While at a first glance a viola looks like a violin, it is actually a larger instrument. The viola has lower sounding strings and a mellower tone than a violin. Unlike the violin, the viola is considered an accompaniment instrument in the orchestra. This means that the viola scores consist of a large array of rhythms, chords, and assisting melody lines. Regardless, there are many viola players who are soloists and learn the standard repertoire written for viola solos or transcribed from the violin repertoire. In addition, most viola students require longer fingers or larger hands in order to reach the finger board effectively. 

Beginners usually start with 30-minute lessons, meeting once a week. We recommend renting a viola until the student is convinced that learning the viola will become a long-term commitment. Contact us for more information about stores that rent reasonably priced but prime quality violas.