Galveston Homeschool Performing Arts Co-op

Class List

Here's a comprehensive list of the classes we currently offer. There's room for everyone!

Other

Other - Leadership Class

We will use a variety of resources to study the various facets of leadership. There will be team building, discussions, visuals, reading, and writing. This high school level class will have homework and will require active student participation.

Choir

Choir - Primary (K4-1)

Students begin to learn to follow a director, listen to and follow a beat, match pitch, and perform as an organized group of singers.

Choir - Elementary (2-3)

As the age of the choir increases, so does the expectation for students to be able to follow a director, listen to and learn their music correctly, and participate in a way that benefits the entire choir. Students begin learning more difficult music such as rounds and echo songs, and learning to read music.

Choir - Intermediate (4-7)

By this time students should be able to listen to and follow the director's instructions, even if the student does not have any musical knowledge. All students are expected to participate by singing and engaging in any discussions that may occur. Students are also expected to spend time at home practicing whatever their director asks them to practice. Students continue to learn to match pitch, read music, and learn to sing in two-part harmony.

Choir - Secondary (8-12)

This is our highest level of choir. Students learn to sing in four part harmonies and perform the most difficult music of all our choirs. While we do not require that students have any musical knowledge before joining the choir, because of our limited time in class, students are expected to listen to and follow the director the first time instruction is given, learn their parts in class and at home, and be courteous when others are learning their parts. Students are expected to practice at home per the director's instructions.

Band

Band - Advanced Orchestra

This class is for band and strings students who can play at a more advanced level. Admission to this class is by audition only. Auditions are normally held in June for the following school year. Families are responsible for renting or buying their own instruments. The co-op does own some instruments that can be rented for $50/semester. These are available on a first come, first served basis. Students are expected to practice at home per directions given by their director. The practice time required is usually 30 minutes/5 times a week.

Band - Intermediate Orchestra

Both band and strings students who have played their instrument for a year or longer participate in this class. Students will spend at least one year in the intermediate class, but they can often benefit from several years at this level of instruction. Families are responsible for renting or buying their own instruments. The co-op does own some instruments that can be rented for $50/semester. These are available on a first come, first served basis. Students are expected to practice at home per directions given by their director. The practice time required is usually 30 minutes/5 times a week.

Band - Jazz Ensemble

Students will explore the distinctive styles and rhythms of jazz music. Instruments not-traditional to jazz are encouraged to participate. Students must have completed Music Theory, or be willing to pursue a fast track in Theory (starting in level Theory 4) to participate.

Band - Rhythm (K4-1)

Students are introduced to a variety of rhythm instruments including rhythm sticks, drums, maracas, and egg shakers. Students are taught different beats and rhythms and how to follow a director. All instruments are provided by the co-op.

Band - Beginning

This band is for any student who does not have any knowledge of their musical instrument. Any student can play any instrument you would normally find in a musical band. (This does not include guitar or piano). Families are responsible for renting or buying their own instruments. The co-op does own some instruments that can be rented for $50/semester. These are available on a first come, first served basis. Beginning instrument book is provided by the co-op. Students are expected to practice at home per directions given by their director. The practice time required is usually 30 minutes/5 times a week.

Instruments

Instruments - Beginning Strings II

This class is for beginning strings players with at least one year of experience. This does not include guitar. Families are responsible for renting or buying their own instruments. Suzuki books are provided by the family. Students are expected to practice at home per directions given by their director. The practice time required is usually 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week.

Instruments - Recorder Class (2-3)

This is the first instrument class offered. Students are taught to play the recorder while learning to read music, play as a group and follow a director. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. The recorder is provided by the co-op.

Instruments - Beginning Woodwinds

Students in the Beginning Band who play woodwind instruments (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, etc.) will get more individualized instruction in learning the basics of playing their instrument. This class serves as a support to the Beginning Band class, but may also include music or exercises specific to these instruments. Participation in this class is required for all students playing woodwind instruments in the Beginning Band.

Instruments - Intermediate Woodwinds

This class time is for the woodwind players in the intermediate orchestra to break off and practice their parts with only their section. All students in any of the bands/orchestra/strings must participate in a sectional class. In addition to working on the group performance pieces, students in the intermediate groups will also work on solos, duets, trios, or quartets. Some of these groups will have opportunities to perform. All intermediate students are required to purchase a solo (or small ensemble) book to work out of. There may be music available in our music library for families who cannot purchase a book. Buying a book with solos approved for Federation Festival would serve both purposes. Federation Festival provides an opportunity for students to play a solo before judges and earn a rating. Three years of a Superior rating earns a gold cup.

