Students typically spend more than one year in each ensemble. The Violin and Cello Choirs are supplemental group classes for students taking weekly private lessons, generally through the Duke University String School.
The Beginner Cello Class is a supplemental group class for students taking weekly private lessons through the Duke University String School. The class is intended for students with no prior music training and students with less than a year of music lessons. This class begins with an introduction to the cello, correct cello size, posture, and bow hold. Students with begin by playing open strings and gradually introducing the left hand. Students will then learn how to play with the three foundational bow strokes: martelé, detaché, and legato. Beginning Cello students will also learn the beginning steps of reading music through rhythm, note names, and basic intervals. The class will progress through the first pieces in the Suzuki Book 1 for Cello, supplemented by songs of the first String Builder book by Samuel Applebaum.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to join us and observe the class.
There are no prerequisites or auditions for this class.
Conductor: Erica Leavell