Learn the violin or piano online
Expert and friendly violin and piano tuition for all ages and abilities with Julia Thompson delivered using multiple cameras smoothly and professionally over the Internet.
It's never too late to learn from scratch or pick-up from where you stopped, perhaps many years ago. And if you want to help your child realize their musical talent then I am here to teach, encourage, and make that happen.
I offer a limited number of FREE taster lessons for both the violin and piano so book now!
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."
What do I teach?
I teach both violin and piano from beginners up to Grade 8 standard. A programme of tuition is designed specifically for you, either studying for exams (ABRSM), or just revisiting your previous skilla and playing for fun. Either way, your lessons wil be focused and enjoyable and you can expect to make rapid progress.
I teach a wide range of techniques and musical styles , including classical, jazz, blues and folk music.
How do I teach?
My virtual lessons mirror my traditional lessons - with a few subtle differences in teaching style.
Technically, I use Zoom over a high-speed internet connection with three cameras that I switch between during your virtual lesson: one camera shows me, the second camera shows my fingers on the violin or keyboard, and the third camera shows a close-up of the music we are using.
For sound, I use two microphones: a lapel microphone so you can hear me clearly and a professional condenser microphone for the instrument.
If you wish, lessons can be recorded and the videos placed in a secure online private music workbook that you can review at your leisure.
Who do I teach?
I teach all ages and abilities from young beginners to enthusiastic but uncertain mature players who have not picked up their violin or sat at the piano for many years.
All my students can expect a professional friendly lesson that rapidly helps them improve and achieve their goal whether it is to play for fun and personal satisfaction or to sit and pass instrumental music exams. But you do need to practise!
What do you need?
To join the lesson, you will need to use a modern laptop or smartphone with a reliable internet connection - ideally make sure no one else is using the shared internet connection during your lesson.
You will need to download and install the Zoom conferencing application either directly from Zoom or from the Android PlayStore or Apple AppStore depending upon the device that you have.
For violin lessons, you will need to place your device at shoulder height so that its camera shows your vioin playing. For the piano, place the device at one end of the piano to show both you and the keyboard. Make sure where possible you are lit from behind or to the side of the camera.
Before the lesson, check using Zoom settings that the camera and microphone work!
A selection of testimonials from my students
"I am extremely pleased that Julia, my violin teacher changed to lessons via Zoom so that I could continue making good progress as a beginner in the comfort of my own home during lock down... As this way of teaching worked out so well, I soon decided to have advanced piano lessons also with the benefits of not needing to travel.
Julia makes learning very enjoyable and uses a number of cameras to clearly underpin her teaching methods together with using her wealth of experience and techniques to help you achieve the level you want to aspire to."
Linda R, violin and piano