Instruments - Intermediate Brass

This class time is for the brass players in the intermediate orchestra to break off and practice their parts with only their section. All students in any of the bands/orchestra/strings must participate in a sectional class. In addition to working on the group performance pieces, students in the intermediate groups will also work on solos, duets, trios, or quartets. Some of these groups will have opportunities to perform. All intermediate students are required to purchase a solo (or small ensemble) book to work out of. There may be music available in our music library for families who cannot purchase a book. Buying a book with solos approved for Federation Festival would serve both purposes. Federation Festival provides an opportunity for students to play a solo before judges and earn a rating. Three years of a Superior rating earns a gold cup.

Instruments - Intermediate Percussion

This class time is for the percussion players in the intermediate orchestra to break off and practice their parts with only their section. All students in any of the bands/orchestra/strings must participate in a sectional class. In addition to working on the group performance pieces, students in the intermediate groups will also work on solos, duets, trios, or quartets. Some of these groups will have opportunities to perform. All intermediate students are required to purchase a solo (or small ensemble) book to work out of. There may be music available in our music library for families who cannot purchase a book. Buying a book with solos approved for Federation Festival would serve both purposes. Federation Festival provides an opportunity for students to play a solo before judges and earn a rating. Three years of a Superior rating earns a gold cup.

Instruments - Advanced Woodwinds

This class time is for the woodwind players in the advanced orchestra to break off and practice their parts with only their section. All students in any of the bands/orchestra/strings must participate in a sectional class. In addition to working on the group performance pieces, students in the advanced groups will also work on solos, duets, trios, or quartets. Some of these groups will have opportunities to perform. All advanced students are required to purchase a solo (or small ensemble) book to work out of. There may be music available in our music library for families who cannot purchase a book. Buying a book with solos approved for Federation Festival would serve both purposes. Federation Festival provides an opportunity for students to play a solo before judges and earn a rating. Three years of a Superior rating earns a gold cup.

Instruments - Advanced Brass

This class time is for the brass players in the advanced orchestra to break off and practice their parts with only their section. All students in any of the bands/orchestra/strings must participate in a sectional class. In addition to working on the group performance pieces, students in the advanced groups will also work on solos, duets, trios, or quartets. Some of these groups will have opportunities to perform. All advanced students are required to purchase a solo (or small ensemble) book to work out of. There may be music available in our music library for families who cannot purchase a book. Buying a book with solos approved for Federation Festival would serve both purposes. Federation Festival provides an opportunity for students to play a solo before judges and earn a rating. Three years of a Superior rating earns a gold cup.

Instruments - Advanced Percussion

This class time is for the percussion players in the advanced orchestra to break off and practice their parts with only their section. All students in any of the bands/orchestra/strings must participate in a sectional class. In addition to working on the group performance pieces, students in the advanced groups will also work on solos, duets, trios, or quartets. Some of these groups will have opportunities to perform. All advanced students are required to purchase a solo (or small ensemble) book to work out of. There may be music available in our music library for families who cannot purchase a book. Buying a book with solos approved for Federation Festival would serve both purposes. Federation Festival provides an opportunity for students to play a solo before judges and earn a rating. Three years of a Superior rating earns a gold cup.

Instruments - Beginning Strings

This class is for any student who has no knowledge or limited knowledge of their stringed instrument. This does not include guitar. Families are responsible for renting or buying their own instruments. Suzuki books are provided by the co-op. Students are expected to practice at home per directions given by their director. The practice time required is usually 30 minutes/5 times a week.

Instruments - Intermediate Strings

This class time is for the strings players in the intermediate orchestra to break off and practice their parts with only their section. All students in any of the bands/orchestra/strings must participate in a sectional class. In addition to working on the group performance pieces, students in the intermediate groups will also work on solos, duets, trios, or quartets. Some of these groups will have opportunities to perform. All intermediate students are required to purchase a solo (or small ensemble) book to work out of. Strings students may work out of their Suzuki books and will not need to purchase another. There may be music available in our music library for families who cannot purchase a book. Buying a book with solos approved for Federation Festival would serve both purposes. Federation Festival provides an opportunity for students to play a solo before judges and earn a rating. Three years of a Superior rating earns a gold cup.

