The most well-known of our ensemble offerings, the Bow-Dacious String Band consists of about 25-40 kids, aged 6 through high school, who get together weekly to play popular music styles on violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo and other stringed instruments. We also welcome accordions, pianos, flutes and percussion with instructor consent.
This band performs a lot–over 200 times in the past 10 years! The repertoire is drawn from traditional and popular music genres from around the world. Our emphasis is on developing strong ensemble skills, soloing, improvising, and learning applied music theory as it relates to the tunes we play.
Students are divided into groups according to age and skill level, and each group receives instruction that is just a bit challenging for their level. Placement in groups is at the discretion of the director.
Although we don’t accept absolute beginners into the band*, admission standards are designed to be inclusive; we have minimal skill requirements. Violin, viola, and cello players need to be able to play Twinkle or an equivalent tune without stopping. Other instrumentalists should contact us to see if they are ready to join the band.
*We do accept absolute beginners who are taking lessons in our kids violin ensemble!
We also have a week-long summer camp each year. Adults are encouraged to attend camp too! You can learn about camp here.
Please contact us if you have questions!
|Class||Bow-Dacious String Band|
|Instructor||Robin Kearton, Chris Petterson|
|Meeting Time||Sundays, 4:00 to 6:00 or 4:30 to 6:30, depending on placement.|
|Dates||September 10 to December 3, 2017.
No class November 26. Snow Day December 10.
Late registrations accepted.
|Duration||12 weekly sessions.|
|Meeting Location||C4A Studios, Room 7 (upstairs)|
|Ages|| 6 – 18
|SKILL LEVEL||Anyone who already plays a stringed instrument at an advanced beginner level or above. (see below) Other instruments by consent.|
|Cost||$150/semester. Discounts may apply|
|Next Offering||Spring 2018|