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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
October 8, 2015
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Laurier String Academy

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The Laurier String Academy is open to children ages 5 to 18 who wish to study the violin and cello through a curriculum that includes private and group lessons, theory and master classes, chamber music and performance opportunities.

Instruction is based upon the methods and philosophies of Mimi Zweig, Shinichi Suzuki and Paul Rolland.

Beginning students participate in a weekly private and group lesson. Parents are required to attend the private and group lessons and participate in the daily practice. The first years of musical instruction are the most important for they set the stage for everything that follows. Even if students do not chose to become professional musicians upon the completion of their studies, all take with them the love and understanding of music, only attainable after years of study.


All students enrolled in the Laurier String Academy will participate in a weekly private and group lesson. Lessons are offered during the fall and winter semesters, and the spring semester following the public school schedule. Initial private lessons begin with the establishment of the basic violin/cello set-up which sets the foundation for all successful future study. The Suzuki repertoire is used, supplemented early on by additional folk songs, fiddle tunes, Classical concerti and dances.

Group classes include ensemble playing, ear training, solo performance and theory instruction. The group setting provides a positive learning environment and brings children together who share the same interests.

Performance Opportunities

Performance opportunities are an essential ingredient of violin/cello study. A group concert is scheduled every semester which showcases the repertoire being studied during the weekly group classes as well as highlighting solo performances — a wonderful reward for all of the dedicated hard work! 

2015-2016 Recital Calendar

Course Details

Course Length:

 35 weeks 


Term One - Sept 8 - Dec 19

Term Two - Jan 5 - May 29

No lessons during March Break

Group Class Schedule


  • 4:00-5:00 - Violin Book 1/2
  • 5:00-6:00 - Violin Book 3
  • 6:00-7:00 - Violin Book 4-5


  • 4:00-4:30 - Violin Beginner


  • 6:30 –7:30 - Cello Class


  • 6:00-7:00 - Violin Intermediate 
  • 6:00-7:00 - Violin Senior


Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Music, John Aird Centre



Related Information Title Type
2014 Laurier String Academy Registration Form 2015-2016 Document