Kaw Valley Orchestra Project

kaw valley orchestra project

Fall 2013 Semester

This orchestra program is in its second year, and we are looking for students who are interested in playing in an orchestra! This year we will have two classes, one for students wanting to begin on a stringed instrument and one for students in their second year of learning. We have already had our first session, but if you want to participate, it’s not too late! Join us on Monday the 16th!

What: We welcome students interested in playing orchestral stringed instruments: violin, viola, cello, and bass. If you have interest in playing bass, please give us a call before attending- you may need some help finding an instrument!

Where: Williamstown Assembly of God, 1225 Oak St (Perry)

When: The beginning class will meet from 5-6 pm, and the year 2 class will meet from 4-5 pm.

Who: you! We accept learners of all ages- from age 7 and up! If you’ve always wanted to play violin, viola, cello or bass, we encourage you to attend the first rehearsal on September 9th. If you have any questions as to any student younger than 7, please contact us here.

Tuition, Expectations, and other important bits: Tuition for this semester will be $150 per student, with a sibling rate of $100 for any class. Each student is expected to practice at least 100 minutes per week at the very minimum. I know it may sound daunting, but it translates to only 15 minutes per day: the students who excel usually practice around 200 minutes per week. We won’t have any time in rehearsal to practice, so every student needs to arrive at rehearsals prepared to study something new. More of this information is available in the Student Handbook, located below, so if your student is interested, please give the handbook a perusal before making a final decision. Playing a stringed instrument can be easy… when you give yourself time for practice!

What to bring:

1. your instrument! I do not provide instruments, but I do have some advice about selecting an instrument here.

2. Your book: for the beginner class, you’ll need Essential Elements 2000 book 1 for your intended instrument. For year 2 class, we will use the Essential Elements 2000 book 2. (this class will be auditioned, however- so be sure to talk to me first before purchasing book 2!)

3. a folding music stand- last year we had some issues with flimsy stands not holding up to the test of weekly setup, so be sure to ask around about quality here!

4. a shoulder rest (violin and viola) or rock stop (cello and bass). If you’re not sure what these are, ask a reputable music store. In Lawrence, my preferred store is Beautiful Music Violin Shop. In Topeka, Manning Music can serve your needs.

5. A pencil! You’ll  be asked periodically to mark in your music, so toss one in your case or book bag!

Important Documents:

Please read through these documents prior to the first meeting, as they contain most pertinent information to the nature of the orchestra. The parent agreement must be signed at the first meeting, but you may choose to first attend the meeting and then sign the form. All of these forms will be available at the meeting.

Parent Letter: Kaw Valley Orchestra Project

Orchestra Parent, Student Agreement

Handbook: Kaw Valley Orchestra Project

 If you have any questions, please email me here. Thanks, and talk to you soon!