Norwood has always been a happy place of learning filled with art and music, and the Lower School Violin Program has been a signature music program here at Norwood for the past 16 years. Hundreds of students have been taught to play the violin during their early years at Norwood, have gone on to play in the Middle School String Orchestra, and continue to play in high school and beyond. We are immensely proud of this proven school-based program.

Children in kindergarten through fourth grade are given the option to add violin studies as a fee-based extracurricular activity. The program incorporates singing, solfege, movement, and music reading. Instruction by three highly experienced violin teachers includes three sessions per week: two one-hour group classes, and a weekly private lesson. A student may be offered extra instruction, if needed, at a teacher's discretion. 

Students participate in several school performances as a Suzuki-group ensemble, and they end the year with a showcase of their accomplishments in a recital for soloists. Past performances have included playing the National Anthem at several University of Maryland basketball games, two NAIS Teacher's Convention, and two past performances at the White House during the annual open house and holiday tour.

List of 5 items.

  • Registration

    Registration begins in May when forms can be submitted by rising second grade parents who are given a one-week first priority registration notice.  Once second graders have registered, registration is then offered to rising kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 4th grade students if space permits.  The registration deadline for the 2017-2018 school year is July 1, 2017.  Registrations received after that date will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Schedule

    Beginner, K-1-2, Suzuki Group: Mondays and Tuesdays, 2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
    Private Lesson: PE pullout or after school on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

    Grade 3 & 4 Paganini Group: Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:35 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
    Private Lesson: PE pullout or after school on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

    Grade 3 & 4 Vivaldi Group: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:35 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
    Private Lesson: P.E. pullout or after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Cost

    The fee for the 2017-2018 school year is $1,200. It can be billed annually in September or in three installments, billed in September, December, and March. If you have any questions about billing, please contact Bill Teachum in the Business Office.

    Instrument rental begins at $25 per month, depending on quality of instrument. Instrumental rental is the responsibility of the parent. Contact violin teachers Moyna DaleyDevon Oviedo, or Ken Giles for advice on rentals.
  • Make-up Policy

    Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be rescheduled. Lessons missed due to conflict with school programs, trips, or special events will be discussed and rescheduled if possible. There is no obligation to make up lessons missed by students for illness, vacation, or if they simply forgot to attend.
  • Refund Policy

    After the third month of school, parents are financially responsible for the cost of the program for the entire school year and will be billed accordingly by the Business Office.

List of 3 members.

  • Moyna Daley 

    Lower School Strings Coordinator
    University of Maryland - B.S. & B.Mus.Ed.
    Boston University - M.Mus.Ed.
  • Devon Oviedo 

    Strings Teacher
    Washington Adventist University - B.S.
  • Ken Giles 

    Strings Teacher
    Swarthmore College - B.A.
    Interlochen Arts Academy

Norwood Violinists Perform the National Anthem at University of Maryland's Xfinity Center

Lower School Suzuki Violin Concert - January 29, 2016

Located in Bethesda MD, Norwood School develops students in grades K-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.