LYRA String Quartet
Session I Adult Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             Aug. 11, 18, 25
             Sept. 8. 15, 22, 29
             Oct 6
Times: 6:25 pm - 7:25 pm
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $160/8 Weeks
Age: Adults Only Class
Session I Junior Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             (Aug. 11 only for 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm class) Aug. 18, 25
             Sept. 8. 15, 22, 29
             Oct 6(8 Weeks)
Times: 9:40 am - 10:40 am or 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $160/8 Weeks or $300/16 Weeks
Age: Grades 4-6
Session II Adult Class:
Dates: (Tuesdays)
             Jan. 13, 20, 27
             Feb. 3. 10, 17, 24
             Mar. 3
Times: 6:25 pm - 7:25 pm
Age: Adults Only Class
Session II Junior Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             Jan. 12, 26
             Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
             Mar. 2, 9 (8 Weeks)
Times: 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Age: Grades 4-6
Instruments Taught: Violin, Viola, Violoncello, String Bass
Required Materials: (for all beginning classes): Orchestra Expressions-Book One for chosen instrument, chosen instrument, stand, rosin
Minimum Enrollment: A minimum of 10 students are required for each class session
Prerequisites: Get ready to jump in! This level assumes no prior knowledge of a stringed instrument and requires no music background. Students should decide on a chosen instrument prior to the first class (violin, viola, cello or bass). Students must provide their own instrument.
Course Description: The Beginning Strings Classes are taught with a unique hands-on approach originally created by Judith Cox for the LYRA Academy. It is a successful strings group learning method drawn from several different sources, including the National Standards-based Expressions Music Curriculum. This innovative method incorporates both private instruction in a group dynamic, and group instruction in an orchestral setting, to create a cohesive and evenly progressive learning environment. Class sizes are small, allowing frequent one-on-one contact and demonstration between students and teacher. Classes are designed for students from complete beginners to intermediate/advanced levels.

Students learn to read music in the clef of their chosen instrument, while learning the basics of playing a stringed instrument: pizzicato and bowing on 2 strings, 2 pentascales and 1 one-octave scale, double stops, rhythmic fundamentals, and the basics of bow distribution using the whole and parts of the bow. In addition, students become familiar with and perform works drawn from the Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods of classical music as well as a broad spectrum of world folk, pop and other genres of familiar musical styles. Students learn the basics of composition through knowledge of notation and musical forms. Students learn to follow a conducting beat.
Session I Adult Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             Oct. 20, 27
             Nov. 3, 10, 17
             Dec. 1, 8, 15
Times: 6:25 pm - 7:25 pm
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $160/8 Weeks
Age: Adults Only Class
Session I Junior Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             Oct. 20, 27
             Nov. 3, 10, 17
             Dec. 1, 8, 15
Times: 9:40 am - 10:40 am or 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $160/8 Weeks
Age: Grades 4-6
Session II Adult Class:
Dates: (Tuesdays)
             March 24, 31
             April 7, 14, 21, 28
             May 5, 12
Times: 6:25 pm - 7:25 pm
Age: Adults Only Class
Session II Junior Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             March 23
             April 6, 13, 20, 27
             May 4, 11, 18
Times: 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Age: Grades 4-6
Prerequisites: This level assumes some knowledge of the student’s chosen instrument: ability to draw a whole bow, use of pizzicato, ability to play whole, half, quarter and eighth notes, ability to play on the D and A string, and ability to read music in the chosen instrument's clef. Students must provide their own instrument.
Course Description: Continuing to work in Orchestra Expressions, Book One curriculum material, students learn to play on the G string, 3 pentascales and D major scale, bow distribution using whole, half and quarter bows, slurs, string crossings, staccato and legato articulations, ¾ time, and dotted half notes and rests. Students will begin to learn to play in 2, 3, and 4-part harmony, playing in rounds and duets, and will learn to play as an ensemble with a conductor. Students become familiar with and perform works drawn from the Baroque and Romantic periods of classical music, as well as a broad spectrum of world folk, pop and other genres of familiar musical styles. Listening skills develop as students begin to recognize different styles and compositional techniques through guided listening sessions.
