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Dr. Jeremy Starr: Violin/Viola Lessons
Dr. Jeremy Starr: Violin/Viola Lessons

Dr. Jeremy Starr: Violin/Viola Lessons

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Introduction: My studio is located at 650 Union Square in Sandy. I enjoy being able to teach and help my students understand (know for themselves) how to play the violin/viola with an optimal beautiful/round sound, play in the most ergonomic manner possible, practice efficiently, and improve rapidly in a short amount of time. *** Dr. Jeremy Starr has led a dynamic professional music career as orchestra conductor, violinist/violist, and strings pedagogue. He was Director of Orchestras and head of string studies at Emporia State University from 2009 to 2016, and he also served as music director of the highly regarded Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2011 to 2016. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Brigham Young University and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from The University of Iowa. He has guest-conducted various professional orchestras in the United States and internationally, and he is the founding music director of the heralded Emporia Symphony Orchestra. As a violinist, he has soloed with orchestras and in recitals in cities around the United States and in Mexico and Paraguay. He has twice won university-sponsored concerto competitions and led numerous university and festival orchestras as concertmaster. He played several years with the Orchestra at Temple Square during his studies at BYU, spent 2003 to 2004 playing in the Wichita Symphony, and performed the position of Principal Second Violin in the Dubuque Symphony from 2005 to 2006. Dr. Starr has been an influential educator, giving over 150 orchestra and string clinics and guest master classes in the United States and internationally. His ensembles, small and large, have auditioned and been selected to perform at music conferences, and his students have won or been finalists in a variety of competitions. Dr. Starr has been a faculty member both as an orchestra conductor and violinist/violist at numerous summer music camps, and he co-founded and served as music director for the popular hybrid music and fine arts camp, WoodFest. He currently co-owns and operates Starr Studios with his brother, Dr. Jared Starr, in Sandy, Utah, teaching string players of all levels and ages in the Salt Lake City area. *** I love helping individuals have more fulfilling lives through becoming better musicians!

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Michelle C.

Violin Lessons

Dr. Starr is fantastic so far. He is extremely knowledgeable and knows how to teach kids in a way that helps them understand the why behind the what. He is also very personable.
Mar 4, 2021
Joan A.

Violin Lessons (for adults)

Dr. Starr is an excellent violin teacher who helps students understand and apply important techniques for improved proficiency. He motivates students to improve and teaches efficient and effective practice skills. I have had several violin teachers in past years, but I can see and hear improvement in my playing after just a few months of lessons with Dr. Starr.
Jun 23, 2017
David H.

Violin Lessons

Dr. Starr is a wonderful instructor and talented musician.
Feb 26, 2021
Jessika W.

I have loved working with him. I have never had a teacher talk about the fundamentals of violin, about how to practice, and in general be so supportive. Take it from a person who has a degree in music, he is hands down the best teacher I have ever had.
Feb 7, 2020
Yousun H.

My daughter and I love our teacher Dr. Starr who is enthusiastic about music, violin, and teachings in general. He knows how to inspire. He's not only good at teaching about skills and technique, but also knows how to make beautiful music. He will also teach you how to practice between lessons and provide helpful feedback along the way. We are really lucky to have Dr. Starr to teach us.
Mar 22, 2018
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Monthly tuition rates are as follows: 30-minute lessons = $175 45-minute lessons = $210 60-minute lessons = $245 Lessons are paid monthly at the first lesson of the pertaining month. Please note that while the number of lessons fluctuates between 3, 4, or 5 from month to month, the monthly tuition remains the same. Monthly tuition is paid by students taking weekly lessons based on set lesson rates ($50/30-minute lesson, $60/45-minute lesson, and $70/60-minute lesson) with ten weeks out of the year not counted for holidays, vacation, etc (52 weeks minus 10 = 42 multiplied by the set lesson rate). Tuition also covers recitals, master classes, hours the instructor spends selecting repertoire, scheduling, phone calls and texts, Skype/FaceTime lesson follow-ups as needed, bookkeeping, and so forth. It also covers rental fees for venues and allows recitals and master classes to be held without charging students additional fees.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Set up a trial lesson to see if you feel I am a good fit for you as a teacher, then - if you wish to continue - lessons can occur as often or as little as you wish. I am also open to teaching those who would like only a few lessons to fit their particular needs or circumstance.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Dr. Jeremy Starr has led a successful professional music career as orchestra conductor, violinist/violist, and strings pedagogue. He was Director of Orchestras and head of string studies at Emporia State University from fall 2009 until spring 2016. He also served as director of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2011 to 2016. He has performed as conductor and soloist with several professional orchestras both in the United States and internationally and has served as orchestra conductor and violin/viola instructor at numerous summer music camps (including the Mountain Springs Music Festival here in the Salt Lake Valley). As violinist in the Great Plains Trio, he performed and gave guest master classes in Mexico and Paraguay.

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