For fall 2020, FSI is going to have an innovative and evolving ensemble class.  Students will have the option of having rehearsals outside when the weather permits.   Students are going to be involved in various multimedia and video projects.   They will record video of their ensemble piece parts at home. These parts will be electronically mixed with recordings of other students to create  virtual performances.   This can be done with small groups of 2 or 3 people and with the entire ensemble.  We also plan to have students record their ensemble parts at their favorite outdoor locations in Frederick County.  The on location video will also be mixed together to create a virtual performances and music videos.

Ensemble/Studio 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.  Middle school and high school students are encouraged to explore a youth orchestra.  Sometimes, FSI will have a guest artist to visit with the students during ensemble class.


In addition to playing in ensembles with their peers, students have the opportunity to perform solos in preparation for the solo recital,  ASTACAP exams, and various auditions like orchestra auditions, solo and ensemble, and all-county and all state orchestra Students  also work on their note reading and sight reading skills. 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.    In addition to traditional pieces, students explore a variety of music including rounds, waltzes, and popular tunes.   






















Violin/Viola Fall 2020 - Ensemble/Studio Classes

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

Cost per semester is  $75 - Due by September 1, 2020

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

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