Violin Ensemble

If you've been playing violin a while and are now interested in getting yourself ready to play in an ensemble, this is the class for you!  Learn the basics of multi-part playing in a our violin ensemble.  In this class for students new to playing with others, we'll be learning duets, trios, and quartets, and also the techniques associated with the various works to be studied.

For the Holidays ~ Personalized gift certificates are available should you wish to give a class to another.

How do I get to Carnegie Hall?

The answer may be to practice, practice, practice, but if you would like to get there sooner than later, you must learn to play well with others. Playing multi-part harmonies and rhythms can become complicated: playing in an ensemble brings up a myriad of other considerations including intonation, rhythmic and melodic independence, and harmonic support.  We'll be taking a look at how to approach playing thematic parts and harmonies, and how these elements work together as parts interlace with one another.

If you wish to know if this class might be a good fit for you, feel free to write and describe your experience,  You may also schedule a free consultation so we can see where you're at with your violin playing.

About Your Teacher

Over the past years, I've been delighted to help people make music a part of their lives. I've been teaching for over 30 years in Seattle and Olympia, Washington, Eugene, Oregon, and in New York City. While in Eugene I taught for the 4J School District as an orchestra director and conducted sectionals and auditions for the Eugene Youth Symphony. I've also been on the faculty of the Suzuki Institute of Seattle, Tacoma Youth Symphony Music Camp and director of the Thalia Olympic Music Camp. MORE

I wish to build a  school that offers music education for adults. This school is to have various programs for all stages in one's musical development. It is my goal to create such a school that says: "It is never too late to start. It is never too late to experience, and create music."

It is my belief that the arts are interrelated and when given an insights into music making, these insights can lend a fresh approach to other processes. Playing an instrument is not merely learning technique or faithful reproduction of pieces, it can be a diving board for an exciting journey into self discovery through the world of the arts: composers, musicians, dance, theater, visual art and literature. I hope to pass this feeling of a inter-relatedness on to my students and to give my students something to take home in their hearts.

It gives me great joy to teach and to see my students discover and grow. 

Ed Davis

Fees

Our session includes two months of 1-hour group classes,
and one private lesson.

Reservation/Partial Tuition:
$135
Tuition Remainder, Due by First Class:
$160*

TOTAL TUITION: $295

Loaner Violin: $60**

* $160 by check or cash, $166 by credit card.
** If you are interested in renting a violin for the course, please select "loaner violin" when enrolling. Students may use and take home loaner violins for the duration of the course. This one-time fee covers the loaner for an entire 8 week session.

As these are group lessons with limited class size and a meeting space provided, please commit to the full session in which you wish to be enrolled. Fees for the session are not refunded for missing class or discontinuing for any reason.

Meeting Place

939 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, buzz #202 or #307 for entrance to the building.
Subways A, B, C, D, or 1 to 59th Street Columbus Circle.

FAQs
Do I need to know how to read music to take this class?
Yes, students will need to be able to learn parts in 1st position, and occasionally in 2nd-5th position. We will be building sight reading skills as time goes on.
How long are the classes?
Classes meet once a week for  8 weeks, and each class is about 1 hour in length. This course also includes one 50 minute private lesson.
I've been playing for some time and am not sure if this class is right for my skill level, what should I do?
You may schedule a free consultation or, if a class has already begun, come visit a class! Please write to arrange for a visit or consultation.
Work sometimes will keep me late, what if I have to miss class?
Students who miss class should schedule a make-up private lesson to stay current with the class, these lessons can be scheduled at a convenient time. One private lesson is included with the course.
After this class, will I be able to continue where I left off?
Yes! Ongoing classes will be offered following this class.
If I rent a loaner violin, can I take it home?
Yes, you'll need to practice of course! Loaner violins can be kept for the whole session and the rental fee covers the loaner for the entire 8 weeks of class.
If I join a class that has already started, what will my tuition be?
Please ask: tuition would be pro-rated so that you would only pay for remaining classes in a session.

Violin Ensemble

Thursdays, 7:00pm-8:00pm
December 7, 14, 21
January 4, 11, 18, 25
"After waiting for decades to do something I've dreamed of, I am amazed at how much I've leaned and progressed in such a short time. If playing the violin is what you want to do, StringSchool is an excellent way to learn and grow."
Yvonne B.
Fort Lee, NJ
"After all those years of thinking & wondering if I could or should, I finally feel that I AM A VIOLINIST."
Irene K.
NYC
"The group lessons are the best clean fun around. Better than therapy! You'll feel great about learning something that can nurture your soul for the rest of your life."
Mary Ann C.
NYC
"Playing with a group is so much more fun than playing alone, and it's easy to find people to play with who are at roughly the same level as you, whether you've recently started or have been playing for years."
Kori N.
NYC
It's never too late to pick up the instrument that you love!
Stephanie A.
NYC