IMPORTANT NOTE: STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR CHAPERONE FOR ALL CLASSES. DROPS OFFS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

AGES: 5 – 11 years old. 

(beginning to moderately accomplished skill level)

OVERVIEW:

The Younger Division features a holistic approach to discovering and developing the artistic talents of each child. It's an inspiring and high-energy program combining the excitement of musical theater with foundational technical study.

Violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano unite with singing, drama, and dance for a creative, multi-sensory experience. Though every child chooses a primary track based upon their area of study, we consider all facets of a child's talent and personality in order to bring out their best and most inspiring performances, as singers, actors, dancers, and instrumentalists in the final show.

Each child's specific schedule is tailored based upon the casting of the child within the musical show. Students are cast based upon a holistic view of the child's gifts and does not always coincide with the student's primary track.

For example: Joe is studying violin as his primary track, but he is also a gifted singer and actor. In the final show he will perform as a violinist, an actor, and a singer, thus his class schedule will reflect both his primary track of study (violin), as well as his specific roles within the musical performance.

CORE CLASSES:

1 private lesson, music fundamentals, choir and orchestra, and ensembles, as well as dance and drama for participating students.

CASTING PROCESS:

In order for us to maximize your child's experience at FASA, it is vital that we get to know them! Below are the 4 demonstrations we require for all students–beginners, as well as the highly skilled.

Every child who registers must prepare a short (2-6 min.) video. The video must include:

  1. The child singing ''Happy Birthday" or a verse of "Silent Night". They may sing another song of their choice along with one of these if they wish.
  2. A short instrumental performance (for instrumentalists only)
  3. A dance segment (for dancers only)
  4. 4 or more lines of dramatic dialogue.

The due date for the casting and placement video is MAY 15, 2017.


If your child is a string player within the age of the Younger Division but is learning repertoire at the level of Suzuki Book 5 or more advanced, please contact us for a special upper division course of study for your child.

MUSICAL THEATER

Troubadorables: singers, actors and dancers.  Ages 6-11.

VIOLIN: 4 SKILL LEVELS.

Nano-Minis: Age 5 – For ready to begin, or just beginning, violinists and a parent or caregiver. Enrollment space is extremely limited.

Mini-Pearls: Ages 6 through 11 – Older children who are just beginning the violin, or are interested in exploring the instrument.

Cracker Jacks: Children who have participated in formal violin lessons, understand the basics of proper positions, and are capable of playing notes on all four strings in first position. Mid Suzuki Bk. 1- Mid Suzuki Bk. 2

WhipperSnappers: Students who have achieved a level of competence that enables them to play with ease of motion and stable positions, good bow control and intonation. Mid Suzuki Bk. 2 - Suzuki Bk. 3.

VIOLA

Jim Dandys: Beginning to elementary level playing. Violists who are just beginning will dovetail with specific violin classes for fundamentals.

CELLO

Mini-Maestros: Beginning to elementary level playing.  

GUITAR

Balladeers: Beginning to elementary Guitar. Introduction of the instrument for beginning students and skill/age appropriate instruction for students who already possess a degree of knowledge.

PIANO

Ivory Ticklers: Piano students will participate in private lessons and coachings at the beginning and elementary level. In addition piano students will dovetail with the Troubadorable track as singers, dancers, and actors in the final performance.