Interested in beginner violin, viola, or cello classes?
About the Lakeland Prelude Strings Program
Our beginner violin, viola, and cello program will introduce your child to string instruments and have them playing on stage in a few short months. A well-appointed instrument in the appropriate size is included in the tuition. This parent-assisted class for children from 5-9 years old will teach the fundamentals and skills needed to play a varied repertoire and read music.
- Group classes with no more than 10 children per class
- Parent/child classes
- Flexible Saturday morning or weeknight classes
- Talented & experienced teachers
- No musical experience or knowledge necessary
- Low cost includes materials, t-shirt, quality instruction, and VIOLIN, VIOLA, or CELLO (YES! Even the loaner instrument is included!)
Offer your children a skill they can enjoy for the rest of their lives with beginner violin, viola, or cello classes!
Visit a Class January 20th
Ms. Angel Liu, our Prelude Supervisor, will preview our 2-year beginner program and answer your questions. Your child will have fun trying a violin and/or cello while our second-year students show you what our students learn their first year.
Denville Community Church
190 Diamond Spring Rd, Denville, NJ 07834
FAQs: Beginner Violin / Viola / Cello
Is this a “Suzuki” string program?
This beginner violin / viola / cello program combines the principles of the Suzuki Method, which teaches young students through ear training, with a note-reading based pedagogy. In combining both methods, the child learns in a progressive yet innovative style which results in enhanced listening, reading and interpretive skills, all while having fun!
How will my child learn to play the violin/viola/cello and have fun at the same time?
Our instructors are experienced teachers who understand that young children learn best when they love what they are doing. So, in addition to teaching about how to play the violin or cello, they introduce fun games as a way to teach note-reading, rhythm, dynamics, and basic music skills that will benefit children all their lives.
How old should a child be to learn to play an instrument?
Children should be exposed to music from the earliest possible moment. Playing an instrument requires cognitive as well as fine motor skills. The benefit of playing a stringed instrument is that the violin/cello comes in various sizes to “fit” the child unlike the piano or any other orchestral instrument. Our program accepts children ages 5-9 as we have found this is the best age to work in a group setting and make maximum progress.
Does my child have to be able to read in order to participate
No. Our beginner violin / viola / cello classes do not require reading. At 5, most children have pre-reading skills and can identify letters and numbers. The skills that we teach to read music will help a child in reading words.
And the musical alphabet only goes to the letter G!
Why do I have to attend classes with my child?
The parent’s role is like the “personal trainer” at home. Parents need to set aside time for practice, guide the child through the repertoire and skills, motivate and congratulate the young student. By attending classes, parents will learn how to fulfill this roll and assist their child.
I have no musical experience. Will I be able to help my child practice?
The benefit of our program being “parent-child” is that by being in class with your child every week you will be learning right along with them and able to work with them on the weekly assignments during daily practice at home. Many of our parents have actually begun playing the violin with their children!
How much home practice is required?
We recommend a progressive amount of time for practicing. When students begin, they will spend a short amount of time reviewing material covered in class to insure that lessons are not forgotten from one week to the next. As they progress, they will have more to practice, but not more than 20 minutes of daily practice is needed. While we understand how busy all families, consistency is the key to a meaningful and successful string experience.