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This class is the perfect supplement to private lessons for imaginative young violinists! Students will learn spooky scales and engage in musical activities designed to strengthen their technique in a creative and fun way. They will learn to “spookify” familiar pieces from the Suzuki method as they learn special effects on their violins and will learn a brand-new Halloween themed piece. The class will culminate in the filming of a spooky music video to be shared with family and friends!
This class is designed as a supplement to regular private lessons. Students who do not have a regular private teacher, but who are interested in the class should contact email@example.com for assessment.
Ages: Grades 1–8, Ages 5–14*
Time: 6:00–7:00 PM
Dates: Fridays, September 16–October 28, 2022 (7 classes)
Tuition: $200 + $20 music fee
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA
*Students will be grouped by age and playing ability. Older/younger students admitted upon assessment by Strings Coordinator.
- Expected Playing Level: Suzuki Book 1-4, ASTACAP Levels Foundation – 4
- Mask & PPE Requirements—All individuals are strongly encouraged to wear CDC-recommended face masks indoors. *See University Policy on Face Coverings for full details.
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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.”
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Price
An active advocate for community engagement, Ms. Price has been involved in the development of the Musical Storytelling Project in Oberlin, OH, and as a participant in programs that bring music and instruction to Grafton Correctional Institution and hurricane-stricken areas of Puerto Rico.
Throughout her musical career, Ms. Price has regularly performed as a chamber, orchestral, and solo musician in concert programs domestically and internationally. She has performed as an orchestral musician in venues including Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH), and the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, TX). In past Summers, Ms. Price has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Litomysl International String Masterclass (Litomysl, Czech Republic), among others.
Ms. Price holds a Master’s degree with a concentration in Music in Education from the New England Conservatory, having studied under the mentorship of Ayano Ninomiya. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory after having begun her studies at Indiana University under the instruction of Sibbi Bernhardsson.
- Please note that group classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not reached.
- The Academy will not be responsible for students unable to participate due to lack of technology and will be unable to offer any refunds in this event.
- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding registration, withdrawals, refunds, and more for fall or spring group classes.
- All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the class starts with all necessary details including class schedule, supply list, web links, etc.
- For additional information, please contact the Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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