Magdalena Richter, Strings Department Chair
We welcome students beginning at the age of 4 to begin their musical studies at NEC Prep. For our youngest students interested in learning a string instrument, we have a few options. Students can begin taking regular private lessons under the traditional strings method or can choose to enroll in our Suzuki strings program. The decision to begin with traditional private lessons versus Suzuki is a personal choice. There is no right or wrong answer; it is important to find the best fit your child and your family.
To learn how to get involved and for help in deciding which route is right for you, please contact the Prep office . You will also find some helpful materials below. We encourage young students who are undecided between Suzuki vs. Traditional to sign up for the Traditional Strings placement meeting with Magdalena Richter, Strings Department Faculty Chair.
String Private Lessons
Private instruction is the foundation of a sound musical education and we welcome our youngest students to begin their private study at NEC Prep. At NEC Prep, the depth, expertise, and diversity of our faculty assure a great match for our students' individual needs. A unique feature of our private lesson program is that it includes the opportunity to participate in workshops, recitals, evaluations, and our annual concerto competition, which offer every student valuable performance experience and feedback from a variety of teachers.
Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students of all levels (including beginners!) in all the categories listed under faculty. Prospective string students must set up an audition or placement meeting with Magdalena Richter, String Department Chair, who will advise each student personally regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study. For information on teacher placement meetings and scheduling an appointment with Ms. Richter, please contact the Prep office. Please also fill out the placement form below and we will reach out to you.
For information on how to get started, please click here. Private lessons can begin at any time during the school year.
Suzuki Strings Program
Susan Jarvis, Suzuki Department Chair
Shinichi Suzuki believed that “any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue.” This approach to learning creates a close relationship between the child, parent, and teacher. The parent is not only present at all classes and lessons but is also the daily home teacher. The principles of the Suzuki method include daily listening, development of concentration and memory skills, learning to work with other students, parents, and teachers in group activities, and continual repetition and refinement of techniques, which allows students to build on successes. The Suzuki approach sustains a positive environment for growth.
Students are required to register separately for private lessons and weekly group class.
For more information about the Suzuki method, please click here.
String Bass Explorers (Group Class) – NEW!
String Bass Explorers Class is a one-year entry-level program for students 7-11 wanting to learn the string bass. Young bassists will start off learning the fundamentals of string bass technique, holding the instrument, and playing beginning tunes. Reading music is not required and will be covered as part of the class. As the class progresses, String Bass Explorers students will start playing bass ensemble music. Ideally Bass Explorers can be paired with the Eurhythmics class and/or Children's Chorus in which students learn to read and write music, move, sing, and listen together. Students who participated in Musical Explorers in May/June 2017 are encouraged to join with the String Bass or P-Trumpet/P-Bone Explorers class; however, there is no pre-requisite needed to join this class.
Saturday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Recommended Courses by Age
Strings Ages 4-7
- Suzuki Violin/Viola/Cello
- Private Lessons
- Preparatory Chorus
- Beginning Double Bass Instruction
- Guitar Explorers and Lessons