Each class costs $200 for the term and includes many additional enrichment opportunities; as a community partner of Ravinia Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, we will be attending three concerts (featuring Gil Shaham and Itzhak Perlman among others!) at Ravinia free of charge. Additionally, we may have the opportunity to participate in master classes at Ravinia and the University of Chicago with Donald Weilerstein, Atar Arad, Leon Fleisher, and Kim Kashkashian. The term will include with an outdoor concert and bake sale on August 27th to celebrate the numerous accomplishments of our students.
Expose--Introductory Music Classes
Violin, piano and cello students may begin at age 3. Learning the methods of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and others, students receive a weekly 50 minute group class, which reinforces and introduces musical concepts such as rhythm, singing, listening skills and movement. Beginner parents must attend a 10-week parent course on Saturdays from 11am to 12pm, starting the first Saturday of every term.This class prepares the parent for home teaching and introduces the Suzuki philosophy. Children under 6 are encouraged to take the Twinkle Stars elective as a supplement to the Beginner Group Class. Please see the Electives section below for more information.
Beginning Violin/Twinkle, 9 am Saturdays Beginning Piano, 9 am Saturdays Beginning/Book 1 Cello, 5:30 pm Mondays
Intermediate and Advanced Group Classes
Having successfully completed the challenging beginning stages of instrumental study, your child continues to build their technique, musicianship and performance skills. Students learn theory and aural skills (ear training) as part of their weekly 50 minute group lesson. In addition to the required 50 minute group class, students are encouraged to take an elective class (performance class or chamber ensemble). Please see the Electives section below for more information.
Book 1-5 Violin, 10 am Saturdays Intermediate Piano, 10 am Saturdays Book 2+ cello, 6:30 pm Mondays
Performance Class (all instruments), 6 pm Mondays
The Performance Group Class (for all advanced instruments) will review repertoire, technique and performance skills. As the intensity of their study increases, students are required to practice at least one hour a day. Students are encouraged to register for the Advanced Chamber Ensemble elective. Students are expected to master each ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) music theory level through Level 5 (college level). Students can test out of these theory classes.Students are also encourage to take the Chamber Ensemble elective. Chamber Ensemble (all instruments, audition required), 5 pm Wednesdays
Students must already read notes. This is not a first level "reading orchestra". Violinists should be in Book IV or above, violists in Book III or above, and cellists in Book II or above. We will have tons of fun, but this is a serious study experience for practicing students only. Must be interested in competitions, recordings, and recitals. Please contact Lucinda at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition.