Strings Program


Curriculum

Student Recitals

Quarterly recitals offer the opportunity for students to demonstrate their progress to family and friends and help develop self-confidence and musical mastery. All students are required to participate in each concert.

Solo Performance Recitals

Each student will be encouraged to perform a solo at two concerts per year. He or she will receive a solo performance assignment at the beginning of each semester. Private teachers will decide if student is ready to perform in the recital.

Group Performance Recitals

Students present group performances in these recitals. Group pieces will be assigned at the beginning of each semester.

Group Class

Group classes include: group playing, ear training, music theory, and solo performance. Students learn music theory and ear training from basics through first-year college level. To expand students’ knowledge of chamber music literature, group playing opportunities range from duets and trios to quartets. Each group class will provide an opportunity for students to perform a prepared solo piece and receive input from the group class teacher on their progress.

Beginning Strings (violin):

This class is designed for students who have never played a string instrument before. We will only accept children ages 5-8. Those interested in registering must fill out and sign the parent consent from to be accepted into the program.

Private lesson times will be assigned after registration is closed.

Whistler l

This class is designed for students who have completed Suzuki Book I and can read music.

Whistler ll

This class is designed for students who have completed Suzuki Book II and are in the process of learning how to shift and vibrate.

Mazas

This class is designed for students who have completed Suzuki Book III, can shift and vibrate, play comfortably in I and III position, and are learning II and IV position.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music is a class for students who are studying in Suzuki book IV and beyond. This class is designed to further the skill of ensemble playing. Students will learn works such as Corelli, Vivaldi, and Bach concerti grossi. This class also includes solo performance and advanced music theory and ear training.

Conservatory Class

The U of U String Conservatory is for serious students and families who want to make music a priority. The participating students will be enrolled in two lessons per week (45 or 60 minutes, depending on the age of the child), one master class per month, and one advanced theory class per month. Each student enrolled in this program will be able to join the Mazas or Chamber Music classes. Students will perform in two solo performances, two ensemble performances, and a solo recital at the conclusion of each academic year. Students will be encouraged to participate in contests and competitions. A minimum of an hour and a half of daily practicing will be required. This program is not for beginning players. Students who have one or more years of experience will be considered; individuals will be chosen to participate in this program based on the string director's recommendation or by an audition. Prospective students will exhibit a strong foundation of playing and high level of musical ability.

Private Lessons

All beginner lessons are scheduled by the string director, Dr. Kasia Borup. All other lessons will be scheduled individually by each student's parent and their teacher. Students meet weekly with their private teacher. Lesson length is determined at the beginning of each academic year or during the audition. Students are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early to warm up before lessons.

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Requirements

Parent Contract

Each student must fill out a Parent Contract in order to register for the program.  Please click on the link to download the Parent Contract PDF  Mail the completed form to the following address: 

Preparatory Division, School of Music
1375 East Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

Group Class

Each group meets weekly for one hour. Students are required to attend.

Schedule
Beginning Strings I Tuesday 4:00 PM                         
Beginning Strings II Thursday 4:15 PM                         
Whistler Thursday 5:15 PM                         
Chamber Music Tuesday 5:00 PM                         
Conservatory Class TBA TBA                      
Cello Class TBA TBA

 

Practice

Students must practice every day, as successful, satisfying music study depends on consistent, daily practice. Practice length will depend on the length and difficulty of pieces assigned each week. To help them with their daily practice, students under age twelve must have a parent or a guardian attend their lessons and practice daily together. We encourage dialogue between teachers and parents about any issues that will help the student to improve.

Concert Attendance

We believe that creating a musical culture for each student is just as important for musical development as practicing. Seeing professional musicians on stage, or college students, encourages our young students to play and practice and inspires them greatly. Each student is required to attend one concert per semester. Students who do not attend any concerts may be asked to leave the program. The following form must be filled out and given to the instructor at the end of the school year: Concert Attendance Form

Equipment

Instruments must be kept in good repair. Students should bring assigned sheet music, pencil, notebook, and staff paper to each lesson. Beginning students will need to have an instrument by the first day of class. We recommend renting or purchasing an instrument from Georg Meiwes (801-428-7368). As children grow, they will need a different instrument, sponge, shoulder rest, and chin rest. We will direct parents to the best location to purchase these items. 

Music

Beginning string students will need: Suzuki Book I (please purchase edition with CD), Songs for Little Players (violin only), music stand, pencil, metronome, and binder.

Advanced students will need: appropriate Suzuki Book, etude books which will be assigned by private teachers at the beginning of each year (please purchase editions which include CD), music stand, pencil, metronome, and binder.

Cancellation

When the teacher has received a 24-hour cancellation notice, one private lesson per semester will be made up at teacher’s convenience.  There are no make up times offered for missed group classes. We follow the University of Utah academic calendar. 

Summer String Lessons

The summer session includes 6 private lessons. Students are required to register for a minimum of 6 lessons during Summer Semester. Each string student is also required to participate in the String Summer Camp.

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2016-17 Calendar

We follow the University Of Utah academic calendar.

Classroom Assignments

Mazas Gardner Hall Room 318
Beginning Strings I, Chamber Music Fine Arts West Recital Hall
 Conservatory TBA TBA
 Beginning Strings II, Whistler Fine Arts West Room 110
Cello Class Fine Arts West TBA

 

August
1 Tuition Due
22 Private string lessons begin
23 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
25 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
September
5 Holiday - Labor day**
6 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
8 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
13 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
15 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
20 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
22 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
27 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
29 Beginning Strings II 4:15,  Whistler 5:15
October
4 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
6 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
9-16 Fall Break**
18 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
20 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
25 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
27 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
November
1 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
3 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
8 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
10 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
15 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
17 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
22 Beginning Strings I4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
24-25 Thanksgiving Holiday
29 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
December
1 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
6 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
8 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
10 Holiday Concert
13 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
15 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
17-Jan 8
Winter Break**
January
1 Tuition Due
9 Classes and lessons resume
10 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
12 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
16 Holiday-Martin Luther King Jr. Day**
17 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
19 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
24 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
26 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
31 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
February
2 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
7 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber 5:00
9 Beginnning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
14 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber 5:00
16 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
20 Holiday-President's day**
21 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
23 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
25 Solo Concert
28 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
March
2 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
7 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
9 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
12-19 Spring Break**
21 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
23 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
28 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
30 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
April
4 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
6 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
11 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
13 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
18 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
20 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
22 Conservatory Concert
25 Beginning Strings I 4:00, Chamber Music 5:00
27 Beginning Strings II 4:15, Whistler 5:15
29 Final Concert

 **No classes or lessons

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Last Updated: 1/26/17