We begin meeting on Friday, September 9th. There is still time to sign up for all groups. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thanks to all that came out to our annual "Meet and Greet" on August 3rd. If you missed it and want to join the group - please contact Martha - firstname.lastname@example.org Since that day, we now have information about the Percussion Ensemble and our Pre-School Music Program. Percussion is tentatively set to meet at 1:00 - 1:50 and Pre-School Music is tentatively set to meet at 11:00 - 11:45. If you have questions about these two classes - be sure to ask. We are excited about the new families joining our group - adding to our already great group of students and families, we are expecting a wonderful 14th year! See the post, directly below, for basic information.
Encore Homeschool Fine
Arts, in Lawrence, KS, will be starting their 14th year - offering a musical
education program to homeschooled students
Encore will be offering an
opportunity to try out various band and orchestra instruments, for those
wishing to join our group. We have offered this for the past five years and
have found it to be successful. Students have a chance to try any
instrument that is available that day. The goal is to find a good match between
the student and instrument, and move toward a great musical experience as a
member of our group.
Mark your calendar for, Wednesday August 3rd - from 10am to noon. We
will meet at the Morris Baptist Center - 146 Indian Ave. - in
Lawrence. Students and their families can come and meet the
directors, try instruments, learn about our groups, and ask questions. The
choir director will be there to answer any questions as well.
An instrument repair person will be available
that day for those who already have an instrument and want it evaluated or
repaired. Information regarding places to rent or purchase new or used
instruments will be available as well.
The levels of band, orchestra and choir for
this year, are based on enrollment but we are planning on the following:
Beginning Band- no musical experience
Beginning Strings - no musical experience required
Concert Band - audition required
Intermediate Strings - audition required
Jazz Band - audition AND enrollment in a band or strings
Percussion Ensemble - no previous musical experience is required -
students provide a 5 gallon bucket, a pair of drumsticks, a music stand, and a $3.00 copy fee.
Elementary Choir - no musical experience or audition required
Jr. High/Sr. High Choir - no musical experience or audition required
Guitar Ensemble - no previous musical experience required Pre-School Music - designed for the 3 - 6 year old
Audition info: For those students that wish to be in
intermediate/advanced groups or jazz, an audition with the director will be
required - no audition is required for beginning groups. The student prepares a
piece of music that demonstrates their ability and then play it for the
director. Students wishing to audition for a director can do that
on the same day of the meet and greet.
Email contact: email@example.com
Rehearsals start on September 9th, we meet on Fridays at the Morris Baptist
Center - in Lawrence.
Choir: Jr/Sr High Choir meets at 9am, Elementary
Choir meets at 10am
Band: Beginning meets at 9am, Concert Band meets
at 10am, Jazz Band meets at 11am
Strings: Beginning Strings meets at 12pm,
Intermediate Strings meet at 1pm
Percussion: Tentatively meeting at 1pm Pre-School Music: Tentatively meeting at 11am
Fees: All band and strings groups
are $95. per semester - there is a fee reduction for families with two or more
students, in groups with the same director.
Choir fees are $70. per semester - with a fee
reduction for families with two or more students, in groups with the same
director. Guitar fees are $95. per semester, there is a fee reduction for families with two or more students, in groups with the same director.
is a further reduction in fees for families that bring in new members for band,
strings, choir, and guitar ensemble.
Percussion fees are $70. per semester. Pre-School Music fees are $70.00 per semester.
Ages: Choir begins for kids in Kindergarten on. We
typically start kids in band as 4th graders and up.
Strings starts with a
younger student, and in some cases, a parent enrolls and takes strings with the
younger student. Accepting a young student (below 9 years old)) into the
strings class is dependent on the director, and determined on an individual basis.
Students in band,
strings, and guitar will need to bring a music stand to rehearsals each week,
and purchase a book from the director.
Contact info: Martha Bachert - Founder and Executive
Director - firstname.lastname@example.org - 785-841-6308
Welcome to the Encore Homeschool Fine Arts Blog. This blog will serve as a place to get information about our group as well as a place to read announcements and view pictures.
Taking our music on the road
A few of the Encore members playing at Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living Center in May - we hope to go there again this school year and take more kids. The residents really enjoyed our visit.
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When my husband and I took our kids out of public school, we immediately saw a void in the area of fine arts. At first we tried going to a public school for band but quickly saw that as our kids got older, doing band four days a week, in the middle of the day, would be a huge distraction.
After some thought and conversations with other homeschooling families, it appeared that a group would benefit Lawrence and surrounding areas. With some phone calls, emails, and encouragement from friends and family, I started the Encore Homeschool Fine Arts groups in 2003.
What started out as a 17 member band, grew into four levels of band, two choirs, and an string ensemble. I am thankful for a wonderful group of directors and the support of all our families!
Why participate in band, orchestra, or choir?
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Band, choir, and orchestra meet on Friday mornings at the Morris Baptist Center - 146 Indian Ave. - in Lawrence, KS.
Bands: Beginning, Concert, Jazz, and Percussion Ensemble - (Jazz band and percussion ensemble members must also participate in a concert band, orchestra, or choir)
Choir: Elementary - K-6th, and Jr High/Sr. High School - 7th - 12th.
Strings: Beginning and Intermediate
Percussion Ensemble: Students with or without previous percussion experience are welcome to join - 4th grade and up.
Pre-School Music - 3 - 6 year old
We typically start enrolling students in band and strings in the 4th grade but have made exceptions for students that have started an instrument earlier than that. This decision is at the discretion of the executive and group director.
Choir accommodates students from K - 12, divided into two groups by grade.
Jr/Sr High Choir - 9:00 - 9:50
Beginning Band - 9:00 - 9:50
Elementary Choir - 10:00 - 10:50
Intermediate Band - 10:00 - 10:50
Jazz Band - 11:00 - 11:50
Guitar Ensemble - 11:00 - 11:50
Percussion Ensemble - 1:00 - 1:50
Beginning Strings - noon - 12:50
Intermediate Strings - 1:00 - 1:50
Pre-School Music - 11:00 - 11:45
Bands and Strings groups: $95. per semester. Tuition for additional students, from the same family, is $70.
Choir: $70. per semester. Tuition for additional students, from the same family, is $50.
Guitar: $95. per semester. Tuition for additional students, from the same family, is $70.
Percussion Ensemble: $70 per semester.
Pre-School Music: $70.00 per semester.
Tuition is due at the beginning of each semester - September and January. Checks are made out to individual directors.
We have two recitals a year - December and May
Band - Tony Swisher Strings - Tony Swisher Choir/Guitar - John Gaskin
Percussion Ensemble/Pre-School Music - Cindy See
Founder and Executive Director - Martha Bachert
If you are interested in signing up for any of the Encore groups, email Martha at email@example.com
Private Music Teachers
Clarinet and Percussion Lessons/Music Theory Tutoring