About Lessons

Weekly Private Lessons are Offered for Students 3-18


Lessons are 20, 30, 45 or 60+ minutes depending on the age & level of the student.

Most preschool aged students start with 20 minute lessons, most others with 30 minutes.  

​Lessons are offered Monday - Thursday depending on your schedule and openings in Mrs. Goodner's teaching schedule.  


What will you learn in lessons? 

​Students study at their own pace with an emphasis on technique & ear training. After learning the basics of holding the violin & playing with the best sound possible students will spend time studying ​note reading, rhythmic exercises, music theory & scales so that they develop into well rounded musicians, as well as string players. 

​Parents are asked to attend lessons for students under age 12, taking notes and helping coach practice at home during the week (and are always welcome to attend lessons with older students).

Young students are most successful when we form a team of Student - Parent - Teacher & all work together in lessons and home practice.  It's ok if you don't have a music background, Mrs. Goodner will give you the tools you need to do this!  

REcitals & Group CLass

Performances Each year we hold two formal recitals (with piano accompanist) and have other opportunities for students to perform as the year goes on.  Book three and up students will perform in the lobby before an Oregon Symphony concert this January and we have other opportunities for community performances like: city wide Suzuki play ins, playing carols at Fred Meyer for the holidays, and the farmers market for everyone who is available to participate.  Monthly group classes are an important part of the program and give students a chance to play together, learn ensemble skills, and are great motivation to practice during the weeks between classes.  Classes take place one Saturday each month (3-6pm depending on Suzuki book level) and the cost of each class is included in tuition.

Tuition & Fees

Brookside Suzuki Strings is a year round program. SUmmer lessons are required but are by arrangement based on your schedule and Mrs. Goodner's Availability.

Finding an Instrument

Always contact the teacher before purchasing or renting an instrument

Preschool Beginners will start with a box violin provided by the teacher. NEVER purchase an instrument off the internet sight unseen. Teachers refer to these as VSOs (Violin Shaped objects & they often look fine but do not play well and will lead to frustration & lack of motivation.

See local shops where I do often send students below:

Local Violin Shops


David Kerr Violin Shop

Located in SE Portland. It's a great shop and a great experience  to go there. Worth the drive and less than ideal hours. 

MIR Music

On Main St. in Hillsboro. Great rental program. 

Allegro Violins

Located in Rock Creek Area. Great small violins for getting started.

About Your Teacher

Christine E Goodner

Christine Goodner began her violin studies before the age of three and performed on both the violin & viola all the way through High School and into college. She was an active part of her High School Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the PSU Symphony before starting her family. 

Mrs. Goodner has a four year degree in Early Childhood Education and has extensive pedagogy training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas on Violin and Early Childhood Music.  

She has taught on the faculty of the Community Music Center, Northwest Chamber Camp, Gymboree Play & Music and  the Valley Catholic Music School where she was on faculty for 10 years.  Christine currently runs her own music studio in Hillsboro, OR,  Co-Directs Summer Music PDX and is the Assistant Director of the Oregon Suzuki Institute. 

Christine is a frequent guest speaker & clinician, has published two books about how families can help their music students succeed, and is co-host of the podcast "Beyond the Music Lesson."  She writes regularly for her Blog the "Suzuki Triangle" and has had articles published in the American Suzuki Journal. 

Mrs. Goodner loves helping students reach their potential and develop a life-long love of music!