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Carolina Strings Academy

The Carolina String Academy is open to all area string students. Beginning group classes in violin, viola and cello are offered to children and adults. Intermediate and Advanced level students may enroll in a curriculum that includes both private lessons and group classes. Registration is now open online.

Beginning instruction is in a group setting where fundamental skills and techniques are developed. The beginning curriculum is designed to cultivate interest in the music learning process. Students will have performance opportunities through performance classes, group classes, recitals and concerts. The strings faculty recognizes the importance of parent involvement, especially during the first four years of study and offers parent education classes throughout the year to help parents become actively involved in their child's music education.

Through creative playing activities, music theory, and ear training, students sharpen their aural, visual, and tactile senses allowing them to assess their own playing and that of their peers. This modified Suzuki program allows students of all ages and abilities to progress at their own pace in a healthy competitive environment. The strings program encourages character development, improves focus skills, and helps build self-esteem as students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become proficient musicians. Practice progress is documented on a weekly basis and instructors hold students to a high standard of excellence whether preparing for a solo or ensemble performance.

Intermediate instruction consists of both private lessons and continuing group instruction. At this level, students receive both a private lesson, scheduled on an individual basis, and a group class on a weekly basis. Parents of students under the age of 9 are required to attend a minimum of one private lesson a month. It is preferable and most beneficial for parents to attend more lessons if possible. The performance arena is a building block for a student's music growth. Every student will have the opportunity to play on solo recitals as well as violin, viola and cello group concerts during the year.

Our instructors are highly qualified professionals with extensive pedagogical training and early childhood education experience.

Tiffany Rice, violin
Mary Taylor, violin
Lauren Eastlack, violin
Jenny Weiss, violin
Ben Weiss, viola and violin

Beginning Group Violin with Private Lessons - Thursday afternoons This violin class is open to beginning students between the ages of 5 to 7 years old. This class will emphasize learning violin fundamentals and beginning music theory. Students will also take a private weekly lesson.

Beginning Group Viola with Private Lessons - Tuesday afternoons This viola class will emphasize viola fundamentals and beginning music theory. Students will also take a private weekly lesson.

Beginning Group Cello with Private Lessons
- Tuesday afternoons This cello class will emphasize cello fundamentals and beginning music theory. Students will also take a private weekly lesson.

Intermediate Violin Instruction
In addition to private violin lessons, students receive group instruction consisting of ensemble playing, ear training and music theory. This will also include sight reading.


Private Lessons
 
Violin Level 1 - Private Lessons (individually scheduled)
Violin and Music Theory Group Class
Thursday 2:45-4:15pm
This violin class is open to students who are currently in the first half of Suzuki Book I.
(Twinkle variations through May Song).

Violin Level 2 - Private Lessons (individually scheduled)
Violin and Music Theory Group Class
Thursday 3:15-4:45pm
This violin class is open to students who are currently in the second half of Suzuki Book I.
(Long, Long Ago through Gossec Gavotte).

Violin Level 3 - Private Lessons (individually scheduled)
Violin and Music Theory Group Class
Thursday 3:15-4:45pm
This violin class is open to students who are currently in Suzuki Book II or above and are reading music.

Viola and Cello Group Classes
Students will be grouped according to proficiency level. These classes will consist of ensemble playing, solo performance opportunities, and music theory.

Cello Group Class and Music Theory
Tuesday 3:15-4:45pm
Viola Group Class and Music Theory
Tuesday 3:15-4:45pm

Adult Beginning Violin and Cello Group Classes
Open to adults who wish to learn to play the violin or cello in a group setting.

Adult Beginning Violin Group Class - meeting time arranged with participants
Adult Beginning Cello Group Class - meeting time arranged with participants