Suzuki Groups & String Ensembles


The Academie Musique offers many different ensembles, and musical groups, which contribute to the growth of all musicians. Students must participate in their school ensembles to participate in Academie Musique orchestras or choirs.  Academie Musique ensembles are not to replace, but rather to enrich the opportunities students have in school, giving them the opportunity to work with other talented musician throughout the Central Texas area in various performance venues.

Strings Division Director:  Lois Reiter


Suzuki group classes are required for all students studying with a Suzuki teacher from Pre-Twinkle (beginners) through Book 4.  


Why Suzuki group class is so GREAT!

Playing as part of a group imitates a real performance. Students  learn to
 play with others around, listening and feeling more at ease with the idea of sharing music with others. Later in life, the skill of performing or talking in front of a group will be more natural.

Playing in group increases flexibility, because students are asked to play at
 a wide palate of speeds or different dynamics than they do just by themselves. Learning to be in a group and follow something different than each person’s idea creates a better world.

Playing in group reinforces a steady pulse, and more importantly not stopping for a mistake, following others, being a leader. This strengthens review pieces, so that the
 students are better prepared with greater skills to move on to higher levels. Learning to be prepared and how good it feels will aid students to be prepared in other subjects.

Playing in group creates community. Children are encouraged when they 
see another child doing well, and know they can also do the same thing. It’s
 hard for a child to believe they can do it when they mainly see adults playing 
well. Children learn from their role models, the other kids.

Any memory slips are covered by the other players with no embarrassment.
 Mistakes are taken in stride. The ability to play on after a mistake is 
exercised, so that mistakes don’t trip the students up. An occasional mistake is not the end of the world.

Group playing widens the music, brings different sounds, feelings and
 expressions than playing alone. There is more than one way to play, or think, or write.

Playing in group makes it more fun to review. Children don’t often play their review pieces enough, but for a group concert, they will, and be more interested 
in doing a good job. As adults, we know how much easier it is to exercise with someone else or a group than alone.

Playing games in a group setting renews and refreshes the music, and it
 becomes more alive and more relevant to them. Often children think they are playing loud enough, or soft enough. Through group playing, they learn by example just how loud or soft.

Children learn in group to happily follow a leader, and still be themselves. Following without feeling a loss of identity helps students be strong enough to learn from others, and give the leader respect.

Children hear the next pieces that the others are playing and feel more
 motivated to practice. When children arrive to group class, they hear where they have been, and where they are headed. This gives them pride in their accomplishments and momentum to go even further.

We foster a cooperative spirit in group class. We are all there encouraging each other, helping each person to learn. Learning is enhanced by a non-threatening or too competitive environment


Students are expected to attend all group classes to be eligible to play on the concert at the end of each semester. No more than 2 unexcused absences are allowed. Please make sure to contact your group class leader as well as your private teacher if you have to miss a class.


This concert includes all Suzuki Groups.                     Formal concert attire.                                                           Performance: May 8

Formal Concert Attire

Twinkles, Bravos, Belle Musique, Crescendos, Preludia &                   Da Capo Players: Black & White                                                                                Ladies: Black skirts/slacks; white dress blouses.                                     Men: Black slacks; white dress shirts.                                                                      



Students must participate in their school orchestra to participate in Academie Musique orchestras.  The Academie Musique offers three levels of string orchestras for students who are in private lessons and/or a school program.  These are not instructional orchestras for learning to play the instrument.  New students will audition to be placed in the appropriate orchestra.                                         AN AUDITION IS REQUIRED FOR NEW STUDENTS.


This concert includes all Orchestras.                     Formal concert attire.                                                           Performance: May 11

Formal Concert Attire 

Primo & Intermezzo Orchestra: Black & White                                                Long black skirt or slacks; white dress shirt                                                          Vivace Orchestra:  ALL BLACK                                                                                    Long black skirt/slacks and black dress shirt.


This is a beginning level orchestra for students playing the equivalent level of late Suzuki Method Book 1 & early Book 2. Audition or teacher recommendation required.

Director:  Sarah Godley  Wednesdays, 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.                    Room 708;  Cost: $180 


This is a mid-level orchestra for students playing the equivalent level of Suzuki Method Book 3 & early Book 4.                                                               Audition or teacher recommendation required.

Director:  Joshua Salinas  Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                              Room 707; Cost: $210                                                             


This is an advanced level orchestra for students playing the equivalent level of late Suzuki Method Books 4 and up.  Temple College Orchestra is recommended for all 11th & 12th grade students but they are welcome to participate in Vivace as well. Audition or teacher recommendation required.

Director: Dr. Keunsu Choi  Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.                          Main Stage; Cost: $235





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