Becoming a violin expert involves a lot of work. The road to becoming an accomplished violinist in Nigeria is a long one, and the first step on the journey is to find a violin instructor in Lagos, Abuja or anywhere you reside in Nigeria. 

Like any other skill, you need someone to teach you how to play the violin. Unlike other string instruments like the double bass or the harp, the violin is small in size which makes it less cumbersome to deal with

If you are new to the music scene, finding an instructor for your violin lessons can prove to be quite difficult indeed but do not fret. Superprof will give you a step by step guide on how to find a violin instructor near you with as little difficulty as possible. 

It doesn’t matter if you want personal lessons or you want to enroll in a music school, Superprof is here to set you in the right direction. 

Violin Tutors Advertisements

Sometimes, doing things in the old way works out quite well indeed. Advertisements are a tried and tested method to get almost everything you need. When looking for an instructor, one of the fastest ways to find one is to check placed ads. There are a lot of places where you can find targeted ads and some of them are listed below

Public Places like hotels, churches, bus stops, supermarkets, etc, are always full of flyers advertising a myriad of goods and services. You can usually either find the flyers posted on the walls or notice board or a table beside the entrance. 

Some music instructors often rely on this method to get the word out about their services, so you should pay attention to flyers in public places. 

Newspapers and magazines often have a few pages dedicated to ad placement and these pages are a cornucopia of a vast amount of services and goods for sale. This makes the ads section of newspapers and magazines a very good place to hunt for a violin instructor. 

However, even as you hunt for potential instructors, it is very important to have it at the back of your mind that the first instructor that you get in touch with may not necessarily be a good fit for you. 

Like other serious decisions in life, you should not conclude on an instructor after meeting only one. You should get in touch with multiple instructors, and then converse with them to decide on which is the best fit, before going ahead to schedule a lesson. 

Important questions to ask potential instructors include how much they charge for violin lessons, their style of teaching, location(s) - whether Lagos or Abuja - for the lessons, duration of the lessons, and time for the lessons. These questions will help you decide if the instructor will be a good fit for you. 

Also, it is imperative that you be honest with your potential tutor about your level of musical experience, especially when it comes to the violin. You need to be upfront about your goals in learning the violin because this will allow the instructor to be able to personalize their teaching to your personal needs as a student. 

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Converse with as many violin instructors as possible before you decide which one is a good fit for you. Photo Credit: Unsplash

Asking Around

Another method that is even older than advertisements is word-of-mouth.

There is almost always someone who knows someone who knows someone who is a music tutor. This is as simple as asking your friends, colleagues, neighbours and other people that you interact with. You can especially focus on those you know to have an interest in music or even play an instrument themselves.

An advantage of this method is that you can get honest to goodness reviews and opinions about the tutor before you even contact him.  Another advantage is that it cuts downtime because you can easily judge from the reviews and comments what the tutor is about, his teaching style or method, his charges, etc without the added stress of having to contact the tutor directly. 

The word-of-mouth method will be most effective if the person referring you plays an instrument. This is because most local music communities are tightly bonded, and people tend to know one another. Your friend will be more likely to refer you to a tutor he knows will be more tailored to match your needs. 

Taking Violin Lessons at a Music School

Alternatively, if you would prefer to take violin lessons away from the comfort of your own home, you can opt to go to a music school or an institute of music. 

As a novice, attending a music school in Nigeria may prove to be a better option than taking one on one classes with a tutor. This is because the classes tend to be more relaxed and you will also have the advantage of having a wider scope of music beyond the violin alone. This means that you can get a basic knowledge of playing in an ensemble. 

Another benefit of attending a music school is that you get access to their musical equipment. You do not necessarily need to buy your violin from the get-go. You can make use of the school’s violin before taking the plunge and buying yours. 

Unlike hiring a personal tutor whose skills you may not be sure of, in a music school, you can be assured that you’ll get a good quality of education. Music schools usually employ tutors who are very talented in their field, so you have the assurance that you are being taught by someone that knows what they are doing.

