Playing Violin Helps Develop Many Useful Skills (in no particular order):

Following Directions                 Memory Skills                          
Concentration                           Learning how to Learn

Problem Solving                       Communication

Spatial skills (physics)              Deductive reasoning                
Cooperation/teamwork             Discipline    

Experimentation                       Perseverance 

Positive Actions = Positive Consequences

It is well known that students who play violin tend to get very good grades!

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Monday Night Adult Violin/Fiddle Group Performance
Mindy's Violin & Fiddle Omaha
About Lessons at Mindy's Studio
What You Need to Get Started:
Mindy Hunke Violin Teacher
Private Lessons:
45 minute private lessons on a weekly basis $40/lesson
Violin Student Friends
                       Playing the violin and fiddling are very rewarding.                                      Learning does require a "can-do" attitude and a                                     willingness to practice in order to be successful. A minimum of 20 minutes a day is required to maintain or make progress. Of course, spending more time with your instrument is always better. Quality practice can be satisfying and fun!       -Mindy Hunke     
A positive attitude and a commitment to practice
Small and large group fiddling workshops:

Intro to Fiddling         Nebraska/Missouri Valley Fiddle Style
Learn to Groove         Common Fiddle Tunes for Jams  
                                               Adult Group Lessons:
                                                  Monday advanced                                                                    Wednesday intermediate                                                        $10/week
Fiddle Coaching and Professional Judging:
Individual coaching sessions for audition or contest prep 
Fiddle contest judging local/regional
Contact Mindy for Studio Policies and Scheduling
Group and private students have a minimum of three performances per year. Mindy's studio also provides opportunities to attend special events and workshops taught by others at a discount or no additional cost.
violin and bow
An Instrument
                        Violins and fiddles are the same thing.  Beginners                         often benefit from renting an instrument before purchasing one. I recommend contacting one of the Omaha area violin shops
Rentals are relatively inexpensive. A violin is an investment that should be carefully made once you or your child is no longer a beginner.  

Beware of VSOs! (violin-shaped objects)

If you own an instrument that hasn't been played in the past year, it is best to take it to a qualified luthier (violin repair person) for inspection and minor adjustments or repairs to make it playable.
Violin stores and repairs
Omaha Area Violin Shops & Luthiers
Nielsen Violin Shop
1905 Harney St., Suite 630
Chris Nielsen
Amesquita Violins, Inc.
1029 N 72nd Street
Cy Amesquita
Sarah Gray Restoration
1722 St. Marys #120
The Flatiron Building
Sarah Gray
Violins of Omaha
1301 Nicholas Street #G-2
Hot Shops - !st Floor
Alex Reza
Adult group performing
The Violin Shop
1641 S 17th Street
Lincoln, NE
David Frederick
Mindy Hunke
45 minutes
paid monthly
1323 S 51st Street
Omaha NE 68106
Aksarben Area
Member American String
Teachers Association
Nebraska Chapter
violin art by Madison Clark