Violin Supplemental Class
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This class is the perfect supplement to private lessons for imaginative young violinists! Celebrate the season in this holiday music themed class! Students will learn a variety of holiday music from Christmas, Hanukkah, and secular traditions. Students will engage in musical activities designed to strengthen their technique in a creative and fun way. The class will culminate in an off-campus community performance.
Ages: Grades 1–8, Ages 5–14*
Time: 6:00–7:00 PM
Dates: Fridays, November 4–December 16, 2022 (6 classes + 1 performance)
Skip Date: November 25, 2022
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—Under guidance from George Mason University, Mason Community Arts Academy strongly recommends masks in all programs and lessons. This policy is subject to change, and we will keep you apprised of additional updates. *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.
- 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.
- A $10 late registration fee will apply starting the Friday prior to the start of the program
- For additional information, please contact the Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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