Academy for Strings & Piano

at Four Oaks



Music Programs


Private Instruction

The Academy for Strings and Piano at Four Oaks offers private instruction in violin, viola, cello, and piano.


String Music Library

Four Oaks maintains a vast collection of scores and parts for small string ensemble to full string orchestra study and performance. Well over two hundred composers are represented in the collection, which includes music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Periods, along with a few more modern selections.

Ensemble Opportunities

Four Oaks offers a variety of string ensemble opportunities for the purpose of providing young string students from the Northeast Ohio Area a stimulating high quality musical experience in a string ensemble setting. We encourage all of our students to participate in the ensemble experience to help them become well rounded musicians. Ensemble opportunities are available for the very young beginner as well as the more advanced student.


The Preludio String Ensemble

Children learn from each other and are motivated by regular group lessons. The Preludio String Ensemble is comprised of students who are just beginning to bow Twinkle Variation rhythms to students who play up through the middle of Suzuki Volume I. Learning games are incorporated to reinforce violin playing technique and musicianship and ensemble playing skills.


The Intermezzo String Ensemble

The Intermezzo String Ensemble is a beginning level ensemble for violinists, violists, and cellists with no required prior ensemble experience. A repertoire built around the Suzuki Method and arrangements of popular classical and baroque pieces will be utilized to focus on note reading skills, along with basic ensemble playing skills. Requirements are that the child is able to read notes on all four strings, and play in the keys of A Major, D Major, and G major.


The Four Oaks Chamber Ensemble

Playing chamber music is enjoyable and inspiring, and helps students improve their stringed instrument playing skills. The Four Oaks Chamber Ensemble is designed for the intermediate-level string player to provide a stimulating, high quality ensemble experience. The ensemble offers young string players the opportunity to improve their technique, while developing their ensemble skills, in an enjoyable and supportive setting. The ensemble performs at Four Oaks recitals, community events, and nursing facilities. In 2007, they also performed at a fundraising event for the Rainbow Children's Hospital.


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1042 Mentor Ave, Painesville, OH 44077


Tel: 440.352.2391