Group Classes

Group classes are biweekly classes for groups of students at roughly the same age and level. These classes are a supplement, not a replacement, for private lessons. Group classes provide an opportunity to build ensemble playing skills, ear-training, music theory and support the work being done in the lessons with fun group activities. They also help build community and friendships between students and families in the studio.

The classes intentionally overlap so that students are working at their level as well as reviewing earlier repertoire and listening to students play more advanced repertoire. Students are encouraged to stay longer, into the next classes to hear more advanced pieces and I am often able to include them with related activities.

Please consider attending group class to be part of your family’s commitment to studying the violin. If your child is at the age and level for which a group class is offered she/he will be expected to attend. Parents should plan to stay for the group class. (We will discuss group class more during your lesson).

Students taking from other Suzuki teachers in the area are welcome to attend. Cost for students outside the studio is $80 per quarter. Please contact me for details:  sharon@wherlandsuzukistudio.com or 206-307-2318.

Location and Rates

All group classes are taught  twice per month on Sunday afternoons at the Suzuki Strings of Redmond studio, 8250 165th Ave NE, Suite #100 in downtown Redmond. Viola and violin students will be in the same class.

The group class fee is charged as a single quarterly fee of $72 per student to cover the 6 group classes each quarter. Paying the full group class tuition is required for attending group classes. Please attend as many as you can and keep in mind that I do not make-up or reimburse missed group classes.

Class Timings

Book 1 Group Class: 3:15-4:30                                                                                                                     This class is suitable for students who have learned the first set of Twinkle Twinkle Little Start variations through the end of Book 1. It will involve  rhythm, movement and concentration work as well as work with the violins, learning how to play together with other students and follow a leader. I also use the group class to reinforce repertoire, techniques being worked on in lesson, as well as music reading and music theory. Some of the class will cover songs they have not yet learned.  This is intentional. Students are encouraged to stay and watch the following class and participate in any activities or songs they feel comfortable playing.

Book 2 Group Class: 4:00-5:00 Book 2 students will be expected to maintain Book 1 songs in their memory as they will be reviewed and used for technique building. This class will also work on basic music theory and ear-training concepts as well as note reading and improvisation.

Book 3-5 Group Class: 4:30-5:30

Spring Quarter Calendar, 2017

Group classes will be held on the following 6 Sundays at the same times as in Winter Quarter:
– April 2, 23 (notice the first class is the Sunday directly after out last winter quarter group class and  there is a two week gap between the 2nd and 23rd to avoid Easter and Passover)
– May 7, 21
– June 4, 18