Small Group "Intro to Violin" with Suzuki Method (level 1), Fall 2018
Please note, because we offer these classes in partnership with Wayland Recreation, registration is through their website, and is now open via the link at the bottom of this page.
8 Saturdays, September 29 - December 8 (no class Oct 6, Nov 10, Nov 24)
2:00 - 2:50pm: age 4 - 6 with a parent or caregiver
With Elizabeth Levens (registered Suzuki Violin instructor). Instruments and all materials provided.
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
Class size: minimum 3 students, maximum 5 students
Fee: $220 for 8 classes. Instruments and all materials are provided (violin for class and home use; book and CD to keep).
Location: Activity Room, Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road.
Registration: This is class is offered by Wayland School of Music in partnership with Wayland Recreation Department, so registration is via the Rec Dept website. Select "Register/Programs and Activities", then "2018 Fall Programs", then "Youth/Art"; when the list opens, scroll down to "Small Group Intro to Violin". To register by phone instead, call them at 508 358 3660.