Homeschool Music Program

TWO LOCATIONS for 2017-2018!!

9109 Dickey Drive, Mechanicsville Va 23116

7250 Patterson Ave, Henrico Va 23229

Greater Richmond School of Music (GRSM) offers a comprehensive music program to homeschooling families including Band, Choir, Strings as well as private and group lessons in a number of areas of study including (but not limited to) piano, guitar, voice, violin, percussion, woodwinds and brass.

 

Please let us know what YOU want in a Homeschool Music Program by completing our brief survey below.

ASK US ABOUT HOMESCHOOL SIBLING DISCOUNTS!!

PRIVATE LESSONS also available during the day

Call 804-442-6158 for details.

 

SCHEDULE & TUITION (2016-2017)

 

Greater Richmond
 Homeschool Bands

Ensembles

Greater Richmond Homeschool BandThe Beginning Band is a beginning level group for students who are learning to play a band instrument for the first time. Instruction is focused on developing a solid foundation in note reading, tone production, rhythm, articulation, proper posture/hand position, and instrument care and maintenance. Students also learn basic music theory concepts and ensemble skills, such as balance and blend. Beginning Band members receive a group lesson each week. The students are grouped with others who play the same instrument. As a performance date nears, the beginning band lesson groups join together and rehearse as a full ensemble. The minimum age to participate is 9 years old. No previous music experience is necessary.

The Concert Band is an intermediate level group for students who have had 1-3 years of experience playing a band instrument. Concert Band members receive a sectional rehearsal as well as a full ensemble rehearsal each week. In addition to continued development of basic instrumental music foundations, instruction focuses on the finer details of playing in an ensemble. Students in the Concert Band receive instruction on music theory and learn scales to improve technique and expand range. The sectional rehearsals offer the opportunity for the students to learn and perform chamber music or small ensemble pieces.

The Symphonic Band is an advanced level group comprised of students who have had 4+ years of experience playing a band instrument or have demonstrated a high level of proficiency on their instrument. Symphonic Band members receive a sectional rehearsal in addition to a full ensemble rehearsal each week. Students in the Symphonic Band rehearse and perform high quality music in many styles and genres. In rehearsals, instruction is focused on balance, blend, intonation, dynamics, articulation, phrasing, and accuracy of pitch and rhythm. Students learn all 12 major scales and music theory concepts. The sectional rehearsals offer the opportunity for the students to learn and perform chamber music or small ensemble pieces.

Band Directors – Robert W. (Bob) Ellithorpe;   Anthony Casamassima

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Greater Richmond Homeschool Choirs

Ward Center of Richmond

The St. Gregory Choir is based on Ward Book I That All May Sing, and is open to children who are mature 4 year olds through mid-elementary school.

The Schola is based on Ward Book II Look and Listen, and is open to children in mid-elementary through early high school, with the prerequisite of having completed Ward I or with the permission of the Director.  Schola will be a featured ensemble demonstrating the Ward Method this summer at the 2016 SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM in Saint Louis.  HERE IS A SAMPLE of the Ward Schola from May 2016.

For descriptions of what is covered in the above ensembles please visit “Ward Center of Richmond” page.

Choir Director – Colleen Crafton

Viva Voce

Prima Voce (Gr K-2) – NO AUDITION
Prima Voce – ‘Pree-mah ‘Voh-chey (Early Voice), the children’s choir at GRSM’s Richmond location (3100 Grove Ave), will be comprised of K-2nd grade unchanged voices. (60 minutes)
Bella Voce (Gr 3-5) – NO AUDITION
Bela Voce – ‘Bell-ah ‘Voh-chey (Beautiful Voice) the children’s choir at GRSM’s Mechanicsville location (9109 Dickey Drive), will be comprised of 3-5th grade unchanged voices. (60 minutes)
Crescente Choir (Gr 6-12) – NO AUDITION
The ‘Kree-SHEN-tey Choir (Rising Choir) at GRSM’s Mechanicsville location (9109 Dickey Drive), will be comprised of 6th-12th grade unchanged, changing and changed voices. (60 minutes)
 Voci Nobili (Gr 9-12) – BY AUDITION ONLY
‘Voh-chee ‘Noh-bee-lee” (Noble Voices) at GRSM’s Mechanicsville location (9109 Dickey Drive), will be comprised of 9th-12th grade changed voices. (60 minutes)

