Traditional stringed instruments are the lifeblood of classical music and various styles of traditional folk music. We believe there is no sweeter sound than when our rooms are full of string instruments! Violin, Viola and Cello Lessons are offered at the school. At Chasing Sound, we offer violin for hire from $17/month just to let you get started. If you wish to learn one of the above string instruments, book your lesson today by Contact us!
STRINGS – FOUNDATION PHASE
Students learn the fundamentals of technique, ear training and reading notation. This includes correct posture and practical technique. They are introduced to reading music notes, as well as counting rhythms and basic symbols. They work on learning how to practice effectively and develop routines to support their progress. If they have some experience on the instrument already, these skills are refined. This phase allows students to see if they enjoy the instrument and find out if they are compatible with their teacher. Music lessons are a commitment so above all this phase can show how well students can incorporate lessons and practice into their lifestyle.
STRINGS – STREAMS PHASE
Students can sit the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) music qualifications. This AMEB STREAM covers Preliminary-Grade 8 and above and similarly the Music Theory exams in the later levels. These exams are a terrific way for students to further develop their general musical skills. The exam is mostly practical (playing scales and pieces on their instrument). Students will find that listening, general knowledge and sight-reading skills are also covered. AMEB students receive comments from an examiner and a certificate upon completion. AMEB exams take place in Hawthorn. Costs incurred include exam enrolment and AMEB print materials.
Within the AMEB format, students can study: Classical for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
The Suzuki method is a nurturing and child-centred approach that combines music lessons as well as comprehensive growth. The Method starts early, supports the parent within the learning environment and also provides social and cognitive development. The principles include listening, motivation, repetition, step-by-step mastery, memory, repertoire and parent involvement. The goal of Dr. Suzuki was to enrich lives through music and also give greater understanding and sensitivity. Students focus on technique and ear training first of all, with note and symbol recognition following at a later stage.
School Repertoire Stream
Students who are already playing instruments in their school programs will participate in a slightly different FOUNDATION phase before working on their repertoire. This could include learning songs for upcoming concerts as well as supporting students in VCE Music.
STRINGS – PERFORMANCE PHASE
Students perform pieces they have worked on in the previous STREAM phase or new pieces from the same style as a soloist or within an ensemble. Students learn how to plan chunked practice as they move towards the performance. This might include problem-solving as well as progression points. With their teachers, students talk about managing nerves, improving concentration and furthermore their growth as performers. This performance can take place in a public forum at Chasing Sound events or be done as recordings in lessons — a product of the phase.
STRINGS – SPECIALISATION PHASE
Students can revisit and expand upon a style they worked through in the earlier STREAMS phase. Alternatively, they can take a creative step forward into song-writing, composition or improvisation. This stream allows a student to consolidate the work they have done in the previous phases. Students would not be able to transition into this phase without having done the others in order.
STRINGS – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING PHASE
Students are empowered with the relevant skills, stylistic understanding and self-awareness musically to direct their own musical pathways. They do so with the support of their Chasing Sound Music School teacher and community.