Based in the Suzuki, fiddle, and traditional methods, the violin classes focus on sound, memory, technical accuracy, and musicality. Etudes and rhythm exercises are part of every class. Ensemble playing is introduced to students at an early stage through duets and trios.
The Pre-Twinkle and Level 1 classes represent the first years of violin study. We focus on proper posture, finger placement, and bowing while learning the first three songs in the Suzuki Book 1: Twinkle, Lightly Row, and Song of the Wind. Parents are asked to help their children during the week with short sessions of practicing and listening to recordings of Suzuki Book 1.
The Level 2 class introduces sight-reading and continues in the Suzuki songs, with the addition of fun fiddle songs.
The Level 3 class requires sight-reading. Students learn traditional songs and continue with the next several songs in Book 1 and 2. Scales and etudes are emphasized.
The Mariachi violin class focuses on 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions with etudes to develop speed and accuracy, and troubleshooting difficult measures in Mariachi songs.
Level 1 – starting with the basics:
Level 1 – end of first 5 weeks: