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Violin Lessons and Strings Classes for Kids, Teens & Adults


Violin and Strings Classes and Lessons

Looking for a fun way to learn violin and cello and other string instruments? The Potomac Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA offers the perfect blend of university-quality violin and string teachers and a friendly environment with other community members.

Semester: FALL 2015 (September thru December)
Group Class Schedule At-A-Glance

Violin ClassVIOLIN BEGINNINGS LEVEL 1 Ages: 4 to 7 yrs
This class is the pefect introduction to the world of violin music. Students start at the very beginning, learning how to hold the violin and bow with ease and play simple songs that use their new skills. They play games to develop listening skills, rhythmic coordination, and use the Freddie Fiddle and Betty Bow workbook to learn the basics of reading music. Special listening time in each class will introduce students to the music of some of the world's most famous composers. A combination of traditional, Suzuki, and Rolland methods will be used. (Class size: 6 max)
IMPORTANT: A parent is required to attend and participate in the class with their child, and to practice daily with them at home. Students are required to rent/purchase their own child-size violin.
See Potomac Violin Rental Guidelines

Violin Beginnings Level 2 will be offerred again in Spring 2016.
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SECTION A: TUESDAYS, 5:30PM-6:30PM, Sept 22 - Jan 12 (15 classes)
No Class Dec 22nd and Dec 29th (Holiday Break)
Teacher: Rachel McAleer Location: Potomac Building, Room #9
Cost: $427.50+$45music* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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SECTION B: THURSDAYS
, 5:30PM-6:30PM, Sept 24 - Jan 21 (15 classes)
No Class Nov 26th, Dec 24th and Dec 31st (Holiday Breaks)
Teacher: Erynn Spencer Location: Potomac Building, Room #9
Cost: $427.50+$45music* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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SECTION C: SATURDAYS, 9:00AM-10:00AM, Sept 19 - Jan 30 (15 classes)
No Class Oct 17th, Nov 28, Dec 12th, Dec 26th and Jan 2nd
Teacher: Claire Allen Location: Mason Music Theater Building, 1017
Cost: $427.50+$45music* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Violin ClassVIOLIN BEGINNINGS LEVEL 2 Ages: 4 to 7 yrs
Students who have taken Violin Beginnings Level 1 will pick up right where they left off, continuing to develop their fundamental skills and learning new songs. They will play pieces from Magic Carpet for Violin as well as the famous Twinkle Variations from Suzuki Violin School, Volume 1. Games designed to develop their musical ear and rhythmic skills will build on the foundation created in Level 1, and they will learn to read the notes in the A Major scale as well as all the basic rhythmic values. Special listening time each class will introduce students to the rich history of Western classical music, from the Middle Ages to music that is being composed today. A combination of traditional, Suzuki, and Rolland methods will be used. (Class size: 6 max)
IMPORTANT: Students are required to rent/purchase their own child-size violin. See Potomac Violin Rental Guidelines

WEDNESDAYS, 5:30PM-6:30PM, Sept 23 - Jan 20 (15 classes)
No Class Nov 25th, Dec 23rd and Dec 30th (Holiday Breaks)
Teacher: Erynn Spencer Location: Potomac Building, Room #10
Cost: $427.50+$45music* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Cello ClassCELLO BEGINNINGS LEVEL 1 Ages: 4 to 7 yrs
This class will give your child the opportunity to become inspired and motivated in a group class using the Suzuki philosophy. Students will begin by learning all of the basic fundamentals of how to hold the cello and bow in a positive and fun environment. Simple songs will be learned to help foster further development. The class also puts an emphasis on rhythmic and ear training using fun and challenging games. Each week your child will listen to music by different composers and will also learn about how music can be used to tell a story. Parents play a very important role in the development of their cellists and are required to attend and participate in class. Parents are also expected to be their child’s “practice partner” during daily practice sessions outside of class. After completion of this course your child will be ready to transition to private cello lessons. (Class size: 6 max)
IMPORTANT: A parent is required to attend and participate in the class with their child, and to practice daily with them at home.Students are required to rent/purchase their own child-size cello, plus bring a cello chair and “cello floor” for the first class - see guidelines! (Suggested reading, “Nurtured by Love” by Shinichi Suzuki)
See Potomac Cello Rental Guidelines

Cello Beginnings Level 2 will be offerred in Spring 2016.

SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-10:45AM, Sept 19 - Jan 30 (15 classes)
No Class Oct 17th, Nov 28, Dec 12th, Dec 26th and Jan 2nd
Teacher: Kathryn Hufnagle Location: Mason Music Theater Building, 1017
Cost: $427.50+$35music* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Violin ClassVIOLIN GROUP CLASS LEVEL 1 Ages: 4 to 8 yrs
This class is for students ages 4 - 8 who are currently enrolled in weekly private violin lessons. Students who are in the first half of Suzuki Book 1 will be the best fit for this class. Students will learn finger and bow exercises to improve their technique, strengthen their music theory skills, and play rhythm and ear-training games in a fun group setting. They will play review pieces from the Suzuki method as well as other pieces in two-part harmony. Special emphasis will be placed on blending sounds, matching bow strokes, and breathing together to create a cohesive ensemble. Students will have "solo time" each class, which gives them the opportunity to practice performing in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Students and parents also enjoy peer support and forming friendships within the violin community at Potomac Arts Academy.

SATURDAYS
, 12:00N-1:00PM, Sept 12 - Dec 5
(7 classes meeting on alternating Saturdays)
Teacher: Claire Allen Location: Mason Music Theater Building, 1017
Cost: $199.50* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Violin ClassVIOLIN GROUP CLASS LEVEL 2 Ages: 6 to 12 yrs
This class is for students ages 6 - 12 who are currently enrolled in weekly private violin lessons. Students who are at the end of Suzuki Book 1 or in Suzuki Book 2 will be the best fit for this class - they should be able to play a two-octave G Major scale and manage finger patterns using low 2's and high 3's. Students will learn finger and bow exercises to improve their technique, strengthen their music theory skills, and play rhythm and ear-training games in a fun group setting. They will play review pieces from the Suzuki method as well as other pieces in two-part harmony. Special emphasis will be placed on blending sounds, matching bow strokes, and breathing together to create a cohesive ensemble. Students will have "solo time" each class, which gives them the opportunity to practice performing in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Students and parents also enjoy peer support and forming friendships within the violin community at Potomac Arts Academy.

SATURDAYS
, 11:00AM-12:00N, Sept 12 - Dec 5
(7 classes meeting on alternating Saturdays)
Teacher: Claire Allen Location: Mason Music Theater Building, 1017
Cost: $199.50* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Cello ClassCELLO GROUP CLASS Ages: 4 to 12 yrs
This class is for students ages 4 - 12 who are currently enrolled in weekly private violin lessons WITH KATHRYN HUFNAGLE specifically. More detailed information coming soon!





SATURDAYS
, 10:45AM-11:30AM, Dates Sept 19 - Dec 19
(7 classes meeting on alternating Saturdays)
Teacher: Kathryn Hufnagle Location: Mason Music Theater Building, 1017
Cost: $199.50* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Violin ClassVIOLIN SKILLS CLASS Ages: 8 to 12 yrs
This class is for students who have had at least one year of playing experience, whether in private lessons, a violin group class, or a school music program. This class is NOT for complete beginners. Students will learn note-reading, refine fundamental skills such as holding the violin and bow, master the basic bow strokes, learn scales, and develop many of the elements needed for success as a musician.


MONDAYS
, 7:15PM-8:00PM, Sept 21 - Dec 7 (12 classes)
No skip dates
Teacher: Claire Allen Location: Potomac Building, Room #9
Cost: $342+20music* (split payment plan available w/ $10 surcharge)
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Strings LessonsPRIVATE STRINGS LESSONS Ages: 4 yrs to Adult
We offer Private Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass Lessons for all ages.
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Strings ClassCHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES Ages: All ages
Potomac offers wonderful, enriching Chamber Music opportunities!
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*Please note: A $3 processing fee is added to all registration transactions
All instructors and schedules are subject to change.

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STRINGS CLASSES/ ENSEMBLES VS. PRIVATE STRINGS LESSONS
Many people are unsure which to choose when it comes to taking a group class versus private lessons. For beginners to advanced beginners, especially children, the group class setting offers numerous benefits:

  • Class interaction with the instructor allows for a more comfortable yet still challenging experience
  • Ideas and instruction are more fully processed through peer observation, shared thoughts, and classroom Q&A
  • The class environment provides a more social and fun experience for both participants and, if they are children, their family members as well.
  • Enjoyable instruction in the beginning prepares and engages participants for more intense one-on-one instruction in the future
  • An important advantage for classes is that they are less expensive than private lessons, which is especially helpful to parents with children just beginning their musical journey and/or who might not be certain which musical path they want to take

In the end, it is your choice to make. If you do choose a class setting, you can rest assured that we keep our enrollment regulated to allow for plenty of personal attention and skill assessment.
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