Starter Strings

Starter Strings Violinist

Starter Strings is our beginning string ensemble. In this class, students from grades 3 and up are introduced to the string instrument of their choice (violin, viola, cello, or string bass). 45-minute group lessons are held at several sites throughout the Springfield area, including elementary schools and other locations throughout Springfield. Musicians use the method book Sound Innovations for Strings Book I to assist with learning the fundamental skills needed to play a string instrument.

Starter Strings students perform at the Starter Strings Side-by-Side and Spring Youth Orchestras Concert.

Class Locations

See the list to the right of this page for our complete schedule.

Register

Fill out an Intent To Enroll form online or download the paper form. You may also obtain information directly from our partner shools at the beginning of the school year.

Registration is open from June to the start of fall semester. New members may apply for admission at other times during the year but permission is required from Music Director for admittance.

If you would prefer to use the paper registration form, download it here:

Junior Strings

Junior Strings

Junior Strings is a string orchestra for musicians learning and perfecting the skills presented in Essential Elements for Strings and/or Sound Innovations for String Orchestra Book 1. Completing one year of Starter Strings fulfills this requirement.

Musicians will remain in Junior Strings until they have completed and mastered the entire Book 1. This typically takes an additional 1-2 years after completing Starter Strings. Musicians will also begin to develop ensemble skills by learning and performing quality string orchestra literature that meets their ability level.

Auditions are not required for students completing SVYS Starter Strings.

Junior Strings performs at one concert in the fall and one concert in the spring.

Class Locations

Junior Strings is offered once a week during the regular academic year. See the schedule on the right of this page.

Register

Fill out an Intent To Enroll form online or download the paper form.

Registration is open from June to the start of fall semester. New members may apply for admission at other times during the year but permission is required from Music Director for admittance.

There is a $25.00 registration fee, due at the time of registration.

If you would prefer to use the paper registration form, download it here.

Benefits of Musical Instruction

Learning to play an instrument opens up a world of friendship and fun. Students will be able to take advantage of music with the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony later on in their musical training. The opportunities for playing an instrument after high school are abundant, with many universities offering scholarships for orchestra participation.

Orchestra provides a great foundation in all aspects of life. In addition to music, students learn self-discipline, group cooperation, problem solving, goal setting, self-expression, memory skills, concentration, poise, enhanced physical coordination, higher self-esteem, and the importance of teamwork skills for everyday life.

Like all the arts, music has a profound effect on the academic success of students.

PBS: The Benefits of Music Education →

The Children's Music Workshop: Twelve Benefits of Music Education →

Learning a musical instrument boosts kids' brains →

Researchers find that children's brains develop faster with music training →

Practicing music for only few years in childhood helps improve adult brain →

Starter Strings Classes: 2017-18 Season

These locations and times are tentative. If enrollment does not reach a particular number by the time our season begins, the class will be moved to a different location.

  • Farmingdale Elementary
    • Tuesdays 7:15 am to 8:00 am
  • Sherman Elementary
    • Tuesdays 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    • Tuesdays 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm
    • Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Iles Elementary
    • Wednesdays 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm
  • Butler Elementary
    • Wednesdays 2:35 pm to 3:20 pm
  • Hoogland Center for the Arts
    • Wednesday 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm
  • Owen Marsh
    • Friday 8:05 am to 8:50 am

Starter Strings Costs

  • Tuition
    • $200.00 per year
  • Music Book
    • $10.00
  • Instrument
    • Bring your own, or there are rental plans available at local music stores.

Junior Strings Classes

  • Our Savior's Lutheran
    • Tuesdays 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Hoogland Center for the Arts
    • Wednesdays 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Junior Strings Costs

Your $25.00 registration fee will be credited in full toward the season tuition.

  • Tuition
    • $225.00 per year

Scholarships

SVYS offers a limited number of full and partial tuition scholarships to assist musicians who would otherwise be unable to participate in SVYS due to financial barriers. Our organization also offers a payment plan for families to divide the tuition into two separate payments. Contact the office for further details.

Contact SVYS

Office: 420 S. Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1808 (Second floor, Hoogland Center for the Arts)

Phone: (217) 753-8000

E-mail: svys.svco@gmail.com