Violin & Cello

Lesson Information

String instruments are an excellent first instrument for young musicians because they train the ear to be extremely sensitive to pitch. Violin and cello are great instruments to study for patient young beginners, from as early as age four.

New violin or cello students learn how to hold the instrument and how to get a good sound out of it. This involves learning proper bowing technique and tone production. They also learn basic music theory (reading notes and rhythm). Students are introduced to Classical music, fiddle repertoire and popular music. Students may go on to do Royal Conservatory examinations, participate in Ottawa music festivals, and even play in orchestras!

String instruments can be purchased or rented at many fine instrument stores in the city. Your teacher will recommend an instrument size for you and let you know where they like to shop!

Our Teachers

Anna Klochkova

Anna Klochkova

I always hope that my students will continue living with music regardless of whether they will become professional musicians or not. Music instills spiritual harmony and a creative attitude to life allowing us to gain a deeper understanding of the world around.

Holding the Master of Music degree from Glinka State Conservatory in Russia, Anna performed with the Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic Orchestra for several years as First Violinist. She also taught violin to secondary school students and worked with other orchestras touring France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and the Scandinavian countries. Among the highlights of her artistic career are joint performances with M. Rastropovich and Y. Bashmet. In Canada, Anna continued teaching at musical schools, delivering private lessons, and performing with Sinfonia Toronto, Oshawa Symphony, Brampton Symphony, Oakville symphony, Koffler Chamber orchestra and others.

Belinda Mussett

Belinda Mussett

Belinda grew up in a musical family. She played one finger piano as a toddler alongside her Father and Grandmother, but later took formal lessons. Studying conservatory piano with both Western University and the University of Toronto, Belinda graduated to sharing and teaching her love of music to others through Piano. For several years she taught from her home and in elementary schools to many children, coaching them through festivals and conservatory exams. As a teenager Belinda added cello to her talents and fell in love with the instrument. After just 6 months of lessons Belinda became principal cellist of the Associate Youth Orchestra then quickly progressed to Ottawa’s Youth Orchestra where she stayed an active member for several years.

You may know Belinda, she’s the “girl next door” at Manotick Florists! She pops over the fence to teach piano lessons and continues to learn and share her love of music . Last year she joined in the Kempville band for a season to give percussion a try. She also teamed up with a friend to start a Baroque duet of harpsichord and recorder and was Conductor of a string ensemble in Manotick. Why? “ Just because I always wanted to and love it!”

Maria Pinto

Maria Pinto

A talented violinist, her passion for music began at the age of 5 in the Music for Children Program at the Aragua Music Conservatory (Venezuela). Years after, as a distinguished student, she was awarded with a scholarship from the National Institute of Culture and Arts (Inciba) to study violin in Brussels, Belgium. To complete her studies, Maria studied choral music and pedagogy specializing in childhood music. Maria is also an accomplished composer.

Tutored by recognized violinists from the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra, like Carlo Suzi and Domingo Garcia, in 1975, Maria became one of the founding members of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Music Program and global awarded orchestra, “El Sistema.”

Maria moved to Canada in 2009 and is an active performer and violin teacher. She has been invited to participate in special events and concerts in Quebec and Ottawa.

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