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Cheryl Suwardi, Instrumental Music Teacher

Highland, IN ~ 219-690-8945

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Taught by an experienced teacher with a master's degree in music education, strings emphasis

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Lessons are personalized to each individual based upon his or her goals, preferences, and needs.



The viola is the oldest of the modern string instruments. It creates a beautiful, dark tone with limited opportunities for being unintentionally squeaky. It is slightly larger than the violin and lower in pitch. As with the violin, it rests on the left shoulder. Its open strings are C, G, D, and A from lowest to highest. The viola usually reads the alto clef and plays harmony parts.


Good viola players are in high demand, which can lead to more opportunities including scholarships for talented players.


Important composers who have been violists include:


Other famous violists include Walter Trampler, Lionel Tertis, Donald McGinnis, William Primrose, and Carrie Dennis.  Famous people who have played the viola include Jimi Hendrix, David Layzer, and John Montgomery.


Famous composers known for their viola compositions include:


You can listen to the viola here. You can learn about viola history here. You can learn more about early string instruments here.




Let the Fun Begin!


Viola lessons begin with learning the parts of the instrument and bow, proper holding position, pizzicato technique, and arco technique. As you progress, you will begin learning scales, more challenging method book studies, and solos. Throughout your studies with me, you will have opportunities to perform at concerts and participate in incentive programs. Since violas are sized to fit the player, almost any age can learn this versatile instrument.


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