Music at AAS

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Welcome to the AAS music department! Here, you can learn more about our 
band, strings, and choir programs.

 

Band

Director MS and HS: Matthew Oliveira, matthew.oliveira@aas.ru

Director Grade 5: Adam Wolf, adam.wolf@aas.ru

The AAS band program provides a rigorous, conservatory-style training in the fundamentals of instrumental performance in the concert band tradition. 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. The band curriculum is a balance of performance practice and the academic study of music. Class time is spent both in small group sectional lessons and full ensemble playing.

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. Band students may choose to participate in CEESA band.

The CEESA Bands are comprised of musicians from regional international schools that collaborate to produce a four-day band festival at the host school. CEESA Middle School Band is open to students in grades 6 – 8 and occurs twice a week after school in the winter season. CEESA High School Band is open to students in grades 9-12 and meets after school in the spring season. Middle and high school students may also audition for the AMIS honor bands. Auditions are held in October. More information about AMIS honor band is available from the band teachers.

Band Concerts

- ES/MS/HS Holiday Concert: December 6, 2018, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre

- ES/MS/HS Spring Concert: May 30, 2019, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre

Strings

Director: Barbara Henry, barbara.henry@aas.ru

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, Cello and String Bass. 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. There is also the opportunity to audition for the AMIS (Association for Music in International Schools) Honor Orchestra Festivals in Middle and High School. 

String Concerts

- ES/MS/HS Holiday Concert: December 4, 2018, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre

- ES/MS/HS Spring Concert: June 6, 2019, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre

Choir

Director MS and HS: Jason Drahos, jason.drahos@aas.ru

Director Garde 5: Leopoldo Sembrano, leopoldo.sembrano@aas.ru

The AAS Choral Program provides students an opportunity to experience the world of music through a variety of vocal musical genres. Choir focuses on developing both individual 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, AAS Variety Shows, and other informal performances for the local school community.

As an after-school activity, students may 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), students can participate in choir starting in Grade 5. There is also an opportunity to audition for the AMIS (Association for Music in International Schools) Honor Choir Festivals in Middle and High School. Private voice lessons may be available based on teacher availability and student interest. Please contact Jason Drahos for more information.

Choir Concerts

- ES/MS/HS Holiday Concert: December 4, 2018, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre

- ES/MS/HS Spring Concert: June 6, 2019, 18:00 in the Bolshoi Theatre

Other performance opportunities

- MS/HS Fall Variety Show: October 16, 2018

- MS/HS Spring Variety Show: March 5, 2019

Information for elementary school students by grade level:

Private lessons - Students in elementary school are eligible to sign up for the private lesson program after school, where they 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. 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/buy an instrument. Instruments can be rented from the school.

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. Depending on teacher and space availability, the following instruments are available for various grades.

Grade 1 - Students have the option to take private lessons on piano or percussion. 

Grade 2 - Students have the option to take private lessons on piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and guitar (they need a child sized guitar). 

Grade 3 - Students have the option to take private lessons on piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, recorder and guitar (they need a child sized guitar). 

Grade 4 and 5 - percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, recorder, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, French horn, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and guitar. 

The sign up form for private lessons is available at the bottom of this page. For any elementary school private lesson questions, please contact adam.wolf@aas.ru

Additional music program information. General music- Grades 1 through 4 have general music twice per week. In fourth grade, students have the option to sign up for strings class. It meets once per week, and replaces one of the general music classes.

Grade 5

In grade 5, students may choose either band, choir or strings as their music option for the school year. Classes 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, choir or strings using a google form that will be sent home via email.

Fifth grade students who choose either band or strings (or need to rent instruments for private lessons) will also be required to rent or buy an instrument if they do not have their own. AAS offers rentals directly from the school. The cost of a violin/viola is $50, a cello is $125, and a band instrument is $225 for the whole school year. Some instruments such as guitar, ukelele, piano are not offered as rentals from the school.

Instrument Rental: Band and Strings

Band

Band instrument rental will begin on August 22 and close on September 8. Any other requests throughout the school year must be directed to Matthew Oliveira, matthew.oliveira@aas.ru 

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

Strings

String instrument rental will begin on August 22 and close on September 8. Any other requests throughout the school year must be directed to Barbara Henry, barbara.henry@aas.ru

Steps for string instrument rental:

Step 1: Register to rent an instrument (see link below). Step 2: Get measured for your instrument and pick up your instrument rental payment slip. Measuring will take place in 2106.

Information regarding instrument measuring: Students that are registered for string lessons during the school day will be measured during their regular music class. Students that have signed up for private lessons only will need to be measured during the specified measuring times. Click here for instrument measuring times

Step 3: Take the completed payment slip to the cashier to pay. (please note that you will not be able to pay for your instrument rental if you do not have the payment slip)

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 closes on Friday, September 7th.

- 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 close, any other requests throughout the school year must be directed to Leon Corpening leon.corpening@aas.ru, the AAS private lesson program coordinator.

Dates for private lessons in 2018-2019

There will be 16 weeks of lessons in each semester.     |     Semester 1: September 10 - January 25      |     Semester 2: January 28 - May 31

Payment for private lessons in Semester 1 is due on September 28, 2018

Band instruments available for study

Flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone) Trumpet, Eb alto horn, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, guitar, percussion - Please note - 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.

Cancellation policy 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.

Practice Policy 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.

Last updated on September 3, 2018


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.
 
Cancellation policy
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.
 
Practice Policy
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.

 

 

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