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Group classes are a key component of instrumental instruction, including the Suzuki approach. Classes are offered in cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, viola and voice. Classes may be taken without being part of a Young Artists Program, but concurrent private lessons, either at the Thurnauer School or elsewhere, are required.
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Experiencing the keyboard allows music students to have a better understanding of musicianship overall and how music is put together. This class is recommended for instrumental students and singers at the elementary or intermediate level. In addition to keyboard orientation and the exploration of piano repertoire, students learn sight-reading and harmonization through a supportive small-group environment, . No previous piano experience is necessary. Having a piano or keyboard at home is helpful but not required. This class can be taken on its own or as part of a Young Artists Program. Class size is limited to 6 students.
Playing viola is a valuable skill for violinists. Students explore the unique characteristics and subtle technical differences between the violin and viola, learn to read music in the Alto clef, and play pieces written especially for the viola. There are many advantages and opportunities for violinists who also understand the viola. This class is available to violinists who have completed Suzuki Book 3, and can be taken on its own or as part of a Young Artists Program. Class size limited to 6.
Explore saxophone, double bass, and percussion in a small music class setting. Students will receive 10 weeks of instruction on each instrument and rotate through all three instruments over the course of the school year. Instruments are provided, and parents are encouraged, but not required, to attend classes.
(Enrollment limited to 12, with 4 students per instrument rotation). Price includes a non-refundable $50 registration fee.