Helping violin and viola students discover the joy in performing

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With No Obligation - All ages and levels are welcome!

why choose Howard County Violin School?

Because, With Beginners and Advanced Pupils, young and old, we develop them into..

Performing Artists


And, we have A commitment to giving you awesome results

Honestly, who wouldn't like for their child to be a sitting Concertmaster in a Howard County Public School Orchestra?

In 2015, two of our students from Ellicott City did just that!

About the Director

Brandon Buckmaster is Director of the Howard County Violin School. Because of the cringeworthy sounds he made on his violin at 4 years old, Brandon’s parents replaced it with a silent, cardboard violin. This was only temporary, of course!

Years later, With a Master's degree in Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, Brandon has come a long way. In fact he has studied with world-renowned teachers, and performed with some of today’s great performing artists in Classical Music.

As a performer, Brandon has had the privilege of leading prestigious orchestras throughout the world as a concertmaster, including the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. As soloist, Brandon has been showcased by the Peabody Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, and the Evansville Philharmonic.

Brandon loves teaching his students, and has a track record of achieving great results. His students include an International Violin Competition Prize winner in Seoul, South Korea, and concertmasters in the Howard County Public School Orchestras.

At HoCo Violin School, we’re Committed to giving you a well-rounded music education

We’ll help you to improve your sight-reading skills, and in private lessons, touch on basic music theory elements. In the Fall and Spring semesters, we offer formal Music Theory Classes, which will help you understand the “science” of music, AND to play by ear!

"Brandon is an excellent teacher; I started violin as a complete novice, and he met me on my level, patiently introducing me to the basics, then constantly driving me to higher levels of skill. Highly recommended!"

Michael, Private Violin Student

Hours & Location

(443) 475-0876
M-Fri: 4pm - 8pm
Other times are also available by appointment