SMARTS String Program Violin 1, Grades 3-12


SMARTS String Program Violin 1, Grades 3-12 (Silvia Games Dubos)


This is the first violin class offered in the SMARTS String Program for students who are either just starting violin or students who are still in Suzuki book 1. Students will build a foundation that includes identifying the parts of the violin, proper violin posture, form for holding the bow, and basic bowing and finger-plucking techniques on open strings. Students will learn how to listen and play with a group in unison during the ensemble portion of the class. Learning violin takes patience, concentration, and attention to detail, but it is a lovely and rewarding instrument to play. Students will play exercises and warm ups that will prepare them to play through Suzuki book 1 by the end of this class. Students will be required to journal their practice time on a practice card. Practice requirements for this course: Minimum of 4 days a week, 20 minutes each day.


Class will be structured within a 2-hour time frame that will consist of one 1-hour group lesson, and one 45-minute ensemble class. Students will be expected to attend both portions of this class weekly on Wednesdays.



Wednesday @ 4:00 – 6:00pm

Fall Semester: 11 weeks

Sept 6, 13, 20, 27

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

Nov 1, 8, 15

SMARTS Family Dinner November 21


Spring Semester: 11 weeks

Jan 10, 17, 24, 31

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28

March NO 6, 13, 20, 27

SMARTS Art you Can See April 4

SMARTS Art you Can Hear April 5