LYRA String Quartet
Session I:
Dates: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12
Times: 6:40 - 7:40pm
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $160 / 8 Weeks
Age: Grades 8 - 12 & Adults
Get ready to jump in! Designed for the complete novice, this class assumes no prior knowledge of a stringed instrument and requires no music background. Students learn to read music in the clef of their chosen instrument, while learning the basics: pizzicato and bowing, penta- and one- octave scales, double stops, rhythmic fundamentals, bow distribution, slurs, string crossings staccato and legato. Students will learn to play as an ensemble with a conductor's beat, to harmonize and play different parts through the exploration of rounds and canons. 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

Instructor: Judith Cox.

Session I:
Dates: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12
Times: 7:45 - 8:45pm
Class Requirements: Minimum of 10 students registered; Students must provide their own instrument.
Cost: $160 / 8 Weeks
Age: Grades 8 - 12 & Adults
Prerequisites: The second of the CMS Beginning Strings Classes. This level assumes the student has a basic knowledge of his/her chosen instrument: proper position and bow hold, ability to play on three strings, to play D Major scale, and G and A pentascales, to read music in the proper key and clef, and to identify and play written rhythms. Violins and violas should be able to use 4th finger, string bassists must know third and first positions, and all should have familiarity with 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and whole notes and rests.
Course Description: Students continue working in Orchestra Expressions Book One and learn to play 4- part harmonies together with the help of rounds and harmonized music. Techniques include learning to use the whole bow, hooked bowings, détaché, legato and staccato. All instrumentalists will learn the fundamentals of string orchestra playing and 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. Some 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, creating a solid foundation of string orchestra training and repertoire.

Instructor: Judith Cox
Session I:
Dates: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13
Times: 6:40 - 7:40pm
Cost: CMS Strings I is (8/16wks) $160/$350
Age: Grades 8 - 12 & Adults
Prerequisites: CMS Strings I has been designed for intermediate level students who have less than 2 years of orchestral experience or who have a need to review their knowledge and skills. Designed to prepare students for the more advanced level CMS Strings Advanced (offered in the Spring Quarter), to refine or review techniques, music theory and note-reading. CMS students who have taken at least one quarter of Intermediate String Orchestra or comparable instruction, or students who have established a firm foundation with facility in reading in the keys of D, G, A, rhythmic subdivision, and ensemble work through rounds and foundation studies, will be at the level to excel in these classes. Entrance interview for new students..
Course Description: CMS Strings I provides a solid foundation for entrance into the more advanced CMS Strings II. Designed for intermediate string students who have followed the program from the beginning as well as those who have taken a break for awhile, CMS Strings I prepares students to join the more advanced group for the Spring Quarter. Students learn major and minor keys in the Circle of 5ths, vibrato and tone production techniques, and ensemble skills through the exploration of chamber orchestra repertoire. CMS Strings I classes take students from the Basic Intermediate Level to more advanced levels with curriculum selected from a variety of 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.

Orchestra Director: Judith Cox
Session I:
Dates: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13
Times: 7:45 - 9:15pm
Cost: CMS Strings II is (8/16wks) $190/$360
Age: Grades 8 - 12 & Adults
Prerequisites: CMS students who have 2 years of study in the Program or comparable instruction, or students who have established a firm foundation with facility in reading in the keys of up to 3 sharps and 2 flats, rhythmic subdivision, and 2 years or more of orchestral experience, will be at the level to excel in these classes. Entrance interview for new students.
Course Description: CMS Strings II will focus this Quarter on ensemble skills through the study of chamber music. Selections will be chosen to challenge and stimulate listening skills and nonverbal communication; break-out sessions will pair students into smaller groups to facilitate ensemble skills. CMS Strings I and II will combine in Spring Quarter to learn orchestral repertoire.

Instructor/Orchestra Director: Judith Cox

Coaches: Raymond Leung: Violin
                 Dona Vellek: Cello