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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: SPRING 2014 (January thru May/June)

Strings Class
VIOLIN BEGINNINGS
Class: Starting
the Journey (1)

AGES: 4 to 7yrs

$285+$10music*
split payment plan
available at checkout
(10 classes)

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This is the first in a series of three classes that are the perfect introduction to the world of violin music. Students will start by learning how to hold the violin and the bow with ease and play simple songs that use their new skills. They will play games to develop rhythmic skills and a musical ear and will also learn the basics of reading music. They will also be introduced to the music of the great composers. A parent is required to attend and participate fully in the class with their child and to practice with them at home. This class will be taught using a combination of traditional and Suzuki methods.(Class size: 8 max)
IMPORTANT: Students are required to rent/purchase their own child-size violin. See Potomac Guidelines
Teacher: Claire Allen
SEE INSTRUCTOR'S BLOG
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TUESDAYS, 6:00PM-7:00PM, starts Jan 28th
Location: Potomac,4260 Chain Bridge Rd,Room#5

10 classes: 01/28, 02/04, 02/11, 02/18, 02/25, 03/04, SKIP,   03/18, 03/25, 04/01, 04/08
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 04/15
NO CLASS on 03/11

STATUS: CLASS HAS STARTED! CALL 703-993-9889

Strings Class
VIOLIN BEGINNINGS
Class: Next
Steps (2)

AGES: 4 to 7yrs

$228+$15music*
split payment plan
available at checkout
(8 classes)

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WED 6-7PM
Starts Jan 29th

 

 

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TUES 6-7PM
Starts April 22nd

This is the second class in the Violin Beginnings series. Students will continue to build their violin skills, develop their ears and rhythmic skills, and learn group songs that focus on developing a beautiful sound and a balanced and free technique. Students will learn about the different types of music written for violin such as the symphony, the concerto, and the string quartet. A parent is required to attend and participate in class with their child and to practice with them regularly at home. The class will be taught using a combination of traditional and Suzuki methods. Students must have completed Level 1 at Potomac Arts Academy in order to enroll. (Class size: 8 max)
IMPORTANT: Students are required to rent/purchase their own child-size violin. See Potomac Guidelines
Teacher: Claire Allen
SEE INSTRUCTOR'S BLOG
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WEDNESDAYS, 6:00PM-7:00PM, starts Jan 29th
Location: Potomac,4260 Chain Bridge Rd,Room#5

8 classes: 01/29, 02/05, 02/12, 02/19, 02/26, 03/05, SKIP,   03/19, 03/26
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 04/02
NO CLASS on 03/12

STATUS: CLASS HAS STARTED! CALL 703-993-9889

ANOTHER SECTION STARTS MID-SEMESTER!

TUESDAYS, 6:00PM-7:00PM, starts April 22nd
Location: Potomac,4260 Chain Bridge Rd,Room#5

8 classes: 04/22, 04/29, 05/06, 05/13, 05/20, 05/27, 06/03,
  06/10
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 06/17

STATUS: OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

 

Strings Class
VIOLIN BEGINNINGS
Class: Onwards
& Upwards (3)

AGES: 4 to 7yrs

$228+$20music*
split payment plan
available at checkout
(8 classes)

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Starts April 23rd

The final class in the Violin Beginnings series, this class continues to build on the foundation created in Starting the Journey and Next Steps. Students will learn the Twinkle variations from the first Suzuki book as well as traditional folk songs from a variety of cultures. They will further refine their listening and rhythm skills and will learn about the major periods in music history. A parent is required to attend and participate in class with their child and to practice with them regularly at home. Students are responsible for providing their own instruments, and are asked to read the attached PDF for guidelines on how to choose an instrument. The class will be taught using a combination of traditional and Suzuki methods. Students must have completed Level 2 at Potomac Arts Academy in order to enroll. (Class size: 8 max)
IMPORTANT: Students are required to rent/purchase their own child-size violin. See Potomac Guidelines
Teacher: Claire Allen
SEE INSTRUCTOR'S BLOG
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SECTION STARTS MID-SEMESTER!

WEDNESDAYS, 6:00PM-7:00PM, starts April 23rd
Location: Potomac,4260 Chain Bridge Rd,Room#5

8 classes: 04/23, 04/30, 05/07, 05/14, 05/21, 05/28, 06/04,
  06/11
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 06/18

STATUS: OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Strings Class
VIOLIN BEGINNINGS
Class: Starting
the Journey

AGES: 8 to 11yrs

$285+$10music*
split payment plan
available at checkout
(10 classes)

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Whether picking up a violin for the first time or looking to supplement your school orchestra experience, this class will develop and strengthen the fundamental skills of playing the violin in a supportive small group setting. Using a combination of traditional and Suzuki teaching methods, students will learn how to hold their violin and bow with ease, begin reading music, engage in activities that develop their sense of rhythm and their musical ear, and play simple songs that use all of their new skills. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend the class with their children. (Class size: 8 max)
IMPORTANT: Students are required to rent/purchase their own child-size violin. See Potomac Guidelines
Teacher: Claire Allen
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THURSDAYS, 6:00PM-7:00PM, starts Jan 30th
Location: Potomac,4260 Chain Bridge Rd,Room#5

10 classes: 01/30, 02/06, 02/13, 02/20, 02/27, 03/06, SKIP,   03/20, 03/27, 04/03, 04/10
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 04/17
NO CLASS on 03/13

STATUS: CLOSED

Strings Class
BEGINNING CELLO
Class

AGES: TBA

$TBA*

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Description TBA
PREREQUISITE: 1 year in school Orchestra or Private Instruction

Teacher: TBA
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SPRING 2014 TBA
Strings Class
PRIVATE STRINGS
Lessons

AGES: 8yrs to Adult
We offer Private Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass Lessons for all ages.
SEE PRIVATE LESSON INFORMATION
Strings Class
CHAMBER MUSIC
Ensembles

AGES: 13yrs to Adult
Potomac is now offering Chamber Music opportunities!
SEE CHAMBER/ ENSEMBLES INFORMATION

*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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RECITALS: (optional)
NEW: For our beginner group classes, we will hold a small class recital on the last day at the Potomac Arts Academy building. This provides a low stress environment for participants to showcase what they have been learning over the course of the semester. Family and friends are encouraged to attend!
More advanced students/groups may have the option of performing in the Fall and/or Spring Recital on the GMU campus. The recital is held in the wonderful deLaski Performing Arts space (equipped with a Steinway concert grand piano). There is NO recital fee for participation.
Spring 2014 Recital Date: May 10th & 11th

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All of our Strings Classes take place at the Potomac Arts Academy building, less than a mile from GMU campus on Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax VA. Parking is free.

Our address:
4260 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

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