String Instrument Lessons & Classes at MacPhail

MacPhail provides instruction in Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Double Bass, Fiddle, and Gayageum through individual lessons, group classes, ensembles, and orchestras.

Founded in 1907 as a violin school, MacPhail takes pride in our nationally recognized string programs.

Instruction is available for all ages and all skill levels.

Ready to start learning? Find the option that’s right for you.

Opportunities to enhance your experience at MacPhail:

Ivalas Quartet Residency

MacPhail Center for Music is thrilled to host the Ivalas Quartet for a one-week residency (October 23-30, 2022) as part of the Madeline Island Chamber Music Emerging Artists Quartet-in-Residence.

Teacher showing a violin to a very young student

To me, music is like food. It nourishes me. I need to have at least 5 meals a day. I’m a musician because I really like to ‘eat’. Teaching comes naturally to me because sharing food, I mean music, brings me tremendous joy. Seeing the lightbulbs sparkle in my students’ eyes makes teaching extremely enjoyable. ​My students learn a lot about music through laughter, in my opinion, it’s the best way to learn!

Chi-Chi Bestmann, MacPhail String Teaching Artist

Meet Our String Faculty

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