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Programs:  Private Violin Lessons, Viola Lessons, Cello Lessons, String Lessons, Guitar Lessons and Classes

String Lessons and Classes

Weekly lessons are offered for 30 minutes for beginners, 45 minutes for intermediates (when the student begins to learn simple music literature), and 60 minutes for advanced students (who are playing more difficult literature).  However, high achieving beginners or slower learners may wish apply for more time than allotted here.  In other words, you choose the length of time of your lesson.   Tuition is paid by the time, not the level. 

Teachers write the assignment for each week inthe student's Assignment Notebook, and students are expected to record the amount of time they spend practicing on the Practice record page for each week  Children 12 and under have their Practice Record signed off by a parent.

Violin lessons, Viola lessons, Cello lessons are taught in both the traditional music reading methods, using Strictly Strings, All for Strings,  other method including note reading, as well as the Suzuki method, which uses the ear early, and then incorporates music reading.  Teachers also use the Mogill Scales studies for viola, Hrimaly scales studies for violin, Solos for Young ViolinistsMelbay Presents Sacred Violin Solos.  

Beginning strings have private lessons weekly, and  Intermediate and advanced string students are part of the Orchestra which meets weekly.  For cellos, besides the Suzuki and other methods mentioned above, they use Muller Rusch String Method Advanced Positions.   All strings are taught theory, using Alfred Essentials of Music Theory for treble, bass, and alto clefs (viola).  String Bass lessons are from the George Vance Progressive Method and Progressive Repertoire for the Double Bass.

Harp Lessons, Guitar Lessons (electric and acoustic, lead and bass) are all taught on the traditional note reading method as the student learns to play the instrument. 

Harp books include Harp Olympics, Vanderbilt Edition solos for harp, Student Harpist Sight Reader, Fun From the First by Samuel Milligan for Harp, and others.

Guitar method books include Melbay Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Learning the Classic Guitar, Aaron Shearer Classic Guitar Techniques, Alfred Basic Guitar Method, Blues Guitar for Beginners, Folk Guitar and Classical Guitar methods and others. 

Bass Guitars students uses The Complete Electric Bass Player by Chuck Rainey.  All those books mentioned above are in the school's Book and Music Store.  

The harp and guitar students are placed in ensembles on occasion, and occasionally, harpists play with the orchestra.  

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