String Department - Core Philosophy
|String Department Chair - Philip Rush|
Welcome to the string department at South Shore Conservatory! By choosing to study the violin, viola, cello or double bass at either our Duxbury or Hingham locations you and your child are joining a community of teachers, parents and students committed to the highest ideals in performing arts education. In addition to studying their instrument of choice, our students also have the opportunity to study music in all of its varied forms, from classes in basic musicianship and music theory to ensembles ranging in size from a small chamber ensemble all the way up to a full symphony orchestra as part of the BaYS youth symphony program. We offer numerous chances to hear our world class faculty perform on both campuses, and our students perform in recitals throughout the year.
Our string teachers are among the best and most experienced in the Boston Metro area, holding advanced degrees from some of the nation’s finest conservatories and universities, performing with many of the major ensembles in the region, and bringing years of experience and a commitment to teaching at the highest levels. We offer traditional and Suzuki teaching methods and our teachers are experienced in working with every type of student, from young children and adult beginners to advanced high school students and college undergraduates, in both individual and group settings.
Most students may begin traditional lessons on violin, viola, cello and bass when they are four or five. Suzuki instruction on violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar may begin for children at age four. During each 17-week semester, each private lesson student receives an evaluation from the teacher to keep the student and the parent apprised of the student’s progress. Private and semi-private lessons are 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes in length. Group instruction (for three or more students) is 60 minutes in length. Click here for complete pricing.
Our lesson prices are based on two 17-week semesters. Students choosing to pay for a full year receive 34 lessons at the 32-week price.
String Department Class Offerings
Basic Musicianship Workshops
Vartan Aghababian, Edwina Li, Margaret Li
Basic Musicianship is offered to all private lesson and Suzuki students to supplement their music literacy. These one hour classes review and teach basic elements of music.
Managing Director Candace Kniffen
Artistic Director Steven Karidoyanes
BaYS is an auditioned*, sequential youth orchestra program.
Dolce Strings (string ensemble)
Sinfonia (intermediate full orchestra)
Symphony (advanced full orchestra)
Chamber opportunities are available in strings, percussion, woodwind, brass, voice and mixed instruments with or without voice.
String Department Special Events
Student Recital - String Spotlight
December 9, 2012
String students compete. Click for details
Students compete. Click for details
Financial aid is available for those who can document financial need.
Financial Aid deadlines and application.