KMI offers private lesson instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass, provided by very highly qualified and experienced teachers.
Admission: See the specific program for admission requirements. All beginners and transfers would normally enter in the Core Curriculum at least for the first term. The Young Artist Program has its own very specific requirements.
Ensemble: Playing with other instruments is extremely important to a string student, so all students are required to perform duets, trios and quartets with faculty and other students on a regular basis. The chosen instructional materials include ensemble pieces with every lesson to help develop the student’s ability to play with others. Eventually, KMI hopes to be able to sponsor a string chamber orchestra to allow our strings students opportunity to perform in a larger ensemble. Until that time, students are required to participate in their school or community string orchestra (See String Ensembles for more information).
Accompaniment: In addition to ensemble playing, all string performers must learn to play with piano accompaniment. Highly skilled KMI piano faculty are available at lessons and for recitals to accompany string students. When appropriate, advanced piano students will be invited to accompany string students in recitals to give advanced piano students the educational opportunity of accompanying a soloist.
Secondary Piano Study: All students who study a string instrument as primary study are strongly encouraged to study secondary piano for at least 2 years (whether from the beginning, or at a later point in the education). The study of piano provides a better understanding of certain musical concepts such as chords, intervals, harmony, polyphony and reading other musical clefs. (Violins read only treble clef.) Note that secondary study of piano is a requirement for all non-piano students in the Young Artist Program.
Memorization: All string students are required to memorize all solo pieces for performance at recitals whether with or without accompaniment. Memorization is not required for pieces performed in ensemble (duets, trios, etc.).
Suzuki Violin: The current KMI faculty are not qualified to teach the Suzuki Method. All of our music approaches for very young students are based on other methods.
Lee W. Kikuchi (violin and cello)
Randall Christner (violin and viola)
Lauren Whittaker (string bass)