Violins-R-Us provides engaging violin lessons in the form of workshops, residencies and after- school programs. We provide a violin for each student to explore and learn to play the violin in a fun, engaging setting. As the founder of the program, Sharon Wilkins is a licensed music teacher with many years of experience as an Orchestra Director, general music teacher, and professional musician. Most recently, her elementary orchestra students competed and won a spot in the very first CMS Musical showcase, then performed at the Blumenthal Theater. Students enjoy the camaraderie created by learning, playing and making wonderful music together.



  6503 Ashdale Place, Charlotte, NC 28215

North Carolina



Program description

 Violins-R-Us is a beginners’ violin program filled with fun, challenging activities geared to help foster student curiosity and enthusiasm for playing the violin.  The program is flexible enough to adapt to the needs of the school and can function as a day of hands-on workshops; a 4-day residency or after-school program.  Each student is provided with a violin to use, which will give them a chance to explore playing the violin in a fun and engaging setting.  The program is designed for grades 3-8, is educational and connects with Common Core as well as North Carolina Essential Standards.  Furthermore, Violins-R-Us can help reinforce important skills learned in the classroom setting such as teamwork and collaboration.

Our hands-on interactive workshops provide an array of various colored violins for each student in the class to play.  Students learn to play music of different genres and time periods through a succession of interactive activities that address multiple learning styles.  Students learn to listen and play together to contibute to the success of performing as an ensemble.  Each workhop includes various colored violins for students to play and can accommodate up to 25 students per class, plus a Teacher.  Workshops can last from 45-60 minutes based on the school schedule.  (Please allow for 10 minute breaks between workshops and 30 minutes for lunch.)

Our residencies are designed for 4th and 5th grade students who are preparing to transition into middle school programs where they have opportunites to choose electives.  Violins-R-Us provides 3 days (45 – 60 minutes per class) of immersion in playing the violin, which can occur consecutively or one day for three weeks.  Learning to play an instrument in a fun, interactive setting can help allay any fears or concerns students may have about choosing music electives.  Furthermore, they learn the value of listening and playing together while being a member of an ensemble.

Our after-school program lasts for 3 days (one 45-60 minute session per day) and takes place after regular school hours.  On the last day, Parents are invited to a concert performed by the students.  

Booking / scheduling contact

Sharon Wilkins


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Music
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Workshop
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
Subject: Music
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 September 4 – May 31

Available times:

 Workshops and Residencies: 9 AM – 3 PM

After-School Programs: 4 PM – 5:30 PM 

Length of program: One full day of hands-on workshops of 45-60 minutes each; a 3 day residency or after-school program with 45-60 minutes sessions.
Space / technical requirements:

 For hands-on workshops, residencies or after-school programs: a classroom or similar space large enough to accomodate up to 25 students, plus a teacher, seated in semi-circles or rows: projector screen and document camera to display music to be played. (Optional piano or keyboard)


 Charlotte-Mecklenburg county and surrounding areas.

Fees / Ticketing:

 A) A full day of hands-on Workshops with violins provided for up to 25 students per class and a teacher: $800

B) Three-day residencies with violins provided for up to 25 students per class and a teacher: 2 classes-$600; 3 classes $900; 4 classes – $1200; 5 classes -$1500.

C) Three-day after-school program with violins provided for up to 10 students and a teacher per 60 minute session: $300 





NC Standard Course of Study:

 R4  Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.  In our program, students will interpret words used for dynamic levels as they are used in a musical composition and analyze how specific word choices shape the meaning of degrees of loudness and softness.

R5  Analyze the structure of text, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g. a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.  In our program students will analyze the structure of a musical composition, including how specific musical elements of rhythm, pitch, and larger portions of music (e.g. measure, phrase, contour, A/B form) relate to each other and the whole.

R7  Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as words.  Students will read and perform music that is presented visually and respond to musical notation using words to count rhythms and name notes. 

NC Essential Standards:

 5.ML.1.1  Illustrate independence and accuracy while singing and playing instruments within a group or ensemble.

5.ML.1  Apply the elements of musical techniques in order to sing and play music with accuracy and expression.

5.ML.2.3  Apply understanding of standard symbols and traditional terms for dynamics, tempo, articulation, rhythm, meter, and pitch when reading and notating music.





Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

When there are conflicts in schedule or time, Violin-R-Us and the school will re-schedule programs for a mutually convenient time.