with cash or check.
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  • Program numbers are checked one week prior to start date to see if minimum number is met. If not a program can be cancelled due to low enrollment.
  • No registrations are accepted after the second meeting of a program.
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