Strings

String Team

Affordable group violin classes for students in grades 4 – 5.

1st Year String Team

  • Starts January 3 and 4, 2022
  • Beginner Friendly
  • Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-5:15pm
  • Cost: $200

2nd Year String Team

  • Starts January 4,2022
  • For returning students
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-5:15pm
  • Cost: $200

More Information

  • String Team Handbook
  • String Team Calendar
  • Recitals are scheduled at the end of each semester and are included in tuition. These recitals are held at the Jackson Community Music School building, downtown. All String Team students are invited to participate.
  • Violins can be easily rented from Shar Music for the year
    • Easy payment plans that build equity toward purchase
    • Method book included
    • Identify yourself as a Jackson String Team Student

In addition to exploring great music, learning to play a musical instrument offers other great lifetime benefits such as:

  • Developing academic and socially oriented skills, including self-discipline and concentration
  • Learning to listen and follow oral/written directions
  • Working within a group toward a common goal
  • Refining motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • And the list goes on and on!

Jed Fritzemeier, Teacher

Since 2019, Jed has been the Director of the Community Music School and Director of Music Education for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. A performing bassist, Jed plays with the orchestra in addition to free-lancing throughout the area. He was a public school orchestra teacher for 34 years finishing his career for the Chelsea School District, Chelsea, Mi. Jed was Teacher of the Year for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Michigan American String Teachers Association in 2008. In addition to the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, his performance credits include the Michigan Opera Theater, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Racine Symphony, Racine, Wisconsin, South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and various festival orchestras, jazz ensembles, rock bands, polka bands since he was 15 years old.


Fiddle Workshop

This class is for anyone who has had at least 1 year of string instruction. Students must be able to read music. Music for this class will consist of all types of folk music such as American Fiddle Tunes, Irish and Scottish Airs, Jigs and Reels, Nordic Roots and anything else from the Folk music traditions. It’s all about FUN!

  • Starts January 9, 2022
  • Sundays 4:00 – 5:00pm, Weatherwax Hall
  • All age groups
  • Fee: $80 per semester – $20 to CMS students registered for lessons or String Team

Jed Fritzemeier, Teacher

Since 2019, Jed has been the Director of the Community Music School and Director of Music Education for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. A performing bassist, Jed plays with the orchestra in addition to free-lancing throughout the area. He was a public school orchestra teacher for 34 years finishing his career for the Chelsea School District, Chelsea, Mi. Jed was Teacher of the Year for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Michigan American String Teachers Association in 2008. In addition to the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, his performance credits include the Michigan Opera Theater, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Racine Symphony, Racine, Wisconsin, South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and various festival orchestras, jazz ensembles, rock bands, polka bands since he was 15 years old.


Adult Beginning Strings

Have you always wanted to make your own music but have not had the time or the opportunity to learn an instrument until now? This class is for you. This will be a fun, non-threatening environment designed for students of all ages – the goal: to make beautiful music!

  • Starts January 3, 2022
  • Mondays 5:45 – 6:30pm
  • NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED
  • Fee: $120 per semester
  • Students must obtain an instrument (Contact the JSO for information on where and how)

Jed Fritzemeier, Teacher

Since 2019, Jed has been the Director of the Community Music School and Director of Music Education for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. A performing bassist, Jed plays with the orchestra in addition to free-lancing throughout the area. He was a public school orchestra teacher for 34 years finishing his career for the Chelsea School District, Chelsea, Mi. Jed was Teacher of the Year for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Michigan American String Teachers Association in 2008. In addition to the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, his performance credits include the Michigan Opera Theater, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Racine Symphony, Racine, Wisconsin, South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and various festival orchestras, jazz ensembles, rock bands, polka bands since he was 15 years old.