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SDSU String Academy


The SDSU String Academy is a pre-college program designed to give students ages 6 - 18 conservatory level instruction. The program began in January 2013 and currently offers instruction on violin, viola, cello and double bass. The goal of the String Academy is to teach students an appreciation of classical music, teamwork, and discipline through individual and group instruction on their instruments.  Each String Academy Student receives the following:

  • Weekly group class
  • Weekly 30 minute private lesson with master teacher
  • Optional weekly 30 minute helper lesson with student teacher
  • Group and Solo Recitals

Each class is limited to ten students to keep a small student-faculty ratio.  Depending on enrollment there may be multiple classes of each instrument. 



STRING ACADEMY FEES –FALL SEMESTER 2017 (Sep. 2 through Dec. 16, 2017)

Once-a-year $35 Registration fee due the week of classes with first payment (only once a year)
There will be a $25 late fee assessed to all late payments.

Beginners (Pre-twinkles-Suzuki Book 2)
30-minute private lesson plus group class, full payment of $690,
or 4 installments of $173 each
45-minute private lesson plus group class, full payment of $960,
or 4 installments of $240 each


Installment Due Dates: week of: September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3


Intermediate/Advanced (Suzuki Book 2/3 and higher)
45-minute private lesson plus group class, full payment of $1,110,
or 4 installments of $278 each
60-minute private lesson plus group class, full payment of $1,380,
or 4 installments of $345 each


Installment Due Dates: week of: September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3

 

Parental Involvement

Parental involvement is an important aspect of the String Academy. Parents attend both group classes and individual lessons, taking notes so that they can help their child to practice at home. This participation is critical to the success of child learning the instrument - more so than any other factor. Some parents have so much fun learning about the instrument that they themselves elect to learn an instrument at the same time as their child.

 

Group Class

The group class is the heart of the program.  It serves as a chance for students to play through the repertoire they are learning with their classmates, and to get comfortable performing works by themselves in front of their peers from day one. Here students also learn the basics of musicianship, including theory, ear training, rhythm, music history and more.  Most importantly, in the group class students experience the joy of making music with their peers. 

 

Private Lessons

The weekly private lesson is taught by the master teacher on the instrument.  Our master teachers hold advanced degrees from top music schools in the country and are experts at setting up beginning students so that they can play in tune, in rhythm, and with a beautiful sound in a very short time.  In these lessons, the students will learn the basics of technique including correct posture, bowing and fingering, and musicality. 

 

Helper Lessons

Second year students have the option of a once a week helper lesson with a Student Teacher.  These Student Teachers are SDSU music students majoring in either performance or music education.  These lessons are a chance for String Academy students that need extra help to get it, or for those enthusiastic students to get even more one-on-one instruction.