Private violin, viola, & piano lessons with a focus on whole musicianship and empowering positive identities through the language of music.
Our programs include electives in chamber ensembles, songwriter club, opportunities for performance in recitals, recordings, outreach, masterclasses, festivals and competitions, as well as career/college prep & student entrepreneurship.

In Person Lesson Covid-19 policies

  • Students may only bring up to one parent/guardian to lessons.

  • All guests must wear masks and apply hand sanitizer or wash hands immediately upon entry.  Masks will be provided if you forget your own.

  • We sanitize pianos, pencils, music stands between each student.

  • Please stay home and do a Zoom lesson instead, or use an excused absence if you or a contact have been exposed to Covid-19 or feel ill (this even means stuffy noses or cold/allergy symptoms because we must be very careful for the safety of all our families).

  • Artwork Strings Music Studios follows CDC and State of Montana Covid-19 guidelines.   Should Artwork Strings need to return to ALL ONLINE learning due to a change in directive or a severe outbreak in Missoula schools, lessons and electives will continue on Zoom.


Download Zoom for remote lessons during Covid-19

  • Download Zoom at

  • Select the FREE version

  • Your teacher will send an invitation to a Zoom meeting via your email.

  • Please have Zoom installed on your computer or large tablet so you have a large screen, and have the camera and microphone connected so we can see and hear each other.  A simple webcam+mic will work for PC users, or Mac users can use the camera+mic that is built into your laptop, desktop computer, or iPad.  



Musicians' Guide to Covid-19 Instrument Care:

  • Please DO wash your hands a lot and have general attention to hygiene! 

  • DO wash your hands before you practice your instrument (in fact, always a great idea!). 

  • DO wash hands after your rehearsals and being around other musicians and sharing pencils.  

  • DO cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, into your elbow.

  • DO feel free to disinfect your orchestra pencils that you share!


  • DON'T !!!! spray or wipe any disinfectant, water, or alcohol on your violin. This will destroy the varnish on your violin, causing it irreparable damage and a loss in value.  These cleaners are NOT meant as instrument cleaners or polishing agents, and could destroy a good antique or quality student violin.  Even (especially) water will damage your instrument too! Any moisture other than average air humidity is bad for a stringed instrument.

  • DON'T spray any disinfectants on your piano!  The moisture and chemicals can cause major damage to real pianos and even to the electronics in your keyboard!

  • You MAY and SHOULD, always use a DRY lint-free cloth like a super soft microfiber cloth to dust off the rosin and violin neck and chin rest after practicing.  

  • To clean your piano/keyboard keys, you MAY use a lint-free microfiber cloth that is lightly damp with a solution of 1 part vinegar and 4 parts warm water.  Wipe the keys forward and backwards, not side to side to avoid getting any moisture down between the keys, then use a soft dry cloth to dry the keys.  HERE is a great article on care of your piano!



Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-7:30pm

Friday: 10:00am-6:45pm

Saturday-Sunday: closed except by appt.



Private home studio in Missoula's Westside Neighborhood

near St. Patrick's Hospital

Address available upon registering for lessons

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Amelia Thornton - Strings


Adam Sears - Piano


Missoula, MT

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