String Academy

Welcome to the String Academy

The String Academy is open to students between the ages of 5 -18 who wish to study the violin, viola 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. Parents are an important part of the early years of study; they attend all lessons and support the daily practice.

The special training, experience and expertise of the outstanding faculty in the musical education of young people results in students playing with technical ease and musical sensitivity. String Academy students who have taken the path of becoming musicians are now performing and teaching throughout the world. All students attain skills of concentration, develop a sense of high self-esteem, and keep with them a joy and love for music that remains forever.

May 7, 2020

Dear Students and Parents:

We want to give you a head's up and are now looking ahead to a six-week Summer Session Two that will take place June 15 to July 24, 2020. It looks like we will not be able to access the JSoM and will continue teaching online. I can say that I began this adventure with trepidation, but after many weeks I see that students are making excellent progress. We still have no knowledge of whether we will be able to return to one-on-one in the fall.

We are welcoming to our faculty Hasun Yoo. She began teaching at the age of fifteen and has taught in England, China, South Korea, California, and Indiana. In 2015-2016, Hasun worked in Harbin, China serving as a music teacher at the Wanbang International School, where she taught K-12 students. Currently, Hasun is pursuing her master's degree in violin performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under Prof. Mimi Zweig. We wish our departing faculty all the best, Monica Chen and Michele Barbosa.

Best wishes, Mimi Zweig 

Class Offerings

Summer 2020 online classes

Summer I: May 4–May 30, 2020 

 Register for Summer I

Summer II: June 15–July 24, 2020*(A six week session)

 Register for Summer II

We will have a two-week break from June 1 to June 14
All private lessons will be arranged with your individual teacher

Classes are as follows:

Violin and Cello Virtuosi – Wed. and Fri. 3–5pm
Violin classes will be taught by Mimi Zweig, Brenda Brenner and guests.
Cello classes will be taught by Susan Moses and guests. 

Books 4, 5, MC and VE – Wed. 2–3:30pm
Violin classes will be taught by Gwen Chan and Christina Hightower.

Violin Books 1, 2 and 3 - Wed. 3pm 
Groups will be taught by Flora Nevarez and Michele Barbosa

Cello Classes for BEG – Book 8
Group classes will be taught by Helen Ford (Group times TBA)


1 hour private lesson and 2 master classes per week - $475 (Limited to the Violin and Cello Virtuosi)

1 hour private lesson and 1 master class/week - $400 
45 minute lesson and 1 group class/week - $300
30 minute lesson and 1 group class/week- $200

If you would like to have an assistant lesson, please let Christina know asap and we will try to arrange this for you. There will be a limited number of hours available for this and an added fee:

1 hour - $70
45 minutes - $55
30 minutes - $40


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