Strings

The Strings Department prepares students to achieve technical proficiency on their instruments. A comprehensive curriculum emphasizes balanced posture, beautiful tone production, accurate intonation, musicianship skills, and leads students through a sequential body of repertoire.

The Conservatory’s string curriculum for violin, viola and cello is based on the Talent Education method developed by Shinichi Suzuki. All students follow the Suzuki curriculum, which includes weekly individual lessons of 30, 45 or 60 minutes and a weekly group class on Monday nights. Parents are a key component to the success of the Suzuki method and their presence in lessons and group classes is strongly encouraged. Through the Suzuki method, students may begin instruction as young as age 4.

Our Programs

We offer private lessons as well as group and ensemble classes.

Strings Musicianship

Ages 4 & 5: Mondays at 4 p.m.

Musicianship classes are for our young Suzuki students who are “pre-Twinkle,” which is to say that they are not yet ready for group class on their instruments. In Musicianship class, the teacher will introduce the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form and expression in a group class, where students actively make music with their peers. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with and manipulate rhythmic patterns, begin ear training through singing and playing xylophones, play in an ensemble, move expressively to music, and create meaningful connections to both the music in the Suzuki repertoire and great examples of classical and folk music.

Suzuki Groups

Group classes for violin and viola students meet Monday and Thursday evenings between 5:30 and 7:30. Group classes for cello students meet Monday evenings between 5:30 and 7:00.

Annecto Strings

Annecto Strings meets Thursday evenings between 5:30 and 6:30.

Students playing the violin, viola, cello, and string bass at an intermediate level or above may participate in this class.

Visit the Fees page for more information about tuition and registration fees.