WELCOME TO THE
SEŠEK STRING STUDIO
Excellence in Violin Lessons, Viola Lessons
and Music Theory learning for all ages
now located in Sugar Land, TX
(previously in Seattle, WA)
11 BENEFITS OF BECOMING A SEŠEK STRING STUDIO STUDENT
Violin and viola lessons Sugar Land Texas
1. Proven results
Our students, age 3 to adult, learn proper technique and make a beautiful sound from the beginning.
We are highly experienced with beginners (never touched a violin), to pre-professionals (auditioning for top conservatories), and everything in between.
SSS is proud that several students from the studio have gone on to further their musical education and have become professionals.
We have everything under one roof including violin and viola lessons, chamber music, music theory, audition prep, and college advising.
To listen to our students of all levels, click the lower bar of the viewer to choose your video!
2. Awards, awards, AWARDS!
Here are just some of our students' accolades: Prestigious school acceptances including Stanford, Northwestern, Rice (Shepherd SOM), Carnegie Mellon, University of Southern California (Thornton SOM), Johns Hopkins (Peabody Conservatory) University of Rochester (Eastman SOM), Indiana Jacobs SOM, Boston University, and more. Summer festivals including, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount, Domaine Forget (Canada), Marrowstone.
Washington Music Educators Association All- State Solo First Prize Champions 2015, 2016, and 2018. Multiple WMEA Chamber Music
Competition prizes. Seattle Youth Symphony high chair placements. Numerous WMEA All-State Junior and High School Orchestra members since 2011.
2016 American Viola Society National Ensemble Competition Winners.
YOU could be next!
3. ACTUALLY world class teachers
The husband and wife team of the Sešek String Studio, Luka and Amber, have 5 degrees on both violin and viola between them from the world's BEST music schools including the Colburn Conservatory, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.
The schools the Sešeks attended are ranked #1,#7, and #8 in the entire United States according to Music School Central.
Students in the studio benefit from working with outstanding musicians that have dedicated their lives to raising the next generation of artists and global citizens.
4. Vibrant and active performing artists
Ervin Luka and Amber Archibald-Sešek regularly appear as soloists in the United States and Europe. Prior to moving to Houston, they were invited as players and coaches with well know organizations including the Seattle Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. They have appeared with multiple chamber music societies across the country. Locally, the Sešeks coach several school orchestras.
To hear and read more about Luka and Amber visit their personal pages:
5. The SSS 10 Level System
Our methodology has been tested and honed over several years. Each level has "stepping stone" benchmarks so students and parents can know where the student is in their development.
The blueprint is exclusive to the Sešek String Studio, and uses systems passed from Luka's father, violin professor of over 40 years in Europe, Armin Sešek.
The violin and viola take a lifetime to master, but a solid foundation coupled with a precise course of study, can achieve lovely results in less time.
6. PRIZES and CASH to celebrate achievements!
Milestones should be celebrated! As a part of our 10 level system, students earn prizes for benchmark achievements and level achievements.
Cash prizes for excellent recital performances roll throughout the year.
Our most coveted prize is our annual STUDENT OF THE YEAR PRIZE awarded every year.
The winner gets a sizable cash prize and serious bragging rights!
7. A fun and warm approach
While the studio focuses on learning the violin or viola well, we also like to have fun! Lessons are engaging with lots of laughs!
Young students can count on "Ms. Amber" to make many funny faces and use her vocal talents (she has LOTS of different voices), to keep little ones coming back for more. Mr. Luka's quick quips and talent for using a hilarious form of "reverse psychology" keeps all the students on their toes.
The students of the studio can vouch for the instructors' sense of humor. ;)
8. Focus on a total music education
As part of the curriculum, students learn new skills from day one including music theory, critical thinking, history, music terms in new languages, and body mechanics.
Students who want to be fluent in the language of music have the option of adding music theory with Dr. Archibald-Sešek as a separate lesson, therefore learning the material much faster than in group study. Dr. Archibald has 10 years of music theory teaching experience, 8 of those at Seattle University.
Students may also prepare for internationally standardized music theory exams including the Royal Conservatory of Music and ABRSM exams as well as take lessons for college entrance exams.
9. A robust community
Our students and parents are truly the best! You can count on a supportive community in the Sešek String Studio.
Events include concerts, regular studio classes, an annual picnic as well as supporting our students in their school and youth orchestra programs.
Our students both young and seasoned benefit from interaction with the other violinists and violists of the studio. Those interactions foster new friendships, healthy competition, and cross-pollination learning. Everyone wins!
10. Weekday and weekend lessons
Convenient lesson schedules Tuesday-Friday 2:00PM-10:00PM and Saturday from 9:30AM-5:30PM.
We can also accommodate earlier lesson times on weekdays for younger students, homeschoolers, retirees, or flexible working professionals.
11. In person or online
With our studio being exclusive, you do not have to worry about hundreds of hands touching common items. Since we teach only a handful of students a day (some online and some in person) your exposure to risk is minimal.
Feel good knowing that you can learn in our studios at home and get the best education. Your comfort is of the utmost importance.
Are you ready to start YOUR incredible journey?
