Applied Violin and Viola

"The study of music can broaden your awareness, not only in musical and historical terms. It can lead to greater insight into the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate ideas, concepts, emotions, and events."

Dr. Michael Hall
Applied Violin and Viola

About Dr. Michael Hall

Dr. Hall has been with VanderCook since 2000. He previously taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois Wesleyan University, Guilford College, the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and the Positano, Italy International Chamber Music Academy. Dr. Hall has a doctorate of musical arts from University of North Carolina-Greensboro, a master of music from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor of music from Ball State University. He has extensive performing experience as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has performed with the with the Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Opera Theater, Cincinnati Philharmonia, and the North Carolina and Chicago Civic orchestras. Dr. Hall has also serves as the President of the Chicago Viola Society and has performed twice at the International Viola Congress.

Life at VanderCook

As a viola student at VanderCook, you will be joining a studio where peers support and encourage each other to reach goals beyond their own expectations. In your private lessons, you and I will help you to improve as a player and to achieve your fullest potential as a musician and teacher. Scales, etudes, solo repertoire, and orchestral excerpts will be just a part of the studio experience. You will also employ exercises from the Alexander Technique, Karen Tuttle’s concepts of Coordination and Body Awareness, and Howard Gardner’s philosophies on Multiple Intelligences. All will contribute to mold you into the most well-rounded teacher and performer you can possibly be. Most important, you will learn how to practice and incorporate all of the techniques to which you will be exposed, so you can pass them onto your future students.

Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music. I'd also love to chat with you about what VanderCook has to offer and what you can expect if you choose to study violin or viola here. Feel free to contact me at for more information.


Contact Michael Hall:
(312) 225-6288


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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