Violin at YSM
The violin program at the Yale School of Music offers an individual approach, as faculty members encourage their students to become their own best teachers, first through explanation and demonstration and eventually through critical self-awareness. The School aims to offer a collaborative, non-competitive environment, in which violin students support one another.
There are three violin studios, each with approximately 12 students. Weekly studio seminars focus on a range of topics, from technical issues such as vibrato or bowing to discussions of how to lead in a string quartet and strategies for managing practice time in a demanding schedule. Beyond their regular lessons with their principal teacher, students are encouraged to play repertoire for other teachers.
Violin students perform in chamber music group and in various ensembles on the New Music New Haven concert series, in addition to gaining orchestral experience as members of the School’s orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia.
Degrees + Programs
Master of Music
The two-year master of music (M.M.) degree program is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any major.
Master of Musical Arts
The performance-oriented master of musical arts (M.M.A.) program is designed for students who want to further their education beyond an M.M. degree.
Doctor of Musical Arts
The intensive doctor of musical arts (D.M.A) program is comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which candidates launch their professional careers.
The highly selective artist diploma (A.D.) program is designed for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career.
Certificate in Performance
The three-year certificate in performance program is designed for performers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but want to study at the highest level.
The bachelor of arts/master of music (B.A./M.M) program is designed for young instrumentalists also interested in pursuing a liberal arts education.