 

Choir Director – Sonjia Upshaw

 

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Greater Richmond Homeschool Strings

Ensembles

The String Ensemble is a beginning/intermediate level group for students who have had 1-2 years of experience playing a string instrument. String Ensemble members receive both sectional and full ensemble rehearsals. In addition to the development of basic instrumental music foundations, instruction focuses on the finer details of playing in an ensemble. Students in the String Ensemble receive instruction on music theory and learn scales to improve technique and expand range. The sectional rehearsals offer the opportunity for the students to learn and perform chamber music or small ensemble pieces.  The minimum age for taking part in this ensemble is 7 years, although the director would consider younger students depending on the outcome of a formal assessment.

The String Orchestra is an advanced level group comprised of students who have had 3+ years of experience playing a string instrument or have demonstrated a high level of proficiency on their instrument. String Orchestra members receive both sectional and full ensemble rehearsals. Students in the String Orchestra rehearse and perform high quality music in many styles and genres. In rehearsals, instruction is focused on balance, blend, intonation, dynamics, articulation, phrasing, and accuracy of pitch and rhythm. Students learn major scales and minor scales and music theory concepts. The sectional rehearsals offer the opportunity for the students to learn and perform chamber music or small ensemble pieces.  The minimum age for taking part in this ensemble is 7 years, although the director would consider younger students depending on the outcome of a formal assessment.

 Strings Director – Virginia Flores

 

SCHEDULE & TUITION (2016-2017)


Group Guitar Class

Homeschool Group GuitarThis course is for beginning guitar students and functions as a general introduction to the guitar. This class will be held shortly after the school day in order to incorporate homeschoolers and along with other students.  Students will learn proper left/right hand techniques, rhythm, musical notation, chords, improvisation, and tuning. Literature will be selected from various genres both for the solo guitar as well as the guitar ensemble. Students must provide their own instrument, and recitals are included in tuition.

 

 


Uke ‘n’ Roll (r)

KidsPlayUkeLearn to play classic songs on the ukulele in just a few lessons!!  Play and sing along with your new uke buddies in this fun and energetic class!  Learn the basic concepts of uke history, chords, rhythm, time, Orff arrangements,  improvisation and perhaps, most importantly, reap the benefits of being successful at a new instrument!! (50 minutes)

 

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Group Piano Class

Group Piano LessonsThe Greater Richmond School of Music group piano classes for homeschool students are designed to start beginners in a group setting. These classes are held during the school day. Classes will focus on incorporating good piano keyboard technique along with listening skills, rhythm, relative pitch through singing, consistent practice routines, theory, and history. Emphasis is placed on good habits from the start. Recitals are included in tuition.

 


Introduction to Violin

This eight (8) week course for students ages 5+, is designed to give a basic introduction to the violin. Students will learn proper left/right hand techniques, anatomy of the violin, how to produce a sound, and simple musical concepts.  Students would also would work on rhythms and simple songs, in addition to the basic instrument posture/bow hold.  This would be considered a Pre-Twinkle course.  After the course, students would be ready to learn the Suzuki Twinkle Variations.  However, students would not have to continue into a Suzuki based curriculum, the course would give any student a good foundation for study.

 


 

Private Lessons

Open Enrollement

Private lessons provide focused, one-on-one instruction with a master teacher. Weekly private lessons can be scheduled during the school day for the convenience of homeschool students and are offered in 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions. Recitals are included in tuition. Intermediate and advanced students are encouraged to pursue additional performance opportunities such as chamber music and competitions.

Private Instruction is offered on the following instruments: Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Voice, Violin, Viola, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone and all Brass instruments.  Beginning ages for each instrument varies.

 

SCHEDULE & TUITION (2016-2017)