If you are a resident of Westwood, MA you've probably already heard of the Sharon Music Academy. You've listened to our students viola performance at your friend's home, school concert, public park or on local cable TV station. You've probably also read about our students' achievements and about our Academy in the Westwood Press, The Daily News Transcript, Wicked Local Westwood, Boston Globe or online. Or may be you had a chance to listen to our students playing or singing at New England Sports Academy in Westwood where Sharon Music Academy also offers music programs and lessons.Sharon Music Academy has an extensive viola program. Our students successfully pass auditions and play in prestigious orchestras such as Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Orchestra, All-State Orchestra, South Eastern Massachusetts Orchestra and many local and school orchestras. They have opportunities to perform world-renowned stages, including Carnegie Hall in New York. Aspiring cellists from the Sharon Music Academy participate in many local, national and international competitions. The Academy also provides its viola students an opportunity to play chamber music and perform with professional musicians. Many of our former students continue to play in college orchestras and amateur chamber groups. Most importantly, however, our students acquire the skill, love, and appreciation for viola that lasts a lifetime. We offer 30-minute, 45-minute and 60-minute private viola lessons. 30-minute lessons are recommended for children under the age of 8. Our viola program provides a structured approach to music education with an emphasis on mastering viola and combines the Suzuki as well as the traditional approach to viola study.
We welcome violin players who are curious to try viola. Learn more about the difference between violin and viola.We also offer Preparation for ABRSM Exams. ABRSM is the world's leading provider of music exams and assessments. Preparation for ABRSM exams is a very good way to get a structured viola education and ABRSM diplomas and certificates are internationally recognized levels of proficiency in music. Register for viola lessons online or contact us if you have any questions.
Viola Lessons FAQ
Q. What is the recommended age at which to start private viola lessons?
A. The recommended age is 5 years. However, it is never too late to start learning and enjoying viola. We have students as young as 4 years old and as mature as 69.
Q. I want to try viola lessons. Where should I start?
A.If you are a beginner it usually makes sense to start by renting a viola. To make it more convenient for our students the Sharon Music Academy has arranged with the national chain Rayburn to deliver and exchange violas on site. Just visit Rayburn’s rental page and choose “Affiliate: Sharon Music Academy” in “Select District” drop-down menu. Write down the confirmation number and email it to us. Students of the Sharon Music Academy may also have discounts on some instruments sold by Rayburn.
Violas come in different sizes and if you don’t know what size you or your child needs there is plenty of information online to help you determine the right size. When renting a viola for the first time don’t forget to get a shoulder rest. For high-end instruments visit Carriage House Violins page.
Occasionally, when a student outgrows a viola, he/she will sell their prior instrument by posting an ad on our bulletin board.