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We arrange lessons on all stringed instruments, host an amazing Suzuki Programme, and run a fantastic strings collective, open to all.

Junior strings

  • Tuesdays, 4.45–5.45pm.
  • Pre-grade 1 to grade 3 standard.
  • For young string players, playing a range of classical music as well as lighter repertoire.
  • A chance to develop an enhanced technique and gain experience of ensemble playing.
  • Members will develop their confidence, build their musicality and learn to play as part of a group. The accent is always on fun!

Intermediate strings

  • Tuesdays, 4.45–5.45pm.
  • Grades 3–6.
  • This group is for young string players playing a range of classical music as well as lighter repertoire. A chance to develop an enhanced technique and gain experience of ensemble playing.

Suzuki

Saturday afternoons, various times

Group lessons are held for pupils of Suzuki violin where children come together to play the music they have been studying individually and to play music in ensembles. The groups give concerts every term.

Anybody can learn through the Suzuki Method and, provided they commit themselves to the programme, we are almost willing to guarantee success.

Far more than in more traditional teaching systems, parents play a pivotal role, and you as parents will probably end up working considerably harder than your children. The programme involves:

  • Early start: there are things you can be doing right away to prepare your child for a lifetime of musical fulfilment.
  • Parent’s involvement: learning an instrument through the Suzuki Method becomes a whole family affair and your commitment is the key to your child’s success. 
  • Listening to good music: fill your child’s environment with music right from the start. In particular you are expected to listen to the pieces he/she is learning or is about to learn on a daily basis.
  • Group and individual tuition. In the St Albans Music School group cello and violin lessons are held 6 times per term on Saturday afternoons and individual lessons at various times during the week.
  • Daily Practice: your child’s progress will be proportional to the amount of practice you do together each day. Suzuki said: only practise on the days you eat.
  • Concerts: there is at least one concert per term, and other opportunities to perform, as well as informal performances in the group lesson.
  • Courses and workshops: Courses are highly motivational and can be the highlight of your child’s year. Suzuki is an international movement, and by attending courses you feel connected to this broad family.
  • The learning process: when we learn a language we build a vocabulary, and in Suzuki, students build a repertoire. Old pieces are played regularly so that no piece is forgotten once it has been learnt. Reading skills are developed only once the basics of playing are well established. In practice, students learn to read music in parallel with or a little behind their ability to read text.

 

Come and observe a few sessions

We recommend all prospective learners and parents come and observe a few sessions first. This will help you to get a feel for the method, to get to know the teachers and other parents.

At first your child can watch, or even play quietly in the corner – the magic of being a young child is that you can learn things even when you are not paying attention. After a while he/she might want to join in with some of the games the group is playing. Gradually you will know the time has come to start.  

Currently, due to Covid restrictions, we are not able to accomodate face-to-face observers in our groups. However, you can connect directly with sessions via Microsoft Teams - please get in touch for more details.

Email stalbansmusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk for more information or to book an observation or place at our parents' information sessions.

 

Existing suzuki groups

 

 

  

 

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