Overview Our Suzuki Strings Program is designed for violin, viola, and cello students who are studying repertoire from Suzuki books 1-4 or equivalent (non-Suzuki students are welcome as well), or for complete beginners who wish to begin studying violin, viola, and cello this summer. It will feature daily semi-private lessons (2-3 students per half hour), group classes divided by student level, performance classes, opportunities for solo performance, and enrichment courses.
Requirements This program accepts students on violin, viola, and cello up through Suzuki book 4 level or equivalent. There is no minimum level, and students who wish to begin playing but have no prior musical experience are also welcome.
Students who are already studying viola or violin should try to acquaint themselves with some of the repertoire from the Suzuki Method for their instrument and level, so that they may participate more fully in group classes.
All applicants will fill out our application form and send a short video (3 minutes or less) EITHER demonstrating a piece, technique, scale or pre-twinkle song that they are currently working on with their private teacher, OR introducing themselves (name, age) and saying why they wish to begin playing music.
Parents or adult "practice partners" are encouraged to attend with all students. A "practice partner" is any loving adult guardian in a child's life (grandparent, nanny, etc.) who is willing and able to attend classes with the student and encourage and help the student to practice. No prior musical experience is required to be a practice partner.
Students who have not yet graduated from the first grade must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during the program. Although we recommend that all students attend with an adult "practice partner", 1st grade graduates and older students may attend the Suzuki Strings program on their own at the discretion of their parents. Students younger than 4th grade who attend on their own will be supervised at all timesby a staff member. 4th grade grade graduates and older students may be allowed to walk between classes on their own.
Tuition and Fees Participant Tuition for the program is $325. Individual private lessons are available for an additional fee ($40 per 30 minute private lesson).
Financial Aid and Scholarships A large portion of the costs for all of our programs are now subsidized directly by the festival, allowing us to offer our programs at extremely competitive rates. At this time, no financial aid nor scholarships are available for the program.
Schedule Classes will be held Monday - Friday in the mornings between the hours of 9:00 am-12:00 pm. There Festival will end with a concert on Saturday.
Each class day, students will have
a semi-private lesson (30 minutes, 2-3 students)
a group class (repertoire and technique work based on the students' level of playing)
a performance class (practice performing in front of a supportive audience with a piano accompanist)
a music appreciation, eurhythmics, Creative Ability Development (improv), chamber music, or other enrichment class
Meals Due to the wide variety of dietary needs, we ask that students pack lunch each day if they plan on staying on campus after the morning session is complete.
SJC is world-famous for a wide variety of restaurants that cover a stellar range of culinary origins. You can see a list of several dozen establishments on Yelp. Within walking distance of the school are Wendi's Donuts (and sandwiches and more), Cloud 9 Bakers (a gluten-free organic bakery), Titan's Pho (Asian fusion), Sushi Tai (Japanese), Subway, Bad-to-the-Bone BBQ, Bravo Burgers, Ballpark Pizza, and Golden Spoon.
Lodging If you require lodging during the festival week, please contact the director for information on local hotels.
Travel The City of San Juan Capistrano is located on the California coast, built around a world-famous Mission established by Franciscan missionaries in 1776. Officially incorporated as a city in 1961, over 40% of the land is open spaces and parks. The site of the festival, St. Margaret's Episcopal School, was founded in 1979 by the Reverend Canon Ernest D. Sillers, an Episcopal priest with a deep passion for education. The school's namesake is the Patron Saint of Education, and from its humble beginnings has grown into a picturesque twenty-two acre campus nestled among gently rolling hills.
The nearest major airport is John Wayne Airport (SNA), located approximately 35 miles south of Los Angeles between the cities of Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Newport Beach.
ST. MARGARET'S SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Now in our fifth year, our summer music festival programs offer a diverse range of educational experiences for both children and adults. We are pleased to offer exceptional facilities for learning and community engagement, as well as presenting cohesive programs at reasonable tuition rates. Enjoy your visit to our site!