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Learn to play the violin beautifully online!

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500+ Online violin lessons for just $ 29 $19 a month!

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Zlata Brouwer

My name is Zlata Brouwer and I want to fill the world with truth, beauty, freedom and love by teaching passionate violin players step by step how to bow like a pro and create a beautiful tone.

Zlata Brouwer Violinist & Teacher - Violin Lounge Academy

Online course curriculum

The moment you become a student in the Violin Lounge Academy you can instant access to ALL courses:

90% of ALL issues and struggles on the violin is in the basics!

Violin lounge basicsMy course Violin Lounge Basics is suitable for complete beginners to violinists who’ve been playing for over twenty years and everything in between.

You learn a good foundation in left hand technique and right hand technique by learning the EXACT motor skills necessary for playing the violin beautifully.

I’m not only teaching you WHAT to do, but I’m teaching you exactly HOW to practice and do it yourself successfully.

Master the basics and the sky is the limit!

Violin Lounge Academy has taught me to love playing the violin. Zlata really emphasizes sounding good and enjoying what you play. She teaches the basics with the focus of producing enjoyable music. Her cheerful personality and encouragement make her videos pleasant to watch. I estimate that I now sound twice as good after only 6 months of Violin Lounge Academy. – VLA student Blair Faulk

YES, a beautiful vibrato is a learnable skill! You just need to know EXACTLY HOW…

free your vibratoWith daily exercises for 15 weeks and clear video instructions you can create a beautiful vibrato!

  • Learn the EXACT motor skills necessary for vibrato
  • LOOSEN your arm, hand and fingers in vibrato
  • Learn to COMBINE arm, wrist and finger vibrato
  • Learn to match your vibrato to what you want to EXPRESS
  • Learn to do vibrato exactly how you want it CONSISTENTLY

Doable, short and simple action steps. No overwhelm! Great results!

I’m so happy to have finally learned vibrato. Though I’m not good at it yet. I thought it is impossible for me to learn but Zlata’s method (like the karate Kid’s) works. – Alexander Ladroma, Violin Lounge Academy Student

The tips are very useful, especially the instructions about how to practice vibrato step-by-step. Before the lesson I was completely lost about my vibrato. It can really help you further when you are stuck. – Dick, Zlata’s student

It matters more HOW you play than WHAT you play.

Create a beautiful tone on the violinIn this vast online course suitable for beginners to advanced players, we do the magic for the sound that you create on your violin. Learn and improve each area that influences your tone and put them together:

  • Body posture, balance and violin hold
  • Right hand technique and bowing
  • Left hand technique, intonation and vibrato
  • Your instrument and bow
  • Mindset, breath and magic

The largest part of this course is bowing… how to bow fluently and solve struggles you might have with bowing. This is a subject that isn’t taught anywhere else in this step by step way.

Don’t accept sounding like an amateur, but improve and enjoy a beautiful sound!

This unique program will take violinists from their very first scales all up to all 3 octave major scales and arpeggio’s through a step by step curriculum.

sensational scales violinMusic is made out of scales and scales are the foundation of your violin technique. Sensational Scales is organized by fingering and not by key, so it sounds and feels more logical than other scale methods.

The course is a strong combination of a big scale book, video lessons, fingerboard maps and audio files!

You’ll improve your intonation and bowing dramatically if you implement this in your daily practice routine.

Hi Zlata! LOVE the Sensational Scales – I’ve just been working with the first 3 major scales right now, but I’m very happy about the way the book is designed. The thirds, triads, and bowing technique included is great, and my intonation has improved a lot, as well as my use of the 4th finger.

You clearly put a lot of time, work and love into not just this, but the whole Violin Lounge Academy. I cannot fully put into words how grateful I am of you and everything you have done to bring the joy of music to people around the world! Cheers, ~Ellie

The Academy is ever growing!

Except for the courses described in this menu, there are many other courses in the Academy: Confident Position Play, Practice Packages for various Rieding and Küchler Concertino’s, learn to play beautiful pieces like the Meditation by Massanet, video exchanges with other students and even some tunes from my home country Holland.

The Violin Lounge Academy offers videos on the areas of playing a violin or viola that I’ve never seen in method books.

Zlata shows you everything you need to know about how to work the bow, holding the instrument, getting a gorgeous tone, how a viola player can read treble clef (I needed this as I work with rock music a LOT and that’s the clef it’s written in) and so much more.

I think she’s revolutionized the way video instruction is to be presented, and always with grace and a desire to serve the musical community! – Sherrie Hoyer, a guitar and mandolin teacher who learns to play the viola with Zlata in the Violin Lounge Academy


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500+ Online violin lessons for just $ 29 $19 a month!

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Your violin teacher Zlata

Zlata M A Brouwer MSc BMus is a classically trained, conservatory graduated violinist and well known violin pedagogue living in the Netherlands. 

I currently play and perform as a first violinist in a string quartet (Gooisch Begeleidingskwartet) and a professional string orchestra (Vegas Strings).  I have been in a professional violin-piano duo, piano trio's and string trio for years including a CD recording and TV appearance.

Most important for me are my students and the results that we can get! In my violin lessons I seamlessly combine heart centered musicality with hard core technique, specializing in creating a beautiful tone on the violin and bowing technique, making things simple and doable, clear explanations, step by step.

