Homeschool Strings Parent and Student Handbook 2019-2020

 

About HSS

Central Kitsap Homeschool Strings offers weekly instruction in violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, and harp for students ages 8 and above, for all ability levels, from beginner to advanced. Classes meet at the Central Kitsap Church of Christ on Central Valley Road in Poulsbo on Tuesdays. HSS also offers a summer camp the last week of August at the Central Kitsap Church of Christ. Camp meets daily, Monday through Friday, from 10:00-2:30 and attendance is mandatory for beginning students, or students who want to “try out” an instrument. The registration fee for camp covers the cost of classes, lunch, prizes, and music. Instrument rental may be available (but is not guaranteed) for an additional fee for the week of camp on a first come, first served basis. Guitar and harp may or may not be offered at camp.

 

About This Handbook

This handbook is provided to acquaint parents and student musicians with our policies and procedures. In addition to this handbook, other communications are distributed to students during class, via email, and other means.  HSS holds musicians responsible for relaying information to their parents. Parents are encouraged to check with their musician(s) after each HSS day.

 

Attendance and Punctuality

Regular attendance at class is essential to the success of HSS.  Accordingly, students are expected to attend class each week.  Students who miss 3 or more classes in a semester will be allowed to perform in the next performance or concert at the teacher's discretion.  If a student is unable to attend class, parents should alert the student's teacher as soon as possible. Students are expected to arrive at HSS ten minutes prior to class to tune instruments.

Class Skill Requirements

All HSS classes require students to possess certain skills appropriate for each level.  If a student does not possess the skills for a particular class, they will experience frustration and failure.  Students should assume that they will spend 2-3 years on each level.  Instructors will notify parents when a student is ready to promote to another level.  To progress at a faster rate, parents should consider private instruction.  Mastery of the following skills will be required in order to advance to the next level:

BEGINNER A - for students with no prior musical/instrument experience

     

BEGINNER A - skills taught and required to promote to BEGINNER B

  • Recognize names of notes on the staff – lines and spaces

  • Know names of notes on the D & A strings and be able to play them

  • Good posture, left hand position, and correct bow hold

  • Clap quarter and eighth note rhythms

  • Know time signature and key signature

  • Play the D major scale (in tune)

  • Play London Bridge (or other concert piece) in tune with correct rhythm

BEGINNER B - for students who have completed BEGINNER A

BEGINNER B - skills taught and required to promote to INTERMEDIATE A:

  • Know names of notes on the G, E, and C strings and able to play them

  • Good posture, left hand position, and correct bow hold

  • Clap and play quarter and eighth note rhythms

  • Explain the meaning of 3/4 and 4/4 time

  • Recognize the key signatures for the keys of C, G, and D

  • Play 1 octave C, G, and D major scales (G-2 octaves on violin; C-2 octaves on cello and viola)

  • Play selected piece (from the final concert) in tune with correct rhythm

BEGINNER A/B - for students with prior musical experience; by instructor invitation only

BEGINNER A/B - skills taught and required to promote to INTERMEDIATE A:

  • All skills listed under BEGINNER A and BEGINNER B

INTERMEDIATE A - for students who have completed BEGINNER A and BEGINNER B; or BEGINNER A/B

INTERMEDIATE A - skills taught and required to promote to INTERMEDIATE B:

  • Play the following scales:

    • – G major (2 octaves), A major (2 octaves), D major, A major, g minor, d minor (1 octave)

    • – C major (2 octaves), D major (2 octaves), G major, g minor, d minor (1 octave)

    • – C major, G major, D major, A major, E major (1 octave)

  • Know the names of the notes on all four strings and be able to play them

  • Play all four finger patterns (in tune)

  • Clap and play 16th notes and dotted notes

  • Play selected piece (from the final concert) in tune with correct rhythm

  • Sight read selected music with minimal errors

INTERMEDIATE B - for students who have passed INTERMEDIATE A

INTERMEDIATE B - skills taught and required to promote to ADVANCED:

