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We provide a well-rounded music education for students and help them obtain skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. Beyond music and musicianship, students will also learn poise, discipline, goal setting, self-esteem, time management skills, and public presentation skills. We also provide a fun experience to those who want to explore the life-long enjoyment of learning music.
Music Stream Center’s comprehensive private lesson program combines individual lessons with music lab time, musicianship classes, recitals, Music Teachers’ Association concert opportunities, and various auditions, competitions, master classes, special awards, etc.
Individual Private Lessons
- Students must bring music and an instrument for each individual private lesson.
- During private lessons, we will focus on posture, performance, and mainly techniques to help improve finger strength and bowing techniques.
- Focus on scales, fine-tuning, and exploring different repertoire for auditions and performance.
- There will be time set aside for the student to explore and set goals for themselves as to what they would like to accomplish at the end of this academic school year.
Music With Friends
- As another option for an affordable and enjoyable musical experience, MSC also offers beginning classes for groups of 2-3 students. This is an excellent way for friends, spouses, or siblings to enjoy learning music together. These lessons will cover the same material as private lessons while accommodating the pace of both students in the class.
- The musicianship classes consist of theory, ear training, rhythm, performance, repertoire, ensemble, music history, music appreciation, composition, improvisation, transposition, harmonization, singing, movements, sight singing, sight playing, and technique, etc.
- Students learn each subject through the benefit of group teaching and games.
- The detailed content of each class will depend upon the age and level of each group.
- Each class will have 4 to 8 students and will last for one hour.
- There are five musicianship class weeks from September to June. Please refer to the school calendar for the dates.
- The classes will be held in place of the private lesson for that week.
- For string groups, we will explore different duets and quartets from various composers.
- There will be 5 recitals throughout the school year.
- Every student must dress up for any recital or musical event. This is part of the student’s training. Boys need to wear a dress shirt, dress slacks, a tie, and dress shoes. Girls need to wear a suitable dress. Dressing up always makes the performer feel good and play better.
- All the students are expected to perform at EVERY studio recital. This is perhaps the most valuable part of the student’s musical education.
- Students will also be given the opportunity to perform in recitals presented by CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers), DMTA (Davis Music Teachers’ Association), MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California), MTNA (Music Teachers’ National Association) and SMAC (Suzuki Music Association of California).
Instrument Rentals and Repair
How to care for your stringed instrument
- Keep your instrument clean. Keep a lint-free cloth inside your case and wipe off all the rosin dust and dirt from your instrument after each time you play. Pay particular attention to the fingerboard and the top of the instrument. Be careful not to knock the bridge out of place. NEVER USE FURNITURE POLISH OR ALCOHOL TO CLEAN YOUR INSTRUMENT.
- Always keep your instrument and bow in its case with the lid closed when not in use. Also, be sure that you securely lock the bow in place and remove the shoulder rest or pad before closing the case. Careless accidents could leave your instrument seriously damaged.
- Rosin the bow regularly. For students, it is probably sufficient to rosin the bow once a week. Too much rosin will produce a harsh tone and cause an excessive build-up of white rosin powder on the instrument.
- Always loosen the hair on your bow after playing before you place it back in the case. Simply turn the screw until the bow hair is loose and the bow stick is no longer stressed. Be careful not to over-tighten the bow before use as this will warp the wood. The bow stick should still maintain a natural arch when tightened appropriately. (Remember: lefty = loosely, righty = tightie).
- Never touch the horsehair on your bow. The oils from your skin will damage the hair and take away its ability to grab the strings.
- Do not leave your instrument in your car! Intense heat or cold can cause an instrument to come apart or crack, and will definitely cause it to fall out of tune. Also, try to avoid exposing your instrument to sudden changes in humidity. When traveling with your instrument it is always better to keep it in the back seat of your car rather than the trunk.
- Do not try and tune the instrument yourself! It takes a while to learn to do this properly, and if you’re not careful you may damage the instrument and/or break strings. Take your instrument to the teacher at your next class and have them tune it for you.
The student should have a metronome at home to help with their counting.
Violin Sizing Guide
*Measure from the middle of the left palm to the neck, with left arm and hand fully extended out perpendicular to the body (as if holding a violin).
Here are some brand names we recommend:
Armstrong, Artley, Bach, Besson, Benge, Blessing, Bueshcer, Bufffet Crampon, Bundy, Conn, Eastman, Emerson, Fox, Gemeinhardt, Getzen, Glaesel, Holton, Jupiter, Keilwerth, King, Knnilling, Leblanc, Wm Lewis, Lidl, Martin, Scherl & Roth, Scheibner, Schroetter, Selmer, St. Petersburg, Yanagisawa, Vito, and Yamaha.