Please read through information below then scroll down and submit the on-line form to enroll your child in private lessons.
Why Take Private Lessons?
In a group setting like your child's Orchestra class, your student will not be able to benefit from the maximum individual attention he/she needs. The private teacher is able to meet with your student one-on-one weekly and meet your student's individual needs, allowing each student to progress at his/her own rate of ability. Unlike tutoring, private lessons are not needed just for those students that may be struggling. Private lessons are for every student. Students that may be struggling can get the extra help to improve, while the average to advanced players can learn more about their instrument, play more repertoire/take advantage of more performance opportunities, and receive instruction to keep them challenged outside of class. Click here to read this great article about all of the advantages of private lessons.
Why Take Private Lessons at Shadow Ridge?
The SRMS Orchestra Private Lesson Staff are experienced teachers, performers, and specialists on their instruments. They have been selected by the Orchestra Director and they have completed LISD background checks. These teachers are highly qualified professionals that work closely with Mr. Bunte to ensure each student's success. Private lessons are offered at Shadow Ridge before, during, and after school making lessons convenient for parents without the hassle of traveling. LISD has implemented a standard pay scale for all private teachers in our district, which is often more reasonable than rates of private teachers outside LISD. The recommended length of lesson time for Beginner students is 22 minutes once a week ($17.00 per lesson.) Concert and Philharmonic Orchestra students will receive one 30-minute lesson once a week ($20.00 per lesson) with the option of upgrading to a 45 or 60-minute lesson (before/after school) for serious students based upon the teacher's schedule.
Private lesson enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year has passed. Families interested in private lessons for the current school year must complete the on-line form below. Please make sure all contact information is current - you will receive a confirmation e-mail after school starts, followed by an introductory e-mail from your child's private teacher which will include his/her syllabus, procedures, and payment policies.
Please contact Mr. Bunte for any further questions or concerns. We look forward to having your student enrolled in private lessons at Shadow Ridge!
2016 - 2017 PRIVATE LESSON STAFF
VIOLIN / VIOLA
Susan Younghans is currently in her eighth season conducting the Dallas String Ensemble and the Young Performers Orchestra of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Susan Younghans came to Texas in 1984 and is recognized as an accomplished teacher, conductor and performer in the Dallas area. Susan received her Bachelor of Music Violin Performance Degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia where she studied with Charles Joseph and a Master of Music Education Degree with a concentration in piano from the University of North Texas where she also furthered her violin studies with Philip Lewis and James Lerch. Susan directed middle and high school strings in Lewisville ISD for seven years where her focus was program building. She maintains a private teaching studio and her students have won numerous contests at the local and state level. Susan is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician and has guided many students to careers in music performance and education. She performs regularly with the Wichita Falls Symphony and freelances locally with her string quartet and other regional orchestras.
Lejing Zhou, born and raised in Shanghai, China, started playing cello at the age of 12. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Prof. Chen, Jiu-he, and a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State Universtiy, where he studied with Dr. Alan Smith. Lejing obtained his Artist Certificate in 2013 and continued pursuing his Doctoral Degree under the guidance of Prof. Eugene Osadchy at UNT. Lejing has won “Honorable Mention” in the 6th National Professional Cello Competition for Young Cellists in China and placed 3rd at “Zhong Gu” International Competition. As a soloist and an active chamber musician, Lejing has performed in masterclasses for Li-Wei Qin, Elisabeth Adkins, Niklas Schmidt, Shanghai Quartet, Danish Quartet, Wyeth String Quartet, and Kelemen Quartet. He also performed series of chamber recitals and orchestral concerts in Europe such as Switzerland, Germany, and Italy, and the United States.