The Viola Department
at New Music School

Redefining viola lessons in Chicago...

The New Music School Viola department aims to deliver the finest viola lessons in Chicago and suburbs by presenting repertoire and technique in new and exciting directions. Instruction is offered for both children and adults. Parents can choose from either Traditional or Suzuki violin methods.

From the first day of lessons an emphasis is placed on core fundamentals. Students continue through the viola curriculum learning significant repertoire, all the while addressing the fundamentals necessary for all levels of performance. New Music School viola students also learn how the viola relates to all the fine arts by working with renowned professional vocalists, dancers, artists, and actors. Finally, our viola students are exposed to artist teachers through master classes with internationally known violinists along with the opportunity to attend other instructional master classes.

Viola lessons are held at our downtown Chicago school, satellite locations, and in our students' homes - both in the city and suburbs, including Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glenview, Deerfield, Oak Park, River Forest, Downers Grove, and Wheaton. Training occurs at all ages in theory, ear training, sight singing, technique, and history.

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From Our Students:

“NMS's college preparatory programs and world-class instructors were instrumental for our daughter's success with the CYSO ...”

Amanda Kellman
A Parent's Perspective
NMS Viola Student


The Viola Department

The Viola Department Chair

Charles Pikler
NMS Viola Department Chair
Principal Viola, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


The Viola Faculty


  • Traditional or Suzuki Viola Lessons
  • Comprehensive viola education including performance classes, theory, technique, ear training, recitals, masterclasses, performances, competitions, and association of music with the rest of the arts
  • Fun engaging viola lessons with the best teachers in the region
  • Personalized curriculum achieving the best possible learning conditions
  • Viola lessons held at our downtown Chicago school, in students' homes, and at hub locations


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