Music at AAS
Welcome to the AAS music department! Here, you can learn more about ourband, strings, and choir programs.
Director MS and HS: Matthew Oliveira, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Grade 5: Adam Wolf, email@example.com
At AAS, we believe that playing in the band provides an understanding of and interest in music that will provide pleasure and relaxation throughout one’s lifetime. Gaining an understanding of music through study of an instrument greatly enriches students’ artistic lives while at the same time teaching valuable skills such as self-organization, goal setting, personal practice skills, and performance techniques. Band students will study music through their chosen instrument. The band curriculum is a balance of performance practice and the academic study of music. In band, students perform a variety of styles of music that are grounded in the concert band tradition. Class time is spent both in small sectional work and full ensemble playing. All students participate in and perform as a small ensemble to which they are assigned during the school year as part of the regular band curriculum.
Private lessons on band instruments are available to students after school beginning in grade 3. Band class during the school day begins in grade 5. Students without prior experience may join band up until grade 8. The high school concert band has a prerequisite of at least one year of playing experience on an instrument.
The band’s extra-curricular offering is participation in the CEESA (Central and Eastern European Schools Association) band festival. The CEESA Bands are groups made up of musicians from regional international schools that meet and collaborate to produce a four-day band festival of performances at the host school. There are two CEESA bands. The CEESA Middle School Band is open to students in grades 6 - 8. Rehearsals occur twice a week after school during the winter season. The CEESA High School Band is open to students in grades 9-12. Rehearsals occur twice a week after school during the spring season.
- ES/MS/HS Holiday Concert: December 13, 2016, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre
- ES/MS/HS Spring Concert: June 6, 2017, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre
Director: Laura Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Strings Program has been a part of life at AAS since 2008. In the Strings Program, students learn how to play in an ensemble and are exposed to music of all styles. Students are often on stage performing in assemblies and school-wide strings concerts. Students perform in both small ensembles and the AAS String Orchestra. In the private lesson program, students receive one-to-one tuition with a private teacher. During these lessons, students learn the fundamentals in theory and how to play their chosen instrument. Instruments offered in the string program are Violin, Viola, and Cello. Students from grades 2 - 12 are eligible to sign up for private lessons.
As part of the AAS curriculum (during the school day), you can participate starting in Grade 4 and continue to play throughout middle and high school. In Middle School, as an after-school activity, you can join CEESA strings as a winter season activity. In high school CEESA Strings will be offered as a spring season activity.
- ES/MS/HS Holiday Concert: December 6, 2016, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre
- ES/MS/HS Spring Concert: June 1, 2017, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre
Director: Jason Drahos, email@example.com
The AAS Choral Program provides students an opportunity to experience the world of music through a variety of vocal musical genres. The class will focus on developing vocal technique and ensemble skills, as well as sight-singing, music theory fundamentals, and score use. Opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning include Winter and Spring concerts, assembly performances, and other informal performances for the local school community.
As an after-school activity, you can join CEESA choir beginning in Grade 6 (it is a winter season activity in MS and a spring season activity in HS). As part of the AAS curriculum (during the school day), you can sing in the choir starting in Grade 6. Private voice lessons may be available based on teacher availability and student interest. Please contact Jason Drahos for more information.
- MS/HS Holiday Concert: December 8, 2016, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre
- MS/HS Spring Concert: June 8, 2017, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre
Other performance opportunities
- High School Music Drama Variety Show: October 20, 2016
- High School Music Drama Variety Show: April 24, 2017
Information for elementary school students by grade level:
Grades 2 and 3
Strings - Students in grade 2 and 3 are eligible to sign up for the private lesson program, where students receive one-to-one tuition with a private teacher. During these lessons, students learn the fundamentals in theory and how to play their chosen instrument. Instruments offered in the string program are Violin, Viola, and Cello.Sign up for private lessons begins on August 23rd. In order to participate in these lessons, students must either have their own instrument, or rent an instrument from school.
