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  Young People’s String Program (YPSP)

The Young People’s String Program (YPSP) is a creative blend of Suzuki philosophy, Paul Rolland’s approach to movement in string playing, and traditional string pedagogy. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy embraces the idea that all children are born with musical ability that can be nurtured at an early age through their environment, listening, imitation, and by working closely with a parent at home. Paul Rolland’s work focuses on relaxation and freedom of movement in string playing.

Traditional string pedagogy enhances these approaches by incorporating the development of technique and musicianship through scales, etudes, music reading, and a variety of repertoire. Our faculty members bring their own experiences to the program as they work together in creating a solid foundation and inspiring environment for our young string players. YPSP students attend individual instruction and a group lesson each week. Parent participation is required.

See the links to the left for more information on the YPSP, or call the Preparatory Office at 410-234-4630 to request a copy of the YPSP Guidelines.

Individual Instruction

 

30-min. lesson45-min. lesson60-min. lesson90-min. lesson
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Introductory Classes

Fiddlers Four (violin)
(Ages 4-5, student must be 4 years old by January 1, 2014)

 

This nurturing, small group setting offers young violin beginners an opportunity to learn the first few steps of violin playing. In keeping with the Suzuki approach and philosophy of education, parents also learn the skills and are “home teachers” for daily practice sessions. Children gradually master each step required to ensure a solid musical foundation through individual and group activities and continue their study in the Young People’s String Program after graduating from Fiddlers Four. Groups of two students will meet for 30 minutes, three for 45 minutes, and four for 60 minutes. Minimum of two and maximum of four students.

First class for parents only: at the scheduled class time.

 PP.200.127 01SAT 10:15-11:00 (continuing students only)L219Melnicoff-BrownSpring $379

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Cello Fun (Ages 4-5)
Introduction to Cello (Ages 7-9)

This nurturing, small group setting offers young cello beginners an opportunity to learn the first few steps of cello playing. In keeping with the Suzuki approach and philosophy of education, parents also learn the skills and are "home teachers" for daily practice sessions. Children gradually master each step required to ensure a solid musical foundation through individual and group activities. Upon completion of class, students continue their study in the Young People's Strings Program (YPSP). Class length will be one hour for four, forty-five minutes for three, or thirty minutes for two students. Minimum of two and maximum of four students.

 PP.200.306 03Cello Fun (SAT 3:30-4:30)L417WardSpring $489

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YPSP Violin

At the placement interview, an overview of the YPSP program and an introduction to Suzuki philosophy will be presented. This will include discussion of the role of parents in lessons and the importance of daily practice, both key elements of the Suzuki approach. An orientation regarding group classes (which all YPSP students attend in addition to individual instruction) and YPSP concerts will be presented followed by a question and answer period.

Note: All YPSP Group Classes begin the first week of classes each semester. All students in YPSP Group Classes are also required to take individual instruction at the Preparatory. An additional $10 non-refundable activities fee per year will automatically be charged with registration.

YPSP Violin Groups

Minimum of six students

Heifetz (First class for parents only)

 PP.200.103 01SAT 9:00-10:00L310BellamyFall $307/ Spring $307
 PP.200.103 02THU 4:00-5:00Room 6BellamyFall $307/ Spring $307

Neveu Group

 PP.200.108 02SAT 9:00-10:00206CHenryFall $307/ Spring $307
 PP.200.108 01THU 5:00-6:00Room 6BellamyFall $307/ Spring $307

Paganini Group

 PP.200.110 01SAT 9:00-10:00308CMelnicoff-BrownFall $307/ Spring $307
 PP.200.110 02THU 5:00-6:00AuditoriumTremblayFall $307/ Spring $307

Milstein Group

 PP.200.107 01SAT 10:00-11:00308CRauschFall $307/ Spring $307
 PP.200.107 02THU 6:00-7:00Room 6DorrFall $307/ Spring $307

Joachim Group

 PP.200.105 01SAT 10:00-11:00206CMorseFall $307/ Spring $307

Szigeti Group

 PP.200.105 02THU 6:00-7:00AuditoriumSadowskiFall $307/ Spring $307

Oistrakh Group

 PP.200.109 01SAT 11:00-12:30308CRauschFall $446/ Spring $446

Kreisler Group

 PP.200.106 01SAT 11:00-12:30206CPicard-BoeckerFall $446/ Spring $446

YPSP Cello Groups

Minimum of six students.

Boccherini Group 1

 PP.200.138 01SAT 9:00-9:45L417WardFall $237/ Spring $237

Boccherini Group 2

 PP.200.138 02SAT 9:00-9:45L410ChenFall $237/ Spring $237

Casals Group

 PP.200.112 01SAT 9:45-10:45L417WardFall $307/ Spring $307

DuPre Group

 PP.200.114 01SAT 9:45-10:45L410ChenFall $307/ Spring $307

Fournier Group

 PP.200.139 01SAT 10:00-11:00L19KimFall $307/ Spring $307

Popper Class

 PP.200.140 01SAT 11:00-12:00L410ChenFall $307/ Spring $307

YPSP String Bass Groups

 

Minimum of six students per group. Three classes per semester. Dates TBA.

 PP.200.117 01SAT 11:00-12:00Byrd HallMangoldFall $69/ Spring $69

 

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