The CAP Creative Strings Adventure!

Today’s string player has so many musically creative areas to explore; and harnessing those expands the opportunity and ability to perform better throughout all types of music. CAP Creative Strings is primarily focused on developing various creative aspects of string playing for students. The curriculum includes improvisation and instrumental ear training for developing a keen understanding across all genres of music (e.g., jazz, folk, pop, etc.), in addition to classical.

CAP Creative Strings motivates students by giving them the opportunity to discover, for example, the functional use of harmony and idiomatic creative string techniques (rhythmic, harmonic, etc.). With these and other skills, we create “eureka moments” that inspire students to enjoy and develop their understanding of music beyond just the written page. For sure, it’s a fun and unique adventure full of new discoveries!

NOTE: The Community Arts Program (CAP) Creative Strings are designed to set the standard for a professionally-minded group of young musicians. Those involved not only desire greater understanding of musicianship, they also commit to the professional skills of being on time to all activities (i.e., rehearsals, performances, workshops) and planning other outside extra-curricular activities around this. We understand that there are, on occasion, school activities that are mandatory. This is an acceptable excuse for missing a rehearsal when, at least, a two-week notice is given. To facilitate the managing of multiple schedules and rehearsal planning, CAP students are expected to be proactive in communicating—to their appropriate teachers at school and to us—ALL rehearsal and performance dates as soon as they become known.

Prerequisites and Audition Requirements are below, as they pertain to one’s skill level for the group to which one is applying: CAP Creative Strings I, II, or III.

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CAP Creative Strings I

Mondays: 5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
August 21, 2017-May 14, 2018
End-of-the-Year Family Concert: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ
3010 De Soto Boulevard  33134
(across from the Biltmore Hotel)

$325/yr (non-refundable, due upon acceptance)

Prerequisites
– Currently study your instrument weekly with a private teacher
– A commitment to attend all weekly rehearsals

Audition Requirements
Violin
– Scales: Two-octave A Major, a minor, C Major, and one-octave Bb Major
– Two pieces of contrasting styles (equivalent to Suzuki/O’Connor method books II-III) which can include music from different folk traditions
– Sight-reading (pieces provided at the audition)

Viola & Cello
– Scales: Two-octave D Major, d minor, C Major, and one-octave Bb Major
– Two pieces of contrasting styles (equivalent to Suzuki/O’Connor method books II-III) which can include music from different folk traditions
– Sight-reading (pieces provided at the audition)

Bass
– Scales: Two-octave A Major, a minor, C Major, and F Major
– Two pieces of contrasting styles (equivalent to Suzuki/O’Connor method book I) which can include music from different folk traditions
– Sight-reading (pieces provided at the audition)

CAP Creative Strings II

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
August 21, 2017-May 14, 2018
End-of-the-Year Family Concert: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ
3010 De Soto Boulevard  33134
(across from the Biltmore Hotel)

$325/yr (non-refundable, due upon acceptance)

Prerequisites
– Currently study your instrument weekly with a private teacher
– A commitment to attend all weekly rehearsals

Audition Requirements
Violin
– Scales: Two-octave major scales and two-octave minor scales, one three-octave major scale of choice
– Two pieces of contrasting styles (equivalent to Suzuki/O’Connor method books IV-V) which can include music from different folk traditions
– Sight-reading (pieces provided at the audition)

Viola & Cello
– Scales: Two-octave major scales and two-octave minor scales, one three-octave major scale of choice
– Two pieces of contrasting styles (equivalent to Suzuki/O’Connor method books IV-V) which can include music from different folk traditions
– Sight-reading (music provided at the audition)

Bass
– Scales: Two-octave major scales and two-octave minor scales
– Two pieces of contrasting styles (equivalent to Suzuki book II or higher) which can include music from different folk traditions
– Sight-reading (pieces provided at the audition)

CAP Creative Strings III

Mondays: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
August 21, 2017-May 14, 2018
End-of-the-Year Family Concert: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ
3010 De Soto Boulevard  33134
(across from the Biltmore Hotel)

$325/yr (non-refundable, due upon acceptance)

Prerequisites
– Currently study your instrument weekly with a private teacher
– A commitment to attend all weekly rehearsals
– Use vibrato
– Solid sight-reading skills

Audition Requirements
Violin
– Scales: Three octave major and minor scales
– One solo classical piece (equivalent to Suzuki book V or above) that best represents player’s current ability
– One additional solo piece or melody (i.e., a simple melodic transcription) of any other genre (e.g., rock, pop, jazz, folk, etc.)
– Sight-reading (pieces provided at the audition)

Viola & Cello
– Scales: Three octave major and minor scales
– One solo classical piece (equivalent to Suzuki book V or above) that best represents player’s current ability
– One additional solo piece or melody (i.e., a simple melodic transcription) of any other genre (e.g., rock, pop, jazz, folk, etc.)
– Sight-reading (pieces provided at the audition)

Bass
– Scales: Three octave major and minor scales
– One solo classical piece (equivalent to Suzuki book III) that best represents player’s current ability
– One additional solo piece or melody (i.e., a simple melodic transcription) of any other genre (e.g., rock, pop, jazz, folk, etc.)
– Sight-reading (pieces provided at the audition)

Questions? Call or email: 305.448.7421, ext. 120 or info@CommunityArtsProgram.org