The New School’s string programmep rovides specialised training at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Many of our students, whose ages span nearly half a century, have been prepared for grade examinations, teacher’s diplomas, scholarships and public performances. Others have come here to study entirely for their own pleasure. Weekly private (one-to-one) lessons – 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length – are offered for violin (classical and jazz), viola, cello, acoustic bass (jazz), traditional fiddle and Irish harp. Group lessons, designedf or students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together, are available as 30-, 45- or 60-minute ‘partner’ lessons, as well as 60-minute lessons for 3or 4 students. Single 1- or 2-hour Intensive Lessons for both individuals and small groups are available for all of these instruments.
Group Courses for Beginners
Beginning students may join Introducing Fiddle, Introducing Violin for Adults and Introducing Violin for Children,which offer lively introductions to the instrument.
Beginning string students should also consider taking Music Fundamentals, designed to supplement private tuition with theb asics of music theory, and string students at all levels are encouraged to attend theory classes.
The school’s Adult String Ensemble focuses on ensemble skills and developing general musical/string skills but is also an opportunity to meet other string players and make some great music! Rig-a-Jig,the school’s traditional music group, is open to students of all instruments,of at least intermediate standard, and selects, arranges and performs traditional music and song in an innovative and dynamic way. The school’s two Jazz Ensembles introduce students of all instruments to the art of improvisation through the study and performance of blues and jazz.