This course is designed for violinists age high school to adult who have taken Violin from Scratch or play at an advanced beginning skill level, and will continue to challenge violinists who play at intermediate skill levels. Please see below for details.
This class may be taken multiple times; students may join at the beginning of any 6-week session.
Basic Class Format:
- The first part of the class will focus on technical development with bow drills and finger pattern review. Everyone will receive an individual technical suggestion based on their need at the moment.
- Next comes a brief applied theory section including scales & arpeggios and instruction on reading sheet music. The content will range from introductory to intermediate topics in each session. No worries if you feel over your head for part of it—you’ll keep hearing it until it makes sense.
- Next comes some playing by ear. We’ll do short call and response phrases to warm up (my turn, your turn) and learn some simple tunes by rote. You will be given sheet music for the tunes we learn, so if you currently rely on reading there’s no need to feel apprehensive about this part. Over time your ears and fingers will start to work together and learning to listen as you play will improve every aspect of your playing—even your reading!
- The last part of each session will involve playing arranged music. Repertoire will be selected from a variety of styles, and each arrangement will include a wide range of skill requirements so that everyone can participate at a level where they are comfortable. Those not comfortable with reading need not worry; there will be enough explanation so that you know what to do, and your reading skills will develop along the way.
- There will be you tube videos and handouts for all major instruction points and repertoire selections so you’ll have resources for your home practice. Additionally, students are encouraged to make their own videos in class.
You’ll need your own instrument; please contact us if you would like help locating one. Veteran teacher Robin Kearton will lead the class.
This is a group class for the purpose of single-instrument instruction. If you’d like to play in a mixed-instrument ensemble you may be interested in the Cretaceous Band, Jazz Combo, or Olde Music Baroque & Renaissance Ensemble.
Advanced beginner prerequisite skills:
- Has taken Violin from Scratch OR
- Is able to use bow for simple rhythms AND
- Is able to comfortably play the fingering pattern with a half step between 2nd and 3rd fingers (“high 2” or able to play D major scale starting on the open D string)
- No music reading is required; you’ll learn as we go.
|Class||Violin Continuing Group for Adults|
Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Session 1: January 23 to February 27. Snow day March 7.
Session 2: March 27 to May 1.
|Duration|| 6 weekly classes. May be repeated.
Students may join at the beginning of any session.
|Location||C4A Studios, Middle Room|
|Ages||High-school students to Adults|
|Skill Level||Advanced beginner through intermediate skills. Please see below for details.|
|Cost||$100 per 6-week session. 5% discount if you sign up for both sessions.|
|Next Offering||Fall 2018|