We use the Suzuki method primarily to develop skill and confidence in playing by ear, and we also cover note reading, scales, theory, and sight-reading. When students learn with this dual approach, they are exposed to an expanded world of music because it gives them two ways to access and experience music. Each of our violin teachers in Portland, Oregon, has taught for many years and has completed years of training at collegiate levels. We teach lessons in a positive and encouraging way by helping students set goals and create weekly practice plans. Our violin instructors work tirelessly to create lessons that are balanced between fun and productivity to help students develop both musical skills and a belief in their abilities.