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Strings Classes

The DGSP offers string classes where students learn to play an instrument, in a group setting, with qualified teachers. Classes are held twice a week in a variety of locations throughout the school year. Classes begin in October.

 

Instruments: Students may choose to learn the violin, viola, cello, or bass; instrument rentals are encouraged through SHAR.

Ages: Students must be in fourth grade or above to participate and may continue until they graduate from high school.

Levels: Beginner, intermediate, middle school orchestra, and high school orchestra levels are offered at most locations.

Time: Twice a week depending on location.

Locations: Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Elk Rapids, Ellsworth, Harbor Springs, Pellston, and Petoskey.

Cost: Classes are offered tuition-free and the only cost is for instrument rental.

Performances: Classes perform in multiple concerts during the year, including a December holiday concert and the program-wide Collage Concert in May.

 

Suzuki Program

The Suzuki Method is an iconic movement of string education that features private and group lessons. The Suzuki method specializes in teaching very young students by the "mother tongue" method, with a strong emphasis on parental involvement and learning music by ear.  Students may begin as young as four years old. Suzuki lessons are offered for a moderate cost and scholarships are available for those in need.

Instruments: Violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Ages: Students can start as young as four years old.

Time: Private lessons once a week with the expectation that students will practice daily.

Locations: Charlevoix, Petoskey, Bay Harbor, Elk Rapids, Boyne City, and Beaver Island.

Cost: $15 (30 minutes)

Group Classes: Free group classes, held at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts on Saturday mornings, supplement private lessons.

Performances: Students perform in two recitals each school year and also participate in the program-wide Collage Concert in May.

 

Traditional Private Lessons

Private lessons are the most efficient way to teach the art of instrument playing. A master teacher is able to customize the lessons to address each student’s unique abilities and needs. Lessons take place once each week with the expectation that the student practices what they’ve learned on a daily basis at home.

 

Instruments: Violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Time: Once a week with practice expected on other days.

Locations: Charlevoix, Petoskey, Bay Harbor, Elk Rapids, Boyne City, and Beaver Island.

Cost: $25 (30 minutes), $35 (45 minutes), $50 (60 minutes).

Performances: Students perform in two recitals each school year and also participate in the program-wide Collage Concert in May.

 

Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra

For students who desire a more advanced level of music-making, the DGYO is offered weekly. DGSP teachers coach students to play in the context of an orchestra, where each instrument section plays independent parts for an exciting musical experience.

 

Levels: Advanced students who have graduated from the intermediate level; students from around the area are invited to apply for acceptance in the the DGYO.

Time: Monday evenings, 6:00-8:00PM.

Location: Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Performances: Multiple concerts, including performances at GLCFA, Castle Farms, and Venetian Festival.

 

Contact

Dorothy Gerber Strings Program

4233 Main St.

Bay Harbor, MI 49770

 

Dr. David Reimer, Music Director

616.828.8321

dreimer@greatlakescfa.org

Thank You
Community Partners

 

The DGSP is grateful to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for their support in providing scholarships for students interested in individual lessons.

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