  • Play all 2-octave major and minor scales

  • Comfortable in 3rd position with smooth shifting; working on 5th position

  • Cellos familiar with 4th position

  • Play with full bowings, follow dynamic markings, in tune

  • Play selected piece (from the final concert) in tune with correct rhythm

  • Sight read selected music with minimal errors

ADVANCED - for students who have passed INTERMEDIATE B

ADVANCED - skills taught

  • Play 3-octave scales, major and minor

  • Play in all positions through 5th

  • Use vibrato in playing

  • Play advanced repertoire

 

Guitar 1for students with no prior musical/instrument experience

GUITAR 1 - skills taught and required to promote to Guitar 2

  • Comfortable reading treble clef in ¾ and 4/4 time

  • Knows E string notes E, F, G.Knows B string notes B, C, C#, D

  • Knows G string notes G, A.Knows D string notes D, E, F

  • Knows chords: C, D, D7, G, G7

  • Play Tom Dooley or Amazing Grace from book

 

Guitar 2 - for students who have passed GUITAR 1

GUITAR 2 - skills taught and required to promote to Guitar 3

  • Comfortable reading treble clef in ¾ and 4/4 time

  • Knows E string notes E, F, G.Knows B string notes B, C, C#, D

  • Knows G string notes G, A.Knows D string notes D, E, F

  • Knows A string notes A, B, C.Knows E string notes E, F, F#, G

  • Knows chords: Am, A, A7, B7, C, C7, Dm, D, D7, Em, E, E7, F, G, G7

  • Able to play basic strum variations

  • Play two of the following: Red River Valley, Boogie Bass, Simple Gifts or Grand Finale from book

 

Guitar 3 - for students who have passed GUITAR 2

(TBD)

Fiddle Class - Fiddle class focuses on old time fiddle and bluegrass music.  

Violin, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, cello and ukulele players are welcome!  Violin students must be enrolled in Intermediate B or Advanced.  Guitar students must be enrolled in Guitar 2 or 3.  Or students may join by simple audition.

 

HSS Chamber Group - students in the ADVANCED class are invited to audition for this community performance ensemble.  Students should expect to have performances on a few weekends and students who perform may or may not receive compensation.  Students who are absent for two or more rehearsals during a quarter may be excused by the instructor from the upcoming performance.  To audition, students must prepare a 3-octave major scale and a 3-octave minor scale, perform clapping tests, and perform a piece from the ADVANCED repertoire.  In addition, he/she will be asked to sight read a short selection.

 

Concerts and Performances

HSS Students are expected to attend all nursing home performances (typically during regular HSS class times) and semester concerts, unless they have been excused by their teacher. Parents are encouraged to give their student's teacher as much advance notice as possible for absences.  Small children are welcome at all performances and concerts, but parents are asked to prevent them from wandering and to remove crying/noisy children from the performance.  Cameras may be used.  Food and drink are not allowed inside the CKCOC sanctuary.  Parents are asked to bring a plate of treats/snacks to share during the refreshment time following concerts and to closely supervise younger children during this activity.  Clean up of spills and trash are the responsibility of students and parents.

 

Conduct

HSS students are expected to exhibit good behavior and speech at all times.  Parental courtesy is also expected.  Parents may observe a class occasionally, but must remain silent.  Students and parents are asked to hold conversations in the lobby or outside the building. HSS does not provide childcare for students (or siblings) not in class.  Students who wish to read or do homework are permitted to work in the conference room or sanctuary during classes provided they remain silent.  Indoor play is not permitted at any time.  Students may play outdoors on the playground and grass, but not in the parking lots.  HSS assumes no responsibility for injuries that occur during HSS events, including but not limited to performances or concerts.  Parents assume full responsibility for the supervision of their children when they are outside of the classroom.

