Lyndsay holds a Bachelor of Music (BMus) and Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Pg Dip Mus) from the University of Auckland. She has performed professionally with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra and Aorangi Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as a student with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
Lyndsay believes that music is an essential part of life and should be at the heart of a well-rounded education. For over a decade now, she has run a successful private violin studio teaching students from across Auckland. Her students range in age and ability level from beginners to diploma holders and many have enjoyed a high level of success in exams and performances.
When it comes to learning, there’s no “one size fits all” approach, so at Lyndsay McDonald Violin Studio, lessons are tailored to suit each individual student. Students enjoy learning in a safe and nurturing environment where they are free to thrive musically.
Lyndsay brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to her work and is able to support students through many avenues on their musical journey. These include:
› Lessons for all levels, beginner to advanced
› ABRSM practical violin examinations grades 1-8
› ABRSM music theory examinations grades 1-8
› ABRSM diploma examinations
› Aural training and musicianship
› Family concerts
› School performances
› Orchestral auditions
› Chamber music coaching
Payment: Tuition is paid monthly by new students and by the school term for regular students. Tuition is due by the first lesson of the month or term and is payable by cash or online transfer.
Cancellations: Notification of absence from a lesson should be given 24 hours prior. Make up lessons can be arranged, schedule permitting, but cannot be guaranteed. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will not receive make up lessons. Make up lessons must take place within the same term and if a suitable time cannot be found, the lesson will be forfeit. There will be no refunds given.
Late arrival: Lesson times will only be adjusted time-permitting. Students are scheduled back to back, as such lessons can usually only take place during the allotted timeframe.
Holiday Lessons: Holiday lessons are highly recommended and may be arranged in consultation with the teacher.
Extra lessons: Extra lessons may be arranged in consultation with the teacher and follow the standard fees structure.
Lesson Termination: The teacher reserves the right to terminate lessons of students who behave disrespectfully or repeatedly fail to prepare adequately for lessons; in such instances the remainder of the term’s fees will be refunded. Parents may terminate lessons at any time, however, the remainder of the term’s fees will not be refunded in this case.
Parental Participation: Parent(s) of younger students are encouraged to sit in on lessons as a show of support for their child; this will help the parent know how to support the child’s home practice. Cell phone use is discouraged as it often disrupts the lesson. Younger siblings are discouraged from attending the lesson as this may be disruptive.
Student Expectations: Hands will be clean and washed before the lesson with fingernails kept short. Regular practice will be a part of the student’s daily routine. Students are expected to fully participate during lessons. Students will arrive 5 minutes before lessons; lesson times are fixed.