Enrollment period opens for Fredericksburg Music Academy
The Fredericksburg Music Academy has opened enrollment for the fall semester, inviting community children to join in a free Thursday after-school curriculum of learning, singing and playing music.
The academy, offered through Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, has offered music classes for the past 10 years to enrich and augment musical training for all children currently enrolled in primary or elementary schools, private community schools or home schooled.
Classes will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 with pick-up from the Fredericksburg Primary and Elementary Schools for those who have pre-enrolled.
Immediately following the first day of classes, parents and families are invited to share in a free dinner at 6 p.m. when teachers and classes will be introduced.
From the first year, the academy has given each student a solid instruction on singing, instrumental performance and music theory, teaching hands-on music curriculum to kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Over 250 children have passed through the academy classes, many of whom have gone on to study vocal and instrumental music in high school and college.
This will be the second year that the Hill Country Youth Orchestras, based in Kerrville, will offer classes in Fredericksburg beyond beginning students.
FMA has offered beginning violin in conjunction with HCYO for the past six years, but now they are offering HCYO’s Crescendo class under the direction of Theresa Britt which moves students into the intermediate level without the drive to Kerrville to take the class.
HCYO’s plan is to continue progressing students up, all the way through the high school years, here in Fredericksburg.
Families interested in violin, guitar or ukulele are invited to an information meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church to register for classes and reserve an instrument.
Ukulele has become one of the new fads for young people and this year FMA will offer lessons on ukulele through guitar instructor Melinda Brown.
Guitar instruction will continue for those interested in starting or continuing. Violin, ukulele and guitar classes are offered through the FMA curriculum but these “applied” classes do require a fee to participate as well as instrument rental, however FMA does offer some scholarship funds, if needed.
Students who choose not to take violin, guitar or ukulele will be involved in instrumental classes.
Kindergartners and first graders will learn to read music by playing bells and hand chimes.
Older elementary students will participate in “pre-band” wind instrument classes beginning with recorder and older students playing one of the new TooT or DooD instruments. These instruments are very similar in the way the musician holds and plays real band instruments and will greatly increase the student’s skills to be successful in beginning band.
The FMA choral groups are under the direction of Donna Vaughan who is known throughout Fredericksburg for her work with the Fredericksburg Theater Company and other children’s music organizations.
This year, the choirs will participate in the community “Singing Christmas Tree” musical production in December as well as go on an end-of-year trip to Schlitterbahn’s Sound Waves Music Festival on May 4.
The Fredericksburg Music Academy is provided free of charge to the community and is under the direction of Don Doss, director of music ministries at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.
Additional information and registration forms can be found online at fredumc.org/fma.
Other questions regarding FMA should be directed to Doss at 997-7679 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.