 

Dress

HSS students should dress appropriately at all times.  For concerts, girls should wear the HSS t-shirt and a dark skirt or slacks, with stockings and dress shoes.  Boys should wear the HSS t-shirt, dark blue/black pants, black socks and dress shoes.  Students lacking proper concert attire may be asked not to play in the performance or concert.  If financial concerns are an issue, please speak with the student's teacher.

 

Ensemble Groups

HSS has one or more ensemble groups that perform throughout the year at community events.  The Chamber Ensemble consists of 8-14 top students who meet as a class during the regular HSS day.  Participation is by invitation of the director following an audition. HSS also encourages student-led ensemble groups. Students interested in forming or participating in a small ensemble group should notify their teacher.

 

Fees

Registration fees cover the cost of education and music. Registration fees* for the 2019-2020 year are as follows:

 

          Early Registration (Paid by 5/31/19)    Registration (Paid by 6/1/19)

          1 Student      $130                                  1 Student      $150

          2 Students    $250                                  2 Students    $290

          3 Students    $360                                  3 Students    $420

          4+ Students  $460                                  4+ Students  $540

 

Full payment of registration fees must be made by the dates indicated.  Exceptions will be made by the HSS Directors on a case by case basis.  Parents may contact an HSS Director to discuss a payment plan if desired, but the acceptance of a payment plan is not guaranteed.  Note: Parents are welcome to participate in a class with their student at no registration charge, provided the parent is willing to support the teacher as needed.

 

Instrument Purchases and Rentals

HSS has a limited number of violins, violas, and cellos available for purchase.  HSS will buy back any instrument that was purchased from HSS, provided the instrument is returned in good condition.  The buyback price will be the original purchase price less $20 maintenance fee.  HSS has a limited number of cellos and basses available for rent at $200 per year.

 

Lost or Stolen Instruments

Lost, stolen or damaged instruments are not the responsibility of HSS.  Parents must ensure that a student's instrument is well maintained and bear the financial responsibility for any maintenance and repairs of that instrument, whether owned or rented.  Parents also have responsibility for accidental damage done to another student's instrument by their student.  HSS strongly recommends that all families check with their insurance agent regarding instrument coverage. 

 

Music

Each HSS student is loaned a binder containing sheet music at the beginning of the HSS year.  The binder and music are on loan to the student and must be returned in good condition following spring concert.  If the music and binder are not returned in good condition, the parent will be billed for the replacement cost of $50.

 

Music Bucks

Students have the opportunity to earn music bucks during HSS classes based on punctuality, practice time, special assignments, etc.  The HSS music buck store is generally open once per month to allow students to spend their music bucks on miscellaneous items.

Preparation

Students should come prepared to HSS with their instrument, binder and a pencil. Students are also expected to spend time at home practicing for classes.  Five 20-30 minute practice sessions (a minimum for advanced students) per week is recommended.  Private lessons are encouraged but not required.  (Private lessons are available from HSS teachers.  Parents should contact the teacher for information about private lesson availability and rates.) 

 

Privacy

HSS will not share information about students or families without permission. A photo/video release is part of the registration form, however, giving HSS permission to take and use photographs/videos of students.  HSS may use this in multimedia presentations, videotapes, books, supplemental products, and related advertising materials, such as brochures or websites. Students names will not be attached to their image on HSS materials.

 

Public Performances

HSS encourages all students to attend public and/or private concerts and theatrical performances in our area.  Students may earn music bucks for attending performances and presenting their HSS teacher with a program signed by a performer.

Transportation

It is the responsibility of the parents to transport students to HSS classes, performances and concerts.  Please arrive to pick up your students promptly after class or at the end of the last class of the day.  (Please contact us if unavoidably delayed.)

Primarily serving families throughout the Kitsap County, Washington area - 

Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Indianola, Keyport, Kingston, Poulsbo, Seabeck, Silverdale, and Suquamish

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11898 Central Valley Rd NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370

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