Saturday Morning Strings open for new applications15-Sep-2016 Central Coast Conservatorium of music runs a Saturday Morning Strings Program for nine weeks during each school term. Peter Garrity, Head of Strings Program at the Conservatorium, is inviting new students, at all playing levels from beginner to advanced, to submit their Application for the Saturday Morning Strings Program in Term 4 which commences Saturday 15th October. “Saturday Morning Strings is a very sociable and fun activity for students interested in progressing on the violin, viola, cello or double bass”, said Mr Garrity. “Six of our highly qualified string teachers lead the ensembles, teaching students to not only play their instrument, but also how to play parts in a group scenario”, he said.
The Conservatorium has something for everyone in the Strings Department with group lessons for beginner violin, cello or double bass being perhaps the most affordable option for beginners. For just $100 a term, students get a half hour group lesson, and the instrument is included, which of course students take home to practice on. From there, you can add a 20 minute private lesson to the group lesson (on a mutually convenient day/time with any of our string teachers) for just $380 per term. After a couple of terms, students are ready to join in with other students in the Saturday Morning Strings Program. Students normally enter at the Mini String Ensemble level, progress to String Ensemble, then Junior String Orchestra, then onto our premier ensemble, the Central Coast Chamber Orchestra. Appropriate and stimulating repertoire is chosen for each group and performance opportunities are provided on a regular basis. Students can audition and enter at any level. Beginner students need only to enrol, they do not need to audition.
Junior String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra members also learn self sufficiency and leadership skills through additional Chamber Music classes. There are five chamber groups which split away from the main group to practice and rehearse together.
Students playing in the Junior String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra also attend a half hour instrument specific technique class where they work on technical aspects of playing.
Students involved in the Saturday Morning Strings Program and one-to-one lessons are also able to participate in a number of extension opportunities including Masterclasses with world renowned musicians and international visiting artists. All string students attend concert practice classes twice a term and can attend professional concerts on the Conservatorium’s extensive events calendar for just $5 a ticket.
The Conservatorium also currently has an Adult Cello Ensemble. The ensemble rehearses on a rotating basis between the beginner and advanced students, on a Monday evening.
All rehearsals take place at the Conservatorium in Mann Street Gosford.
For a truly comprehensive education for string students, why not phone the Conservatorium on 4324 7477. Applications for Saturday Morning Strings Program Term 4 are now open and should be made through the website or by phoning the Conservatorium.
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