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Strings Institute

All ages and levels


VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO & BASS

Does your child want to play violin, viola, or cello? Or are you an adult who has always wanted to play a string instrument? Did you play in your youth, longing to return to the instrument? Are you an advanced player wanting to develop the finer points of musical tone, vibrato, and style? Are you a high school student preparing for your NYSSMA solo?

Our Strings Institute contains group classes and individual lesson opportunities for all stages of a string player’s development. At the Strings Institute, you’ll work with teachers who are not only professional musicians themselves, but are highly skilled in adapting instruction to individual students’ needs and levels. We teach a wide variety of curricula in our classes tailored to students’ needs and levels, from the Suzuki Method to advanced classical training methods and more.  

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS: (14 sessions)

Section 10   30-minute lessons   $395

Section 11   45-minute lessons   $580

Section 12   60-minute lessons   $770

Smaller lesson packages are available with approval of instructor.

To arrange for individual lessons, please contact laura.doe@sunydutchess.edu at (845) 431-8916. 

STRINGS INSTITUTE FACULTY

VIOLIN Instructors: David Fiedler, Amanda Heaton, Heeja Questad, Anastasia Solberg, Jean Vilkelis 

VIOLA Instructors: David Fiedler, Amanda Heaton, Anastasia Solberg

CELLO Instructors: Amanda Heaton, Jean Vilkelis

DOUBLE BASS: Rusty Boris

INSTRUMENTS AND MATERIALS:

  • String instrument sizes fit the student, who should be measured by the teacher or the strings retailer.  

  • For violin or cello rentals, contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030 or Joseph Regh Violins at (845) 297-2521.  

  • Rental allows you to change violin size if the student is a growing child, and rental fees may often be applied to purchase when ready. Some dealers allow trade-ins on purchased instruments as well.  

  • Purchase of some low-cost music textbooks may be needed, depending on the instructor and the class.  

 

MUX 120       BEGINNING VIOLIN FOR KIDS (AGES 4-5) 

(6 Sessions) Includes parental instruction. This small group class consists of 6/45-minute Group Sessions and 4/30-minute individual lessons with Jean Vilkelis. This class is for young children who want to begin to learn to play the violin. Goals are to develop focus, balance, rhythm and musical sense in a loving and supportive environment and to prepare parent and child for successful violin study. Instruments required by the third session. For violin rentals, contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030 or Joseph Regh Violins at (845) 297-2521 after children are measured on the first class date.

Group class dates are: Saturdays 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9

Individual lesson dates will be arranged with the instructor.

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (S) 1/26 - 3/9 DCC J. Vilkelis $160


MUX 121       
BEGINNING VIOLIN FOR KIDS (Ages 6-8) 

(6 Sessions) Includes parental instruction. This small group class consists of 6 / 45-minute Group Sessions and 4/30-minute individual lessons with Jean Vilkelis. This class is for young children who want to begin to learn to play the violin. Goals are to develop focus, balance, rhythm and musical sense in a loving and supportive environment and to prepare parent and child for successful violin study. Instruments required by the third session.  For violin rentals, contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030 or Joseph Regh Violins at (845) 297-2521, after children are measured on the first class date.

Required Materials: "I Can Read Music" Volume 1 by Joanne Martin, and Suzuki Book 1 for violin.

Group class dates are: Saturdays 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9

Individual lesson dates will be arranged with the instructor between 3/9 and 5/4.

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (S) 1/26 - 3/9 DCC J. Vilkelis $160


MUX 122       
VIOLIN FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS (Ages 5-9) 

This class is a continuation of the beginning violin class from the previous semester. More emphasis will be given to individual technique, and playing as an ensemble with harmony. Music notation and reading will also be introduced. 

Required Materials: "I Can Read Music" Volume 1 by Joanne Martin.

This small group class consists of 6 / 45-minute Group Sessions and 4 / 30-minute individual lessons with Amanda Heaton.  

Group Class dates: 2/2, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/27, 5/4.

Individual lesson dates will be arranged with the instructor.

