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Homeschool Strings – Group Classes!

I get it – I’m a homeschool mom too. We want to do everything we can for our kids, but when we have to foot the bill, things add up quickly.

Maybe you’ve tried save money and let them learn violin via YouTube – how did that work? Usually, without a teacher really bad habits become set, because there isn’t someone watching and guiding you to proper positioning and playing. Things that seem small, like a bent wrist, poor bow-hold, and bad posture will prevent students from developing a great sound, make more advanced techniques much more difficult than they should be – and can cause physical damage over the long run.

When it comes down to it, sometimes the cost of private lessons is just too high for our budget.

Here’s an affordable option: Group lessons at my home in Fort Worth, near the I20 and I35W. You’ll get quality lessons, at a lower price.

Why not start the right way, with a teacher to guide your kids?

Here’s how it works:

First, we will set up a free assessment – where we’ll connect to learn where are your children in their musical journey. I want to place them in the appropriate class.

Each class tops out at 10 students.
This way, everyone will have a chance to not only get quality instruction, but also be heard. The biggest challenge in group classes is to give the quality of instruction that students deserve, so I have set a limit that I believe works well.

Multiple levels available.
As a beginner, taking an advanced class is pointless, and as an advancing student, a beginning class really doesn’t do the job. That’s why there are classes at different levels.

Weekly classes.
Each week, your child will have a 45-minute class. You are welcome to stay with him or her and listen in, but please limit your interaction with your son or daughter.

Affordable.
$80 per student for each 12-week violin/viola group class. Each class is 45-minutes long, and your kids will begin developing the skills needed to be confident musicians.

50% of the tuition for class session is due when you register, the rest is due at the first rehearsal. If, for some reason, you find that the session’s timing will not work, I offer limited refunds on monies paid.

If your child/children are already enrolled in a group class, the ensemble immediately following it is free, and you get priority – if not, it’s $5 per week to help with purchasing music and other needed supplies. The ensemble is purely a labor of love, so and on the honor system for payment. We’ll just have a jar on the table for you to contribute. Space is limited!

  • Cancelling more than 2 weeks ahead of the scheduled start date – full refund.
  • Cancelling less than 2 weeks but more than 1 week ahead of the scheduled start date – 50% refund.
  • Cancelling less than 1 week ahead of the scheduled start date – 25% refund.
  • No refunds for cancellations later than 1 week before the scheduled start date.
  • No refunds for lessons you miss for any reason.
  • No makeup lessons

Late fees are assessed of $5 per day, unless we have made prior arrangements.

*Note: I have a minimum number of 4 students per class, so if the class does not fill, I will cancel it and either refund all of your deposit or apply it to the next class session.

Here are the upcoming classes:

Beginning Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

  • Beginner violin/viola: 9:30am

Beginning Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

  • Intermediate violin/viola: 10:30am
  • Ensemble (all strings welcome): 11:30am

When can I join?

The best time is at the beginning of a session. If you simply can’t start at the beginning, we can discuss it, but my priority is to ensure that all kids have the best chance at success. If I feel it is too late for their skill level, I’ll ask you to wait until the next session starts.

Violin & viola classes are primarily focused on beginning to intermediate technique in the instruments themselves. Students will learn to read music, and understand the “why” of why we do things the way we do! I don’t include cello in these, because while I can play a little cello, and even get your student started, I’m not a cellist.

Ensemble is open to all strings players, and are focused on learning music appropriate to players’ skill levels, and learning to play together! It’s one thing to all be playing the same thing at the same time, it’s another thing entirely to be able to play your part while your neighbor plays a completely different part. Enrolling in this class assumes that your child already has a private teacher or is enrolled in one of the group classes. This is not for students without a teacher for support. Your child will learn strategies for playing together, develop vital listening skills, and learn to interpret music in order to make it their own.

What to expect

First – Review of what we covered the previous week, and answer questions. For more complicated questions, I’ll answer them in-depth in a separate video or blog that only students can access.

Second – We continue where we left off, adding skills and knowledge as we go. I’ll demonstrate anything new or difficult, because sometimes that’s a better way than just explaining. Let’s face it – sometimes a written blog or verbal instruction is not as effective as being shown.

Third – Homework for the week gets assigned, and a quick question and answer session.

Questions? Email me.

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