Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Early Childhood Strings Program

Exceptional learning for beginning violin and cello students ages 3 – 8

The Conservatory's Early Childhood Strings Program provides specialized instructional balance. Your child will benefit being in a supportive group setting where games and songs provide an enjoyable child-centered environment, while group classes provide you a cost-effective way to ensure your child profits from an exceptional learning experience.  Parents will have the opportunity to observe their children's progress.

Students learn through games, songs, solfege, rhythm, music reading and storytelling. After one to two years, depending on the individual child, they will be able to:

  • Play with good posture and physical setup
  • Exhibit good technical fundamentals
  • Exhibit a grounding in sound production, rhythm and solfege
  • Play simple melodies on their instruments
  • Properly care for their instruments

In addition to the intrinsic value of learning to play an instrument well, studies show there are many non-musical benefits for your child:

  • More robust brain stem responses to sound
  • Improved discrimination of pitch and segmentation, and enhanced neural processing of speech
  • Improved working memory and cognitive flexibility
  • Enhanced reading abilities
  • Improved spatial-navigational reasoning, visual form analysis, numerical discrimination and receptive vocabulary
  • Finger motor skills
  • Auditory discrimination skills and the ability to focus in noisy environments
  • Differences in brain activity and volume

Early Childhood Violin

Instructor: Megan Singer and Liza Scriggins

CourseCRN InstructorDay Date Time Fee
Early Childhood ViolinCRN 1930 Megan SingerTuesday Sept. 19, 2017 - Jan. 23, 2018 5:00  - 5:45 p.m. $520
Early Childhood ViolinCRN 2214 Megan SingerSaturday Sept. 23, 2017 - Jan. 20, 2018 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. $520
Early Childhood ViolinCRN 1166Megan SingerSaturdaySept. 23, 2017 - Jan. 20, 20189:30 - 10:15 am$520
Early Childhood ViolinCRN 1165Megan SingerSaturdaySept. 23, 2017 - Jan. 20, 201812:45 - 1:30 p.m.$520
Early Childhood Violin (4+ and up)CRN 2091Liza ScrigginsTuesdaySept. 19, 2017 - Jan. 23, 20181:30 - 2:15 p.m.$520

  12 Classes 


Early Childhood Cello

 Instructor: Beth Root Sandvoss


Early Childhood CelloCRN 1931WednesdaySept. 13 - Dec. 6, 2017 2 - 2:45 p.m.$520


 12 Classes