Home School Clarinet Program
Program Content & Goals
Private Lessons (once a week)
Basic instrumental instruction on clarinet
Basic instruction in Music Theory (rhythms, scales, key signatures, etc.)
Basic transposition & ear training (primarily via playing familiar songs by ear & notating)
Group Ensemble Class (once a week)
Reinforcement of basic skills learned in lessons
Group discussion of difficulties encountered in lesson materials
Playing music together as a group
Exploration of 'jamming' skills on a limited basis
High Tech Support
Play-Along CDs support the Standard of Excellence Method Books
Used for problem-solving and self-testing
Provides a musical context for the melodies
Used primarily to play demonstration tracks provided by the instructor
Also used to accompany and rehearse the student on certain solo and ensemble pieces
Provides a medium for more effective communication with the instructor via email
Leaves the student equipped with a fully functional, low cost program used to write and play music in any way that the student wishes.
To prepare the students for successful entry into mainstream playing venues appropriate for their age:
Home School Band - Meets on Monday nights, founded specifically for the Home Schooled
Public School Band Program - Some home schooled students participate in band programs at local public schools. I strongly encourage this, because these groups are well populated and well equipped. They also give the students access to special activities sponsored by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. Elite All-County, All-District and All-State bands/orchestras give students outstanding opportunities to meet other fine players and to put their skills to the test. Each group meets once a year, under the baton of a guest conductor.
Greater Richmond Honor Band - Outstanding students of middle school age can participate in this group which meets weekly on Monday nights during the school year at VCU.
Church Bands/Orchestras - Many churches operate orchestras which can make use of young students. This is an outstanding opportunity for an apprenticeship with adult players, and also an area in which some formal education in certain practical matters can make a real contribution.
To provide students a well-rounded musical education which plants the seeds of curiosity and empowerment for their future endeavors
To teach young people not only to be competent musicians, but to help others in developing their own talents
To raise the overall competency level of band programs everywhere, both by providing good young players, and by influencing others with their example
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