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What parents say about Maple Strings

"We love Maple Strings! My daughter has been taking lessons with Mr. B for about six months. He makes things fun and playful and is able to explain things in ways that keep my daughter focused and engaged. He encourages her to keep improving while keeping things low pressure and full of positive energy. When we first started lessons, my daughter was very shy and nervous. The confidence she has gained through finding something she loves to do has helped her grow in ways I never anticipated. She even told me she hopes to play in the symphony someday. I highly, highly recommend Mr. B and Maple Strings!"

Mallory / New Richmond, WI

"Benjamin is everything that you could want in a violin teacher. Not only is he a talented musician, but he also has a gift for teaching. My kids went to Montessori school and I've noted how he incorporates some Montessori methodology into his instruction. He has so many learning tricks at his disposal to assist his students learn their music and in providing strong technical foundations of how to play their instruments all the while he makes the learning fun. He is such a positive presence in supporting practicing, learning, and fostering a love of music. I'm so grateful that we found him!"

Allison / Woodbury, MN

"Mr. B is an amazing teacher! My daughter was getting frustrated and discouraged with the violin until she started at Maple Strings. Mr. Ben has helped her love to play the violin! Group lessons have given her the chance to play with kids her age and be inspired to learn more! She loves them!"

Renee / Stillwater, MN

As an adult in my 30s, who has always wanted to pick up a violin again since playing for one year in 5th grade... Finally deciding to take the leap and seriously look into taking lessons was a little scary. It's awkward & humbling to start something new as a "grow up"! When I started looking for a teacher and came across the Maple Strings website, I really appreciated Mr. B's approach. I sent him a nice long email explaining who I am, why I wanted to play violin again, and why I was nervous. He responded promptly was so kind & encouraging and put me at ease! That was over a year ago, and he has only continued to do the same since. In lessons he encourages without being overwhelming, pushes without being intense, and tells you what you need to know without being harsh. So much knowledge, conveyed in a positive & uplifting way. He's always there to remind me of things when I am my own worst critic. He will never make you feel badly about yourself, even if you're struggling with something.
I currently have no children but I would never hesitate to have my child take lessons from him either!
Recommend with no hesitation.

Ausha / Somerset, WI

"Our 7 year old daughter has been taking lessons from Mr. B for about 4 months now and we can't believe the progress! Due to COVID it has all been ZOOM based which I was a little leery of at first, but she's flourishing and we could not be happier! Mr. B keeps things light and fun during the lessons and we highly suggest him and Maple Strings if you're looking for lessons!!"

Amber / Stillwater, MN

"We were referred to Ben by our previous violin teacher. Ben has been a delight. He is working with my kids on both Suzuki and fiddle music. He is clearly an expert. He is playful. Great communicator. We have all adapted well to remote learning. I've enjoyed listening to his performances too!"

Chris / Woodbury, MN

"We have had the opportunity to work with Maple Strings over the past year and could not be more pleased. Our child is working with Benjamin Burgdorf on the violin in private lessons and group lessons and watching our child's confidence grow and seeing the improvement week after week is wonderful. Thank you Maple Strings - we look forward to many more years with you."

Christine / Stillwater, MN

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