The family of stringed instruments includes the violin, the viola, the cello and the upright bass. We offer private lessons in all four!
Strings instruction at CHSMA is tailored by the instructors to fit the ability and learning styles of each individual student. Our teachers utilize a variety of teaching methods and approaches, and they work with the student to choose the one that is most appropriate.
One of the nice things about playing a stringed instrument is that it can be taught to younger students, even those who can not yet read.
We work with many younger students to help them learn the basics first:
After these skills are learned, the student will move on to learn more advanced ideas and physical techniques. We do incorporate some Suzuki methods and repertoire for this. Smaller, size-appropriate instruments are available, and younger students can learn through listening and imitation activities. For older students who can read, (ages 6 and above usually), a more traditional approach to learning the instrument is taught, which addresses music reading right from the start.
As students advance, we try to include them in group practice or performance events as well.