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About the Studio

A Choice of Teaching Methods­­ Suzuki, O’Connor and Traditional

Both Suzuki and O’Connor methods utilize ear training which make them ideal methods for beginners as young as three. Both require intensive parent involvement. Parents act as teaching assistants by taking notes at lessons and actively participating in daily home practice sessions. Each new piece is accompanied by specific teaching points which introduce new techniques. Suzuki method pieces come from the European Classical repertoire. O’Connor method pieces come from folk music of the Americas. Traditional method lessons typically begin between ages 6 and 10, and consist of a one­on­one approach during lessons and isolated home practice. Technique is taught with a series of etudes and method books. Pieces span all genres of music. This method is ideal for a student who would like to learn a certain style of music. Richardson Violin Studio offers lessons in all three methods. Teaching techniques can be combined to achieve the ideal balance for each student.


Develop a solid technical foundation. Cultivate problem solving skills in each student. Integrate play into all aspects of music­making.

Richardson Violin Studio Violin and Viola Lessons for All Ages and Abilities

Professional Associations

Suzuki Association of America Suzuki Association of Colorado American String Teachers Association O’Connor Method Teacher Registry

Contact 720­515­6767

Why Music?

Just as sports develop healthy bodies, music helps develop a healthy mind. Music lessons at a young age develop language and fine motor skills. Music lessons also help build self­esteem and aid in critical thinking. In addition, music is a positive creative outlet. And developing creativity now means better problem solving skills later. The best news? It’s never too late to start!

Why Private Lessons?

Are you a beginner who would like to try an instrument for the first time? Are you an intermediate student who has played for a year and wants help learning new music? Are you an advanced student who wants to learn a new style of music or wants to explore different methods? Or are you picking up the violin again after a long break?

Let's Get Started!

Each student will receive a customized lesson plan which emphasizes strengths and addresses areas for improvement. Beginning students will start with the Suzuki or the O’Connor method supplemented with note­reading. Intermediate students will learn how to set practice and achievement goals. Advanced students will learn orchestra and solo music and get help with joining a youth orchestra, playing in solo festivals and participating in summer music programs. All students will receive weekly lessons with assignments for home practice.

About Me

Sarah Richardson is a violist who performs and teaches in Colorado. In her 30­year professional career she has played in 20 orchestras and 4 string quartets in 10 cities; taught private lessons and public school classes and founded and directed a youth orchestra. Recently, she has integrated technology and social media into teaching and performing with vlogs, use of iPad apps in her private studio and the TwtrSymphony. Sarah currently performs with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Hausmusik Quartet of Colorado Springs, the Central City Opera the Mercury Ensemble and the Colorado Chamber Orchestra.

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