Private lessons in Violin (Suzuki/Traditional), Viola, Cello,
and String Bass
At Fox River Academy, we currently offer instructions in violin, cello, viola, and string bass. Traditional classical training is offered as well as a Suzuki violin program for parents who prefer the Suzuki approach. Our string program is designed to help advance the student in technique, musicality, theory, sight-reading, and repertoire. The material used in our sessions is specifically based on age and current advancement of the student.
The Suzuki Violin Program at Fox River Academy offers a nurturing environment in which student, parent, and teacher work together in developing the musical and technical development of the child. In our Suzuki program, there is a required weekly group class in addition to the regular weekly private lesson, which aids in the development of ensemble skills and nurtures a mutual respect for each other as musicians and individuals. Fox River Academy is a member of the Suzuki Association of the America; to read more on the Suzuki method please click here.
Recommended session duration for Violin, Viola, and cello lessons: (Traditional/Suzuki): Youth – 30/45 minutes; Teenage and Adult – 45/60 minutes.
String Bass lessons cover classical, jazz and other styles. Students will learn and expand on basic concepts of bass techniques, improvisation, ear-training, and explore various types of repertoire. Many of our students bring in excerpts and band music that prepare them for their orchestra and band auditions.
Recommended session duration for bass lessons:
Youth – 30 minutes; Teenage and Adult – 45/60 minutes
Age to begin string lessons:
We at Fox River Academy welcome students ofall ages and all levels into our string program. Ages 3-6 are common ages for Suzuki violin beginners; no previous musical experience is necessary.
In addition to preschool and grade-school age children, we also have many young adults, adults, and seniors in our string program. We offer a supportive learning environment for all students at all levels. Students enjoy participating in our adult recitals, academy recitals, local performance events, and chamber/ensemble classes to enhance their musical experience.
Due to the nature of the instrument, Youth students may need a special size violin/viola/bass appropriate for their age and size. Please contact your instructor before obtaining an instrument for your class. For the very beginners, of all ages, renting is probably the most affordable solution. Many violin shops offer decent rental programs; please feel free to contact our office for recommendations on local shops.