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Social Scales is a series of group violin classes serving adults and young adults. It's part of our Music Making Minds outreach in Kansas City
Much like a spin class at a gym or a group tennis class at a leisure center, Social Scales & Studies for Violin is a group class serving Intermediate and Advanced Violinists (adults & high schoolers) focusing purely on improving violin technique in a supportive, social environment. The sessions take place at Old Mission United Methodist Church in Fairway, KS, on Thursday evenings from 7.30 - 9.00 PM.
We also run Social Scales Online (online supervised practice sessions) on Mondays at 3.30PM and Wednesdays at 6.00PM - a truly accessible way of getting expert help practising your violin.
Social Scales & Studies is our in person 90 minute in person supervised practice session. We select Scales, Etudes and Excerpts to improve sight reading and playing confidence. They are played together as a group in a friendly, supportive environment and worked on with the coach each session.
Social Scales Online lasts 45 minutes. It's a convenient way to get help practicing your instrument from the comfort and convenience of your own home. These short, online sessions are designed as an accessible way to get expert help with your violin playing from Keith.
Participants may come as regularly or as little as they like. The goals of each session are:
Space is limited each week, so if you'd like to give it a try, just sign up below!
Recommended books for the class are:
Kreutzer - 42 Etudes for violin
Paganini - 24 Caprices
Schradiek - School of Violin Technique Vol. I
Scales will be practiced from memory.
Copies of excerpts will be provided at each session.
As a member of the Opus 76 Quartet, and one of a tiny handful of professional classical musicians from Western Samoa, violinist Keith Stanfield performs over 50 concerts a year, and has recently recorded all eighteen Beethoven String Quartets, the Schubert Quintet, Mendelssohn’s op.44 no.1, the Brahms F minor Piano Quintet. Most recently, he recorded the "Six Quartets Dedicated to Haydn" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for NPR affiliate Kansas Public Radio in Fall of 2021.
Outside of the Quartet, Keith has recorded Mozart Violin Concertos 3 & 4 and works by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo violin (available on iTunes). Upcoming concerto performances with orchestra include violin concertos by Paganini and Tchaikovsky. He is currently Concertmaster of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and the Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra, and has appeared as Guest Concertmaster with The Kansas City Ballet.In early 2022, Keith became the first musician to win the Independent's prestigious "Rising Stars of Kansas City" award. He gives 10 recitals a year at venues throughout the American Midwest. Recent series have featured works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Clara & Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. A recent performance was reviewed in K.C. Arts Beat as “full of romantic passion..played with intensity..conveyed with authority.. [Brahms’s 3rd Sonata was] lovingly played, a sense of nostalgia and heartache convincingly portrayed.. an exciting and convincing performance.”
Keith is a former soccer player, who represented Western Samoa in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He played five matches for the country (scoring two goals) before retiring to focus on the violin. He has coached soccer in the UK and the USA. Founding the Opus 76 Quartet in 2017, he joined The Friends of the Opus 76 Quartet Foundation's administration as Executive Director in 2021. He is the main host of the Opus 76 Quartet's "Keeping Score" podcast, and has written for a number of publications including The Strad, The Catholic Herald, Adamah Media and The Shawnee Mission Post. Keith lives in the United States of America in Kansas City, teaches students privately, and coaches The Opus 76 Sunrise Quartet - one of the Foundation's free mentoring initiatives for talented young high school musicians from the local area. He started playing the violin with Alison Apley aged 3 and is an alumni of the Suzuki Violin Method, Purcell School of Music (UK), the Royal Academy of Music (UK) and CU Boulder (USA). He made his recital debut aged 6, and appeared as a guest soloist aged 10 on the BBC TV show: "Brian Connelly's Crazy Christmas." Winning a number of solo violin competitions and prizes, he has performed in many of the world's finest concert venues, which include Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall (London), The Philharmonie (Berlin) and Teatro alla Scala (Milano).Violin coaches included the late Erik Huston, Remus Azoitei and Karoly Schranz.
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