Classes and Ensembles

Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class

Emerald Leung, instructor

The Suzuki Early Childhood Education Class is a short-term, interactive class for children ages 0-4 along with their parent. Following the philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki that children start the process of musical development from a very young age when guided by the loving, nurturing influence of their parent and teacher, children are introduced to skills involving musical instruments, pitch and rhythm, sharing and working with others, language and vocabulary skills, and patience and self-control through musical play.

Suzuki ECE is considered the introduction and preparation for young students to enter the Loma Linda Academy String Program. Children younger than 4 who wish to begin lessons are strongly suggested to enroll before they start formal instrument lessons.

Violin and Cello Group Classes

Jim Lee (cello), Stephanie Popa (violin), and Samuel Young (violin), instructors

Various levels of Suzuki group classes are a requisite part of study at the Loma Linda Academy String Program. We strongly believe that an important part of string instrument study is playing in groups with others, to develop ensemble skills, listening, matching rhythm and intonation, following directions, and working together with colleagues. These skills are indispensable in any ensemble playing, whether chamber music or symphony orchestra. For this reason, each student who is taking private lessons is assigned to their level of ensemble for each stage of development. Class times vary.

Concert Orchestra

Stephanie Popa, director

The Loma Linda Academy Concert Orchestra is a string orchestra designed to provide students an opportunity to develop their music-reading and orchestral playing skills. The Concert Orchestra performs in a variety of venues, including on campus, in area churches, and for outreach events. Academic credit is available for LLA high school students.

Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Dean Anderson, director

The Loma Linda Academy Symphony Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra designed to polish the advancing musician’s music-reading and orchestral playing skills. The Symphony Orchestra performs in a variety of venues, including on campus, in area churches, and for outreach events. In addition, the Symphony often travels for national and international tours. Academic credit is available for LLA high school students.

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