10 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (S) 2/2 - 5/4 DCC A. Heaton $160

Section 11 (6 Sessions each) consist of 6 / 45-minute Group Sessions for advanced beginner students taking private lessons with other violin instructors.

11 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (S) 2/2 - 5/4 DCC A. Heaton $80


MUX 
621       BEGINNING VIOLIN FOR ADULTS 

(10 Sessions) Drawing a sound from a stringed instrument is a uniquely satisfying experience.  Anyone curious about the violin – whether you studied as a child or are a complete beginner- is welcome to join.  Learn the natural motions that let you produce beautiful sound with ease.  By the end of the class you'll be playing some of your favorite songs! Materials: “Artistry in Strings, Book 1 (Violin)” by Robert S. Frost and Gerald Fischbach, and “The ABC's of Violin for the Absolute Beginner” by Janice Tucker Rhoda.  For violin rentals, contact Stamell Strings at 845-337-3030 or Joseph Regh Violins at 845-297-2521.  

Class dates are: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25, and 5/2. 

10 7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. (R) 2/7 - 5/2 DCC D. Fiedler $189


MUX 
622       INTERMEDIATE VIOLIN FOR ADULTS 

(11 Sessions) This class picks up where the Beginning class leaves off, and is also open to students who have studied violin in the past. Learning to become more comfortable with the violin, we are able to do more with it. Topics include further training in both bowing and left hand techniques, including slurring and detached bow strokes, more complex rhythms, scales, and double-stops. Students will perform several pieces together on the student recital at the end of the semester. 

Materials: “Artistry in Strings, Book 1 (Violin)” by Robert S. Frost and Gerald Fischbach, and "Easiest Elementary Method for Violin, Op. 38" by Franz Wohlfahrt. 

Class dates are: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, and 5/4.

10 6:30 p.m. - 7:20 p.m. (R) 2/7 - 5/4 DCC D. Fiedler $199


MUX 
628       ADVANCED VIOLIN FOR ADULTS 

(11 Sessions) This class is for students who have experience playing at a more advanced level. Primarily an ensemble class, suitable (and fun) repertoire for two or more violins will be selected by the instructor. Tone production, vibrato, and shifting will be developed through the ensemble pieces and additional exercises to be provided. The class will perform as an ensemble on the student recital. An audition is required prior to registering (for students brand new to the DCC Music School): call Laura Doe, Music School director, to arrange for an audition at (845) 431-8916.

Materials:  to be provided by the instructor.

Class dates are: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, and 5/4.

10 5:30 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. (R) 2/7 - 5/4 DCC D. Fiedler $199


MUX 641
       BEGINNING CELLO GROUP FOR ADULTS 

(8 sessions) Have you ever wanted to play the cello? Students need no prior experience reading music notation or playing a musical instrument. Everyone will be taught the technical foundations of cello playing, and should be able to play three basic songs by the end of the semester. For cello rentals, contact Stamell Strings at (845) 337-3030.

Class dates are: Mondays 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22.

70 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (M) 1/14 - 4/22 Studio J. Vilkelis $180


MUX 630
       CELLO ENSEMBLE FOR ADULTS (ADVANCED BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE)

(8 sessions) What is better than the sound of one cello? The sound of three or more cellos! This course is open to both current and new adult cello students at the advanced beginner/intermediate level. This ensemble is for students with a basic technical foundation, ability to play major and minor scales, and proficiency shifting from 1st through 4th positions. Emphasis will be on developing ensemble skills. An audition is required prior to registering: call Laura Doe, Music School director, to arrange for an audition at (845) 431-8916.

Class dates are: Mondays 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22

70 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (M) 1/14 - 4/22 Studio J. Vilkelis $180


Chamber Music

Chamber music is a form of classical music written for a small group of instruments usually with one performer to a part. Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has been described as “the music of friends.” Playing chamber music requires special skills which are different from the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works. 

All ages and instruments are welcome.  Bring your own group with a minimum of two people and set your own schedule with one of our professional coaches. Most groups meet for 6 sessions, concluding with an optional performance. Interested new students, please call Laura G. Doe, Music School director, at (845) 431-8916.