Programs

Mission Statement

The String Preparatory and String Pedagogy Programs at Maranatha have as their primary goal the training of string players and teachers for music ministry in schools, in local churches, and on the mission field.
Due to the nature of the instrument, it takes many years to lay the musical foundations and build the skills necessary for the use of strings in music ministry. The Maranatha String Preparatory Program provides this training for young people ages 3-18. At the college level, the Maranatha String Pedagogy Program provides the special training required for the string teacher that can only truly be learned through hands-on experience. The Maranatha Preparatory Program in conjunction with the String Pedagogy Program has been designed to provide that training, as well as provide a musical education for the younger members of the Maranatha Community.

Registration

New students need to fill out the registration form for each semester of study. A registration fee will be assessed each semester.

Calendar

Please check the MBBC String Preparatory Program Semester Schedule for vacation days, concerts, and special events at Maranatha.

Group Lessons

Group classes meet regularly on Tuesday afternoons. There are 12 program classes scheduled each semester. Please see the String Preparatory Calendar. Changes to the regular schedule due to Maranatha Special Events are indicated with an asterisk (*) and are highlighted. Group lessons consist of music games, music theory lessons, ensemble playing, solo performances, and special music presentations.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are scheduled with your assigned teacher. You may request a teacher at one of three levels: student instructor, non-student instructor, or Maranatha faculty member. There are 12 group classes included as part of the program. Private lessons consist of music skill training, violin technique, music reading, and playing repertoire. The lesson structure will be adjustable to meet the needs of the student. It is best if the parent that practices with the child attends the private lessons.

Recitals and Concerts

A recital and/or concert will be held at least once a semester. Participation is mandatory.

Programs

Primary Level

30-minute private lesson/45-minute group lesson

  • music games
  • technique
  • tonal and rhythm training
  • playing repertoire
  • solo performances
  • ensemble playing

Suzuki Book 1 Level
30-minute private lesson/45-minute group lesson

  • music history
  • technique
  • beginning sight-reading
  • tonal and rhythm training
  • playing repertoire
  • solo performances

Suzuki Book 2-3 Level
30-45 minute private lesson/45-minute group lesson

  • music theory
  • music history
  • technique
  • sight-reading
  • orchestral training through multi-part music
  • tonal and rhythm training
  • playing repertoire
  • solo performances
  • ensemble playing

Suzuki Book 4-6 Level
45-60 minute private lesson/45-minute group lesson

  • music theory
  • music history
  • technique
  • sight-reading
  • orchestral training through multi-part music
  • tonal and rhythm training
  • playing repertoire
  • solo performances
  • ensemble playing

Advanced Level

60-minute private lesson/90-minute chamber ensemble

  • music theory
  • music history
  • technique
  • sight-reading
  • playing repertoire
  • solo performances
  • string quartet

Group Only (Quartets and Orchestra)

Must meet the following requirements to qualify for this package:

Must audition and have the director’s approval.

Materials Needed:
Violin, Bow, and Case (proper size, good condition)
Suzuki Violin School, Applicable Volumes
Suzuki Violin School, Applicable Volumes, tape or CD
Notebook for Practice Assignments
Theory Materials handed out in Group Class (i.e.: Freddy Fiddle and Betty Bow)
Other music assigned by the teacher