music-noteString Academy

The String Academy faculty believes learning music via a string instrument is stimulating, rewarding and creative. It requires the use of both hemispheres of the brain, which encourages problem solving and spatial reasoning.  More importantly, with hard work, the sense of accomplishment children experience makes them feel positive about learning in general.  Most importantly, children will experience and communicate the emotion of music.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take lessons?

Allegro Strings - violin students in pre-K through grade 2.
Vivace Strings - violin, viola, cello or bass students grade 3 -12.

How many and where will the lessons occur?

UW-Whitewater, Center for the Arts, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater

Allegro Strings - The teacher will schedule:

  • Summer 2017: Six 30-minute individual lessons with additional group lessons.
  • Fall 2017: Ten 30-minute individual lessons with six additional group lessons.
  • Spring 2018: Ten 30-minute individual lessons with six additional group lessons.

Schedules of lessons TBA.

Vivace Strings - The teacher will schedule:

  • Summer 2017: Six 30-minute individual lessons (or four 45 minute lessons may be arranged).
  • Fall 2017: Twelve 45-minute individual lessons.
  • Spring 2018: Tweleve 45-minute individual lessons.

Note: Upon receipt of your child's registration, the coordinator will contact you to set up private lesson times

What is the involvement of the parents?

Allegro Strings - Parents are required to attend lessons.
Vivace Strings - Parents are strongly encouraged to attend lessons.

In addition,  parents are asked to monitor and supervise home practice sessions.

What is the curriculum?

Allegro Strings - Suzuki book one

Vivace Strings - etude, scales and Suzuki books

Can a student enroll in the String Academy and not in their school string program?

Once students reach the grade level of the orchestra program at their school, they must also enroll in the school orchestra. If a student is not a member of the school orchestra, she/he will not be allowed to continue in the UW-Whitewater String Academy.   Should a school not provide an orchestra program, then the student may enroll in the UW-Whitewater String Academy.

What is the missed lesson policy?

A two-day notice must be given to the teacher if a lesson must be missed.  The lesson will then be rescheduled within a week as agreed upon by both teacher and student.  If a lesson is missed without prior notice, the lesson may not be rescheduled.  We encourage lessons to be made-up immediately so as to maintain a positive learning process.  Because of this, lessons cannot be made-up at the end of the semester.  Large group lessons cannot not be made-up.


Susan Chandler, Director of String Academy


Cost Information

Summer 2017: $175

Fall 2017: $290

Spring 2018: $290

Family Discount Rate: $250 per semester, per registrant (Fall and Spring).

Early Bird Discount: $20 off per semester, per registrant when registered by August 31, 2017 (Fall and Spring). 

Parking Information

Permits are required to park in campus lots. More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

A campus map can be found here.


String Academy Faculty

Leanne League, Co-Director

Leanne League

Leanne League teaches violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 2010, Leanne was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award by the Wisconsin chapter of the American String Teachers Association.  She has given master classes and clinics throughout the Midwest, at both high schools and universities. Sought after as a performer in many different roles, Leanne is the associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony, the assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the UW-Whitewater String Tri. From 1996-1999, Leanne was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida under Michael Tilson Thomas. Leanne completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University, studying violin and baroque violin with Karen Clarke.  She earned her masterʼs degree at UW-Madison, where she studied with Vartan Manoogian.

Susan Chandler, Co-Director 

Susan ChandlerSusan Chandler has been a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater since 2009.  She teaches String Pedagogy, String Techniques, multiple Music Education Methods courses and supervises Student Teachers.  She is a Master Level Adjudicator for the Wisconsin Music School Association and a frequent guest clinician with school orchestra throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Susan retired as Director of Orchestras from the Kettle Moraine School District, where she taught for 23 years leading her orchestras on international tours to England, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand and within the United States to multiple state and regional music conferences.   In addition to her teaching experience, Susan was a Music Director and Administrator with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for ten years.  Susan holds many awards and honors including the Wisconsin State Music Teachers of the Year from the Wisconsin American String Teacher's Association, the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Music Teacher of the Year Award and the Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Wisconsin Music Education Association.  Susan currenlty serves on the national string division board as a Certified Yamaha String Educator for the Yamaha Corporation.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with string education certification from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. Francis Seminary.

UWW String Education Majors - advanced level standing

UW-Whitewater String Education Majors will assist in the Academy and teach the private lessons. These students are training to be music teachers and have received specific training in teaching young children. The private lesson teachers meet with the Academy Director regularly and provide a written record of each lesson to track each student's progress.



Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.


Special Notice

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If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

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