AAS is pleased to be able to offer optional beginning and intermediate strings instruction to students in Grade 4 this year. Strings classes will meet during the school day in replace of one of their two music lessons per week and will be free of charge. Instruction will be offered on the violin, viola or cello. In order for your child to participate it is necessary to rent an instrument from AAS if you do not already have your own.
Sign up for Grade 4 Strings Class will begin on Thursday August 25th and closes Friday September 2nd. Please do not sign up to rent an instrument if you have not signed up for the strings class, or private lessons. Measurement for rental instrument will be done during their regular scheduled music time.
In addition to class lessons AAS also offers private one to one lessons in Violin, Viola, and Cello. These lessons are optional and are not a requirement when signing up for grade 4 strings class. Lessons take place after school and the cost is $25 for each 30 minute lesson. Sign up for these lessons is at the beginning of each semester and students can choose to have either one or two 30 minute lessons per week. In grade 4, students may also choose to have private lessons in any of the following band instruments. Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, French Horn, Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone and Percussion.
In grade 5, students may choose to either play an instrument, or continue with two lessons of general music per week. For those students who choose to play an instrument, they may choose either a string or band instrument. Strings and band class also meet twice a week. Students will be given a presentation about their music choices during their first music lesson of the year, and sign up for either band, strings or general music will be online. A link will be sent home via email.
Students who choose either band or strings will be required to rent an instrument from AAS if they do not have their own. The cost of a violin/viola is $50, a cello is $125, and a band instrument is $225 for the whole school year.
In addition to class lessons AAS also offers private one to one lessons in Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, French Horn, Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone and Percussion. These lessons are optional and are not a requirement when signing up for grade 5 strings or band class.
Instrument Rental: Band and Strings
Band instrument rental will begin on August 23rd and close on September 9th. Any other requests throughout the school year must be directed to Matthew Oliveira, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steps for band instrument rental:
Step 1: Speak to the band teacher regarding your instrument of choice and pick up your instrument rental payment slip.
Step 2: Register to rent an instrument (see link below).
Step 3: Take the completed payment slip to the cashier to pay.
Click here to sign up for band instrument rental.
String instrument rental will begin on August 23rd and close on September 9th. Any other requests throughout the school year must be directed to Laura Burns, email@example.com
Steps for string instrument rental:
Step 1: Register to rent an instrument (see link below).
Step 2: Get measured for your instrument (students that are registered for string lessons during the school day will be measured during their regular music class) and pick up your instrument rental payment slip.
Step 3: Take the completed payment slip to the cashier to pay.
Click here to sign up for string instrument rental.
Click here for instrument measuring times.
Private Lessons: Band and Strings
- Sign up for private lessons opens on Tuesday August 23 and closes on September 9.
- Strings students can sign up for private lessons starting from Grade 2.
- Band students can sign up for private lessons starting from Grade 3.
- Cost is $25 for one 30-minute lesson. Students may choose to have one or two lessons per week.
- Once initial registration has closed, any other requests throughout the school year must be directed to Laura Burns for strings, or Matt Oliveira for band.
Band instruments available for study: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone) Trumpet, Eb alto horn, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, All percussionists study the following instruments: snare drum, bass drum, timpani, cymbals, keyboard percussion, auxiliary percussion.
String instruments available for study: Violin, viola and cello.
Private Lesson Policy
The AAS Private Music Lessons Program is agreeing to provide the lessons as indicated above for their respective fees, providing that a teacher is available and lesson times are arranged in advance. Once a weekly lesson time is scheduled, that time will be reserved in the teacher’s schedule for the whole year.
Lesson times are scheduled and agreed between the instructor and the student. Students are responsible for organizing their lessons so that they are completed before the school semester finishes. The lesson time may be changed if both instructor and student agree. Refunds will be given for lessons not completed by the end of the semester. A lesson cancelled with less than twenty four hours’ notice will not be refunded. It is expected that students will schedule all other activities (sports, tutoring, ASA, Mother Tongue, etc.) so that they will not interfere with their lesson time.
Please understand that without sufficient practice time, no student can succeed. There is little that a teacher can do during lesson time if a student has not practiced. Please try to maintain a consistent practice schedule in order to have a positive experience taking lessons.
Click here to sign up for private lessons.