FAQ

Where is the Maranatha String Prep School?

The String Prep School is located on the campus of Maranatha. The director’s office is located in the Century House String Teaching Studios, Room 129 (157).

When is the Maranatha String Prep School open?

The String Prep School is open year round:

12 weeks, September-December, Fall
4 weeks, December-January, Winter
12 weeks, January-May, Spring
4 weeks, May, Summer Session I
4 weeks, June, Summer Session II
4 weeks, July, Summer Session III
4 weeks, August, Summer Session IV

Who teaches in the String Prep School?

College faculty instructors, alumni non-student instructors, and string pedagogy student teachers teach private and group lessons. Private lessons with the college faculty are available for an additional fee.

What is the difference between a Student Instructor and an Instructor?

Student instructors are primarily string pedagogy majors or minors studying at Maranatha. These students have demonstrated the playing and teaching foundations necessary for string study. String Prep students are carefully matched with an appropriate instructor by the String Prep program director. The Instructors are alumni and/or grad students that have completed the string pedagogy program as a major or minor at Maranatha, but are not faculty members. This position also indicates that they have 4 or more years of experience as a teacher.

What is the difference between the Suzuki method and what the String Prep School offers?

Maranatha String Prep School is committed to providing your child with a complete musical foundation for life-long learning and enjoyment of music. Maranatha String Prep School teachers are trained in the Suzuki approach in combination with other modern pedagogical approaches, but are not currently registered with the Suzuki Association.

You can expect your String Prep School instruction to include:

  • The Suzuki based “Mother-Tongue Approach” to instruction and Suzuki sequencing
  • Movement training based on the pedagogy of Paul Rolland
  • Tonal and Rhythm training based on current music learning research
  • Use of age-appropriate materials
  • Early introduction of notation and music theory via musicianship classes
  • A wide variety of repertoire that includes sacred music
  • Combination of group and private instruction

How much do the String Prep School package deals cost?

Pricing information can be found on the tuition page.

How can I enroll?

An interview and/or audition will be scheduled after the online registration form is received.