I graduated at the Schumann Akademie in Holland as a violinist and teacher (BMus) and earned the highest possible grade in violin methodology at the Utrecht Conservatory.

Borrow my 10.000 hours of practicing and performing on the violin! I offer you my professional education as a violinist and teacher, over 20 years of private lessons, over 10 years experience in teaching and share everything I did to develop myself, my violin playing and my teaching in the Violin Lounge Academy.


Are you ready to stop struggling? Finally enjoy playing the violin beautifully. Join the Violin Lounge Academy!


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500+ Online violin lessons for just $ 29 $19 a month!

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What students say...

First off, thank you so much for all that you have put together to help people learn to play the violin. I first found your free lessons, then the weight vs pressure workshop, and then I took your offer for the lifetime access to the violin basics course. Every step of the way I found that if I listened and did as you suggested my playing improved, usually dramatically.
Just last week my girlfriend gifted me your carbon fiber bow which is beyond all expectations. I really expected maybe a 10% improvement but the bow far exceeds that! Everything from the weight to the look of the fiber is impressive. But the improvement in tone and projection is amazing! It truly makes my violin sound like a new instrument, especially the G string which has always sounded muddy to me.
If I knew anyone trying to learn to play the violin I would certainly tell them about your site and stress to “Do what Zlata says!” I still recall the first time I was sitting on the sofa watching TV rolling a stress ball around in my fingers, manipulating a chopstick (I can never find a pencil…), and bowing through a toilet paper roll when I decided that enough was enough and I picked up the violin to see if had made any difference at all. So I grabbed the bow (using the method you showed me), picked up the violin (like you showed me), and played open strings (like you said to do). The difference was immediate and dramatic and I have not doubted you since. (Not that I doubted you anyway, you’re simply too happy and direct in your videos to distrust.)

Steven Wallace

Dear Zlata,
I enjoy your instruction at the Violin Lounge very much. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to improve my violin playing and technique.
I had violin instruction for nine years. My violin teacher had to re-locate to a different city and so I could not continue with the lessons. I missed having lessons and I happened to click on your website…the rest is history!
The more I follow your videos the more I see great results. I have completed the violin lounge basics course I am really motivated and practice every day, working on your instructions. At the moment I am working on the vibrato course. Finally I have learnt how to have a clear and controlled vibrato.
Your video instructions are very clear, concise and easily understood. I can replay the videos again and again which is very helpful. Being able to stop the video at any point in the instruction I can learn how to do that particular technique on my own until it is correct.
I see a huge improvement in intonation, bowing accuracy and a lovely volume as the bow passes over the strings. I look forward to each new video lesson but I make sure that I do not move on until I have mastered the previous lesson.


Before Violin Lounge I wasn’t really getting anywhere with my study of the violin, wasn’t disciplined or consistent and needed an approach that would give me direction and help me to progress on the violin.

Up to date I’ve experienced with VLA tremendous help due to Zlata’s one on one attention to my particular needs on the violin. She has given me a practice plan, instruction and inspiration to achieve a level of success step by step. I feel confident now that I am headed in the right direction and finally getting somewhere with my practice thanks to Zlata’s abilities as a teacher.

As a student of VLA I’ve learned how to achieve a beautiful tone, better intonation and the importance of applying proven principles as it relates to the violin, relaxation and fundamental habits that will improve playing down the road.  At VLA all the moving parts that are necessary to fully express myself musically are here. 

The concrete results that I am getting as a student of VLA is access to many tutorials that apply to every area of violin playing which helps me to actually see through these videos the “how to” as it applies to my areas of concern. This is the motivation and personal attention that I needed!

Kenneth Gill

Dear Zlata, 
I just noticed the e-mail you sent asking for feedback about the violin academy. So, I figured it’s high time I wrote and told you about what I’ve been learning I’ve just been so blessed by your academy. You’ve given me back my joy in playing violin. Violin is so much more enjoyable when I play in a relaxed way! First of all, I took lessons when I was younger for about 6 years. Then I graduated from high-school and got busy and didn’t play violin very much for 1 1/2 years. Well, I stumbled across your violin academy about 1 year ago. It has been AMAZING! I am such a visual person and getting to watch the videos helped immensely. I soon realized that the things I struggled the most with were the basics! As I watched the beginning videos, I soon saw how many bad habits I’d developed. Your videos have helped me so much! Some of the bad habits I mentioned was how I held the bow, my posture, how I moved my wrist and arm….well, I started doing some of the exercises for the left and right hand and my playing has improved SO MUCH. At Christmas time I played a hymn for our church’s annual Christmas program. Normally, when I’m in front of people my hand and wrist tighten up from nervousness and the violin squeaks and sounds horrible. Well, I’d been doing some of the exercises and my arm and wrist were all relaxed~ and when I played violin in front of everyone…it went great! I was able to have good tone and there were no squeaky noises. Thank you so much, Zlata for violin academy! I’m so thankful to God for you and for all you do to help violin players like me! You are much appreciated! Well, that’s my testimony of how you have helped me so much! Well, thanks again!!!

Rachel Mitton

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500+ Online violin lessons for just $ 29 $19 a month!

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