Violin and Viola study at The Music Academy is offered for all levels: beginner to advanced. Private lessons are offered for students age 5 to senior adults. Lesson lengths can be 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes in length once per week. Violin/Viola students are required to attend all weekly lessons and to participate in the monthly studio classes and the annual recitals (one in the Fall and one in the Spring).
Mr. Francis Elliott is instructor of violin and viola at the Academy. He holds a Master's Degree from Colorado University and has been active for over four decades as a performer and teacher. He retired as the violin professor from Tennessee Tech University and was given the title of Professor Emeritus from the state of Tennessee for that institution. Before coming to Tennessee Tech in 1971, he was teaching at New Mexico Highlands University. He has been active as a performer and string educator throughout his career. He served on the administrative staff at the Aspen Music Festival 1971-1978. Besides teaching at the Academy, Mr. Elliott has conducted string clinics in the schools of Tennessee and at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. His work has taken him to Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States from North Dakota and throughout Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. He has given presentations in New York, Indiana and Michigan. Mr. Elliott has served three terms as President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teacher Association where he received a Certificate for Outstanding Service for the State of Tennessee for 50 years of string education. Mr. Elliott often adjudicates orchestra competitions and festivals in Tennessee and surrounding states and is a frequent clinician at String workshops for both students and faculty. The Music Academy is very fortunate to have Mr. Elliott on faculty with his vast teaching background, experience and a lifelong dedication to young people.
The Music Academy is located at 2819 Highway 70 North, Crossville Tennessee 38571. Phone 931-484-6676.