Teacher: Penny Sande
Material fees: $15 for music book(s), and general materials (for the first trimester only), you will need to rent or purchase an instrument (see above).
Class Fees: $240 or $230 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments, Price is for one quarter only.
HOMEWORK: Daily practice is REALLY NECESSARY, but at the beginning, I ask for only two 5min practices a day. Also if you plan to travel or miss more than one class per trimester, this will generally defeat the learning effort. Stability is absolutely necessary when beginning a new instrument. I will likely continue classes over the long break between Thanksgiving and the restart of classes in January. These are not mandatory, but very helpful to keep budding musicians going.
The benefits of becoming a musician are almost too numerous to count. There are several TedTalks on the subject, it utilizes the whole brain in amazing ways. Students learn patience, and how to cooperate as a team. Even how to release frustration in a positive way. (PBS-Benefits of Music Education)
This is a FULL YEAR class. To work well in a group class, students usually need to be eight years or older. Younger children may be able to join this class after they gain the necessary skills to keep up with the group. I am happy to work individually with students and then allow them to join the class down the road if they gain the skills and won't hold back the group by joining. I give lessons year round, and if you'd like them to perhaps join the class, contact me now and lets get a jump on their individual skills!
While this is a group class in formal music instruction, and they will learn a bit about music theory, music history, work on rhythm skills and reading musical notation, how to hold and begin the process of playing a classical string instrument (violin/viola or cello) and start building those necessary sight-reading skills. The goal is make life-long musicians, who find joy in making music, while exploring a variety of musical styles and gaining necessary skills to continue their musical voyage at their own pace.
Choose an instrument:
Violin – the violin generally plays the melody, and at proficiency levels is usually assigned leadership roles. The sound is the highest range and a greater demand is placed on it at higher levels. This instrument reads treble clef.
Viola – is a midrange instrument (lower than the violin, with a rich tone), that helps to set the rhythmic patterns that define string arrangements, while it sometimes mimicking the violin or cello, it usually has the job of stabilizing the orchestra. This instrument reads Tenor clef, and colleges with orchestras are ALWAYS looking for viola players!
Cello – the higher of the bass instruments, this seated instrument plays a lot of harmonies (other melodies used to broaden the orchestral music). This is the second most popular of the string instruments and an absolute necessity for most any string arrangement. This instrument reads the bass clef.
The class will play in unison for the majority of the school year, eventually breaking into small sections and learning to play different parts to create more complex music.
I have a good number of instruments available for rent (or purchase). Instruments need to be sized to the student (violins & violas rent for $15 per month, and cellos for $45 per month) and this IS NOT included in the cost of the class. There are many fine local music stores to rent or purchase from as well. To avoid the creation of bad habits, it is best to avoid renting an instrument until just prior to the start of classes.
Please feel free to contact Penny Sande for any questions, or check out my website sandestrings.com.