Youth Programs at Western

Western Arts Preparatory Academy:
Spring Schedule

Foster your love of music and develop lifelong learning skills through the Western Arts Preparatory Academy Suzuki Violin program.  Lessons are taught in a nurturing environment that involves both the parent and the instructor in the learning process.  WAPA is appropriate for beginners between the ages of 4 and 7; once in the program, students can continue their studies through age 15. 

Dates Canceled
Wednesdays:
April 9 – June 25;
Spring Showcase on June 21  
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Time Coordinated with instructor
Location Western Washington University
Performing Arts Center 27
Cost $340 per 12-week session; Advanced Studio option is $465; See cost details
Dates Canceled
Saturdays:
April 12 – June 28; Spring Showcase on June 21   
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Time Coordinated with instructor
Location Western Washington University
Performing Arts Center 27
Cost $340 per 12-week session; Advanced Studio option is $465; See cost details

Cher Carnell, Director
Western Arts Preparatory Academy,
College of Fine and Performing Arts
(360) 650-3893

Suzuki Method

Suzuki's philosophy rests in the premise that given the right environment, any child can learn to do anything.  In a Suzuki Violin, all children are encouraged to strive for their potential. As a result, practice is based on the number of repetitions rather than the quantity of time. The goals are to create happy children, foster a love of music, develop character and learn skills that will transfer to other areas of life. Your child will learn communication skills, problem solving, organizational skills and hand-eye coordination; the list is endless.

The Suzuki violin teaching method emphasizes the Triangle, where the child resides at the peak and the parent and teacher form the base.  Parents play an important role in learning the violin and their involvement will directly affect how successful their child is. Working to accomplish goals together, and instilling the discipline of working at something on a daily basis in an organized manner, are skills that will benefit children for the rest of their lives.

Suzuki emphasizes positive experiences in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  Not only is it a well-conceived technical and musical progression, but techniques are broken down into small, achievable steps so any child can succeed. Suzuki students attend a monthly group class in addition to their private lessons.

For more information on the Suzuki method, please visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ website.

 

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Schedule

Canceled
Wednesday Classes

Instructor: Miho Matsuo

April 9, 2013 – June 25, 2014
Group Classes on April 30, May 28 and June 25.

Spring Showcase:
Rehearsal, if needed – June 20
Performance – 7 p.m. on June 21 in room 16 of Western’s Performing Arts Center

Performing Arts Center 27
Western’s Campus, Bellingham

Canceled
Saturday Classes

Instructor: Lisa Humphrey

April 12, 2013 – June 28, 2014*
Group Classes on May 3, May 31 and June 21.

*Class on May 24 will be held at Lisa Humphrey’s home studio.

Spring Showcase:
Rehearsal, if needed – June 20
Performance – 7 p.m. on June 21 in room 16 of Western’s Performing Arts Center

Performing Arts Center 47
Western’s Campus, Bellingham

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Cost

$340 per 12-week session
Advanced Studio: $465 per 12-week session; Instructor permission required

Cost includes nine 30- or 45-minute private lessons, three 45-minute to 1-hour group lessons, and instruction materials. Cost does not include instrument use or rental; violins will not be needed for the first few classes. Each child will be measured for proper instrument sizing.

All classes are self-sustaining and subject to minimum enrollments. A full refund is granted if a program is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure or expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to youth@wwu.edu 12 working days prior to the first day of your session; a $50 handling charge will be deducted. 

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Page Updated 05.29.2014