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Prelude to Violin – An Introductory Class in Violin Playing with Sharon Neufeld


 

Prelude to Violin is based on the Suzuki Philosophy of music education, which focuses on the development of character and life skills in addition to teaching the foundational and musical aspects of playing the violin. This introductory class will also foster a sense of purpose and an understanding of discipline, while building character, confidence, and independence.

There are two classes. One class is for ages 4-5 at 5pm, or for ages 6-9 at 6:30pm. Parent or caregiver must attend with the student. The eight 1-hour classes start on Tue., Jan. 16.

The preschool-aged students in this class will decorate their very own artistic and beautiful box violin, which will help them learn to control their posture and build their violin-holding muscles, without the fear of dropping an expensive instrument. By the end of the 8-week session, students will be able to hold their box violin and bow in position, and play at least two rhythms of the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Variations. They will also hear stories of some of the great composers, and get to play games designed to give them an introductory knowledge of music theory.

The elementary-aged students in this class will get to learn on a rented instrument, and by the end of the 8-week session, they will be able to hold their violin and bow in position, playing at least two rhythms of the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Variations. They will also hear stories of some of the great composers, and get to play games designed to give them an introductory knowledge of music theory.

Parents will also have an opportunity to learn more about how best to navigate the journey of instrument lessons, as this class will serve as a wonderful stepping stone to private violin lessons for those who wish to continue their musical journey in that way.

Sharon Neufeld is a trained instructor registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), and currently operates a private studio out of her home, and serves as the instrumental ensembles instructor at Schaeffer Academy in Rochester, MN. She was most recently the Executive Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy (ISA), where she also served as ISA’s Director & Instructor of Violin and Viola Programs and directed special programs such as Chamber Music, Performance Groups, and the Master Class Series. Prior to ISA, Ms. Neufeld was the Founder & Owner of The Suzuki Academy of Southwest Colorado (formerly Rose Haven Suzuki Academy) and Kindermusik at The Suzuki Academy of Southwest Colorado, both in Durango, CO. During her tenure in Durango, she also served as the Director of the Preparatory Strings Orchestra of the Four Corners Youth Symphony Association, and the Academic Director of the Durango Chamber Music Academy.

Sharon Neufeld has had over 25 years of experience teaching Violin and Viola in public schools, music centers, and privately in her home. Her teaching is centered on The Suzuki Philosophy, specializing in working with young children (age 4 and up). She  incorporates scales, technique development, basic music theory & history, and ear/rhythm training into each child’s musical education, and more advanced students are challenged with advanced scales, etudes and repertoire. All teaching is tailored to each student’s individual strengths and learning style(s).

Price is $136, plus $50 materials fee. Older students will need to rent a violin for the 8 weeks of classes (rental information will be given upon receipt of class registration).  To sign up for this class, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration

Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Many of our classes fill up early - so don't wait too long!

We take phone reservations with a valid credit card.

Call: 507-732-7616

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Crossings at Carnegie
320 East Ave
Zumbrota, MN 55992

info@crossingsatcarnegie.com