There are three levels in the adult strings program: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The classes take place in the Moody Music Building on the UA campus. Participants must provide their own instruments. Dr. Witt or the CMS office staff will help in this process. Not all of the levels are offered each semester. For summer prices, call the CMS office.
For enrollment-related questions, please contact the Community Music School office at (205) 348-6741.
About the Instructors
Dr. Anne C. Witt, who teaches the Beginning Adult Strings class, is a School of Music faculty member and founded the CMS adult strings program in 2006. She also started the Strings in Schools program in the Tuscaloosa City Schools and continues to teach music to students of all ages.
Joseph A. Lee, conducts the Advanced Adult Strings ensemble, is currently the Resident Conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, Music Director of the University Orchestra at the University of Alabama Huntsville, Music Director of the Tennessee Valley Music Festival, Music Director of the Festival Internacional de Música Cobano (Costa Rica), and the Director of Music Ministries at East End United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN. Mr. Lee is also the conductor of the CMS Adult Strings Weekend string orchestra.
Beginning Adult Strings
Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Not offered Spring 2019. Semi-private lessons may be available. Email Dr. Weigel.
No experience is required! You will learn to read music in this class. Learn the basics of violin, viola, cello or double bass playing in an enjoyable, no-pressure environment. This course is designed for adults (ages 18-90) who have either never had, or never utilized, the opportunity to learn to play a stringed instrument. Adults with no previous musical experience are invited to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Students are taught fundamental skills in playing their instrument, and also begin to develop skills in note reading and musicianship. The method book used is Essential Elements 2000: Book 1. Participants must provide instruments.
Intermediate Adult Strings
Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Room 176, Dr. Anne Witt
Pre-requisite: Beginning Adult Strings or approval of the instructor.
This course is a continuation of Beginning Adult Strings. Students continue to develop their skills in violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Fundamentals of music and note reading continue to be emphasized. This course is also the perfect “refresher” for individuals who perhaps played a stringed instrument in their childhood and are interested in “picking it up again.” The method book used is Essential Elements 2000: Book 1. This class may progress to Essential Elements 2000: Book 2. Potential supplementary materials include fiddle tunes, hymns, and easy string orchestra music.
Advanced Adult Strings
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Choral Room, Mr. Joe Lee
Pre-requisite: Intermediate Adult Strings or approval of the instructor.
Students will continue learning new skills, including shifting, advanced rhythms and ensemble playing skills.
Medium string orchestra music is included.
NEW FORMAT: Mr. Lee will conduct the full adult string ensemble from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on half of the session evenings. Alternating with the full group evenings will be sectional and chamber music sessions meeting from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Chamber music instructors include UA School of Music graduate students and area professionals who will coach while playing alongside their chamber group.