Students will need the following basic materials for lessons.  All materials should be brought to each lesson:

  • A functional, decent-sounding instrument and bow. Check the links below if you have not purchased one yet.

  • Music as assigned by teacher (including repertoire, scale books, étude books, etc.)

  • A folder for any copied music that I provide to the student. This is so the music can be kept organized and not bent.

  • Rosin

  • Shoulder pad (as recommended by teacher)

  • Soft cleaning cloth

  • Tuner and metronome - can be downloaded as free apps on smartphones. A piano at home can be used to tune as well.

Check out one of these sites to find music you need for practicing. Suzuki books, Étude books, Scale books, and repertoire can all be found here. Most of these sites sell everything from shoulder rests to music stands. JW Pepper has a physical store located in Northern Indianapolis if you would like to look before you buy!

Shar Music   •   JW Pepper   •  SheetMusicPlus   •   Prima Music


It is important for musicians of all ages and skill levels to play on an instrument that fits them well. Encore and Carmel are both great places to look for a beginner instrument, and they can order in higher-level instruments as requested. It is also really fun to go to the shop and try out different instruments! Most will allow a trial period before you buy. WHL is a renowned location to find instruments for college-level and beyond.


I highly encourage my students to audition for a local youth orchestra, especially if they go to a school that does not have one. It's a great way to make friends in music, learn new repertoire, and gain experience playing in large ensembles.

I am an alumnus of NWYSO, which has a great program of three levels, determined by audition: 

"Concert Orchestra is a string-only ensemble with a maximum age of 8th grade.

Philharmonic Orchestra is an intermediate ensemble of strings, winds, and brass.

Symphony Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra."


Summer camps are fun, educational, and exciting! Interlochen and Blue Lake are both located out-of-state.

Butler String Scholars   •   Interlochen   •   Blue Lake   •   IU Summer String Academy   


Honor Ensembles are a great opportunity to audition for a position and meet musicians from all over the state, or even the nation.