The String Knots Chamber Ensemble

“Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.”


Tustin Music is looking for students who are interested in playing with others in a small string ensemble chamber group.

The expected level of each participant is the following:
1) A student who plays the music in the Suzuki Book 1 comfortably
2) A student who plays violin, viola, and/or cello
3) A student who can read the music quite comfortably

Weekly rehearsals will run for 10 weeks and will present their hard work before their loved ones and in the community outreach program.

In careful consideration of participants’ age and level of playing, each group will be assigned from the range of two to four. Each class will be in 60 minute length based on each group’s schedule focusing on the following core concepts:

Musicianship and Musicality

Unlike a solo-playing in a private set-up, chamber music requires a different set of skills as a musician on the stage. In the larger group, each student can easily be passive due to its massive size. This may allow them to feel much more secure, however, it can omit a chance for them to exercise the musicianship and musicality that they have been working on. The chamber music set-up is a great option to strengthen them in a more open environment than the large-sized group. Due to its characteristics, each student in the chamber group will represent different parts of the music nurturing their individual playing.

Score Study and Profound Comprehension of the Music

Music is a language and a score is a script written in a musical language. An incomprehensible approach to music by playing an individual part might allow an assigned player to perform their part at a decent level. However, this approach is similar to understanding the literature partially. To apprehend the music in a larger context, score study is essential. During this process, each student will deepen their music-theoretical knowledge, which will empower their solo playing as well.

Dr. Ji Yeon Shin

Chamber Music Coach

Dr. Ji Yeon Shin is a devoted music educator and a chamber music coach with over fifteen years of experience in Suzuki and the Traditional school of violin playing. She is also a founding member and Second Violin Principal of the Four Seasons Camera based in Garden Grove since 2022, the Four Seasons Orchestra since 2023, and has been a guest artist for the Corona Symphony Orchestra and the Sea Coast Symphony (Dana Point Symphony) since 2018 and 2019, respectively. Dr. Ji Yeon also has been serving as a faculty member in the Distance Education department at the California Arts University since 2021.


Total Class Price: $350

Number of Sessions: 10

Starting Month: March

Weekly Class Time Options


Mondays 3:00-5:00 pm


Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 pm


Saturdays 8:00-10:00 am