Ages 4 to Adult
Accepting students ages 4 years old to adult. Strings are the only family of instruments that come in sizes. Playing any instrument requires physicality, and stringed instruments can be adapted without placing any physical burden on a growing child. Learning an instrument will improve memory and attention span. It will better your overall mental functions and health with routine weekly practice. Playing an instrument helps with sensory development and will improve posture. It can be a fun outlet to help reduce stress and give you a conversational point. Younger children will gain self-discipline, self-esteem and self-awareness.
We believe that the enjoyment, respect and knowledge of music and the development of the skills necessary to create and perform music enhance learning, enrich quality of life and nourish the human spirit. Our mission is to provide a foundation for lifelong engagement with music.
“Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.” – Shinichi Suzuki
How it works
We currently offer private and group lessons for violin, viola, cello, and ukulele on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Lago Vista, TX.
Your lesson will be at the same time and on the same day each week. Sign up for a lesson time, attend weekly lessons, and practice your instrument to be prepared for your next lesson. Recitals will be scheduled twice a year with a piano accompaniment. Invite your friends and family to show off the new skills you've learned! Other performance opportunities available for holidays and summer.
Click the "Private lesson" button for your first lesson!
The Suzuki Method
Mrs. Sargent bases most of her teaching philosophies from the Suzuki Method. She obtained her long-term Suzuki teacher training certification through Northern Arizona University under the instruction of Dr. Louise Scott and Dr. Karen Hallberg.
Shinichi Suzuki was a violinist, educator, philosopher and humanitarian. Born in 1898, he studied violin in Japan for some years before going to Germany in the 1920s for further study. After the end of World War II, Dr. Suzuki devoted his life to the development of the method he calls Talent Education.
Suzuki based his approach on the belief that “Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.”
Dr. Suzuki’s goal was not simply to develop professional musicians, but to nurture loving human beings and help develop each child’s character through the study of music.
Mrs. Sargent is available to play wedding music.
Duet (guitar/violin, piano/violin, cello/violin, two violins)
Trio (two violins/cello)
Quartet (two violins, viola, cello)
Contact Allison Sargent at for songlists and pricing.
The NYOS Orchestras
The NYOS orchestra program is subcontracted with Sargent Strings and is not paid for though NYOS. We have modeled our program after other charter schools in the Austin area. Our music program is slightly different than most. It is not an introduction to music — it is an in-depth, multi-year study of musical strings performance, beginning with Suzuki instruction for our youngest musicians. We believe that by giving children the experience of working over time to develop a challenging skill, they learn lessons about the value of perseverance and hard work that will serve them well throughout their lives.
I realize this investment in your child’s future is expensive for some families
and hope to find possible fundraising ideas for those in need.
Private lessons go for $50 - $60+ an hour in the Austin area. Our program is a great introduction into the strings family for less.
Orchestra is a great introduction for students to experience the string instruments.
The NYOS cost is $260 per semester. This includes all additional concerts.
Payment should be received before or by the first class. If this program is a
financial stress, I will offer a payment plan. Half of tuition and registration fee
will be due by the first day of class, and the other half due October 1st.
If you choose this route, a post-dated check for the second payment will need
to be given when the first payment is made. I will accept credit cards and
PayPal/Venmo as well but will need to hold a check.
Missed classes/No Show Policy:
Unfortunately with a group lesson, make up lessons will not be offered
or refunded. If for some reason Mrs. Sargent is unable to make a class
an email will notify all students of the cancellation and a make up day
will be scheduled.
Orchestra rehearsals will take place in the music room of the Kramer (Tuesdays)
and Lamar (Wednesday, Thursday) campuses.
Doors open at 7:00 AM. Students will be dismissed at 7:55 AM.
Practicing daily is crucial to the overall success of our program.
Listening to the CD (included with most books), looking over music in the book,
practicing bow holds on pencils is considered part of practice.
I ask that you practice consistently and make it part of your routine.
This class is an extracurricular activity and your children will not receive grades.
I will provide musical worksheets and practice charts I would like students to
complete to help further their musical education.
Performing is a very important part of playing a musical instrument. We will have scheduled performances with required attendance.
Instrument and bow in case (rent or purchase)
Shoulder rest (Everest/Fom/Kun for violin/viola) or Rock Stop (cello)
Rosin (included in rentals)
Practice charts with detailed practice suggestions
Music theory worksheets
Folder for music and books
Sponges and rubber bands (if needed)
Helpful suggested materials:
Folding music stand (approx. $15)
Metronome/Tuner (can download a free app.)
Please notify me of any health problems or other disabilities that may be applicable.
Please call or text during the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday thru Friday.
Reach Mrs. Sargent through email and phone numbers below: