Bridges and Strings

Music Studio

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Private Lessons

Learn to play the violin, piano, or ukulele in a private lesson taught by Diana Dow.

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Group Classes

Ukulele, recorder or Charlotte Mason style music group classes are now available for your homeschool co-op, private school or playdate.

Private Lessons



The violin is a solo instrument as well as an ensemble instrument. Playing alone is very satisfying. Playing with a group is amazing. As one of the most challenging instruments in our culture it provides benefits in all areas of life.


The piano is foundational to all other music. Your child will learn music theory, ear training, and music appreciation which will not only provide hours of enjoyment but open the door to learning every other instrument.


The ukulele is making a come back. This small guitar-like instrument is the perfect size for small hands. The learning curve is gentle with immediate success from the very first lesson.

Policies and Prices

Group Classes

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School age children playing colorful recorders in classroom

Charlotte Mason Style Music

Charlotte Mason encouraged surrounding the student with a rich banquet of literature, nature, music, art, etc. Students will sing classic hymns, patriotic songs, folk songs and as time allows listen to works of the masters.


The recorder is an inexpensive way to introduce children to music. Students will learn to play simple melodies and learn basic music theory all while having a great time.


The ukulele is an excellent first instrument due to its size and reasonable cost. Students will learn to play chords in a sing-along type class. Advanced students will also learn to read tabs and to play chord melody.

What Parents Have To Say

Your classes are so great for any age to learn to play! The girls still talk about how much fun they’ve had. -- Sarah

Diana Dow taught both of my children privately in her home and publicly in our homeschool orchestra and in our co-op. She is kind, attentive and very knowledgeable. My children learned so much from Mrs. Diana! -- Shannon

Diana is a wonderful dedicated teacher. She helped my daughter blossom in her love and technique of cello. We love her classes and fully recommend her. -- Marisol

Our daughter has taken violin private and group classes from Mrs. Dow. She has learned so much and has a strong foundation in music thanks to her time with Mrs. Dow. -- Stephanie

Diana taught two of my children to play several instruments during their school years. Although they have both graduated, they continue to enjoy their chosen instruments and hold on to the strong love of good music that Diana helped instill in them. We highly recommend both her private and group lessons! -- Lisa

We have been privileged to enjoy Ms. Diana’s exceptional teaching skills for the past 7 years. In that time, she worked with 4 of my children in private lessons. Not only did they grow in their skill and love for music, but their character was also shaped in many ways by her consistent firm, yet gentle approach. Her quality instruction and patience is unmatched. She is a gem in the homeschool community at large. -- Frances

Diana taught all 3 of my children. It began with private piano lessons and grew into her teaching 2 of them string instruments. Not only did she pour her love of music into each of my kids, but she taught them techniques & disciplines that they still continue to use daily. She is a treasure to anyone (child or adult) seeking to learn more about music. -- Sara

Policies and Prices

Private Lessons

  • Ages 7 years old to adult
  • 30 minutes per lesson each week
  • Piano students must have a piano with 88 weighted keys
  • Violin students must have an appropriately sized violin with necessary accessories.
  • Practice is required (at least 5 days a week)
  • All students must bring music books as assigned to all lessons.
  • Online lessons are available for occasional use if scheduled in advance.
  • In case of a missed lesson, an assignment will be created to ensure progress.

Group Classes

  • Available for your:
    • Homeschool co-op
    • Private School
    • After School Program
    • Playdate
  • Choose ukulele, recorder or CM style music class
  • 12 week semesters:
    • Fall (Sep, Oct, Nov)
    • Spring (Feb, Mar, Apr)
  • Minimum of 5 students

Payment options: Cash, Check, Paypal

Let Me Introduce Myself

My name is Diana Dow. I am the mother of 6, mother in-law of 5, grandmother of 14, and recently widowed after the passing of my husband of nearly 42 years.

I am a 1980 graduate of Amarillo High School where I participated in the amazing orchestra program taught by Ron Wells who lead us to earning the TMEA Honor Orchestra my sophomore year. I was also a member of the TMEA All-state orchestra for 3 years.

I have had the privilege of playing with the Amarillo Symphony, Tupelo Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, and The Orchestra of the Pines located in Nacogdoches, TX. I have taught private violin and piano lessons for nearly 30 years. I founded and taught The East Texas Home School String Orchestra in Lufkin, Texas and The Coastal Bend Strings in Corpus Christi, Texas.

I homeschooled my 6 boys for a total of 29 years which lead me to teach many classes in various co-ops: Ukulele, Recorder, a Charlotte Mason style music class, Latin and Crochet.

I love to teach the Bible to women and children and have a blog where I offer encouragement, ideas and original songs/hymns I have written: Bible Songs and More and another that is more family/home focused: A Keeper At Home.

I am now returning to my beloved Amarillo and want to share my love of music with you.

Bridges and Strings is Diana Dow’s private music studio.

Located in her home near 45th and Bell Avenue in Amarillo, TX.

(exact address given at registration)

Feel free to call / text / email / or send a message through FB for more information about private lessons or group classes.

Phone or Text: 936.414.7798


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