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Summer Scale Study for Intermediate Violinists

Thorough study of scales and arpeggios is the foundation of a healthy violin technique. Having working knowledge of the fingerboard and understanding the many key signatures and finger patterns benefits all violinists eager to advance and have a more pleasurable playing experience. Summer is the ideal time for this kind of in-depth work, with that being proven through the success of summer institutes like Meadowmount, the Aspen Music Festival and others.


This program will help students feel more confident through the rigor of weekly scale study combined with etudes focused on expanding both bow arm and left-hand facility, resulting in students feeling prepared to progress in any program in which they are involved.


Dates: Lessons are to start in June and continue through September based on individual family schedules. While not required, it is highly recommended that students and families commit to weekly lessons and a dedicated practice schedule.


Time and location: Times are to be determined based on individual scheduling. Lessons will take place remotely (via Google Meet) or in person based on space availability in Washington DC.


Rates: Lessons are to be paid for monthly, at the rate of $1/minute

Sixty (60) minute lesson - $60 ($240/month)

Forty-Five (45) minute lesson - $45 ($180/month)


About the instructor: Samuel Thompson is an active performer in the DMV region, regularly appearing on the Candlelight Series as a member of the Kennedy String Quartet and with ensembles including the Maryland Symphony, Cathedral Choral Society, Choral Arts of DC, the Washington Chorus arid others.

A dedicated teacher, he is currently a DC Youth Orchestra Teaching Artist and has also taught and given master classes at the National Philharmonic Summer String Institute, the Havana (Cuba) Mozarteum and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. His students have received both superior and excellent ratings in regional solo and ensemble festivals, and continued their study at both Catholic University of America, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of North Texas.


"I have had the pleasure of observing Samuel Thompson work with string students of all levels in the DC Youth Orchestra Program.  Mr. Thompson is a truly knowledgeable and inspiring instructor that was highly effective in varying capacities, including violin sectional coach, chamber music coach and private lesson instructor.  

"What stands out most about Mr. Thompson is his genuine interest in the students progress and the engaging way he achieves this goal.  In addition to sound pedagogy, Mr. Thompson helps the students connect musical concepts to relevant life experiences.  He encourages a high musical standard by example.

"I am a professional violinist with 4 children in the program.  Zara, my 8 year old daughter, was fortunate to have Mr. Thompson as her sectional coach.  She said in her first month with him, 'Mommy, he’s really good!'  The way Mr. Thompson connects with each student is unique and special and lends for an encouraging learning environment."
- Dr. Lisa Darby Walker, violinist and pedagogue


"Mr. Thompson taught my elementary school aged daughter violin for two years. He was kind, professional and supportive. By the end of our time together, he felt like part of our family. Mr. Thompson is gifted as a teacher and a performer—which is a rare combination indeed."

- Amy Roberts McLaughlin


Contact: Please email Samuel at with any questions.

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