We are happy to announce our fall programs open on September 14th to students everywhere! The Fall offerings include private lessons (online or in-person), group lessons, and music exploration classes.
Private lessons are offered online or in-person. Meeting times are mutually scheduled between the teacher and students between September 14th and December 17th. Payment is made by purchasing Private Lesson Packs, available in a six- or 12-lesson packs. Be sure to indicate your instrument and teacher when registering.
Online 30-minute private lessons are available for students of all ages and playing levels.
- Lesson Packs
- 6-Pack $190
- 12-Pack $370
Group classes are offered online over 13 weeks beginning September 14th through December 17th. Meeting days and times are specified in the descriptions below. Tuition is $195.
Violin 1 (Beginners)
Violin 1 is designed especially for the very beginning student. Using our new Mountain
School of Strings curriculum, students will learn violin technique, songs, note reading,
rhythm, singing and more. These online classes will be scheduled between the teacher and
students and include a 15-minunte private lesson and one group lesson per month. We
conclude the semester with a Zoom recital.
Teachers: Madelyn Ilana, Bob Culver and Norm Malenke
Violin 2 is available for continuing students who have had two years of
Teacher: Madelyn Ilana
Mondays 3–4 pm EST
Guitar 1 (Beginners)
Guitar 1 is for very beginning guitarists. In this class students will learn notes and
chords. Students will play songs, tunes and learn to improvise. Many styles of guitar will
be covered and students will learn to read both tablature and staff notation. Our online
classes will be scheduled between the teacher and students and include a 15-minute
lesson and one group lesson per month. We will conclude the semester with a Zoom
Teachers: Bob Culver, Josh Carter and Owen Grooms
Adult Fiddle with Bob Culver
Join Fiddling Bob each week for an hour of fun fiddle tunes. Learn classic fiddle tunes from
Old Time, Irish and Bluegrass traditions. Meet friends that want to jam. A little violin
experience is needed, but not a whole lot!
Thursdays 5–6 pm EST
Music Exploration Classes
Music exploration classes are offered over a 10-week period beginning September 14th. These classes are offered on-line on the days and times described below. Tuition is $200.
Song writing with Madelyn Ilana
For musicians with basic proficiency on guitar, ukulele, piano/keyboard, or any other
instrument you wish to compose on. This series will serve as a creative workshop for
musicians who are ready to explore writing their own songs. We will learn some basic
concepts of songwriting, and each week will offer creative prompts and an opportunity to
share your ideas and compositions with the group!
Mondays 7–8 pm EST
Improvisation for Violin with Madelyn Ilana
This workshop is for intermediate to advanced string players. We will explore a variety of
key signatures, musical modes, time signatures, rhythms, and creative styles. This class
will surely expand your fluency and freedom on your instrument. For those seeking more
Wednesdays 4:30–5:30 EST
Music Theory Made Fun with Bob Culver
Ever want to start from the beginning? Ever want to understand what all this music theory is
about? This class is for musicians who really want to know what is going on with all those
chords and scales. Bob will demystify music theory in this class for all ages and levels.
Thursdays 4–5 pm EST
World Music Club with Owen Grooms
All across the world, there are many beautiful and vibrant musical traditions, many of which
are unknown to most of us in the world. In the time-honored format of a book club, we will
all dive into one album from a different area of the world each week, and then discuss it
together online in a Zoom meeting. Some places we may visit while actively listening to the
albums we discuss include: Cape Verde, Indonesia, Brazil, India, and Mali.
Tuesdays 6–7 pm EST
Music and Culture Explorations with Norm Malenke
During this interactive Zoom course, the cultural influence on certain composers and
pieces/songs within the classical and folk music genres will be examined. Several weeks will
also be devoted to the study of how folk music has become entrenched within classical music.
The backgrounds of selected composers/song writers will be examined and several of their
works will be listened to and discussed in depth.
Mondays 7–8 pm EST
For your violin classes and lessons you will need a suitable instrument that stays in tune, has all four strings, is the correct size and set up so it is playable for the student. Mountain School of Strings has violins to rent for $50 per semester. If we don’t have an instrument for your student, we recommend renting from J. R. Judd Violins.
Please plan on attending one of our open houses in person to have a violin sized and to learn how to tune for your lessons. (If you're unable to attend the open house, you can have a tuning tutorial at your first lesson.) Our open house will be at Strauss Auditorium on Brevard Music Center Campus. Contact us by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to make an appointment between 5–7 pm on either September 2nd or 10th. For the safety of yourself and others, please wear a mask and observe the social distancing protocol during the Open House.