Ionian Fiddles

Suzuki Philosophy
Young Students
Older Students
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Violin or Viola?
Materials / Instruments
Reading List
Related Web Links
News ~ 2011 Fiddle Camp

  • Violin and Viola lessons available for students of all ages using Suzuki instruction.

  • Classical and Greek Traditional and Contemporary Music for Weddings, Parties and other Events

  • Parent Classes which give parents tools for how to work with their children at home, keep them inspired, and network with other parents

  • Healing Music greetings for a 'get well gift' or a Hospice patient

  • Fine quality student instruments available for rental or purchase at reasonable prices

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Private and Group Lesson




Contact me to schedule a time to observe a lesson.

Private and Group Lesson Information

Students receive a private lesson once a week. Group lessons also meet weekly, with advanced students playing string quartets. In the private lesson, students learn the basic technique of playing the violin or viola. In the group lesson, students learn how to play together with other people. Advanced students refine note reading and become familiar with Chamber Music literature and skills.

I have observed over the years that students who come to the group lessons move more than twice as fast than if they just take private lessons. The quality and fluency of their playing increases by being in groups and listening to the CDs. Parents who follow Dr. Suzuki's recommendations save much money and time because their children will move more quickly and competently thru each book.


I teach private and group lessons out of my home in Bellevue. Students come from Carnation, Bothell, Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah, Renton, Newcastle, Kent, Auburn and Tacoma. I commute once a week to teach private lessons in Fall City. Students come from Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, and North Bend. Students taking private lessons in Fall City need to be able to commute to Bellevue for the group lessons.

Tuition and Registration

Tuition is charged on a quarterly basis: September, December, March and June.

Registration:  There is a registration Fee of $150 to cover the cost of books, materials, and accessories. If the student already has any of these things, then this fee will be pro-rated.

30 minute lessons $495
45 minute lessons $660
60 minute lessons $935

This price includes one private and one group lesson per week for the quarter. There are no tuition refunds. See Attendance.


Young students usually start with half-hour lessons.
Older children or Book two and above students usually take 45 minute lessons.  
Adults have 45-60 minute lessons. 

We have Violins and Violas available for rent or purchase with great sound for reasonable prices. Please ask for more information including prices and sizing info.

Partial scholarships are available for students that have financial need.   


Approximately four concerts a year are given in various locations in order to be fun for the kids; for example, the Bellevue Library, the Bremerton ferry, and a local farm. Concerts may include any combination of Suzuki Repertoire, Classical Literature, Chamber Music, Holiday Music, and Fiddling. Students demonstrate both memorization and note reading abilities. Once a year, we perform in a very formal concert with many other Suzuki Teachers. Our outdoor concerts are very informal.

Contact Information

All students who wish to register should come to watch a lesson. I usually choose a group lesson, so that parents can see a variety of ages and levels. This gives prospective students and parents a chance to see how I work with students. I want parents to be assured that I am the best teacher for their child.

Please read the information on this site. 

Call me to further clarify any information and to set up an appointment to visit during a lesson.

The best time to speak with me is any day between 9 - 10 AM, and Noon - 2:00 PM. Leave a message (please include suggested times to return your call):

(425) 399-4513

Heather Marie

Email me at to be added to a wait list.