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Amelias String Academy

Amelias String Academy


Violin Lessons | Viola Lessons | Online Lessons, Suzuki Music Lessons

  • Qualifications: Suzuki training level 1-10. Specialist in Performance violin from the University of Michigan. DipABRSM
  • Pricing: 30min lesson: $45
 | 45 minute lesson: 62.5 | 1hr lesson: $80 | Scale classes: $100/month
  • Styles: Suzuki Method/Classical
  • Suitability: from age 4 -28yrs


Currently enrolling students in weekly scale classes on Tuesday|Thursday|Saturday mornings through zoom.

There are two open slots for a perspective violin or viola student

New Zealand violinist Amelia Taylor has an active international career as a performer and pedagogue. Amelia is founder and director of ArcaSōnica, a chamber music collective that tours annually in Mexico bringing fresh and exciting performances with international musicians, as well as masterclasses, chamber music coachings, and side-by-side concerts with youth orchestra programs. As part of the Taylor-Larumbe duo, she has performed extensively in New Zealand, USA and Mexico. As well as keeping a busy chamber schedule, Taylor performs regularly with symphony orchestras, such as Opus Orchestra (NZ), Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, and Midland Symphony Orchestra.
A talented teacher, Amelia is a certified Suzuki instructor. Currently she has her own private studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches private and group lessons, as well as music theory. Amelia also works with the Community music center of Ann Arbor as an instructor in the youth chamber music program.
Amelia became fascinated with the violin as a toddler and began learning the violin through the Suzuki method. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Waikato University, where she was a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, as well as receiving multiple Blues awards. Her graduate studies include masters in violin performance from Louisiana State University with Espen Lilleslaten, former concertmaster of Bergen Philharmonic (Norway) and an artist diploma at the University of Michigan with David Halen, concertmaster of St. Louis Symphony.

Amelia has a rich and diverse pool of education to draw upon, from her teachers to her students. She is forever learning and experimenting with ways of teaching and self improvement.

Teaching Info

Check out Amelia’s website for more info on teaching style




A portion of the class will be dedicated to balance, breathing and beautiful posture (Violin set up, bow hold set up).

Class time will also be committed to strengthening our scales, increasing awareness of our fingerboard geography and pitch through a variety of exercises and exploring many types of rhythms.

The class will start with 2 octave scales, then progress to 3 octave scales.

Suitable for Suzuki book 3 students and up that have some experience in reading music. Email if you have any questions.

Playing Scales together will promote greater technical facility, better pitch, and a greater architectural understanding of the fingerboard.

These classes will provide the essential foundation for playing the violin enabling the violinist to creatively express their repertoire.

Composers base their music on scales which is why learning scales is so important if we want to play our pieces beautifully and with accuracy.

Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30am and Saturdays at 10:30am (30mins) held on Zoom. Students can join at any point in the year.

The proposed schedule allows students to meet with me three times a week. This level of commitment, and exposure to a professional violinist, can enable mastery of your technical skills.

Tuition for this class is $100 per month paid by internet banking due on the first of every month.

All students will receive video replays for the classes they couldn’t make or to practice with between classes.

This class does not replace your lessons with your private teacher. This will support the hard work both you and your teacher invest in your development as a violinist.

My 11-year-old daughter has been seeing Amelia for weekly 45-minute lessons in her studio and 45-minute group lessons at her middle school over the last several months. My daughter has improved considerably during this time and enjoys her lessons. Amelia has high expectations, but is kind and patient with her. She also uses a variety of teaching techniques to make the lessons interesting. I highly recommend Amelia Taylor.

Julianne Wu - Mum

Our girls aged 7 and 8 have started learning violin with Amelia. At first i was surprised to learn you could learn an instrument online! But after only a couple of weeks I realised it truly is not a disadvantage at all. They both love and look forward to the weekly private lessons and group classes, where we get to meet other children and families too which is a bonus. Each child has tailor-made lessons to suit her personality and learning style, and while Amelia sets the bar high, she always encourages them to do their best and works tirelessly on innovative ways to keep lessons and home practice sessions interesting and fun. Her high expectations show the girls just how much they are capable of- it is a pleasant surprise to us all just how focused and determined children can be with the support Amelia provides. She is very supportive of the Suzuki model of teacher, student and parent being a team and jointly working together on each child's musical journey. Learning violin with Amelia has already taught our girls many skills that serves them well now and into the future- hard work generates success, making time to practice ensures progress and so on. Every week isn't perfect [behavior, moods etc] but Amelia works hard to always get the best from us all.

Kathryn McMillan - Mum
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