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The Colburn Strings Department offers violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, and harp lessons as well as violin, cello, and guitar instruction in the Suzuki method. With both instructional approaches, our renowned faculty members provide exceptional guidance tailored to the individual needs of each student.

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Suzuki Method Instruction

Suzuki Strings

The Suzuki method, founded by Japanese violinist Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, rests on the philosophythat every child is born with musical abilitythatcan be nurtured and developed to a high level. This teaching method involves parent participation both in lessons and daily practices at home, and requires a major commitment of time.

Violinist Victoria Chun
My favorite part of the Suzuki Violin program was learning from different instructors as I moved up in different groups and meeting new people. Learning from many teachers really helped me see things in a new way every time. Violinist Victoria Chun

Children ages four through six may begin study when they display a readiness to accept instruction.For frequently asked questions about the Suzuki Strings Program for violin and cello, visit this page.

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Suzuki Guitar

I like playing Suzuki guitar because I get to play songs with other people. It’s also great to learn new things, like how music works. London Knight

The Suzuki Guitar Program is directed by Dr. Connie Sheu, a classical guitarist with over 15 years of experience teachingSuzuki guitar. Studying classical guitar through the Suzuki method provides students with a strong technical foundation on the guitar, along with the development of musicianship and artistry. A weekly private lesson ensures that students are progressing at their own pace with targeted practicegoals at home. In addition to private lessons, weekly group classes arranged by student age and level develop ensemble skills andreinforce posture and technique on the instrument. Students perform twice a semester in solo and group recitals, participate in master classes, and are evaluated annually in juried performances at the end of the academic year.

Suzuki guitar is open to students ages five and older. Interested students should submit an inquiry form.

Private Traditional Instruction

Private lessons are30, 45, or 60 minutes, depending onwhat the instructor determines. These sessions enable teachers to develop individualized lesson plans based on a student’s needs.

If you’re interested in enrolling in private lessons, please fill out our online inquiry form.

Group Classes

Students develop the three essential techniques for a comprehensive mastery of the guitar – strumming, arpeggiation and single-line – through repertoire that ranges from classical, jazz, pop and ethnic music.  Kenton Youngstrom, one of the world’s most versatile guitarists with over 45 years of teaching experience, has compiled a unique collection of pieces that develops technical fluency using three forms of music notation: standard, tablature and chord symbols.  In addition, students in group guitar classes learn about improvisation, practical music theory and get inside knowledge about how to play in various ensembles. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom 6yr - 14yr 08/26 - 05/11 Sa 10:00 am - 10:55 am $1190.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom 6yr - 14yr 06/08 - 07/13 Sa 10:00 am - 10:55 am $220.00

Students develop the three essential techniques for a comprehensive mastery of the guitar – strumming, arpeggiation and single-line – through repertoire that ranges from classical, jazz, pop and ethnic music.  Kenton Youngstrom, one of the world’s most versatile guitarists with over 45 years of teaching experience, has compiled a unique collection of pieces that develops technical fluency using three forms of music notation: standard, tablature and chord symbols.  In addition, students in group guitar classes learn about improvisation, practical music theory and get inside knowledge about how to play in various ensembles. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom all ages 08/26 - 05/11 Sa 11:00 am - 11:55 am $1190.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom 9yr - 18yr 06/08 - 07/13 Sa 11:00 am - 11:55 am $220.00

Prior lessons or prior enrollment in CSPA Group Guitar – Beginning II highly recommended.  Online accommodations can be made for intermediate students with teacher pre-approval, please email kyoungstrom@colburnschool.edu if you would like to take this class virtually. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom all ages 08/26 - 05/11 Sa 01:00 pm - 01:55 pm $1190.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom 9yr - 18yr 06/08 - 07/13 Sa 01:00 pm - 01:55 pm $220.00

Prior lessons or group class enrollment in CSPA Guitar II or Guitar III is highly recommended. Online accommodations can be made for Advanced students with teacher pre-approval, please email kyoungstrom@colburnschool.edu if you would like to take this class virtually. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom all ages 08/26 - 05/11 Sa 02:00 pm - 02:55 pm $1190.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom 9yr - 18yr 06/08 - 07/13 Sa 02:00 pm - 02:55 pm $220.00

Adult group classes are semester based, running 6 weeks during the summer, and 16 weeks in the fall from August – December or spring from January – May. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom all ages 01/16 - 05/07 Tu 06:00 pm - 06:55 pm $524.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom all ages 06/04 - 07/09 Tu 06:00 pm - 06:55 pm $220.00

Adult group classes are semester based running 6 weeks in the summer and 16 weeks during the fall from August – December or spring from January – May. 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom all ages 01/16 - 05/07 Tu 07:00 pm - 07:55 pm $524.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Kenton Youngstrom 18yr - 999yr 06/04 - 07/09 Tu 07:00 pm - 07:55 pm $220.00

Designed for both Suzuki and traditional violin students, the Violin Ensemble (VE), previously known as Violin Sight Reading and Musicianship (VSRM), is an entry-level ensemble for the Community School of Performing Arts pre-college orchestra program. Emphasis is placed on reinforcing reading skills, developing musicianship, and introducing orchestral performance techniques, such as learning proper violin posture when seated with a music stand and how to read and mark a music score.

All new and returning students must audition for placement.

Duration

Weekly on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 6:40 pm

Prerequisites

Participants must study privately and are required to have finished Joanne Martin, I Can Read Music, Volume 1 prior to audition. No previous orchestral experience is necessary.

Minimum Age Requirement

3rd grade; must be eight years old by September 1, 2024

Recommended Minimum Level of Playing

Dvořák Humoresque (Suzuki Vol. 3)

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In-person auditions for the 2024–2025 academic year will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2024. Upon completion of the , a link will be providedtoschedule an audition time.

Audition Requirements

Please be prepared to demonstrate:

  1. Two scales. A two-octave G Major scale AND a two-octave D Major scale. The scales should be memorized and played slurred, 2 quarter notes per bow at a moderate tempo. (Quarter note = 72)
  2. A polished solo piece. Choose 2 to 3 minutes that represent your technical skill and musicianship.
  3. Sight Reading. A series of sight reading examples will be presented at your audition.

Audition results will be sent via email by midnight on June 15.

Introduction to strings provides students a chance to see what is involved in learning a string instrument and decide whether it is really for them. Classes cover posture, bowing, guides for effective practice, elementary musicianship skills, and more! Instrument rental is an additional fee at the student’s expense.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Gina Coletti 7yr - 10yr 08/26 - 05/11 Sa 09:00 am - 09:50 am $1190.00

Ensembles

As skills advance, students can supplement private lessons with group instruction through different classes and ensemble experiences. Visit our ensembles page for more information.

Performances

Aspiring musicians can enhance their music education by observing others perform, including watching technical skills and proper performance etiquette. We always welcome students to attend any of our free performances at the С槼ֱ. Performance opportunities include Studio Recitals, Friday Night Recitals, School Recitals, and Honors Recitals. For more information, visit Performance Opportunities.