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Private Individual Violin/Viola Lessons 

  •  30 minute, 45 minute, 60 minute lessons available

  • Individualized instruction to meet the needs of each student

  • Suzuki Method offered/group classes

  • Traditional Method offered

  •  Ages 5-21

  •  Variety of music styles! (classical, Celtic, fiddle, contemporary, and more!)

Chamber Coaching (ensembles and piano accompaniment)

  •  Assistance with small ensemble groups offered (duets, trios, quartets, etc.) that frequently perform at the studio recitals

  • Opportunities to collaborate with highly qualified accompanists with bachelor and master degrees in music  for recitals and college auditions

  •  45 minute, 60 minute sessions available

Theory Tutoring

  •   Course work /lessons on the basics of music theory offered

  •   30 minute, 45 minute sessions available


Mrs. Schmidt frequently brings in outside violin and viola experts from all over the mid-west to come and teach her students in a masterclass setting.  Students perform a solo piece or an etude and then are coached by the guest clinician.  





CO309 is a string chamber orchestra located in Central Illinois comprised of professional and community musicians along with high achieving students who love to collaborate and bring excellent music of various genres to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Each concert is unique in style, venue, and instrumentation and aims to create a meaningful experience for each person who attends.  CO309 was founded and led by Kristin Schmidt.  








Lessons & Chamber Orchestra 309

"The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling - training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this orchestration can have a great payoff for lifelong attentional skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression." - Ratey, John J., M.D.

The YouthARTS Development Project conducted a study in 2000 of at-risk youth in Atlanta, Portland, and San Antonio. It found that arts participants had an increase in positive attitudes regarding school, self-esteem, and self-efficacy.

From: (2000). "Youth Demonstrating Effective Communication Skills: Pre- vs. Post-YouthARTS Program." Americans for the Arts.

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