Our vision is to create a place where anyone who wants to learn is free to do so. We are in the process of expanding our programs and contracting teachers who can provide more instruments and more options for learning. There are some instruments that are too large for some of our younger students or impractical because of cost or location, and there are some disabilities that require special adaptations that might be easier on some instruments than on others, but beyond that, we do not believe there should be any limitations on which instrument a given student is allowed to study. We don't test anyone before agreeing to teach them. We don't have any age limits. We don't care whether you want to perform at Carnegie Hall, join your church's worship team, or make a joyful noise in your living room.
Treble Strings moved to Smithville - a small town in Clay County, MO just north of Kansas City - in 2014. At the time, Treble Strings owner and founder Courtney Morgan was the only teacher, and she had been teaching violin lessons in students' homes and a classroom at her church. Over half of her students were driving to her from Clay County - or she was driving to them - often because they had no opportunities for violin lessons closer to home. It made more sense to move the studio closer to the students. As part of that decision to relocate to Smithville, Courtney learned a lot about why those clients had come to her for lessons in the first place. There are small towns all over the world that are close enough to the city for a commute to work and maybe a weekly trip to the grocery store, but not so close that you want to drive back to the city after work and school to take the kids to music lessons when they also have after school activities and need to eat dinner and do their homework. Many of these towns have guitar and piano teachers and a high school marching band, but the only lesson options for those who want to study other instruments are to spend more time on the road or to settle for an instrument they don't want to play. Courtney was able to offer a more flexible schedule and was willing to drive to students' homes: options that were not available at area schools and music stores. She couldn't build a local studio for all of those towns, but what she could do was provide online lessons for those whose circumstances made traditional lessons impractical.
Since we first opened our studio in Smithville, the demand has continued to grow, and we have continued to add more students and instruments. We have four recitals each year and three fiddle sessions every week. We currently offer lessons in violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano locally in the Kansas City Northland. Violin, viola, cello, and guitar lessons are also available online. For more information about lessons at Treble Strings, please submit an information request and download our information package or read the online version here. You can also find us on social media: