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 19 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 two highly experienced violin teachers includes two sessions per week: one 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.

Register for K - 1st 
Register for 2nd - 4th

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  • Registration

    Registration begins in May when forms can be submitted by new K-4th grade parents. The registration deadline for the 2021-2022 school year is July 5, 2021.  Registrations received after that date will be placed on a waiting list.

    Register for K - 1st 
    Register for 2nd - 4th
  • Schedule

    Beginner Suzuki Violin Group for K, 1 & 2:  Mondays, 2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. 
    Private Lessons:  After school instruction will primarily take place on campus, in-person.  PE pullout for on campus, in-person instruction is possible.  Zoom lessons may be possible if the schedule allows. 
    Grades 3 & 4 Group Class:  Likely, Thursdays 3:35 p.m.-4:35 p.m. Any change will be communicated in late July.  Fridays, 2:35-3:35 may be added if we group by grade. 
    Private Lessons:  After school instruction will primarily take place on campus, in-person.  PE pullout for on campus, in-person instruction is possible.  Zoom lessons may be possible if the schedule allows.  
  • Cost

    The fee for the 2021-2022 school year is $900. Annual lump sum bill in September or 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 is approximately $25 per month, depending on quality of instrument. Instrumental rental is the responsibility of the parent. Contact violin teachers Moyna DaleyDevon Oviedo, 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 2 members.

  • Photo of Moyna Daley

    Moyna Daley 

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

    Devon Oviedo 

    Lower School Strings Coordinator
    Washington Adventist University - B.S.
    Washington Adventist University - B.M.

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 PK-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.