Homeschool Music Program

 We have spent the last few months gathering responses to the survey below in order to provide opportunities for our Homeschooling Community based on what you shared with us.  Our Schedule & Tuition at all three (3) of our public locations (scroll down to see links) have been set up as far as possible to meet the needs of all who completed the survey, and specified what days/times/location(s) would work for you.

 

If you do not see an option that fits your family’s need, we invite you to complete our brief survey below, and we will do our best to help.

ASK US ABOUT HOMESCHOOL SIBLING DISCOUNTS!!

PRIVATE LESSONS also available during the day

Call 804-442-6158 for details.

 

Greater Richmond
 Homeschool Bands

Ensembles

The 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 Director – Robert W. (Bob) Ellithorpe

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Greater Richmond Homeschool Choirs

Viva Voce

Prima Voce (Gr K-5) – NO AUDITION
Prima Voce – ‘Pree-mah ‘Voh-chey (Early Voice), will be comprised of K-5th grade unchanged voices, and is being offered at our Dickey Drive and Patterson Ave. locations. (50 minutes)
Crescente Choir (Gr 6-12) – NO AUDITION
The ‘Kree-SHEN-tey Choir (Rising Choir) will be comprised of 6th-12th grade unchanged, changing and changed voices. This choir is being offered at our Dickey Drive and Patterson Ave. Locations. (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, and is being offered at our Dickey Drive and Patterson Ave. locations.  (60 minutes)

Greater Richmond Homeschool Choir

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 – Christina Sienkiewicz

 

CLICK HERE – SCHEDULE & TUITION (Dickey Drive)

CLICK HERE – SCHEDULE & TUITION (Grove Ave)

CLICK HERE – SCHEDULE & TUITION (Patterson Ave)


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 Strings

Introduction to Violin

The Introduction to Strings course for children ages 6+ is designed to give a basic introduction to the violin, viola and cello.  Students will learn proper left/right hand techniques, anatomy of the instrument, 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.   The course would then go on to teach more challenging beginning strings music and expand on concepts and techniques to get the student ready for further group or individual study.   (50mins)

 


 

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, Cello, Bass, Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Percussion and all Brass instruments.  Beginning ages for each instrument varies.

 

CLICK HERE – SCHEDULE & TUITION (Dickey Drive)

CLICK HERE – SCHEDULE & TUITION (Grove Ave)

CLICK HERE – SCHEDULE & TUITION (Patterson Ave)