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Class Levels and Qualifications

(These are general guidelines and may not fit you exactly) **

LEVEL I, Beginner
Students enrolled in Level I have had little or no previous music training. Focus is on basic violin technique, ear training and music reading skills. This class learns 3 tunes per session. The musical part is the same as Level II, with the addition of finger numbers and strings names to facilitate reading.

Level II, Intermediate
Students in Level II have had some previous violin/fiddle experience of a year or two and know how to read simple notation and basic rhythm. Focus of this class is: consistent pitch, beginning improvisation techniques and simple bowings such as slurs and shuffles. Students in this class have limited experience in different keys. Music for this level stays primarily in 1st position and the students perform 10 tunes at the end of the session, including improvised solos.

Level III, Advanced
Students in Level III usually have 3-5 years of violin /fiddle experience and are good readers and have had some experience in 3rd position. Students in this class have played in more keys than Level II. Focus of this class is: more complex bowing patterns than Level II and more defined improvisation techniques and stylistic phrasing. Music for this level often goes to 3rd position and the students perform 10 tunes at the end of the session, including improvised solos.

** Based on the above information, the student decides their own pace of learning. Some students purposefully join a slower class to brush up on technique.