In a word, WOW. Since the very first lesson we've been completely blown away. Virtu is very easy to use, very easy to schedule and she hasn't missed a beat connecting or following along online. She loves, loves, loves cello and thinks Andrew is the coolest -- she practices all week for friends and family on Facetime. We're just so happy she has something to sink into, especially now.
— Jaimee H.
Technology is venturing into a new frontier: It is upending and democratizing the world of music lessons.
— New York Times
My son took a 1-hour trial lesson last week. The teacher Josh was amazingly patient and very skilled. My son found him very relatable, and he wants to continue lessons. I was nervous about virtual lessons. I’ve taken him to in-person lessons, and this was by far a better experience. He learned more in 1 hour than he did in a month of bi-weekly lessons.
Kimberly Bill is a recent graduate of University of Colorado Boulder where she served as a Masters Teaching Assistant for Takács String Quartet violinist, Harumi Rhodes. Kimberly received her B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory where she had the privilege of studying Suzuki method pedagogy under the instruction of Mary Price at the Oberlin Community Music School. Kimberly has participated in festivals such as The New York String Orchestra Seminar and National Orchestra Institute, and is a substitute violinist for symphony orchestras in Colorado.
Gregory Harrington is a concert soloist who has performed with esteemed orchestras & conductors around the globe. He has released 5 acclaimed solo recordings & his latest album of the Philip Glass Violin Concerto #2 & his arrangement of the "Hours Suite" (Janacek Philharmonic & Mark Shapiro) debuted at #3 on the Billboard Charts. He has 20 years teaching experience & studied under esteemed soloist & pedagogue Erick Friedman & Sally Thomas. Ideal for students looking to create an excellent foundation in violin playing.
Corinna Canzian is a graduate from Triest Conservatorio, HfMDK Frankfurt am Main and Lucerne Musikhochschule, where she holds a BA in Violin, Master in Contemporary Music, Master in Violin Performance and Master in Solo Performance. She appears regularly in orchestras, chamber music groups and as a soloist all over Europe.
Japanese Violinist, Koko Watanabe is excited to share her passion with students who love making music. She graduated from Cleveland Institute of Music where she earned Artist Diploma in Violin Performance. She is a member of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony regularly. Koko is a certified Suzuki Method instructor and has over 10 years of experience. She provides a positive, fun, and safe environment to each class and likes to focus on developing beautiful tone/posture. Parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged for beginners under 10 years old.
“In a word, WOW. Since the very first lesson we've been completely blown away. Virtu is very easy to use, very easy to schedule and she hasn't missed a beat connecting or following along online. She loves, loves, loves cello and thinks Andrew is the coolest -- she practices all week for friends and family on Facetime. We're just so happy she has something to sink into, especially now.”
- David H. Virtu.Academy parent since 2020
“What struck me immediately was the quality of the teachers was something like I’d never seen. To have someone from Juilliard or Oberlin is unbelievable! I hired one of your drummers who gets on with my little nine year old boy, and it’s like they’re bros. It exposes you to world-class talent you would never have the opportunity otherwise to work with.”
- Dr. Bob Arnot Former Chief Medical Correspondent, NBC
“Santi’s teacher studied at Juilliard and they have teachers from Cleveland Orchestra, Met Opera, and so many cool backgrounds. Since this year was a little different, we decided to start virtually, and it ended up being something we fell in love with since it reduced our time on the road. We knew that from the comfort of our home, he was still getting incredible lessons.”
- Jessica S. Virtu.Academy Parent
“Virtu.Academy has completely exceeded my expectations. If you’re hesitant about doing lessons over Zoom then do not be because I’ve had a better experience through doing Zoom lessons with Amy than I ever have with any other lessons. I think this is a resource of the future. I don’t think it gets better than this.“
- Noah H. Virtu.Academy Student
How much do lessons cost?
Lessons are $29 per half hour or $54 per hour. Your first lesson is 50% off to make sure you find the perfect teacher for you!
Are online lessons as effective as in-person lessons?
Although there are some differences, multiple studies on distance learning, including this study from UNC, have shown that students are 36% more focused and perform 22% better when compared to in-person lesson.
We also take advantage of Zoom’s High Fidelity Music Mode, which was developed in partnership with Yale School of Music. This ensures that your teacher can hear every detail of your playing during each lesson.
How does Virtu.Academy choose their teachers?
All our teachers are from top music conservatories, such as Juilliard or Oberlin. They also must have extensive teaching experience and be recommended by conservatory professors.
What do I need to begin lessons?
After choosing a teacher and purchasing a lesson, all you need is a computer with a built in microphone and webcam. After booking you will be sent a link that connects you with your teacher at the scheduled time with two clicks.