The Sonata String Ensemble is our largest string class. It typically is the median string class where many students fit in. This class focuses on having fun while learning intonation specifics, bowing techniques, cueing leadership, and musicianship. The music is easier than Ebony String Ensemble, but the techniques taught are designed to help students get to the next level in their string playing with as little transition difficulty as possible. Typically, students in this class are in later Suzuki 1 to Suzuki 3. It is recommended that students learn 2-octave scales. Shifting is not a requirement; however, it is hoped that learning to play in other positions will follow soon. Students cannot move on to Ebony until they are comfortable playing in at least 3rd position.
Our Sonata instructor is Mrs. Rachael Gregory. She has been teaching music for 24 years in a wide range of capacities including piano, voice, choir, violin, and orchestra. She studied music in college with a focus in piano, music theory, and voice. She has also studied with excellent string instructors here in the Genesee County area. Rachael’s goal for the Sonata String Ensemble is to take budding musicians and develop their techniques and skills to prepare them for the next step. Sonata studies tried and true music selections from a wide range of sources, hand-picked to develop very specific techniques.
Rachael has been married to her husband, Eric Gregory, for 16 years. Together, they have 5 musical children, all of which are studying music in one form or another. Rachael is a homeschooling mom and teaches private music lessons from her home.