Violin Beginnings Level 1

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Violin Beginnings Level 1

Ages 4–8* 


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Take your first steps into the world of violin music! In this beginner violin class for kids, students start their violin journey at the very beginning, accompanied by their parents. Starting with learning to hold the violin and bow, students will learn fundamental violin technique in a musical and engaging way. Pitch and rhythm, which are essential building blocks for a young musician, will be taught through dynamic and imaginative games. Special listening and story time in class will introduce students to the diverse history of the violin and classical music. The teacher will use a combination of Suzuki, traditional, and Rolland methods throughout the class.


Ages:  4–8*
Dates: September 28, 2022–January 25, 2023 (15 weeks)
Time: 5:156:15 PM |  6:157:15 PM
Tuition: $427.50 + $45 music fee
Skip Dates: November 23, December 21 & 28
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA


IMPORTANT: A parent is required to attend and participate in the class with their child, and to practice daily with them at home. Students are required to rent/purchase their own child-size violin. Please read the Academy’s Rental Guidelines before going to a violin shop.

*If your child is slightly younger or slightly older than the range for this class, please contact us at to discuss the best placement for your child.




Registration is closed.

Section 1 |  5:156:15 PM | Ages 4-7

Section 2 | 6:157:15 PM | Ages 5-8

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Claire Allen, Violin Lessons
Claire Allen
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Allen

Claire Allen is a Teaching Artist of Violin and Strings Coordinator. Since joining the string faculty at MCAA in 2013, she has created and collaborated on the development of the Violin Beginnings curriculum (which is based on the curriculum for beginning violinists taught at Peabody Preparatory), added several supplemental group classes for young violinists to the private lesson program, and has taught a private studio of violinists ages 4 to adult. She frequently creates themed lesson plans and loves creating games for her students.

Claire has completed extensive teacher training including Suzuki-certified training for Suzuki Books 1-3 (with Book 4 in October 2022), Rebecca Henry’s pedagogy course at Peabody Conservatory, and Mimi Zweig’s Violin/Viola Teacher Retreat. She has been interviewed on the Suzuki podcasts, “Beyond the Music Lesson” and “Time to Practice” with Suzuki teacher and violinist Christine Goodner. In 2019, she was selected as the Outstanding String Teacher of the Year by the Virginia chapter of the American String Teachers Association. In 2022, she was a featured presenter at the ASTA National Conference on the topic “Creating A Diverse Repertoire for Elementary Level Violinists.”












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