Welcome to our class site. I’d like to introduce you to my new teaching studio in Rhode Island. Since 2001 I maintained a home studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. My approach to teaching could be described as an amalgamation of traditional violin pedagogy and the Suzuki philosophy.
I see my students twice a week. My weekly fee for beginners is $45.00 which includes one 30 minute lesson and a weekly Saturday group class, and monthly performance classes. The fee increases as longer lessons, rehearsals, and coachings become necessary. 45 minute lessons cost $60. Hourly lessons are $75 per week, which includes lessons, weekly classes, and monthly performance classes. Once per semester (15 weeks) the kids perform in a class recital. In certain cases, I may see a beginning student twice a week. The fee does not increase.
Students pay only for the lessons they take. I make every effort to make up missed lessons in the same week in the event of illness, emergency, or inclement weather. Scholarships are available based on need and merit.
Younger students need to have a parent present to observe the private and group classes, and supervise their listening to their CDs. This is essential, as you’ll be their daily practice helper. Parental involvement and the creation of a consistent musical home environment are keys to successful early training. I’ll work directly with parents early in the training experience.
Before we begin lessons, you and your child may come to observe others’ lessons. I then teach you from the very beginning how to practice with your child. iPhones and iPads or other recording devices can be very useful. I’ll suggest reading for those unfamiliar with early childhood learning. As your child progresses and matures, less parental involvement will be needed.
Please feel free to call with any questions. I take my commitment to this work very seriously, and hope that all applying students and parents, regardless of level, will echo that seriousness.
LUCIA P. MAY 87 Kirby Ave. Warwick, RI 02889 651-428-5670 LMay1301@yahoo.com
About Lucia P. May
Since 2001, Lucia P. May has maintained an active violin studio in the Twin Cities. From 2003 to 2015 she served on the faculty of Bravo! Summer Chamber MusicFrom 1993-2004 she served on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy and for five of those years taught year round at the Indiana University String Academy with Mimi Zweig. From 1993 until 2001 she taught the violin and chamber music at the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School. From 1995 to 1999 she was the violinist in the St. Louis based contemporary ensemble Synchronia, with whom she performed extensively and made several recordings. In the late seventies and early eighties Ms. May was actively engaged as an orchestra and chamber musician in the St. Louis area. In 1984 she received her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. She also studied at Case Western Reserve University and Southern Illinois University.
Her teachers included Daniel Majeske, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, Taras Gabora of the Oberlin Conservatory, and Fryderyk Sadowski of the St. Louis Conservatory. For over ten years she worked with John Kendall, a pioneer of the American Suzuki movement, in several capacities, including teaching, graduate work in pedagogy, and performance.
In addition to her work as a violinist and teacher, Ms. May served for fifteen years on the Board of Directors for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and chaired its education committee. She also served for ten years on the Board of the St. Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts. (photo credit: Ann Marsden)