Violin Adventures Online

Violin Adventures for Private lesson ages 5-12

Fall 2020 registration is open!




Note: Students must be enrolled in regular, weekly private violin lessons (either at the Academy or elsewhere) and playing repertoire in Suzuki Books 1, 2, or 3.

Violin Adventures is an enriching and exciting addition to private violin lessons for young students. This online class will connect young violinists as they study technique, scales, and Suzuki review pieces, learn about different composers and styles of music, share their musical experiences with each other, and perform solos for each other. Students will participate in a weekly 30-minute live class on Zoom and will also receive weekly listening assignments and occasional tutorial videos that will supplement their home musical education. Listening assignments this semester will focus on the works of BIPOC and female composers from the Baroque era to present day.

Students will be divided into groups based on playing ability and age. Each group will meet weekly for 30 minutes at a consistent time between 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Students will be notified at least one week prior to the first class which time frame they are assigned to. We ask that a parent be present during the online class to assist them with class materials, technology, and help physically adjust their technique when needed. Parents may also wish to take notes to supplement their private lesson notes and add activities from group class to the student’s regular practice.

The class will culminate in a professionally produced video with all students performing together.

For students ages 10-16 who are playing at a Suzuki Book 3-5/ASTA grade 3-4 level and who can read music comfortably, we recommend Violin Choir.


Ages:  5 – 12
  Fridays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 20
Time:  5:00 – 6:30 pm EST
Tuition:  $228
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)



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Violin/Viola Teaching Artist

Caitlin Renner
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Renner

Caitlin (Perdue) Renner is an avid collaborator. She has performed in many chamber ensembles of both the classical and the traditional variety, recording projects, and has previously collaborated with a fellow graduate student and dancer to create an original piece. Additionally, Ms. Renner has spent many summers being immersed in Celtic, Scandinavian, Americana, and Fusion Folk styles. She encourages her students to grow familiar with a variety of musical styles and incorporates folk pieces into her teaching repertoire.

Most of all, Ms. Renner is fascinated with teaching. Her students provide inspiration for diving further into her musical studies and learning more about transmitting technique and musicality through each lesson. She has received training in the Suzuki Method, the Mark O’Connor Method, a certification in Music Mind Games, and has attended numerous teacher workshops. In addition to her private teaching, Ms. Renner teaches music and movement classes at several area preschools.

Ms. Renner received her Masters of Music in Viola Performance, with an emphasis in violin and viola pedagogy, from the Peabody Institute in 2014. She studied under Victoria Chiang and Rebecca Henry. She also received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied with Katherine Murdock.










Digital Illustration:
Character Creation

Ages 11-18
Saturdays, 9–10:30 am EST
Oct. 3–Nov. 21, 2020


Video Production
Ages 11-18
Saturdays, 9:30–11 am EST
Oct. 3–Nov. 21, 2020