Principal : Iveta Hlavenkova
Hundred Pipers, played by students of Leeds Violin School at the Junior Concert for family and friends, June 2014
Extract of updates from the Facebook page for the Junior Violin Group at Leeds Violin School
In the Junior Violin Group, which is led by the Principal of Leeds Violin School, violin teacher Iveta Hlavenkova, children take part in a range of activities designed for specific purposes.
This friendly group is complementary to individual lessons and aims to improve the students' overall musical ability in an enjoyable and fun way, offering the opportunity to make new friends at the same time.
Part of each class is devoted to learning new tunes to play together as a group, which teaches the children rhythm skills as well as intonation and technique. Some of the pieces of music learnt by the Junior Violin Group are simplified classical arrangements, but the group is also introduced to playing folk tunes. In addition, each child is given the opportunity to play a solo piece for the rest of group in order to develop self-confidence at performing in front of others.
Towards the end of each session, musical games are played to help the children learn about music theory, composers' lives, music history or some other aspect of music.
The Junior Violin Group meets every Thursday between 5-6pm at the Leeds Central/North branch of the Leeds Violin School, which is based at the Yorkshire College of Music & Drama, 1 St Mark's Avenue, Leeds LS2 9BN (see Venues for a map showing the location). There is a fee of £50 for a block of 5 sessions, payable in advance. Children of around Grade 1-2 who are not pupils of Leeds Violin School are also welcome to join the Junior Violin Group, which is suitable for children aged about 8-10 years.
Regular concerts are held at the Leeds Violin School, enabling the Junior Violin Group to show family and friends how far they have progressed.
Leeds Violin School believes that sharing knowledge and experiences is one of the best ways to develop as a musician, and that joining others in music-making will benefit the student in a number of different ways.
The latest news about the Junior Violin Group is published on its publicly-visible Facebook page, an extract from which is shown here.
Members of the Junior Violin Group celebrating their awards
Music Snap is a favourite game which tests speed of response in identifying the correct match
A deservedly proud junior student who attained great results in his ABRSM Prep Test
The members of the Junior Violin Group receive a variety of awards to encourage them to work hard and be well prepared. These may include a medal or certificate, with special prizes being gifts such as a music book, CD or rosin for their violin.