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Fridays, 9:00-9:45 ~ Ages 10+ ~ $120/semester
Fridays, 10
:30-11:15 ~ Ages 11+ ~ $120/semester
(Beginning Strings prerequisite)
(These classes are not covered under the Family Cap)

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These classes, using the Essential Elements for Strings Books 1&2, offer students sound pedagogy and engaging music, all carefully paced to successfully start young players on their musical journey. Featuring both familiar songs and specially designed exercises, created and arranged for the classroom in a unison-learning environment, as well as instrument-specific exercises to focus each student on the unique characteristics of their own instrument, these classes give students with a wealth of material to develop total musicianship, even at the beginning and early stages.


Marissa Buelow has been a violinist for over 31 years. She was personally tutored to the equivalent of a graduate level in music by Dr. Fiorella Sommer-Link (an internationally-known solo violinist and music professor holding degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in NY, the Juilliard School of Music in NY, and the Adelaide College of the Arts in Australia, who currently teaches in Germany). Marissa has also worked with the former Camerata Fiorentina classical orchestra in Green Bay as well as the modern Rock Infused Orchestra in Neenah, has taught individual lessons and group clinics for the Menasha Joint School District’s music education program, and has also performed some of the most technically demanding violin pieces – including Pancho Vladigerov’s Bulgarian Rhapsody (Vardar), Eugène Ysaÿe’s 6 Solo Sonatas, Giuseppe Tartini’s Devil’s Trill, Niccolò Paganini’s Concerto No. 1, Jean Sibelius’ Concerto in D minor, Peter Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D major, and Henryk Wieniawski’s Scherzo-Tarantelle, among others.

In her own teaching, Marissa uses a well-balanced notation-reading curriculum blending the fast-track foundation of Essential Elements For Strings, the structure of Suzuki‘s graded levels, left- and right-hand technique-building exercises, and a repertoire of essential classical violin pieces, with modern pieces (from musicals, movies, television, pop culture, well-known bands, and video games) sprinkled at points throughout for fun, interest, and learning of alternate/modern techniques. 

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