Instruments - Advanced Strings

This class time is for the strings players in the advanced orchestra to break off and practice their parts with only their section. All students in any of the bands/orchestra/strings must participate in a sectional class. In addition to working on the group performance pieces, students in the advanced groups will also work on solos, duets, trios, or quartets. Some of these groups will have opportunities to perform. All advanced students are required to purchase a solo (or small ensemble) book to work out of. Strings students may work out of their Suzuki books and will not need to purchase another. There may be music available in our music library for families who cannot purchase a book. Buying a book with solos approved for Federation Festival would serve both purposes. Federation Festival provides an opportunity for students to play a solo before judges and earn a rating. Three years of a Superior rating earns a gold cup.

Music Theory

Music Theory - Primer

Kindergarten and 1st grade level theory where students learn with hands-on activities. Students do not need to have any knowledge of music. Books are not used in class, but parents may buy them if they wish to use them at home.

Music Theory - Level 2 Theory

Second grade theory. Concepts include: Music alphabet, keyboard drill, staff, stem rule, steps, skips, repeated notes, dynamics, drawing the treble & bass clef, treble & bass clef lines and spaces, quarter note & rest, half note & rest, whole note & rest, dotted half note, introduction to two-8th notes (beamed), measures, bar lines, double bar line, time signatures, rhythm drill, sharps & flats, vocabulary, ear-training, review test

Music Theory - Level 3 Theory

Third grade and older students with no music background begin in this class. Concepts covered in this level include music alphabet, staff, rests, stem rule, drawing the treble clef, treble clef lines & spaces, drawing the bass clef, bass clef lines & spaces, measures, bar lines, double bar line, grand staff, intervals on a keyboard & staff, half & whole steps, sharps & flats, major scale pattern, major scales of C, F & G, rhythm drill, vocabulary, ear-training.

Music Theory - Level 4 Theory

Students must pass the 3rd grade theory test to qualify for this class. Concepts include staff, stem rule, treble & bass clef note drill, grand staff, introduction to the 8th note & rest, beam, intervals, half & whole steps, sharps, flats, naturals, rhythm drill, major scale pattern and scales of C, G, D, A, E and F, circle of 5ths, drawing & naming major key signatures, triads & chords, vocabulary, ear-training.

Music Theory - Level 5 Theory

5th grade level theory. Students must pass the level 4 theory exit exam to be eligible for this class. Concepts include stem rule, treble & bass clef note drill, introduction to 16th note & rest, dotted quarter note, ledger lines, melodic & harmonic intervals, half & whole steps, enharmonic notes, sharps, flats & naturals, major scale pattern, major scales & key signatures through 5 sharps & 5 flats, circle of 5ths, drawing major triads, primary chords, rhythm drill, vocabulary, ear-training

Music Theory - Levels 6-12

Advanced theory. Students must pass the level 5 theory exit exam to be eligible for this class. A wide range of concepts are covered in this class. The 6th grade level covers stem rule, treble & bass clef note drill, ledger lines, rhythm drill, introduction to 6/8 time, triplets, intervals, major scale pattern, all major scales, circle of 5ths, drawing & naming major key signatures, triads & chords, major & minor 3rds, major & minor triads, vocabulary, ear-training. For those students who continue to progress, the 12th grade level covers the following concepts: Intervals (simple & compound), major, minor, diminished & augmented intervals, triads, & inversions, scale degree names, 4-part writing with inversions using figured bass, voice leading rules, seventh chords & inversions, V7 resolution, primary & secondary chords, doubling rules, monophonic, polyphonic & homophonic music, Alberti bass, other musical forms, Sonata-Allegro form & analysis of 8 sonatinas, rhythm drill, modes, twelve-tone row, vocabulary, ear-training.

Music Theory - Level 3 Theory for Older Students

Older students with no music background begin in this class. Concepts covered in this level include music alphabet, staff, rests, stem rule, drawing the treble clef, treble clef lines & spaces, drawing the bass clef, bass clef lines & spaces, measures, bar lines, double bar line, grand staff, intervals on a keyboard & staff, half & whole steps, sharps & flats, major scale pattern, major scales of C, F & G, rhythm drill, vocabulary, ear-training.

Drama

Drama - Creative Movement and Theatrics (ages 4-6)

Students learn beginning ballet and interpretive dance as well as improvisational drama in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Drama - Junior Drama

Students learn drama basics, participating in drama games while learning the rules for the class. Students will also work toward performing a short skit or musical (as the teacher chooses) at the end-of-school year performance.

Drama - Senior Drama

Senior drama students can participate in a number of ways: performing in major or minor roles, extras with no speaking parts (when those are available in the script), and stage management. It is not unusual for students to have multiple responsibilities. Students also are encouraged to contribute ideas for interpreting the script, helping them to gain a sense of ownership of the play and the group. Students are expected to have all their lines memorized by the beginning of the second semester.