William Stapp Frederick Maryland Violin Lessons


About Private Lessons

The Frederick String Initiative centers around a violin/viola studio and  harp studio that offers lessons to students in the Frederick area.  All students receive their lessons from William Stapp and Astrid Walschot-Stapp who are the founders of FSI.  Students become grounded in the musical life of the community and are encouraged to attend professional concerts.  Student and FSI news is listed in News/Events. FSI holds two solo student recitals each year at the Delaplaine Arts Center in downtown Frederick. FSI students have won big scholarships at schools such as Towson and WVU and have been accepted at Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music.


Frederick Maryland Violin Lessons

Approach and Study

The last several centuries have seen great teachers and performers. Genius has come unexpectedly and from diverse sources. We are led to believe that its fundamental source is not dogma, but authentic ability.  Authentic ability is the inherent skill we are born with. It must be guided and shaped by the teacher through a thoughtful application of fundamentals.                                                                                              As teachers, our understanding is inspired by the teachers and performers that precede us. This, combined with an awareness of authentic ability leads the teacher and student on a logical journey.  Based upon individual differences,  an authentic technique can have traits of more than one school of teaching. The biggest mistake would be to let rote dogma or the interpretation of a ‘rule’ impede natural function and clear thinking.                                                                                      On average, the best age to begin the study of the violin is around 6-8 years of age.  Some individuals could be ready before this.  For children who are 2-5 years old Kindermusic can be an appropriate background.  Students between the ages of 10 and 13 can begin a successful study of the violin and even catch up with their peers with hard work and dedication.  On average, however, the process becomes harder and harder as the student approaches 13.  There are rare cases of students beginning string lessons as late as age 17 and having professional careers.  FSI students have a range of abilities.  Some are preparing for careers in music.  Others are benefiting from the focus and commitment the study of a stringed instrument offers.  With hard work and dedication it is possible to improve or repair a technique at any age. Each student will have a unique journey.  The goal is simplicity.

                                                                                        -William Stapp



William Stapp Frederick Maryland Violin Lessons


Closings will be posted on this website in the *Weather Cancellations* box on the left side of this page. In the case of inclement weather FSI  may follow the decisions of the schools. However, if weather conditions improve during the day, lessons may go on as scheduled. Snow days are made-up at the end of the spring semester. One snow day will be made-up for each student.