The CMC Youth Strings Program gives young musicians ages 6–12 technical skills on their string instrument of choice and an opportunity to play with others in a supportive, fun, social environment.
Beginners enter a year-long (September through May) program in which they will learn the fundamentals on their instrument while playing with others. For those who complete the first year program (or have taken private lessons for a year), they will have an opportunity to join the Sinfonietta ensemble and are encouraged to begin private lessons at that time. For those who complete a year with the Sinfonietta ensemble or have two years of private lessons, they will have the opportunity to join the more advanced Sinfonia ensemble. Stay tuned for more information on Strings Program ensembles as they launch in 2024.
Students learn how to care for, hold and play their instrument with proper form along with music fundamentals in a group setting in this year-long (September–May) program. Both students and parents will learn how to establish a practice routine at home. A class starter kit will be provided to set students up for success, including music and instrument accessories, and parents will receive listening and practicing materials to help with home practice. Students will develop understanding of basic musicianship and technique skills such as note and rhythm reading, different articulations, meter, scales and arpeggios, and beginning songs from diverse cultures. After completing this year-long course, they will be prepared to enter the CMC Sinfonietta Ensemble. This class performs at regular CMC public recitals in December, March, and May/June.
Instruments: violin, viola, cello
Class size: Maximum 6 students
Requirements: Students will need to acquire an instrument of the correct size prior to first class. A parent/guardian is expected to come to the first session for an orientation so they can learn how to support music instruction at home.
Locations, Days and Times:
Instructor: Erik Andersen
Tuition: $1168, paid in quarterly installments, plus $100 materials fee for the strings starter pack (see details below).
For enrollment, please make an appointment with CMC’s registration team.
Strings starter pack includes:
CMC tote bag
Method book: Saßmannshaus Book I for violin or cello
Bow practice stick
Rosin (in safe hard shell)
Shoulder rest (for violins/violas) or Rockstop (for cellos)
Folder for music
Stay tuned for more information on Youth Strings Program ensembles and additional classes, launching in 2024!