We are working towards restarting the Music Academy in week one of Term 3. An email has been sent out today to all parents of enrolled music students. Please check your emails and respond to the enclosed survey re Confirming or Cancelling music lessons.
Have you logged in to the Tonara app yet?
Regular focused practice at home is essential for progress in music lessons. In particular, children in group lessons need to know exactly what they are to practice so that they don't start falling behind others in their group. This is why RVS Music Academy uses the practice app Tonara. Your child will receive their homework assignments through this app and use the app to practice with and communicate to their tutor.
For a quick helpful explanation of how to download and login to the Tonara app please check out this short video here: (Note - we are using Option One in the video)
Your tutor emailed you your child's login details inside your Lesson Confirmation letter - please go and read that letter. DO NOT set up a new account on Tonara, it will not be connected to your tutor - use LOGIN and enter your login details from the letter.
Once logged in, please go to your child's profile and load a picture of them so your tutor can quickly identify them on the app.
Please watch this very helpful video explaining how the Tonara app works and how to use it for practice and communication with your tutor:
When: Music lessons happen between 12 - 3pm, one day a week per class, with some after-school lessons on Wednesdays. On their music day, classrooms will normally have scheduled PE, art, silent reading... subjects where the students will not miss vital basics in their education. Once we've received your enrollment and scheduled out the lessons you will receive a confirmation email with the day and time your child's lesson will be on and where they are to go. Tutors will pick up Year 2 and 3 students from class, but all other students are expected to be responsible for getting themselves to their lesson on time. There will be a schedule of music lessons for each classroom on their wall.
Who: Music lessons are available for students Year 2 - Year 10. We start at Year 2 because music needs to be read, so students need to have their reading skills under their belt first. We have five music tutors, four of whom are Mums of children at RVS. You can see the tutors photos and read their profiles here: https://www.rvs.school.nz/music-academy.html
What: Between the five of us we teach Clarinet, Saxophone, Drumming and Drumkit, Vocals, Keyboard, Ukulele and Guitar. Once the school has finished it's building phase and we have more rooms available we hope to add other instruments. Details about the individual instrument lessons are found in the information sheet that was sent home and in the post below.
Where: Keyboard, Clarinet & Saxophone lessons are taught in the Music pod behind the library; Guitar and Ukulele lessons are taught in the Senior Library Pod (next to the Music pod) behind the library; Drums are taught in the Den; Vocals are taught in the hall (or creche if hall is in use).
How: You can contact Stephanie, or any of your tutors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Accounts for music lessons will be emailed to you by Stephanie, and you pay your music tutor directly (details will be on your invoice). Group lessons cost $60 per term, Private lessons $120 per term.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie at email@example.com
We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead of making music with all our beautiful students at RVS! All the info regarding the Music Academy lessons available and enrollment forms will be sent home on Wednesday of Week 1 - so check your children's school bags!
In case forms are misplaced over the long weekend I have posted them below.
- Music lessons are available from Year 2 - 10, and will start in Week 4. You will receive a confirmation email with your child's lesson time and place between 20th - 24th Feb.
- We plan to start Choir and Orchestra in Term 2, so will send home information/enrollment forms for those towards the end of Term 1.
We are now accepting Expressions of Interest in 2020 RVS Music Academy lessons via an online form. This is a non-binding indication to help us plan for next year, but because it is so helpful to us we give a higher priority to those students who pre-register than to those who wait till Week 1 to register.
Demand for music lessons is high, the school roll ever increasing, and building space for music lessons is tight at the moment so there is a high chance we may need to restrict some lessons to particular class levels - if that is the case, we will make that clear in the information sent out in Week 1. As demand is high we may not be able to fit everyone in, therefore it needs to be understood that priority placement for lessons is given as follows:
First: To current students continuing on with the same instrument in 2019;
Second: To students who pre-register their interest in learning music next year by end of 2019.
To register your interest in 2020 Music Academy lessons, please use this link here and fill in the form (one form per child): forms.gle/uVF6bXziubkGdskB6
Remember - this is an indication only. The actual registration forms for the Music Academy will be sent home in Week 1 of 2019 along with information about all the lessons we have available.
Registrations are open for the one and only Recital Evening of the year! This event is being held on Tuesday October 29th for students of the RVS Music Academy, to help them gain some experience and confidence in performing and to show their parents just how well they've been learning their instruments. This event is completely optional but strongly encouraged for your child's musical development. Further details are on the flyer below.
Parents if you would like your child to take part, please click on the link here to register your child: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSduwQXk8S_NWiuiWhzkHFg7qgxMW9x_leRdUNEZ3gKCRXZ_4A/viewform?usp=sf_link
Hi Choir and Orchestra Members,
Our Outreach at the Baptist Church will be on Wednesday 27th November (Week 7). The musical items we will be performing are listed below - Orchestra please organise your music folders in this order:
1. Themes from "The Water Music" (Orchestra only)
2. Peace Song (Senior Choir only)
3. When a Child is Born (Orchestra and Choir)
4. O Happy Day (Orchestra and Choir)
5. Lean on Me (Orchestra and Choir)
6. Benediction (Orchestra and Choir)
7. Brudenell Waltz (Orchestra only)
Choir Members, below are youtube clips or audio clips for you to practice with - please learn all your words of by heart! Please note: We will have different music (more upbeat) for the Benediction song but I need you to learn it the way it is sung in this youtube clip - both in timing and harmonies.
A gentle reminder that Term 2 Music Accounts are now past due date for payment. Unpaid accounts will regrettably incur postponement of lessons as per our Fees Policy.
Click here to email the Music Academy.