Beginning through advanced students will find a course of string study suited to their interests.  NCA’s strings faculty are distinguished performers and professional music educators. Beginners or experienced players will find an inspiring environment for developing proficiency and confidence

Offering lessons and group classes in violin, viola, cello, and string bass.  All instruments are available for private lessons and partner lessons (groups of 2 students), though only some are offered in group classes.

Individual Lesson and Masterclass Core Program

The National Conservatory of Arts offers a program of classical strings study for the early beginner through the advanced high school student, beginning as young as age five. The typical weekly program for a young student includes a thirty to forty-five minute Individual Lesson and a Monthly Master Class. Older students take lessons of forty-five minutes to an hour in length, participate in a monthly master class, and as they advance, participate in Chamber Music and Repertoire Class.


Beginner Class Instruction

These small classes provide an introduction to strings study in an engaging and supportive group setting. Students learn the fundamentals of first-year study, including instrument technique and music reading. Classes explore a variety of music styles through group and solo playing and participate in NCA concerts. Teachers facilitate the transition to individual study after meeting specific benchmarks for each level of study.

For information about our Adult String Program click here.

For information about our Suzuki String Program click here.

Children's Chamber Orchestra

Children's Chamber Orchestra

Graduates of 'Twinkle Twinkle' are eligible to play in the Training Orchestra.  Our chamber orchestra, is open to all. It has rotating conductors, including Dr Lisa Walker, Marta Tadesse, and Timothy Lacrosse.   The students participate in sectionals, which not only develop their technical and musical skills, but also promote camaraderie and pride within each section.  

Our youngest chamber musicians start at age 5 in quartets with children close to the same age.  We also have teen quartets of beginner, intermediate, and advanced players



Beginner Elementary Age Mondays 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm

Violin Initiation (Ages 3-5) Wednesdays 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm


Beginner Elementary Age Mondays 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm

Intermediate Upper Elem Mondays 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Beginner Elementary Age Fridays 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Intermediate Upper Age Fridays 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm