What to Expect

For more information on policies, curriculum, and rates, please view the student handbook.

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BEGINNER

  • The beginning stage of violin playing is the most crucial period of learning. Beginning students will build a foundation for solid playing skills, healthy practice habits, and a basis for musical understanding.
  • All beginning students should develop strong fundamental violin technique and a beautiful sound.
  • For young students, parental involvement is key to the child’s progress.
  • The first year of lessons is all about learning how to practice!
  • The relationship between the parent, student, and teacher is crucial- the student will never practice or play the violin alone.  Parents must attend lessons so they can help their child practice at home every day.
  • The emphasis in practice is not hours spent, but the number of correct repetitions.
DAILY PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS: Starts at 15 minutes in the beginning, will increase to AT LEAST 30-45 minutes
INTERMEDIATE
  • The intermediate stage encompasses a broad spectrum of abilities.  Along with playing more sophisticated repertoire, students will become proficient in etudes, scales and arpeggios, and other technical skills.
  • Students will become more aware of their playing so that they may keep good playing habits in school orchestra, youth symphony, and other ensemble commitments.
DAILY PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS: AT LEAST 45-75 minutes depending on ability
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ADVANCED
  • With their own sense of commitment to the craft, advanced students work on a combination of major concerti, solo sonatas, chamber music, and advanced technical exercises and etudes.
  • Students at this stage have the ability to make their own musical decisions with the guidance of a teacher—they have the tools needed to play, but just need an extra push to realize their potential.
DAILY PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS: AT LEAST 90 minutes-120 minutes, often more 
 
Please consult this page for age-related practice expectations
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INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

All students enrolled in the studio take private lessons.  Private lessons are held for 30, 45, or 60 minutes depending on age and experience level.  90 minutes are offered to advanced students.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Performance opportunities are an important aspect of musical education. Students will learn to become poised and experienced performers from the very beginning of their studies.

All students participate in performance classes. These classes provide a chance for students to learn and collaborate together, while supplementing their individual skills.

Additionally, student recitals are held at least twice a year. This gives students an opportunity to perform polished pieces for a warm and welcoming audience.

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