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. Several alternative options will be offered. 
  • Up to 2 rescheduled and 1 missed lessons (missed lesson must be confirmed before a term begins) are allowed per term. Terms: December-February, March-May, June-August, September-November.
  • 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.
  • Makeup lessons cannot be rescheduled. 

The benefits of music

Violin, Viola and Piano Lessons with Jenae

Jenae is on the violin/viola and chamber music faculty at the Rivers Conservatory, teaches at the Cambridge Music Consortium in Central Square, and maintains private studios in both West Roxbury and Ashland. She teaches all ages and levels. Her lessons are fun and engaging, and she emphasizes developing independent, well-rounded musicians. In addition to providing 2 student recitals each year and many studio classes (see "Students" tab for more details), all lessons include studies in the following areas:

  • Music Theory 
  • Method Books and Performance Repertoire
  • Technique building exercises
  • Sight Reading
  • Scales 
  • Special Studies (Etudes)
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