The family of stringed instruments includes the violin, the viola, the cello and the upright bass. We offer private lessons in the all four! Strings instruction at CHSMA is tailored by the instructors to fit the ability and learning styles of each individual student. Our teachers are experienced in a variety of teaching methods and approaches, and they work with the student to choose the one that is most appropriate.
We emphasize that the beginning student should first be taught the basics:
- holding the instrument with good posture
- developing good listening skills
- producing a good sound with the bow
After these basic skills are learned, the student will move on to learn more advanced ideas and physical techniques. One of the nice things about playing a stringed instrument is that it can be taught to younger students, even those who can not yet read. Smaller, size-appropriate instruments are available, and younger students can learn through listening and imitation activities. For older students who can read, (ages 6 and above usually), a more traditional approach to learning the instrument may be taught, with the addition of music reading right from the start.
We also offer instruction for the Harp!
Meet our Strings Teachers!