Violin, viola and cello: these are the classic strings of the violin family. They are probably most often pictured as members of the orchestra, but they are oh so much more. The violin performing as its rhetorical counterpart, the fiddle, appears in lots of folk and roots genres. And all of the string instruments are being found more and more in the jazz and rock worlds, whether as part of a band or on their own (for example check out the esteemed Kronos Quartet delving into some Jimi Hendrix).
At Madison Music Foundry we have a selection of great instructors who give lessons on violin, viola, and cello--and in virtually any style that interests you. Instruction is available for all ages and levels at a time that's convenient for you.
Note: We do not currently offer cello lessons. However, if you are interested in cello lessons, please contact us.
Jennifer Clare Paulson
Jen Clare Paulson uses her experience in many genres to meet the needs and interests of each student. She mixes her training in the Suzuki Method with experience gained in over 15 years of teaching to customize lesson content for students of all ages and levels. She earned her DMA in viola performance with a minor in jazz studies at UW-Madison and her Masters's degree at Northwestern University while performing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She is currently a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and performs with several improvising ensembles based in Chicago. JCP also has experience playing old-time and bluegrass fiddle as well as working with bands and singer/songwriters in the studio and on stage. A list of her students' accomplishments includes: membership in WYSO ensembles, founding members of the Echelon String Quartet, and acceptance to Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.
Jon is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra where he has worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller. He studied at the Berklee College of Music with Matt Glaser and received his Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Madison. Jon has soloed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and has been featured with violin legends Johnny Frigo and Johnny Gimble. He has performed on promotional recordings for Lands? End and Miller Brewing and can be heard on albums by Willy Porter, Freedy Johnston and Garbage. In his movie soundtrack debut, Jon played on “Al Otro Lado del Rio” from The Motorcycle Diaries, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2005. In addition to private teaching Jon has been a Solo and Ensemble judge and a clinician at numerous schools and string festivals. He also spent a semester teaching string improvisation at Wichita State University. He teaches classical violin, jazz playing and fiddling.