String Instrument Program Overview

Open to students ages 4 and up, string instrument instruction is available for beginning through advanced string instrument students.  It is the intention of FAITH Center that students who participate in our instrumental programs will develop a lifelong love for music and their craft, an appreciation and discernment for great music, and that through the disciplines of their study become the whole person that God created them to be.

String Program (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) Objectives

  1. Receive age appropriate instruction to the skills required to play the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. These include: knowledge of the instrument, care and cleaning, tuning, simple maintenance, posture, bowing technique, sound production, vibrato and string terminology.
  2. Receive instruction as to the fundamentals of music through the study of Major and Minor scales and etudes, arpeggios, dynamics, articulation, meter, rhythm, and key.
  3. Study standard orchestral and chamber literature to gain experience participating in an ensemble, develop the concepts of musicality, phrasing, application of style, historical techniques and ideas of the composer.
  4. Appreciate the value of positive critique through performance and discussion.

String Program Classes: 

  • Prelude:  Designed for younger students, ages 4-5, with no musical experience.
  • Scherzo:  Designed for students ages 6 and up with less than one year playing experience.  Students remain in Scherzo until they demonstrate the proficiency requirements to advance to Minuet.  Students participate in May Skill Day.
  • Minuet: Designed for students who have completed the Scherzo Level on their instrument and have demonstrated the proficiency requirements to advance to the minuet level.  Students participate in January & May Skill Days.
  • Rondeau:  Designed for students who have completed the Minuet Level on their instruments and demonstrated the proficiency requirement to advance to Roneau.   Students participate in January & May Skill Days.
  • Sonata:  Designed for students who have demonstrated the proficiency requirements to move from the Rondeau Level  to the Sonata Level.  Students participate in January and May Skill Days.

String Program Class Requirements & Supplies: 

  • Instrument:  Each student will require an appropriately sized instrument.  These can be purchased or rented.  For the Prelude Class the students will need a silent instrument, and the parent will need a regular instrument.
  • Case labeled with student’s name
  • Sturdy Music Stand labeled with student’s name
  • Shoulder sponge/rest (violin/viola)
  • Rock stop (cello/bass)
  • Music Suzuki book and recording as specified by the instructor.  These are generally available for purchase in the FAITH Center Store.
  • Metronome or iPhone App for home use
  • Good Practice Habits!  All students must develop a daily practice routine.  First-year players should practice 15-20 minutes per day, five days per week.  All other instrumental students should practice a minimum of 30 minutes per day, five days per week.
  • Orchestra:  In addition, all students participating in a string lesson class must enroll in the appropriate orchestra.
  • Skill Day Evaluations:  In January and May, students must participate in a Skill Day evaluation at which time they will demonstrate their skills to FAITH Center faculty.  Skill Day results are made available to students and their parents.
  • Performances as specified by the instructor.  Symphonic Orchestra (Minuet students and above) usually participate in the Christmas Concert and Spring Concert.