Beginner: Learning the violin can be an adventure! From the first moment holding the violin, the student develops a natural way of holding the instrument and develops auditory skills that nurture a good musical foundation. Methods such as Suzuki and Adventures in Violinland, as well as other traditional methods are used in an approach customized to each student.
Intermediate: Once the student has a good foundation, the focus is on further developing a coordinated way of physically relating to the violin, developing critical listening skills, problem-solving, self-monitoring, building repertoire, growing an ability to express oneself on the violin, and learning to play with others in an ensemble.
Advanced: The focus at this level is to further develop musicianship: honing technique, learning repertoire from the canon of violin literature, developing one’s own artistry, and discerning different musical styles.
At the end of each semester, there will be a performance opportunity for the students to perform individually as well as in a group. Students are encouraged to join their school or local youth orchestra.
As a member of the American String Teachers Association, students have the opportunity to participate in the ASTA Certification Advancement Program. This annual performance exam provides a structured way for students to achieve goals and receive a Certificate of Achievement upon the completion of each level (Foundation level – Level 10) in a non-competitive environment.