buying an instrument and bow
Purchasing tips: Givens Violins

Rent Your First Instrument
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Instrument Care and Maintenance
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Instrument Supplies and Sheet Music
Download sheet music for Scales and Arpeggios

Cambridge Music Center
(sheet music)
1906 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, 02140 (Porter Sq.)

Johnson String Instrument
(instruments, supplies, sheet music)
11 John St.
Newton, MA (near Chestnut Hill Mall off Rt. 9)

Music City Strings
(strings & supplies/mail order)

Music Espresso
(sheet music)
295 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA (across from New England Conservatory of Music)

Reuning & Son Violins
(instruments, supplies)
321 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA

Shar Products
(instruments, supplies, sheet music/mail order)

Spectrum Music
(sheet music)
1844 B Mass Ave.
Lexington, MA

Sheet Music Plus (sheet music)

Boston Area Youth Orchestras and Chamber Music Programs
Greater Boston Youth Orchestra
Boston University College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Community Youth Orchestras of Boston

Longy School of Music - Prep Program
One Follen Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Metrowest Youth Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 1224
Framingham, MA 01701
508-478-5924, press 6 for MetYSO

Nashoba Youth Orchestra
PO BOX 1241
Westford MA 01886

New England Conservatory—Prep Program
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra (NYSO)
PO Box 195
Topsfield MA 01983

MA Junior and Senior District Festival Orchestras
(Auditions for these orchestras are generally in the second week of January.)

Eastern District (Rebecca's District):

Northeastern District:

Central District:

Southeastern District:

Western District:

String Music Camps

Community Orchestras For Adult Amateur Players

Here is a sample list of community orchestras around the Boston area to get you started:

Cambridge Symphony

Longwood Symphony Orchestra

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Newton Symphony

For a more complete list go to and then go to "Groups by Region" to find an orchestra near you.

Or use this link:

classical music concert listings
Melodic Vision: A New Dimension in Fine Arts Performances

Riverview Chamber Players

New England String Ensemble

Chamber Music Foundation of New England

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Lyric Opera

Handel & Haydn Society

Boston Globe - Thursday Calendar

Boston Phoenix

Johnson String Instrument

Additional Resources
American Viola Society
International Viola Society
Making Violins
History of the Violin
Classical Music Composers
Susan Wilson: Publicity Photos for Musicians

lesson fees and payment policy
Fees for lessons

  • Thirty Minutes: $30
  • Forty-Five Minutes: $45
  • One Hour: $60

(price subject to change)

Payment must be made in ten lesson increments. Summer lessons may be paid one at a time. Check payable to Rebecca Strauss.

Lesson fee charged if notice has not been given. In snow emergencies this policy will not apply.

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-Dana Safran

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