frequently asked questions


Where are lessons held?

Private lessons are held at Emily’s home studio in Roslindale, MA, a short walk from the Roslindale Village Station. Free street parking is available. Group Classes are held at the Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA.

What lesson times are available?

Lessons are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please contact Emily to learn about current availability.

At what age should one begin violin lessons?

Each person is unique and ready to start at a different time. The youngest students accepted in the Suzuki Program are 3-5 years old, and the oldest beginners are retirees!

What is the Suzuki Method?

The Suzuki Method is based on the educational philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, who believed that “Every Child Can” learn to play an instrument in the same way they learn their native language.

How do I register for lessons?

  • Contact Emily to learn about current lesson availability, schedule a sample lesson or Suzuki observation.

  • Read, sign and return a copy of the 2019-2020 Hale Violin Studio Contract. Complete the Registration Form online.

  • Submit semester tuition payment by the first lesson of the semester, payable by cash, check (Emily R. Hale) or Venmo (@emilyrhale).

What supplies do I need to obtain for lessons?

  • Violin or viola with all accessories (shoulder rest, bow, rosin, tuner, cleaning cloth, foot chart)

  • Music books used in previous week’s assignment or requested by teacher (not included in tuition)

  • Practice Log/Notebook for taking notes at lessons and group classes, pencil

  • Tote Bag to carry everything

  • Optional: Recording Equipment to record lessons to use as a guide when practicing at home

NOTE: New Suzuki students ages 3-5 and Violin Sprouts beginners will start with a Cherub box violin, provided by the teacher, before “graduating” to a real violin. This tool is used to teach the youngest students respect for the instrument and basic skills before they receive a valuable object that makes noise! Please do not obtain a real instrument until it is requested by the teacher. Obtaining the real violin too early can significantly delay progress.

Violins ready and waiting for a recent group of Box Violin grads!

Violins ready and waiting for a recent group of Box Violin grads!


Where can I rent/buy an instrument or music supplies?

Quality instruments and supplies can be rented or purchased from specialist string shops like Johnson Strings in Newton, MA, Shar Music or Southwest Strings.

Children outgrow violins as quickly as they outgrow shoes! Learn how to find the proper size.

What are your studio policies on attendance, cancellation and home practice?

Please read through the Hale Violin Studio Contract 2019-2020 here.

Recitals and Performances

Hale Violin Studio hosts a Winter Recital (January) and Spring Recital (May), followed by a shared potluck dinner. Emily’s students have been involved in many other formal and informal performance opportunities, from playing in regional orchestras, to street fairs and Suzuki Play-ins.

Do parents need to attend all Suzuki lessons?

Yes. A parent or consistent adult helper is required to attend all Suzuki private lessons in order to take detailed notes, so they can assist the child in daily home practice. Parents’ attendance at group class is welcomed but not required.

Parents of all students under age 12 are encouraged to attend lessons, even if they are not enrolled in the Suzuki Program.

Is it ok for siblings to come along to lessons?

Siblings are very welcome to sit in on lessons as long as they can do a quiet activity (color, read, homework).