Homeschool Music

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PRIVATE LESSONS also available during the day

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SCHEDULE & TUITION (2015-2016)


Greater Richmond
 Homeschool Bands


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 DIRECTOR – Robert W. (Bob) Ellithorpe

Our Homeschool Band director is Bob Ellithorpe who, having attained his B.M.Ed. at VCU and M.M. from University of Richmond, has accrued over 30 years of experience in instruction and band direction at elementary, middle and high school levels in Hanover and environs as well as instructing at VCU, Randolf Macon, University of Richmond, Garwood Whaley and his own private studio. He has guest conducted with numerous bands, and his performance repertoire is very long including 18yrs with the Richmond Symphony. He has also been on a number of adjudication teams and has a long list professional affiliations and recognitions including being listed in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and more recently was elected to Phi Beta Mu Virginia Band Director’s Hall of Fame-2013.


Greater Richmond Homeschool Choirs

The Greater Richmond Homeschool Choirs offer homeschool students the opportunity to participate and perform in a quality choral program. The curriculum is designed to teach proper vocal technique, ensemble skills, music reading, and basic music theory. Greater Richmond Homeschool ChoirStudents are assigned a choir according to age and ability. Choir members receive both a full choral ensemble rehearsal as well as a small group rehearsal weekly. Rehearsals are held weekly on Thursdays during the school day. Private voice lessons are available as well.

Read more about the Greater Richmond Homeschool Choirs.


CHOIR DIRECTOR – Nancy Schneider

Our Homeschool Choir Director is Nancy Schneider who is currently the Director of Music Ministries at Northside Baptist Church where her responsibilities include but are not limited to directing both the adult and children’s choirs. She has held similar positions at other churches since 1991. She received her B.M.Ed from Radford University, majoring in voice and minoring in piano and organ. She has given private instruction in voice, piano and flute since 1993, and has performed with the Richmond Symphony Chorus for 8 years.


GRSM Choirs also open to Homeschoolers

Ward Center Choirs

The Ward Method is a comprehensive music education method that includes proper vocal technique, intonation, rhythm, sight singing, music theory, music history, composition, improvisation, and conducting. This method was founded by Justine Bayard Ward (1879-1975) for the purpose of teaching American children the extensive music literature of the Roman Catholic Church, specifically Gregorian Chant. Performances will be held throughout the year.  *Affiliated with the International Centre for Ward Method Studies in Washington, DC.

Read more about the Ward Center Choirs

Viva Voce Choirs

Viva Voce  – ‘Vee-vah ‘Voh-chey (Living Voice) is comprised of four vocal ensembles currently being offered at the Greater Richmond School of Music (GRSM).  Each ensemble will rehearse and perform at least two programs each school year.  The Fall/Winter and Spring programs will take place in the last quarter of each school semester.  There may also be various concerts to be announced throughout the year, including fundraisers, sport and special events.
 Read more about the Viva Voce Choirs


SCHEDULE & TUITION (2015-2016)


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)



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.


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 (2015-2016)