Violin Players

Group Lessons

The Academy offers a wide variety of group lessons for students of all ages and abilities.

Introduction to the Violin

8 Saturdays

1-2:30pm

Interested in trying out the violin before committing to buying an instrument and weekly lessons? This course is designed for beginners on the instrument as we look at posture, technique, music theory, and orchestral teamwork! 3-D instruments and trial instruments are included in the cost.

 

This course is taught by Adora Wong, an early childhood educator and former Principal 2nd Violinist of the Thunder Bay Symphony. 

Ages: 5-8 years old (4 spots open)

8 Saturdays

Dates: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25

1:00-2:30pm

Tuition: $240 (plus registration fees)

Location: Studio 15, Leir House

PAMDA String Orchestra

34 Wednesdays

7-8:30pm

This is a fun and exciting opportunity to gain experience in orchestral performance under the direction of Kelsey Zachary, with a focus on developing good intonation, rhythm, and musicianship.

Membership in the orchestra is open to all string musicians aged 16 and older, who play at a Grade 4 level or higher and are comfortable sight-reading. 

Ages: 16 and up

September 28 to June 14, 2023

$340 (plus registration fees) (discount of $80 if taking private lessons at PAMDA)

No sessions: December 21, December 28, March 22, March 29

Monday Nights Musical Fun!

Singers, strummers, and shakers join us at Leir House on Monday nights for some casual musical fun led by local musician Yanti. Introducing SongCatching and Strum Group. Come alone, bring a friend, or bring the family. (Kids under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Can't Decide? Register for Both SongCatching and Strum Group and Save!

Register Online: $105

Drop-In Fee: $15

 

Maximum 20 participants per group, so online registration is strongly encouraged.

Strum Group

8 Mondays

6:30-7:30pm

Get comfortable and bring out your instruments (ukuleles, guitars, tambourines, etc.) for strumming, stomping, and shaking to some favourite songs. This is a no-audition group. You don’t need to read sheet music and no previous experience is required. 

8 Mondays Nights

October 17-December 12, 2022 (no group October 31

6:30-7:30 pm

Register Online: $75

Drop-In Fee: $10

Location: Community Art Room (downstairs), Leir House

SongCatching

8 Mondays

5:30-6:30pm

Yanti will lead participants through a vocal catch and release practice known as SongCatching, using the songs of the Ubuntu Choir Network as taught in the oral tradition. Raise your voice in an informal, friendly, and safe environment. All voices and levels of experience are welcome. 

 

8 Mondays Nights

October 17-December 12, 2022 (no group October 31

5:30-6:30 pm

Register Online: $75

Drop-In Fee: $10 

Location: Community Art Room (downstairs), Leir House

Playing with Strings

14 Tuesdays

6:00-7:00pm

This fun strings group is open to all PAMDA students ages 7 and up, who are playing orchestral strings (violin, viola, cello, or bass) at levels RCM 1 to 4 (middle of Suzuki Book 1 to end of Suzuki Book 3) and are comfortable sight-reading.

This is not your typical chamber ensemble! The repertoire will include music from a variety of genres, such as celtic, pop, show tunes, and festive holiday music. You’ll build your ensemble playing skills and, most importantly, you will be inspired and have fun! 

14 Tuesdays

October 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13, January 10, 24, February 7, 21, March 7, April 4, 18, May 30, June 13.

6:30-7:30 pm

Tuition: $200 (plus registration fees)

Location: Community Art Room (downstairs), Leir House