ANOTHER GREAT YEAR OF MUSIC!!! KMA NEWS
Thank you for considering us as a supplement to your child’s musical education! We know that the Fredericksburg community has had for many years an exceptional musical tradition, and the Music Ministry of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church is committed to continuing that musical tradition into the future. We don’t take that lightly and are very eager to find new and fun ways to teach our children both musical skills and the appreciation for using these talents to the glory of God.
This year we have two age groups: 1st through 3rd and 4th & 5th grades. With this division, we have time to work individually with smaller groups and tailor our teaching techniques to the ages of the children. These groups learn to read music through singing, and we also incorporate the Orff approach to children’s music education. Beginning with basic rhythm, movement, and singing, the children are taught the fundamentals of note reading and theory. Classes include singing, clapping, and movements as well as work with rhythm sticks, xylophones, glockenspiels, drums, and a variety of rhythm instruments.
Donna Vaughan will continue to direct the KMA choral class and assist the pre-schoolers. Sarah Klein teachers our string classes and on the staff of the Hill Country Youth Orchestra program. The KMA string classes are now a satilite organization of HCYO which will means we will have more instruments available and concert opportunities with HCYO in Kerrville.
A new addition to our faculty is Sheila Kraus who is not new to Fredericksburg. Sheila has taught private flute for many years and has been a member of our church’s Christmas orchestra for the past 7 years. Sheila will be continuing the 2nd grade recorder class as well as putting together an older recorder ensemble. She will also be available to teach privately local students.
One big addition last year for KMA was the inclusion of guitar classes into the curriculum. Melinda Brown will once again be teaching a beginning and continuing guitar class for interested KMA students. Melinda is a professional entertainer in the Fredericksburg area and loves to share her talents with kids!
According to age/experience, children will participate in a three part music education program: music theory, singing, and playing an instrument.
Music theory is taught through a fun computer program. Most 2nd through 5th grade students will sing together in a large group, and then move into the instrumental section which will be violin or hand chimes (bells) with a possibility of adding a recorder choir based on enrollment numbers.
Enrolling your child in a music program is a huge investment into his or her future. Work with music has a positive impact on children’s academic achievement in all areas. In addition to giving children a step up in finding their own musical abilities, musical activities also help to nurture their individual creativity and self-expression. Music gives children an advantage in their academic and social development, and the Kid’s Music Academy gives each of them a better understanding of their role in God’s work here in our community.
This year we are continuing our partnership with the Hill Country Youth Orchestra program under the direction of Sarah Klein who teaches string classes for those who wish to learn to play. We have taught string classes for the past 3 years, and many of our former and current students are involved in the Hill Country Youth Orchestra in Kerrville. While there is no cost involved in the KMA classes, the string component does involve a tuition and rental. However, there are scholarships available for part or all of the amount. The tuition cost is $50 per month, and instrument rental can be anywhere from $20 to $50 per month depending on the rental. You may request scholarship help to offset the tuition by completing the Scholarship Application Form when enrolling for KMA.
Other band instrument lessons and classes are offered to students 5th grade and up on an individual schedule. Flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone are taught through one private lesson and one class lesson each week. Contact Don Doss if you’re interested.
Children may come immediately after school for a snack, and then music classes will begin at 4:00. Transportation is available through the church’s after-school program. Regular classes will end at 6 p.m. promptly, so please be here to pick up your child at that time; there will be no supervised children’s activities after 6:00.
We are once again wearing our KMA shirts on Thursdays, and we encourage the children to wear them to school to help get the word out abut KMA! Students who come on the first day receive their shirt at no cost. Others can obtain a shirt for $15. We will be ordering new shirts a few weeks after classes resume, making sure we have the correct sizes.
A Word to Home Schooling Parents…
Having taught private instrument instruction in the Boerne home school association, I understand parents’ desire to find quality music instruction while also adding “social” opportunities for the home-schooled student. We offer the Kid’s Music Academy as an “all-in-one” source for quality music education focused on understanding music concepts, reading music notation, and using these skills in performance. Although, we have many students who are also receiving music education in the public classroom, KMA has geared all of our classes and curriculum to ensure students receive a thorough training in music by the time they finish the 5th grade.
Please pass the word to other home-school families that this music training is available for free…and it’s also FUN!
Enrollment Packets for our Wednesday After School programs are available in the church office at 1800 North Llano. For more information, email Don Doss at email@example.com or call the church office, 830-997-7679.