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Founded in 1990, the String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) has become one of this country’s model schools, offering students between the ages of 4 and 18 a comprehensive musical education with a focus on the violin, viola or cello. Highly qualified artist faculty provide musical instruction based on the methods and philosophies of Mimi Zweig, Shinichi Suzuki, and Paul Rolland. The special training, experience, and expertise of the SAW faculty in the musical training of young people results in students playing with technical ease and musical sensitivity. SAW’s summer teacher training workshops are attended by string players from across the United States, Canada and Europe.
Now enrolling ages 4 through 18
with focus on the violin, viola or cello
Founded in 1990, the String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) has become one of this country’s model schools, offering students between the ages of 4 and 18 a comprehensive musical education with a focus on the violin, viola or cello. Highly qualified artist faculty provide musical instruction based on the methods and philosophies of Mimi Zweig, Shinichi Suzuki, and Paul Rolland. The special training, experience, and expertise of the SAW faculty in the musical training of young people results in students playing with technical ease and musical sensitivity.
click here for Online Enrollment Application
“Being a student in the String Academy of Wisconsin was one of the most important things in my life. Without the String Academy and playing my violin I would not be where I am today. I just want to thank you for this.”
~ Jonathan Landis, Law Enforcement/Violin Teacher
Today, more than ever, the Arts are fundamental to our humanity and a crucial factor in academic and professional success. Unfortunately, arts programs have been slashed from many school budgets – leaving students, especially those from low-income homes, without access to music education.
Each year, 120+ children ages 4-18, from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, study violin, viola and cello at the String Academy of Wisconsin. With careful guidance from professional artist faculty, students engage in a challenging course of study that includes weekly private and group instruction, along with classes in music theory and ear training. This comprehensive learning experience with its many performing opportunities offers much more than a music education. It offers preparation for success in school and life!
The Academy strives to make an excellent music education affordable for all through our acclaimed Urban Students in Arts Education program which includes two primary strategies for providing high quality music education to talented children and youth whose families simply cannot afford it.
- Scholarships and instruments to nearly 35 students annually whose families could not otherwise
afford music lessons.
- Partnerships with Milwaukee Public Schools where a majority of students are from low-income homes. This year, our professional artist faculty members are providing instruction to students with demonstrated potential and a strong desire to learn at two MPS elementary schools: Escuela Vieau and Cass Street.
These students also come to the Academy for weekly group instruction and performances. These programs can only continue with contributions from foundations and generous individuals like you, who understand the profound importance of the arts in a child’s development.
Will you make a gift today to help ensure that talented students in Milwaukee continue to grow and develop through music education – no matter their financial circumstances?
Your gift of any amount matters, and is greatly appreciated.
Darcy Drexler, SAW Director
Julilly W. Kohler, SAW Board Chair
The String Academy of Wisconsin
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When you play the Canal Street Bingo game at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino now through Dec. 15, you’re helping raise funds for area children’s charities, giving them the gift of a promising future. Half of each $3 or $7 Canal Street Bingo game purchased goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1 million last year! The String Academy is excited to be in the running to be a benefiting charity. Visit paysbig.com/heart to learn more.
October is here, so it’s time for a String Academy tradition: The Halloween Spooktacular! Come see the students in costume, playing some scary tunes (and some not so scary!) .
When: Saturday, October 29th, 2016, 10:30 AM
Where: Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall
Wear: Your Halloween costume, of course.
Admission: Free and open to the public. Hope you can come!
The String Academy of Wisconsin is grateful for the Milwaukee Arts Board and their continued support of our Urban Outreach program. SAW alum and SAW board member Marquis Gilbert was on hand to receive the ceremonial check.
What is American culture? The Cultures in Harmony encourages YOU to answer that question!
To catalyze reflection on this important question,violinist William Harvey will visit all 50 states in the USA—one week per state—in a collaborative, educational, and participatory quest to highlight the many strands that combine to form the American cultural tapestry. In each state, he will perform, interview people about what American culture means to them, and conduct workshops designed to encourage reflection on the topic.
On Friday, June 17th, 7:00 p.m. at the Peck School of the Arts, the String Academy of Wisconsin presents violinist William Harvey and Pianist Steve Ayers in a FREE concert of music by American composers Don Freund, Philip Glass, Reena Esmail, and George Antheil. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Harvey to Wisconsin and celebrate the tapestry and diversity of American music and culture.
When: Friday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall (3223 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI)
Admission: Free and open to the public, no tickets required
for ages 4 to 8
June 13-July 22, 2016
Get your budding cellist or violinist off to a great start with instruction especially for youngsters who have never played a string instrument.
To get a “jump-start” with their new instruments, students will have one week of daily group lessons (see schedule below). For each of the other five weeks, students will receive a half-hour individual lesson and an hour group lesson.
June 13 – 17: Daily group lessons will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
June 13 – July 22: A half-hour individual lesson at a time to be arranged with the instructor and a group lesson once a week on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
for her 16 years of service as SAW Office Adminitrator
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall
Reception to follow
$30 per person • Please call for advance tickets.
This Saturday, April 9th, 2016 the String Academy of Wisconsin will present a Spring Concert with our entire student body of young violinists, violists, and cellists. We invite you to be our guest! The concert will take place at 10:30 AM in Bader Hall at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at UWM. This concert is FREE and open to the public. The program will feature violin and cello groups comprised of students, ages 4 to 18, ranging from beginners to the most advanced. In addition, two winners of this year’s solo competitions, violinist Maya Groser and cellist Andy Liu, will perform works by Mollenhauer and L. A. Mendelssohn.
When: Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 10:30 AM
Where: UWM Peck School of the Arts Bader Hall
Getting ready for the Spring Concert.