The String Academy staff 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.
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 much is the tuition?
$252 per semester
How many and where will the lessons occur?
UWW Center for the Arts 800 West Main Street, Whitewater
Allegro Strings - The teacher will schedule twelve 20-minute individual lessons and twelve 45-minute group lessons per semester in room CA 2002.
Vivace Strings - The teacher will schedule twelve 30-minute individual lessons per semester to be held in CA building.
Vivace Group Lessons will be held on Saturdays at 9:00-9:45am in room CA 1005.
Semester One Group Lessons - Sept. 13, Oct 11, Nov. 8, Dec 13
Semester Two Group Lessons- Jan. 17, Feb. 7. Mar. 14, Apr. 18, May 2, May 9; Gala Concert
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
Vivace Group Lesson - heterogeneous method book and/or string orchestra music
String academy Staff
Leanne League, UWW violin/viola professor
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 masterclasses 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 Ancora String Quartet. 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.
UWW String Education Majors - advanced level standing
Susan Chandler, UWW Instrumental & String Education
Since 2009, Susan Chandler has been a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Over these years Susan has been responsible for teaching courses in String Pedagogy, String Techniques, Elementary Music and Instrumental Methods, interim Symphony Orchestra Director and supervising Student Teachers. She is a Master Level Adjudicator for the Wisconsin Music School Association and is a guest clinician with school orchestra programs throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with string education certification. She retired 2009 from the Kettle Moraine School where she was District Director of Orchestras for 23 years leading her orchestras on international tours to England, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand and in the United States at state and regional music conferences.
Susan holds many awards and honors and currently serves as a Certified Yamaha String Educator to the Yamaha Corporation national string division. In 2008 Susan was named the Wisconsin State Music Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin American String Teacher’s Association, in 2007 the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Music Teacher of the Year Award, in 2005 Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Wisconsin Music Education Association, in 2003 the Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, in 2001 the Education Award presented by the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra League, in 2000 Award of Distinction: Arts Education, presented by Waukesha Area Arts Alliance and in 1999 the Kettle Moraine Teacher Leadership Award. From 1984 to1995 Susan worked with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, first as Music Director of the String Orchestra, and later as Music Director of the Sinfonia Orchestra. For several years, Susan was the MYSO Music Coordinator & Special Projects Manager. Susan completed a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies from Saint Francis Seminary and served as Youth Minister at St. Bruno’s Parish for 16 years.
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 UWW String Academy. Should a school not provide an orchestra program, then the student may enroll in the UWW 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
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