First Presbyterian Day School

Strings Music Program

The Strings Music program will teach students to play the cello, string bass, viola, or violin. While learning the basics of playing a stringed instrument, the children will learn many classic pieces of music literature. Music provides students with a wealth of fringe benefits. In addition to obtaining the life-long skills needed to become a music performer or consumer, a child learns skills that can be used in every facet of life. Teamwork, dedication, self-discipline, and responsibility prepare a child for a successful future in any profession he or she may choose. A variety of research shows that music students are among the strongest academically in their schools and score higher on the SAT than other students. Most colleges and universities now look for more than good grades on a child's transcript. They desire well-rounded students who have been able to accomplish more than just textbook knowledge.

Fees

Lesson cost for the 2016-2017 year will be $45 a month, due on the fifth of each month from August to May, paid to FPDS. Lesson cost may be paid by the semester: August - December ($225) and January - May ($225). As the tuition cost is not merely a "lesson time"-only charge, no refunds will be made on missed lessons.

A one-time music and supply fee of $45 will cover the cost of music, tapes, notebooks, and prizes for the whole school year. The supply fee is due by June 1 and paid to Nancy Bateman.

Lesson Times

Lesson times will be for 45 minutes once a week during a PE period at school. Please make sure your child has his instrument and music for his class time. To derive the most benefit from the lessons, regular attendance is imperative. As lessons are designed to be progressive, frequent absences hinder progress and affect continuity and enthusiasm.

Practice

To derive the most from the lessons, students are encouraged to practice 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Playing a musical instrument is a learned skill and, as with any skill, requires practice. When the work is done, it is exciting to children learn quickly . Practicing is a responsibility that must be shared by parents and students. Remember, each student's progress is determined, in part, by what he or she does at home. Set up a regular practice schedule and maintain it. Practice charts will be given to each student to record his practice time and will have a place for the parent's initials on the chart. Awards are given to students who achieve their practicing quota. The practice chart greatly aids in teaching. If a student is having a difficult time learning a new concept, the problem can be easily determined if that is due to lack of practice time or failure by the teacher to make the concept clear.

Performances

Students perform at the annual school Christmas concert in December for students and parents and at several performances throughout the year at nursing homes, luncheon programs, etc. Students may become accomplished enough to participate in the State Orchestra Festival. Students also perform a program at Holiday Potpourri in October after just a few months of lessons.

Instruments

You will need to have an instrument for your child by the first day of school in August. There are several options you can pursue in securing an instrument for your child: First, rent an instrument through several local music stores, and some of them have a rent-to-buy option. Secondly, purchase an instrument through the music stores or through a mail-order company. Last year's prices for one mail order ran about $160 for the whole violin "outfit," which included the violin, bow, and case. Thirdly, there may also be a limited supply of instruments that have been "outgrown" by students already in the program. Before you buy or rent, your child will be measured so he or she can get the correct size instrument.

Instructor: Nancy Bateman

Mrs. Bateman received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Wichita State University and pursued advanced musical studies at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She performed as a cellist in the Wichita Symphony from 1974-1990, the Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies from 1990-1993, and the Mississippi Symphony from 1993 until the present. She has performed as a soloist and in various small ensembles in weddings, funerals, and church services for more than 25 years. She has a variety of teaching experiences from classroom teaching of strings to children's choirs, college private string bass lessons, and private violin and cello lessons (for over 20 years). She loves children and teaching children. She and her husband, Jim, are blessed with five children.