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"The group lessons Ed offers are the best clean fun around. Better than therapy! You'll feel great about learning something that can nurture your soul for the rest of your life. A fantastic experience!" ~ Mary Ann C., NYC more student comments

adult ensembles : string orchestra class

Maybe you've been in high school orchestra? Or perhaps you were a Suzuki kid? Maybe you've had private lessons? Time to dust off your axe and start playing again! Our adult's (15+) string orchestra class is open to all violin, viola, cello, and bass players with experience in an orchestral setting, or with a background in instrumental lessons.

We are currently seeking pianists who wish to play with a string orchestra. Please write for more info!

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about your teacher : ed davis

Over the past years, I've been delighted to help people make violin and viola playing a part of their lives.

I've been teaching privately for 20 years in Seattle and Olympia Washington, and Eugene Oregon. While in Eugene I taught for the 4J School District as an orchestra director and conducted sectionals and auditions for the Eugene Youth Symphony. I've also been on the faculty of the Suzuki Institute of Seattle, Tacoma Youth Symphony Music Camp and director of the Thalia Olympic Music Camp.

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"I had taken some violin lessons as a child and wanted to pick up where I had left off, but had no idea where to begin. I found Ed on line and jumped at the opportunity. I walked into his class and found a nice mix of people who immediately welcomed me and made me feel comfortable (as a 50+ baby boomer, I had been a little concerned about fitting in). Ed has a great sense of humor, is a great teacher and has a way of directing the lesson toward whatever technique you as an individual may be having difficulty with, without making you self-conscious, and while maintaining the ultimate goal of that lesson for the entire class. I also find that learning with a group helps me gauge where I am in my own personal development and motivates me to try that much harder. After all those years of thinking & wondering if I could or should, I finally feel that I AM A VIOLINIST." ~ Irene K., NYC more student comments

class location : all classes meet at...
Eighth Avenue Studios | MAP
939 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, buzz #307 for entrance to the building.
Subways A,C, or 1 to 59th Street Stop. Walk to 939 Eighth Avenue, between 55th & 56th Streets.



String Orchestra
More info at: www.stringschool.org Beginners to Advanced
This class is open to violin, viola, cello and bass players with about 3+ years of experience.
Required Materials:

Music will be provided.

Optional Materials:
Metronome & recordings of the works to be studied.
Though not required, it is recommended that students with less experience seek the help of a private instructor from time to time.
Class Summary:

In this class we will be studying various works from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Periods, and also some Pops.

More Information, schedule & repertoire:

For more information, and to download our repertoire, please visit our new mobile-friendly website: www.stringschool.org/orchestra.html

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Ed's program is an ideal environment in which to learn to play the violin.  Your fellow students are people just like you: adults from a variety of backgrounds who want to learn how to play and who want to have fun while doing it.  You'll notice a real sense of camaraderie since everyone shares similar goals and similar apprehensions, and you just might end up making friends with people whom you never would have crossed paths with otherwise.  From the first class it's obvious that Ed's been doing this for a while; not just teaching, but teaching in a group setting.  He patiently and methodically introduces students to all aspects of violin playing (technique, theory and general musicality), periodically pausing to check that every member of the class is doing things correctly.  The curriculum is designed such that technique is broken up into discrete concepts and each song learned serves the purpose of teaching one of those concepts.  It's been over five years since my first class and I'm still studying with Ed.  Ed's an excellent teacher who understands the demands of an adult's busy schedule but still nudges students to practice and work up to their potential.  What I enjoy most about his program is the opportunity to play in ensembles with his other students.  I participate the string orchestra and also play chamber music with other members of the orchestra.  Playing with a group is so much more fun than playing alone, and through Ed's classes it's easy to find people to play with who are at roughly the same level as you, whether you've recently started or have been playing for years. -Kori N. NYC more student comments

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