The benefits of music

Violin, Viola and Piano Lessons with Jenae

Jenae is on the violin and chamber music faculty at the Rivers Conservatory, the violin and chamber music faculty at the Brimmer and May School and maintains private studios in both West Roxbury and at her home studio. She teaches all ages and levels. Her lessons are fun and engaging, and she emphasizes developing independent, well-rounded musicians. Jenae provides 2 recital opportunities for her private students each year and encourages all violin students to participate in are youth symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, the American String Teachers Certificate Advancement Program and summer institutes.

All lessons include:

  • Music Theory 
  • Method Books (for beginners) and Performance Repertoire
  • Etudes and scales
  • Sight Reading
  • Frequent ensemble playing
Learning an instrument is beneficial in many ways. Children and teens learn critical thinking skills and how to become disciplined through their consistent hard work. Music helps them learn how to focus their attention on specific tasks. Learning a new instrument develops different parts of the brain, increases memory retention, and develops logical thinking. Students also cultivate aesthetic appreciation and experience personal growth by working towards goals such as performances, collaborating with other musicians and community events. 

 Jenae Starikov

Lesson policies

  • Students/Parents must notify Jenae by phone or email at least 48 hours in advance if they need to reschedule a regular lesson. Every effort within reason will be made to accomodate a change.
  • Up to 2 rescheduled and 1 missed lessons (missed lesson must be confirmed before a term begins) are allowed per term. Terms: September-January, February-June, July-August.
  • New students are welcome to try lessons for one month before committing to a term.
  • Emergency cancellations due to illness must be made no later than 9AM on the day of the lesson by email. Cancellations due to winter storms must coincide with school closings in either the city where the lesson is to take place, or the residence of the student. For either of the above reasons, the result will be a rescheduled lesson or a lesson via Skype.
  • In extreme circumstances (medical emergency, family emergency), students may cancel lessons in a term. In such a case, a partial reimbursement will be granted (not the full amount for all remaining lessons) within a 90 day period from the last lesson.
  • Makeup lessons cannot be rescheduled.