at Winchester Public Schools
Here, you will find information on our program, resources for students and parents, and links to pedagogical information. Check back often for the most up-to-date information!
The Strings Program in the Winchester Public Schools serves students in grades 3-12.
In grades 3-5, students can elect to take a strings class as part of their school day, and can participate in after school orchestras at McCall Middle School.
Students in grades 6-8 can participate in class orchestras that rehearse during the school day, and perform regularly.
Violinist & Teacher
Violinist Michael Galvin has been teaching in the Winchester Public Schools since January 2018. Before coming to Winchester, Mr. Galvin taught strings at the Somerville Public Schools and Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester, MA. Mr. Galvin has been teaching private lessons since 2000, and is certified in the Suzuki method for books 1-8.
Mr. Galvin began playing the violin at age 3, and has completed degrees in music performance at the University of Denver and the University of North Texas, in addition to studies at the Moscow State Conservatoire, P.I. Tchaikovsky. His main teachers are Julia Bushkova, Linda Wang, and Zarius Shikhmurzaeva.
When he is not playing music, Mr. Galvin can be found teaching and practicng yoga. He has been teaching vinyasa flow since 2010, and is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT level, having taught over 1000 classes. Additionally, he recently completed a three-year course of study in the tradition and lineage of BKS Iyengar, with senior teacher Patricia Walden here in Boston. Mr. Galvin includes instruction in some basic yoga poses and stretches in his teaching of stringed instruments, and uses yogic philosophy to guide his teaching principles. Be on the lookout for Blog posts coming soon to this website!
Upcoming Concerts & Events
Winchester Public Schools
Fall Seminars for Elementary Strings Parents
Please bring your child’s instrument with you to this hands-on seminar.
Elementary Lessons Schedule:
If your child is new to the strings program this year, they should attend the BEGINNER class.
If your child has taken prior strings lessons, they should attend the RETURNING class.
This is the schedule for HYBRID students:
Beginning Strings students will attend class on Tuesday or Friday:
9:00-9:45 am: Beginning Cello & Bass
9:45-10:30 am: Beginning Violin & Viola
Returning Strings students attend class on Monday or Thursday:
8:15-9:00 am: Viola Class
9:00-9:45 am: Cello/Bass Class
9:45-10:30 am: Violin Class
Returning Strings students may also attend a second session on Tuesday or Friday:
8:15-9:00 am: ALL Returning Strings
This is the schedule for REMOTE ONLY students:
REMOTE ONLY STUDENTS: Remote-Only Students will meet on Wednesdays.
11:20-12:00 pm: Beginning Remote-Only Students
12:00-12:40 pm: Returning Remote-Only Students
SPRING STRING FLING
Join us for a concert as soon as we are able to SAFELY hold large gatherings!
Date & Time:
Winchester High School