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Now Accepting Financial Aid Applications

The String Academy of Wisconsin (SAW) hereby announces that the financial aid application for the 2014/2015 school year is now available on the SAW website for families requiring financial assistance for their children to study at the String Academy. The application deadline is Friday, June 6.

CLICK HERE FOR FINANCIAL AID FORM

Tom Springmann: Fond Farewell

The father of three SAW alumni, Tom Springmann, passed away last May following a brief illness. Tom and his wife, Joyce, were major supporters of the String Academy while their sons Philip, Daniel and John were students. Tom was a pianist who gave untold hours of his time serving as a SAW accompanist over many […]

Choosing Repertoire For Young Violinists

by Mimi Zweig

You may have wondered how your teacher chooses repertoire for you. Nothing is arbitrary, and your teacher has “figured out” an overall game plan. In the beginning you are playing open strings and the famous Twinkle Variations, which you might think go on forever. As you progress you can look back and […]

Performing: Reward for Hard Work

by Mimi Zweig

The String Academy offers many performing opportunities for its students. There are solo recitals every other Saturday at noon, and all day long during one weekend of each semester. Honors Recitals scheduled in January and October recognize the outstanding performances from the solo recitals. Other concerts include the Halloween Concert for all […]

For The First Year Parent

How far we've come!

Congratulations! You have survived your child’s first year of violin, viola or cello studies. Have you thought of how many steps your child has achieved since last fall?

Developed a good habit of regular practice Learned and polished several pieces Developed the ability to focus intently on the instrument […]

Tips: What to Bring to Performances

Don't forget, kids! (and parents!)

Many times in the excitement of leaving for a concert or competition, we are frantically trying to get all kids ready and out the door. It may be wise to take one moment and check to see if the following are on the way to the performance with you:

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The Value of Competitions

By Mimi Zweig

There are many opportunities for string players to compete at the local, national, and finally as a student progresses, at the international level. The reasons for competing should more or less remain the same as the young aspiring student strives to reach his or her highest potential. The value of competing […]

For the First Year Parent

In the first article, we explored the important steps that a parent must follow to insure their child’s healthy progress. Hopefully, all is going well. This issue will speak about the importance of your child’s daily listening to early repertoire and interval tapes.

Teamwork!

Developing one’s ear for music is especially important when playing […]

For the First-Year Parent

Getting started on the right foot.

Successful progress, in anything, but especially on a stringed instrument, can be achieved only through well disciplined and consistent practicing. Daily practicing is hard work with no shortcuts. However, with lots of patience, you as a first-year parent can help your child develop technically and musically.

Your role […]