Junior Strings is a beginner level learning and performance ensemble for elementary age violin, viola, cello and string bass students. It is a SMBMF program hosted at the Santa Monica Conservatory and all current K-5th grade students are invited. No previous experience is necessary.
Members will learn exciting pieces and develop music skills such as sight reading, rhythmic development, and chamber playing. They will also develop social skills within a structured musical environment. Parents can expect rewarding growth and ever increasing appreciation of music. Our staff will prepare students for middle school performance levels and help them realize their maximum potential as young musicians.
Students take part in 25 after-school rehearsals on Fridays, and at least two concerts during the season.
Registration begins September 2016 at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music. It will be followed by orientation for parents and students on September 30th, at 3:30pm. Students should bring their instruments.
Weekly Rehearsals: Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, September to Mid-May 2017.
To participate, students should pre-register and pay a $600 tuition fee. This fee is reduced to $450 for students taking private lessons at the conservatory.
The Santa Monica Conservatory of Music
1501 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
John Redfield began playing cello at the age of 8, and with the help of private teachers practiced hard throughout Elementary, Middle and High School and was awarded a full scholarship to Indiana University where he attended private studies and master classes with the world renowned Hungarian cellist and teacher Janos Starker.
Starker’s teacher was Schiffer, Schiffer’s teacher was David Popper, and now the Popper Methodology is taught by John Redfield at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music. No cello methodology can compare to the rigors or rewards of the Popper Methodology, an essential for all aspiring professional cellists.
After living in Italy and performing throughout Europe for 13 years, John Redfield returned to Santa Monica, co-founded the Elemental Strings youth orchestra, is currently Founder/Director of the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music, as well as member of the SMMUSD District Advisory Committee for the Performing Arts.
His numerous current and past cello students include prizewinners as well as those pursuing music at Yale, NYU, Georgetown, USC and UCLA. As a performer, in his little free time from teaching, John has chosen to dedicate himself to performances of the solo cello repertoire (Bach, Kodaly, Cassado, Hindemith, etc.) in 3-4 recitals per year. John plays a Dutch cello dated 1700.
Raquel Ravaglioli graduated University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. Raquel is a Board Certified Music Therapist, and has been teaching private and group string instruction for over a decade. She is currently completing her Master of Arts degree in Creative Arts Therapies, Music Therapy option at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Raquel has been playing the violin for almost 25 years. She has participated in numerous all state orchestras and competitions, performed