Julie Sandvig Violin: It is important to me to provide a safe, positive space for students to get one on-one coaching in all things strings, including note reading, music theory, violin and bow technique, rhythm, tips for playing in an orchestra, how to deal with nerves, making practice plans, preparing for auditions or recitals, and becoming a more independent musician. Because I value each of my students, and want to provide a more customized style of teaching for them, I make efforts to connect with them in lessons, to get to know their strengths, personalities, goals, and even hobbies. Together we can make lessons effective, engaging, and fun, resulting in meaningful musical development.
Students are invited to play in recitals, group strings opportunities, and various contests or festivals during the year. I love to encourage them to share their playing with others and spread joy through music.


My child has been taking viola lessons with Julie for five years. Julie has always offered my child more avenues of musicianship than I ever expected. She is also supportive, kind, and holds students accountable with a smile on her face. She encourages her students to be the very best that they can be and connects with them in a way that really has made Julie one of the family.


Julie is the best viola instructor for both private and group lessons! Even though my daughter’s schedule can sometimes be pretty busy, she always wants to continue her private lessons with Julie. She is energetic, fun and makes learning enjoyable! My daughter appreciates the help she receives working through the more difficult pieces. It has been such a joy to watch our daughter’s confidence and love of music grow over the last few years. Julie was even by her side at her first adjudicated solo viola performance. We are so grateful for Julie and highly recommend!

Viola Student Parent

Julie gives me personal feedback and critique and then shows me how to do it. She is very encouraging and always excited for me when I get better. I feel confident that I can improve my playing because she meets me exactly at my level and then encourages me to try something harder.


Though we did not get to do too much playing together (I met her before my senior year of high school), Julie really changed my view on music and my own playing as a whole. If it weren’t for her, I do not think I would be pursuing music this fall, or even trying to play music at all in college. She showed me how to have fun with pieces, and that while technique and accuracy is important, of course, having fun and enjoying the music is of equal value.