Summer 2019 Group Offerings:
New! - Summer Fiddling Fun Camp for String Players
Small Group Intro to Violin
Please note, classes listed below are run though Wayland Recreation, so registration is via their website (link at bottom of page). Registration is now open at the Recreation Department website.
Fiddling Fun for String Players - one week morning camp
Dates: July 15 -19, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Age: 8 - 11
If you've already played violin, viola, cello or bass for several months to a year (or more), you're definitely ready to play fiddle music! Join us for this light-hearted, high-energy one-week morning camp with fiddling expert Elizabeth Levens of Wayland School of Music. Our innovative program allows you to participate at your own level - every young musician, from beginner to advanced, has a part to play! There will be a performance for parents on the last day of class.
All participants must have had at least 6 months to a year of string instrument instruction.
With Elizabeth Levens, WSM faculty
Fee: $185, plus materials fee of $25 due to instructor at first class.
Class size: minimum 6 students, maximum 12 students
Location: Wayland Town Building Activity Room, 41 Cochituate Road
Small Group Intro to Violin with Suzuki Method (level 1)
Dates: 8 Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 16 - August 8, 4:00 - 4:50
Age: 4-6 with a parent/caregiver
With Zhiyue Ali You (registered Suzuki Violin instructor).
Fee: $220, including instruments and all materials
Class size: minimum 3 students, maximum 5 students
This is an ideal age to start violin with the Suzuki Method!
Our small group violin classes are centered around creative and playful activities alternating between exercises, movement, and song (video here, here, here and here). Children build strong beginner skills in a positive and encouraging atmosphere, and there's plenty of individual attention! Teacher, child and parent work together - no prior experience is needed, as parents learn right along with their child in class and partner with them at home. "Graduates" can transition to Level 2 class and/or individual instruction, as desired.
"My children have loved their weekly violin class. We have especially loved the easygoing and fun atmosphere. Being able to play an instrument not only makes kids happy and confident, it brings joy to the whole family." ~ X, mom to A and A, age 4 and 6
"We have been so pleased with the class. Our son loves learning to play the violin....he speaks very positively about playing, eagerly asks us each night if he can do his violin homework, and enjoys performing in front of family members.
We believe the class is helping to lay the foundation for a lifelong love of music. The developmentally appropriate instruction has been wonderful - exactly what we were hoping for when we chose your school." ~ E, mom to J age 3
The Suzuki method is ideal for this age group, and has a 60 year history of success with young children worldwide. Brain receptivity to language and music is at its peak at age 3 to 7, while supple young bodies adapt more easily to playing violin. Waiting till 3rd or 4th grade misses the prime age for beginning an instrument!
"My daughter's interest in musical instruments was slowly nurtured at home until a 5th Grade Orchestra visited her Pre-School. When I saw the flyer for the beginners’ violin class I knew it was the perfect time. I feel fortunate that she has this opportunity while her enthusiasm is fresh."
~ Mother of V, age 5
Instruments and all materials are provided (violin for class and home use; book and CD to keep).
Location: Activity Room, Wayland Town Building Activity Room, 41 Cochituate Road.
GROUP CLASS REGISTRATION: Our group classes are offered by Wayland School of Music in partnership with Wayland Recreation Department, and register via the Recreation Department website. To register: select "Register/Programs and Activities", then "2019 Summer Programs". Then -
For Small Group Intro to Violin select "Preschool Programs"; for Fiddling Fun select "Youth Science/Tech/Art Programs". When the list of classes opens, scroll down alphabetically to find your class. Or to register by phone instead, call them at 508 358 3660.