WHAT HAPPY STUDENTS AND PARENTS SAY
We are proud of our commitment to excellence. Here are a few things our students and parents have said!
Antonio D. says
Amber and Luka are two of the most qualified, kind, and thorough teachers I know. If you have the opportunity to take lessons from either one of them, TAKE IT!
Eun-Young S. says
My son has improved a lot since he started with Amber. She is very detail oriented and describes what needs to be practiced during the week. She relates very well with kids and is firm. I have recommended her to many friends and they are all very happy with her.
Veronica H. says
Premier violin and viola teaching in Puget Sound area for beginners and advanced students! Amber and Luka are knowledgeable instructors and superb performers themselves.
Andrew S. says
Amber and Luka are two of the best instructors I've had! They genuinely care about you as a person and a musician and will do everything they can to support you and help you grow. Both of them have so much knowledge about and passion for music and teaching, and it really shows during lessons and the improvements that you will undoubtedly see. They will be with you every step of the way and leave you with clear goals and things to improve upon after every lesson. Highly recommend!
To read more about the amazing instructors and founders of the Sesek String Studio read and click for more info below!
MR. ERVIN LUKA SEŠEK
VIOLIN, VIOLA, CHAMBER MUSIC
*16 international prizes and awards throughout the European continent.
*Multiple film and video game recordings, most notably, solo features in the documentary film "The Cellist: The Legacy of Gregor Piatagorsky" and Serbian film "Zona Zamfirova."
*Has performed in several chamber music festivals and societies on the West Coast and performed with members of the Tokyo String Quartet and LA Philharmonic.
*Attended the Colburn Conservatory of Music and graduated under the tutelage of Martin Beaver, former 1st violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet, currently with the Montrose Trio based in Houston.
*Continues to appear and be in demand as a soloist with ensembles in the Western United States and Eastern Europe coming up in March.
DR. AMBER ARCHIBALD-SEŠEK
VIOLA, VIOLIN, MUSIC THEORY
*Has recorded for multiple film scores including the Oscar winning film, "The Revenant" starring Leonardo diCaprio and popular video games including the "Halo"and"Destiny" series, and several other XBOX releases.
*Asked to play the Grammys in 2020 with Lizzo, but due to an already full schedule, had to turn it down!
*5 year substitute violist with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera
*Viola coach with the LA Philharmonic's Summer Youth Orchestra (YOLA)
*Continues to be in demand as a soloist and chamber musician with upcoming performances back on the West coast in October and March
*Dulles High School graduate (Go Vikings!), 4 year Texas All Stater 1996-1999 and Texas State Solo and Ensemble Outstanding Performer 1999
FREQUENLTY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT HAVE PAST STUDENTS DONE WITH THEIR STUDIES?
We have had a number of successful students in the studio. Success to us means students are able to use their violin or viola studies to achieve their dreams, including winning a professional orchestra job, getting into the school of their choice, making All region, All state, winning a state contest, passing an audition, moving up in their orchestra, or any other goal no matter how big or small.
Several of our students have used the violin or viola to help fund their college dreams and often receive large merit and talent scholarships. In 2021, a student received $49,000 a year in scholarships to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. That is almost $200,000 in aid over 4 years! Eastman is a top 10 school of music in the United States and highly ranked among conservatories in the world. And that's just this year!
Over the years, our students have been accepted to, or attended these prestigious schools and programs: Stanford, Northwestern, Rice, Eastman School of Music, Carnegie Mellon, University of Southern California, John Hopkins (Peabody Conservatory), Boston University and many more. Summer festival programs including, Aspen, Meadowmount, Domaine Forget, Marrowstone.
We are very proud to have had students become professionals including playing with major symphony orchestras, freelancing, and starting their own studios. More importantly, we are proud of cultivating a lifelong passion for learning, music, and the arts in our students.
CAN I VISIT THE STUDIO?
Absolutely, we would love to meet you! Call or email us to schedule a consultation lesson.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
All of our classes are located in our Sugar Land home in the Riverstone subdivision. We are close to LJ Parkway and convenient to Riverstone, Sienna Plantation, Sweetwater, and many of the First Colony, Missouri City, and Sugar Land neighborhoods.
DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO POLICY OR HANDBOOK?
Yes, we do. It is important to us that everyone is on the same page. You will receive our policy once you or your child is enrolled.
HOW MUCH ARE LESSONS?
Please email or call us for the most up to date information.
HOW ARE LESSONS SCHEDULED?
Students have set weekly lesson times and are expected to have regular attendance. In the event that you must change or cancel, our makeup lesson system leaves parents and students happy.
WHAT IS THE EXPECTATION FOR THE STUDENT/PARENT?
We want learning an instrument to be the most rewarding experience! That's why it is important that everyone involved in the learning process understands the commitment to getting great results. We begin by outlining tips for achievement in the trial lesson/consultation and continuously as the student progresses. If you want us to help you get results, do not hesitate to contact us.
Conveniently located in the Riverstone subdivision, near Sienna Plantation, Sweetwater, First Colony and several other neighborhoods in Missouri City and Sugar Land. We are highly rated professional violin and viola lessons in Sugar Land, Texas.
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