How can I access the lessons?
Use the navigation menu at the top of every page. Choose any of the options: Technique, Etudes, Repertoire, Practicing, or Concerts. On some pages, there are buttons for subcategories (e.g., different types of technique or different etude books).
To watch a free video, just click the play button for any video.
To watch a Premium video, click the text link for your chosen lesson and a video will pop up. (You'll have to be logged in to actually watch the premium lessons, but you do that easily by signing up for a free trial.)
Why is this better than watching free videos on YouTube?
Sometimes, a thing of great quality if worth paying for. Literally thousands of hours of international experience and training have gone into the knowledge contained in these videos - these are lessons of outstanding quality that can help you progress quickly and successfully. Sign up for a free trial, then compare our offering to other collections on YouTube or similar websites. We are confident you will see the difference in terms of quantity, organization, and most importantly quality.
If you feel the inspiration and skills you are learning are worth our fee, then we hope you will feel great about paying for access, and will be happy to continue your membership! If not, no harm done and no hard feelings - you can cancel before your free trial ends, and you will not be billed.
Who is Joshua Peckins?
Joshua Peckins is an award-winning concert violinist and pedagogue, with over a decade of teaching experience both as faculty of the New England Conservatory Prep School and in Vienna, Austria. Truly an international musician and teacher, Mr. Peckins has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, from Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s Performing Arts Center, and has been invited to give pedagogical lectures internationally. His private students have been accepted into the Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, MIT, and the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna, and are currently pursuing performance careers in the United States, Canada, England, and Austria. Mr. Peckins holds advanced degrees in violin performance from the Vienna University of Music (Post.Grad), Yale School of Music (MM), and the New England Conservatory (BM), and is deeply committed to passing on performance skills to students. He has created this website to help aspiring violinists in their search for excellence and joy in their artistic pursuits. Click here to read a full bio.
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What are the costs?
Many lessons are totally free - just browse the site and click a video to watch. Premium Access, which gives you access to the full collection and our more advanced content, costs $15/month. We recommend you sign up for a free trial to experience for yourself how valuable these lessons are.
As a supplement to private lessons or full music school tuition, our monthly cost is a small addition - significantly less than a set of strings, a bow re-hair, or a single private lesson - but the skills you will learn here can transform your productivity and success.
We also offer institutional pricing for schools. Contact us if you are an organization or teacher for details.
Exactly what is included?
Currently, the Peckins Studio Online contains over 200 lessons and over 23 hours of video instruction, which represents over $2,500 of value. You can browse the full collection using the menu at the top of every page. Only members can watch all the videos, but you'll see exactly what lessons and topics are included, and you'll also find a number of free sample videos on the pages. Signing up for the free trial is the best way to know if this site is for you!
What is the best way to take advantage of all the features?
If you are currently studying an etude or piece in the collection, we recommend you start there. Watch the video lesson on your etude or piece - we're confident you'll come away with new ideas! Then browse through the Technique collection - you may very well discover answers to some of your questions. Take a look at the Practicing section and enjoy the Digital Concert Hall.
The collection is vast, and all these resources are yours with a free trial! Take a look around, and see what these lessons can do for you!
Do I need to buy anything else to use this website?
You will need an instrument, sheet music/books, and a few miscellanies supplies to use this website. Click here for advice about what to purchase and where to find it.
What is the difference between a free trial and a full, paid membership?
A free trial is totally free, but it still gives you access to everything on your plan. This gives you a risk-free way to evaluate whether the program works for you. If you decide to continue after your free trial ends, you don't have to do anything more - you will be billed automatically each membership period for continued access. If you decided not to continue, just cancel before your free trial ends, and you will not be billed.
What is the cancellation/refund policy?
You can cancel at any time, and your payments will stop immediately. If you cancel, you will continue to enjoy access until the end of your current membership period, after which your access will end.
How can I cancel my membership?
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How do I sign up?
You can click here to sign up.
What are the terms and conditions?
Please read the terms and conditions here. These are subject to change, but you can always access them by clicking "Terms and Conditions" at the bottom of any page.
Can I take a live lesson with Joshua Peckins?
Joshua Peckins holds a private studio in Arlington, MA, and is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Prep. School in Boston. Spaces are highly limited. To request an audition, please click here to send a message via the Contact page. If you are currently taking lessons with a private teacher, you must speak to your teacher before contacting us about lessons - this is 100% required, and Mr. Peckins will never accept a new student without a previous teacher’s knowledge and consent.
What if I have a specific question not answered here?
Click here to contact us, or click the contact link in the footer of every page.