Session I Adult Class:
Dates: (Tuesdays)
             Aug. 19, 26
             Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
             Oct. 7
Times: 7:35 pm - 8:35 pm
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $160/8 Weeks
Age: Adults Only Class
Session I Junior Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             Jan. 12, 26
             Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
             March 2, 9
Times: 9:40 am - 10:40 am
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $160/8 Weeks
Age: Grades 4-7
Session II Adult Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             Jan. 12, 26
             Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
             March 2, 9
Times: 6:25 pm - 7:25 pm
Age: Adults Only Class
Prerequisites: This level assumes the student has a basic knowledge of his/her chosen instrument: proper position and bow hold, ability to play scales using whole and half bow, ability to read music in the proper key and clef, ability to identify and play written rhythms. Students must provide their own instrument.
Course Description: Students complete Orchestra Expressions, Book One curriculum material in this class and learn the fundamentals of string orchestra playing. All instrumentalists will master knowledge and familiarity with all four strings; celli and basses learn to play in positions. Chromatic, G, C, E, d, and C pentascales, as well as G and C one-octave scales are covered in this course. Four-part harmony is learned and performed; the group plays together as a string orchestra with conductor now. Many genres of music are covered in this class, both in performance and through developing listening skills.
Intermediate Strings I Adult Class:
Dates: (Tuesdays)
             Oct. 21, 28
             Nov. 4, 18
             Dec. 2, 9, 16
             Jan. 13, 20, 27
             Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
             March 3
Times: 7:35 pm - 8:35 pm
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $250 + $25 Material Fee/16 Weeks
Age: Adults Only Class
Intermediate Strings I Junior Class:
Dates: (Saturdays)
             Aug. 23
             Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
             Oct. 4, 11 (10/4, 10/11 10:50am-12:20pm)
             Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22
             Dec. 6, 13, 20 (12/13, 12/20 10:50am-12:20pm)
Times: 10:50 am - 11:50 am
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $250 + $25 Material Fee/16 Weeks
Age: Grades 4-8
Intermediate Strings II Adult Class:
Dates: (Tuesdays)
             March 24, 31
             April 7, 14, 21, 28
             May 5, 12
Times: 7:35 pm - 8:35 pm
Cost: $125 + $25 Material Fee/8 Weeks
Age: Adults Only Class
Intermediate Strings II Junior Class:
Dates: (Saturdays)
             Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
             Feb. 7, 21, 28
             May 7, 21
             Apr. 11, 25
             May 2, 9, 16, 23 (5/16, 5/30 10:50am-12:20pm)
Times: 10:50 am - 11:50 am
Cost: $125 + $25 Material Fee/8 Weeks
Age: Grades 4-8
Prerequisites: If you have played a stringed instrument at one time and want to come back to playing in a fun, group setting, then these classes are for you. You should have these skills before starting: familiarity with all 4 strings of the student’s chosen instrument, proper bow and instrument hold, ability to read music, violins and violas should be able to use 4th finger, celli must be familiar with 4th position and basses with 2nd position, familiarity with 1/8, ¼, ½, dotted ½, and whole notes and rests and common rhythmic patterns, ability to draw a full bow, knowledge of bow distribution. Students who have completed Orchestra Expressions, Book I, or equivalent training, will be at the level to excel in these classes. Entrance interview for new students. Students must provide their own instrument.
Course Description: Intermediate String classes take students into the second year, with the curriculum taken from Orchestra Expressions, Book Two as well as a variety of other sources, to create a solid foundation of string orchestra training and repertoire. Many selections will come from standard chamber orchestra repertoire, as students learn to watch the conductor’s beat, listen to each other for balance, intonation and cohesive ensemble playing.
Session I Adult Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             Aug. 18, 25
             Sep. 8, 15, 22, 29
             Oct. 6, 20, 27
             Nov. 3, 10, 17
             Dec. 1, 8, 15
Times: 7:35 pm - 9:05 pm
Cost: $250 + $25 Material Fee/16 Weeks
Age: Adults Only Class
Session II Adult Class:
Dates: (Mondays)
             Jan. 12, 26
             Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
             March 2, 9, 23
             Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27
             May 4, 11, 18
Times: 7:35 pm - 9:05 pm
Age: Adults Only Class
Prerequisites: Previous performance experience in either a youth or community orchestra or chamber ensemble. Min. of 10 students registered. Students must provide their own instrument.
Course Description: This community string ensemble, led by ASO Violinist Judith Cox, has been created for the more serious adult teacher, amateur or retired musician who is interested in delving into repertoire with the goal of learning and performing selected masterpieces with like-minded individuals. Part music history, music theory, and orchestral techniques, the Atlanta Symphony Community String Ensemble examines Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods and styles of music, and features many well-known works of the string orchestra and ensemble genres.