Attending music school means that in addition to learning how to play the guitar, you will also learn how to play as part of an ensemble. This is because most music schools teach more than one instrument. This may even develop your taste for performing on stage. A lot of music schools hold a concert at the end of the session and this is a great avenue to practice getting used to playing in front of an audience and building your confidence in your art.

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It's important you seek the opinion of a violin expert before buying your violin. Photo Credit: Unsplash

Taking Violin Classes 

If you are in primary or secondary school, a great and less stressful way to learn how to play the violin is to take classes at your school. The downside to this is that it is incredibly rare to find a public school that offers violin lessons. Private schools, on the other hand, are more likely to offer practical music classes. 

When it comes to learning how to play the violin in your school, the fees for the classes are either already included in your school fees, or you pay for the class separately. The cost of taking violin lessons at school is usually much cheaper than hiring a personal instructor to take you, one-on-one classes. Taking violin classes at your school can be sometimes similar to attending music school, but it is generally cheaper.

Finding your Tutor on the Internet

We are in the 21st century and technology has made it easier than ever to find almost anything. With the use of the internet, you have a lot of information on a lot of different topics. You do not need to leave your home. All you need is an internet connection, and you can find yourself a violin tutor with ease. 

Not only can you find a tutor using the internet, but you can also get a vast array of tips on how to better hone your art. Also, you do not necessarily need to leave your home for lessons as you can hold lessons using mediums like Skype, Facetime, and other video-calling technologies. 

When it comes to finding a tutor online, there are some things you have to take note of. They include:

  • How willing are you to take classes online (e.g through Skype)?
  • Can you cover the distance between you and your prospective tutor?
  • How much experience should your teacher possess?

These things can ultimately affect your choice of tutor.  If you're only willing to take physical classes with your tutor, then you should be cognizant of the distance factor and sort it out with the tutor before the lessons. 

If what rocks our boat is you taking a physical one on one class with a potential tutor, you can give sponsored ads in your locality a try. 

Another great avenue on the internet for finding a tutor is social media websites. On social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you can often find pages dedicated to music, and are a fantastic place to find a tutor. Several music tutors make posts or ads about their services, and so you can easily contact them.

Thankfully, Superprof is one of those platforms that connect learners to a potential tutor of their choice.  And if you must know, platforms that possess the features of linking students with the teachers they need are often trusted and tested, so you can see others' feedbacks from using the service.

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Superprof offers a platform for students to see reviews of available tutors before making a choice, Photo Credit: Unsplash

Additionally, the advantage of finding a music tutor on Superprof is that you have access to a large number of professionals offering the same services and so you can have the pick of the crop. 

Superprof has the detailed profile of every one of its tutors, from experience, interests, and expertise in music. 

Not only that, but there is also a feedback loop for past or current students to leave a review of their experience and as well rate them. 

More so, whether it’s online tutors or physically present tutors you are in search of in Nigeria, you can always resort to Superprof. That means if you can’t get a tutor that’s close to your proximity, you can always resort to taking your lessons online.

As absurd as it may seem to take lessons via skype, below are some benefits that are attached to it:

It’s time-saving: If you have a computer, webcam and an internet connection, you can learn to play the violin online. Plus, you don’t have to worry about how much time you will spend commuting, and as well help you save.

Take Lessons From Anywhere: even if you live at the world's end, so long you have an internet connection, you can talk to anyone. 

So, whether your violin tutor lives in Nigeria, London, or Paris, the only constraint you may have to work out is the time difference

Hire: asides the fact that you don't have to go through the hassle of a long or short distance journey to see your music teacher, you are spoilt for choices of violin experts.

You can afford to be selective about the tutors that you contact. You should, however, be careful when making the final decision of selecting who to hire. You should make sure that the tutor will be able to meet your needs effectively. 

While it may seem that finding a violin tutor is a Herculean task, it does not necessarily have to be so. You should focus on getting a tutor that will match your goals and enhance your abilities.

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