Beginning Violin with Kelly Chambers
Group class for beginners (3-5 students; 45 min) - This is an introductory violin class that is perfect for young beginner violinists! Students will learn foundational skills including parts/structure of the violin, basic care for the violin, how to hold the violin and the bow, basic rhythm and music theory, as well as how to play some beginner level songs (e.g. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). We can begin going through the Essential Elements for Strings book and/or Suzuki book 1. Students will learn to play with others in a fun, and positive environment. $25/student per class
Group class for Parent and child (6 students - 3 children, 3 adults; 45 min) - This is an introductory violin class that is perfect for families where both parents and children want to learn together - same content as the above course but switch up the format a bit! $25/student per class
Private lessons (30 min for children, 1 hour for adults) $70/hour, $35/half hour
Materials needed for any of the above classes: tuner, notebook and pencil for practice assignments, folder for music, violin, bow, rosin, shoulder rest (this can be a sponge and rubber band to start with!)
Kelly Chambers, a Virginia Beach native and UVA graduate (class of 2012), has been playing the violin since she was 9 years old. She first started taking lessons on piano, but when a family friend came over for dinner and played violin, she fell in love. Since then, she has played violin in orchestras all through high school and college and in various community orchestras, including Symphonicity in Virginia Beach, and for pit orchestras for the musical West Side Story twice – it’s one of her favorites! She also has a heart for the Lord and loves worshipping with her violin, playing in praise teams and for church events. Most recently, she’s been playing with the Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra here in Charlottesville and for events and weddings in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas (www.kellychambersviolinist.com) For the past five years, Kelly has worked in higher education at UVA in Student Engagement, advising clubs and leadership programs. Now, she’s very excited to have joined the Front Porch team of teachers and musicians, where she can teach private and group violin lessons, combining her passions for music, teaching, children, and encouraging others.