Strings Program: Violin, Viola, and Cello


Curriculum

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. Students receive one group lesson and one private lesson weekly. Music is included in tuition.

Private lesson times will be assigned after registration is closed. Lessons are taught by the String Pedagogy class.

Beginning Strings Calendar

Schedule
Beginning Strings Thursday 5:00 pm Room   250              

Required Concert Attendance for Beginning Strings:

October TBA Halloween Concert
December 9 String Concert @ 10:30 am
March 10 Bach Festival @ 1:00 pm
April 28 String Concert @ 10:30 am

Musicianship Class

Classes are held on the first Saturday of each month. Musicianship classes include: ear training, music theory, and solo performance. Students learn music theory and ear training from basics through first-year college level. Student will perform solo pieces and receive input from the group class teacher on their progress.

Optional Group Class

Group class is held on the first Thursday of each month.Group class will provide an opportunity for students to perform in an additional group setting.  The students’ knowledge of chamber music literature will be expanded, group playing opportunities range from duets and trios to quartets.

Musicianship class and Group class meets monthly for one hour. Students are required to attend.

Schedule
String Artist l Saturday 9:00 am Room   250                 
String Artist Il Saturday 10:00 am Room 250                      
String Artist lll Saturday 11:00 am Room 250                      
Optional Group Class Thursday 4:00 pm Room 110                 

String Artist l

Students engage in a foundational study of music theory fundamentals. This course of study includes training in basic music notation, the core intervals, and music-listening skills. Students explore course content with their instruments, relating concepts directly to their own practice and performance.

String Artist ll

Students expand their understating of the basic fundamentals of music theory. This course of study includes training in music notation, all intervals within the octave, and music-listening skills. Students explore course content with their instruments, relating concepts directly to their own practice and performance.

String Artist lll

Students refine their understating of music theory. This course of study includes advanced training in music notation, standard intervals, and advanced music-listening skills. Students explore course content with their instruments, relating concepts directly to their own practice and performance.

Private Lessons

All beginner lessons are scheduled by the beginning strings coordinator, 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.

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.

Evaluations

Evaluation day takes place during spring semester and is required of all students. Students play one memorized pieces and prepare technique requirements for their current level. Students who do not complete the requirements will be asked to seek instruction elsewhere.

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:  music stand, pencil,  and metronome. Music will be provided.

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 10 private lessons. Students are required to register for a minimum of 5 lessons during Summer Semester. Each string student is also required to participate in the String Summer Camp.

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2017-18 Calendar

We follow the University Of Utah academic calendar.

August
1 Tuition Due
21 Private string lessons begin
September
4 Holiday - Labor day**
7 Performance Class (optional)
9 *Musicianship Classes (2nd Saturday due to Holiday)
October
5 Performance Class (optional)
7 Musicianship Classes
8-15 Fall Break**
November
2 Performance Class (optional)
4 Musicianship Classes
23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday
December
2 Musicianship Classes
7 Performance Class (optional)
9 Holiday Concert (10:30 am)
16-Jan 7
Winter Break**
January
1 Tuition Due
6 Classes and lessons resume
6 Musicianship Classes
11 *Performance Class (optional, 2nd Thursday due to academic calendar)
15 Holiday-Martin Luther King Jr. Day**
February
1 Performance Class (optional)
3 Musicianship Classes
19 Holiday-President's day**
March
1 Performance Class (optional)
3 Musicianship Classes
10 Bach Festival  (1:00 pm)
18-25 Spring Break**
April
5 Performance Class (optional)
7 Musicianship Classes/Evaluations
28 Final Concert (10:30 am)

 **No classes or lessons

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Last Updated: 9/22/17