About – strings and lessons

Silver Strings Academy, in Westminster Colorado, is designed to help you be the best musician you can be, no matter where you are on your musical journey. We will help you to learn your instrument, and provide you with solo and group performance opportunities when you are ready.

 

We have two experienced Suzuki Certified violin teachers (Karen Lauffer, Brune Macary) so that we are able to teach students as young as three years old. We also have a Suzuki Certified Cello teacher, Dr. Adam Riggs. Our group music classes are motivational and help enforce what is taught in private lessons. The basic premise behind the Suzuki philosophy is that all children can learn music in the same manner that they learn to speak: by listening, imitating, and repeating, in an encouraging environment. Learn more about the Suzuki method here.

Silver Strings Academy also offers lessons to advanced students and adults. Karen and Brune hold Masters Degrees in performance and pedagogy, so are very well qualified to teach even the most advanced level students. Dr. Adam Riggs has a DMA, which is the highest level of education in the field of music.

A great number of our students participate in audition-only youth orchestras such as the Front Range Youth Orchestra in Arvada, Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra, and the Colorado Youth Symphony in Englewood. Many students perform with Jefferson County’s All County Orchestra, and Colorado All-State Orchestra and Western States Orchestras. Some have gone on to major or minor in music in college. Others compete in fiddling competitions, or play in folk music sessions. Whatever your musical goals are, we will help you meet them!

The studio puts on two solo recitals per year, as well as one large group holiday concert.

Front Range Youth Symphony at the Arvada Center. 13 of these students take lessons at Silver Strings Academy!

Students playing violins

Silver Strings Trio, Fall Recital at Woodrow Wilson Academy.

Why do I teach music?
NOT because I expect you to major in music;
NOT because I expect you to play or sing all your life;
NOT so you can relax; NOT so you can have fun; BUT-
so you will be human, so you will recognize beauty
so you will be sensitive, so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
so you will have something to cling to
so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good – in short, more life.
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?”
– Anonymous