Strings Program

Lower School Strings (Praeludium Ensemble)

String classes (violin, viola, cello) for grades 2-4.  Students meet twice per week, after school. Beginning students with no experience meet separately than those with one or more years of experience. There is an additional tuition for this after school program. 
5th grade students meet on one day per week after school, and once per week during the school day. This is the transition into middle school orchestra and is a graded course. There is a modest user fee for the year. All strings students meet individually or in small groups for 10 minutes during the school day for specialized instruction.
 

Middle School Strings (Harmonium Ensemble)

The Middle School String Students (grades 6-8) meet four times a week all year.  This class is one of the options middle school students can pick to satisfy their music requirement and is graded like all other academic classes. Students with no experience on a string instrument need to talk to the teacher to get permission to join. The ensemble includes violin, viola, cello and bass, and can include other string instruments such as guitar, mandolin,  and piano with the directors permission. There is a small user fee for the year.  All Students meet individually or in small groups for 10 minutes during the school day for specialized instruction.
 

Upper School Strings (Music Consortium Ensemble)

The Upper School String Students (grades 9-12) meet four times a week all year. This class is one of the options for US Students to meet their Fine Arts requirement for graduation. and is a graded course like all academic classes. Students with no experience on a string instrument need to talk to the teacher to get permission to join. The ensemble includes violin, viola, cello and bass, and can include other string instruments such as guitar, mandolin,  and piano with the directors permission. There is a modest user fee for the year.  All Students meet individually or in small groups for 10 minutes during the school day for specialized instruction.

Performances

String students at all levels have the opportunity to perform throughout the school year. The Upper School strings ensemble competes at the State level each year as part of the Minnesota High School League.