Elementary Music Program
The Elementary Instrumental Program is offered to 4th and 5th grade students. We have had great success with this program, offering group lessons in a variety of instruments, and an elementary ensemble for students with previous musical instruction, and an elementary chorus.
As your child pursues his/her musical education, they will have the opportunity to participate in the Middle School and High School bands and choral groups. The Elementary Ensemble is directed by Michael Ferreira. Danielle Kunis is the director of the Elementary Chorus.
- Instruction Options
- Instrument Demonstrations
- Group Lesson Registration
- Class Schedule
- Faculty Information
- BCW Elementary Chorus and Band
- Instrument Rental Info
Beginner Level: Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Clarinet,
Small group instruction for fourth and fifth grade students with no previous instrumental experience taught after school for 45 minutes, once a week. Group lessons are offered in (two) twelve class sessions. Classes are held at the Buker School. The transfer bus can be used for lessons held immediately after school. In the event there is not enough interest in an instrument, a private lesson will be the option.
Private lessons for the serious student, offered to either fourth or fifth graders. Lessons are arranged directly with the instructor.
Group lessons are held in two twelve week sessions. Cost per session is $168, payable to the instructor on the first day of each session.
The instruction book, Essential Elements 2000, is required for both lessons and ensemble. This book is available at Music and Arts, and Amazon.com.
Instrument Rental Options
There are 12 classes per session.
Cost per session = $168
Please register online (see Registration tab).
Every effort is made to keep class sizes small. The first six signups for flute and saxophone will be assigned to the first class, the next six will be assigned to the second class. In the event there are not enough students to make a class, or there are too many students, the instructors will attempt to structure it so everyone has a positive experience.
You will receive a confirming email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check your SPAM folder.
Checks should be made payable to the instructor and brought to the first class. Instructor information will be included in the email confirmation.
Upon the conclusion of Session 1, students have the option of continuing for an additional session of 12 classes. Instructors will inform students of the first session's end.
PLEASE SEE HOMEPAGE FOR CLASS AVAILABILITY. ALSO ON REGISTRATION FORM.
|Elementary Ensemble||Wednesdays - Winthrop||7:20am-8:10am|
|Elementary Chorus||Tuesdays/Thursdays - Buker||7:30am-8:10am|
ALL CLASSES ARE HELD ON THE BUKER SCHOOL STAGE.
Students may take the transfer buses to Buker if their class is right after school.Students in later classes need to arrange transportation to the school at the appropriate class time. Students may not come and wait for their class, as there is no adult supervision.
Students must be picked up promptly at the end of class.
Anticipated Spring 2022
The Friends of the Arts (FOTA) has generously supported scholarships for participation in these programs for more than a decade.
If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please complete this form and turn it into your child's school office, with the requested documentation.
A group lesson scholarship covers the instructor's fee, not the book or the rental costs.
Scholarship requests must be completed by the deadline of 11/10/21. You will be notified of the scholarship, if awarded.
- TBD (Director of BCW Chorus)
- Michael Ferreira (Director of BCW Elementary Ensemble)
- Monica Duncan (Clarinet and Saxophone)
- Eileen Yarrison (Flute)
- Jay Daly (Trumpet and Trombone)
- TBD (Percussion)
Clarinetist Monica Duncan freelances throughout the Greater Boston area, and has performed with Symphony By-The-Sea, Cape Ann, Lexington, and Greater Lansing Symphonies, North Shore Music Theater, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Chalumeau hamber Ensemble, and Arlington Street Chamber Players. Monica has performed in Japan and Canada, and has premiered works at the 1999 SCI National Conference and the 1998 Latin American Music Festival. She can also be heard on the CDs Awaiting the Sun, FleetingVisions, and Metamorphosis through Beauport Classical, and Basically British with Philharmonia a Vént.
Monica holds a Masters degree from Indiana University where she studied with James and a Bachelors degree from Michigan State University. In addition to her role as performer, Duncan teaches clarinet from her private studio and in the Hamilton- Wenham School District. She is also a chamber music coach with the Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. Yarrison has been teaching kids and adults to play the flute since 1980. Many of her students have gone on to become professional flutists themselves. What makes her happiest is that her students love to play the flute, no matter what age they are or to what goals they aspire. A graduate of UNH (music education) and Penn State (flute performance), she holds the DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree from the University of Nebraska, where she was the first flutist to earn that degree. Eileen is Instructor of Flute at Gordon College as well as at the Indian Hill School of Music in Littleton, MA. (www.indianhillmusic.org)
She also maintains a full private studio in Beverly. Eileen is also Music Director and Conductor of the Nashua Flute Choir in Nashua, NH- a group which has recorded three CDs and made four appearances at National Flute Association Conventions. (www.nashuaflutechoir.com) She loves Irish music and jazz, as well as classical flute playing, and performs frequently with Lowell-based guitarist Jamie Dunphy. Eileen is also learning to play the Native American flute and the hulusi (a Chinese reed instrument).
For nearly 30 years Jay’s soaring trumpet has been a mainstay of Boston’s diverse venues. From Tanglewood to the Tweeter Center, he has endeared himself to audiences and fellow musicians alike as “one of the most versatile trumpet players in the Boston area,” in the words of the Boston Globe. Jay is a favorite with touring star attractions.
His talents have been tapped by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and the Moody Blues, among many other notable stars. In addition, Jay was lead trumpet for the North Shore Music Theatre for 19 years. As an educator, Jay is in demand both as a clinician and private teacher. His students hold playing and teaching jobs all over the country.
BCW Elementary Chorus
The BCW Chorus is open to all 4th and 5th grade boys and girls from Cutler, Winthrop, and Buker Schools. A wide variety of songs from many different periods and cultures will be learned throughout the year. You will also learn fun exercises to develop better vocal skills. In addition, there will be celebration parties after concerts.
BCW Chorus meets on Thursdays from 7:20-8:15 A.M. in the BUKER SCHOOL. Students from Winthrop and Cutler will be escorted to transfer busses after rehearsal.
This is a wonderful opportunity for all 4th and 5th grade students to become part of very high caliber Hamilton-Wenham Schools Fine Arts organizations. Continuing chorus after elementary school offers many exciting choral and musical drama performance opportunities during Middle and High School.
BCW Elementary Ensemble
An ensemble of 4th and 5th musicians who have had at least one year of previous musical instruction. Rehearsals are once a week (Wednesday, 7:20am-8:10am / Winthrop School.) Students can take the transfer buses to their schools. The Elementary Ensemble Director is Michael Ferreira. The ensemble has two evening performances during the school year, and a holiday tour of elementary schools.
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INSTRUMENT RENTAL INFORMATION
Instruments can be rented or purchased from many vendors. An online option is Music and Arts, located on Rte 114 by Trader Joe's. Please direct any questions about your instrument to the instructor, whose email address will be included in your confirmation email. Email addresses are also in the Faculty tab.
ONLINE RENTAL OPTION:
- Music and Arts Rentals - www.musicarts.com
- Instruments can be picked up at the store located on Rte. 114.
- Remember that an instruction book is also necessary: Essential Elements 2000 and can be purchased online, as well.
BORROW an instrument: The Musary
News and Updates
Instrument Lesson Registration: CLOSED
Ensemble Registration: Open
Chorus Registration : Open