Enrichment Classes

The enrichment program includes five sessions of each class. Some classes have age or playing level restrictions. We encourage you to enroll siblings in appropriate classes, on a space available basis. Enrichment classes that are core curriculum are given scheduling priority; if your first choice enrichment course presents a conflict, you will automatically be placed in your second choice.

Chamber Music: Fee $85

Students will be grouped into small ensembles according to reading and playing ability. Music will be distributed prior to institute so that students may prepare ahead of time. All violinists enrolled in chamber music must be able to play viola in an ensemble, if needed. Violin students who do not yet read viola clef are required to take the Viola for Violinists class in order to enroll in chamber music. Viola for Violinists may be taken concurrently with Chamber Music, if a suitable chamber music placement can be made with the registrants. Minimum playing level for chamber music is Book 5 or comparable level. To be enrolled in Chamber Music you must complete the online registration for FSI on or before March 15.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Fee $60

Dalcroze Eurhythmics, one of the most popular approaches to teaching the principles of music, uses body movement to expose the student to the whole spectrum of musical experience. The object of the classes is the coordination of the body in response to various musical problems. These stimulating game situations develop the complete concentration of the mind and body in relationship to music. Dalcroze is part of each student’s core curriculum. This course is available to siblings of registered students on a space available basis. Students must be 4 years or older.

Fiddle: Fee $60

For Book 2 and above students of violin, viola, flute and cello. This class will introduce students to various fiddling styles, teaching the tunes by rote. Course includes a mixture of Irish and old-time American Fiddle tunes and the specialized bowings that make fiddle music so much fun to play.

Steel Pans Fee: $60

Learn to play traditional Caribbean steel pan tunes in a small ensemble. This dance music is fast and fun, with infectious rhythms that will have you bouncing to the beat. This class focuses on learning by rote playing call and response and working with polyrhythms. In addition to steel pans, students will be learning how to lock into the groove and follow the pulse of the band, playing djembe, agogo, and hosho, African drum, bell, and shaker for the “engine room”. Students must be 10 years old or in Book 4 or above.

Lunch Art Fee: Fee $40

For registered students whose parents will attend the Parent Lunch Talks. Come eat your lunch and do an art project with our adult artist/teacher. Students need to bring a lunch and a desire to participate in the art project of the day.

Note Reading Basic: Fee $60

Learn the basics of music note reading and rhythmic notation. What do all of those symbols mean and how do we play them together on our instruments? Students must be finished with first grade and playing in the latter half of Suzuki Book 1. Early music readers can enroll to strengthen their skills and all instruments are welcome. Please consult with your private lesson teacher before signing up for this class.

Viola for Violinists: Fee $60

This class will be geared towards students with limited experience with the viola clef as well as students with more intermediate reading abilities. Violinists who would like to be more proficient with the viola are encouraged to take this course more than once. Violas will be available for sign-out at registration. Bring your own if you can! This is your chance to branch out and learn some viola skills. Students need to be in Book 4 and above. Note: The ability to read viola clef is a requirement for violinists enrolling in chamber music.