CHAMBER MUSIC FOR KIDS:
Playing chamber music with others may be one of the most rewarding and inspiring musical experiences a student will have. These small ensembles, where students play one on a part, focus on building valuable skills in musical expression, communication, leadership, and responsibility.
During the Academic year, the chamber music program consists of weekly coachings, outreach performances, and student chamber music recitals. Students are placed in groups based on their age, level, availability and recommendation from their private teacher. Private study at Silver Music is not a prerequisite. The program is open to string, flute, and piano students. NOTE: Chamber music is a full semester commitment, as each group takes intensive planning and scheduling and relies on each member to make it a success. There are no refunds available once the semester has begun (except in the case of serious illness/family emergency).
Is my child ready? To enjoy a successful semester of chamber music during the year, students should be at least 8 years old, have strong reading skills and be playing at a book 4 level (violin) and book 3 (viola and cello). Students must be recommended to participate by their private teacher. Please speak to your teacher if you are interested in the chamber music program. Participation in Suzuki group playing classes serves as preparation for chamber music, as the advanced classes typically include some work on reading multiple-part pieces. Students must be recommended by their teacher.
During the summer months, we offer week-long camps for students with intermediate reading skills with daily professional coaching and practice time. We are more flexible with age and level in the summer, and can accommodate students as young as 6 years who are strong readers. This is a great time to get a taste of what chamber music is all about! The daily schedule includes extended coaching sessions, recording and practice strategies, a short time for independent or guided practice, and other activities meant to develop the skills that are fundamental to chamber music (listening, sight-reading, teamwork, etc.). Our week culminates with an informal performance and/or a neighborhood outreach performance.
Benefits of chamber music study:
Leadership: Students play one to a part. Everyone at some moment will need to be the leader!
Collaboration: Students learn how to work together and communicate individual ideas about the music.
Responsibility: Each part is equally important. Students learn that they need to come to rehearsal prepared on their part and be present and punctual.
Enduring Friendships: The friends you make playing chamber music become your lifelong friends.
CHAMBER MUSIC FOR ADULTS:
We also offer Chamber Music Reading Parties and additional ensembles for adult musicians. Learn more by clicking here!