String Ensembles/Group Class

The Frederick String Initiative is an inclusive, grassroots, and community based program.   Historically, all successful string programs have two major components; private lessons and an ensemble/group class. This format had its seed in the European tradition and became a component of the Suzuki and the El Sistema movements.  Students can learn a lot from each other playing with their friends.  The main focus of ensemble class at FSI are the Elementary and early Middle School students.

Elementary and early Middle school students are strongly encouraged to participate in the ensemble/group classes.  Ensemble class compliments private lessons and is a big part of student development.  Older students are encouraged to explore a youth orchestra.  Sometimes, FSI will have a guest artist to visit with the students during ensemble class.


Important to the success of the class is a close connection to the private lessons.  Students study their pieces in their private lessons first and then rehearse together about twice a month.  Technique learned for solo pieces is applied to the ensemble music.  When they rehearse with their friends, a collective understanding of form and movement begins to develop.    Students also work on their note reading and sight reading skills.  In addition to traditional pieces, students explore a variety of music including rounds, waltzes, and popular tunes.   The ensembles perform  in the Frederick community.   






Cost per semester is  $75 - Due by Sept 3, 2019

 (Ensemble fees are not included in the private lesson tuition)    

















Violin/Viola Fall 2019 Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule

(These dates are also on the PDF and google calendars)