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 enroll in my group class program. The same class fee and expectations apply.
Please contact me for details: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 that breaks down to $12 per class. The Fall, 2017 quarter contains 7 group classes so the fee is $84 per student. 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.
Earl Book 1 Group Class: 3:30-4:15 This class is suitable for pre-Twinkle student through mid 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.
Early Book 1: 3:15 – 4:00 This class is suitable for all beginners including those not yet using real violins. The focus will be in bow arm motion, bow control and bow hold as well as ear training, playing together, rhythm recognition and piece recognition.
Late Book 1: 3:45 – 4:30 Along with early book 1 pieces this class will cover the new techniques and finger patterns introduced in the second half of the book as well as cover early reading, ear training and music theory concepts. Students are encouraged to stay and listen to Book 2 pieces they have not yet played.
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 Group Class: 4:30-5:30 While maintaining all previously learned books is a goal, I understand that it can be difficult after book 2. A repertoire list for each group class will be posted so that students can focus their review work on pieces that will be covered in that week’s group class. This class will also touch on music theory, ear-training, technique preparation for book 4 and improvisation.
Book 4-6 Class: 5:00-6:00 This class will cover material and concept posted in the group class schedule as well as some music theory, ear-training, improvisation, and sight-reading.