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PRIVATE MUSIC INSTRUCTION at AAA involves a 1:1 learning situation for each child.  Teachers identify student strengths and increase successful experiences.  Student involvement and progress is documented with notations in the student Practice and Progress book and also via PowerSchool.  All private instructors are willing to assist with Scholarship Auditions.  Students should inform their instructor of their scholarship interest by 7th grade.

MUSIC ENSEMBLES provide an excellent opportunity for augmenting the skills and abilities acquired through private study, in addition to fostering musical and group cohesion.  Meeting weekly for group rehearsals, ensembles have the opportunity to participate in concerts, recitals, school liturgies, and community performances.  Student involvement and progress is documented each trimester, with reports sent to the parent/s via PowerSchool.

SELECT ENSEMBLES are comprised of students who participate in Band or Mixed Chorus and have demonstrated the ability to undertake the study of more complex music.  Entrance to the Select ensembles is based on audition or teacher recommendation, and is left to the discretion of the Ensemble Director/s.

PRIVATE MUSIC INSTRUCTION ----------------------------------------

Traditional Piano - beginning age 5

Voice - beginning grade 2

Brass Instruments - beginning grade 4


Guitar - beginning grade 2

Acoustic and electric guitar accepted.

Percussion Instruments - beginning grade 4

Students will begin learning with a practice pad and will eventually progress onto incorporating all drums (snare, bass, conga, drum set, etc.) and mallet instruments (xylophone, bells, marimba)

String Instruments - beginning age 4

String instruments include VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, BASS

Woodwind Instruments - beginning grade 4


MUSIC ENSEMBLES----------------------------------------------------

Band- Grades 4 to 8

ADVANCED BAND             

All students who take a private lesson in a band instrument are required to participate in one or both of the school bands. Beginning level students will comprise Beginner Band.  Students whose abilities have proven the capacity to play more complex pieces will be placed in Advanced Band.  Students may be required to participate in both bands during transitional periods.  Music to be learned for all students includes standard band pieces, selected popular pieces, and contemporary works. 

Choristers- Grades 1 and 2

Choristers is a vocal ensemble designed to give young singers the opportunity to learn the basics of healthy singing in a fun atmosphere. Students will learn to sing in parts, study music of various styles, and develop the necessary skills for singing in a choir. 

Choristers- Grades 3 and 4

Choristers 3 & 4 is a vocal ensemble continuing the opportunity for students to learn the basics of healthy singing in a fun atmosphere. Students practice singing in parts, study music of various styles, and develop the necessary skills for singing in a choir. 

Handbell Choir- Grades 5 to 8 (Limited Enrollment)

 HANDBELL I                     
 HANDBELL II                  

· Learn to read music notation 
· Learn the fundamentals of handbell playing, including ringing skills and techniques 
· Use a wide variety of music to explore a more complex, chordal sound 
· Handbell Choir I usually includes students in grades 7 and 8 who have had a minimum of 1 year of Handbell experience and study of another instrument; Handbell Choir II includes any student in grades 5 through 8 who have had no prior Handbell experience and need not study another instrument.

Music Tech Ensemble- Grades 5 to 8 (Limited Enrollment)

  •  Students will use iPads to perform and create music 
  • Create ensemble arrangements on the iPad
  • Learn to manipulate the pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, and banks of sound on the iPad

Mixed Chorus- Grades 5 to 8

  • Learn proper breathing and tone production
  • Learn singing on pitch, phrasing, articulation, and proper posture 
  • Students will learn more advanced pieces and part singing 

Orff and Recorder Ensemble- Grades 3 and 4

  • Learn the fundamentals of note reading 
  • Learn the basics of ensemble performance 
  • Students will rotate parts

Service Musicians- Grades 5 to 8

  • Comprised of service choir (grades 5 to 8) and instrumentalists (grades 6 to 8)
  • Open to all students at no charge whether or not they take lessons at Ancillae-Assumpta 
  • Students provide music for school-wide Liturgies and special assemblies throughout the year.
  • Rehearsals are held during the school day
  • No requirements - just a desire to serve

SELECT ENSEMBLES---------------------------------------------------

Chamber Ensemble

Open to flute, clarinet, French horn, and string players who are current members of Advanced Band.  Piano may be needed for accompaniment.

Guitar Ensemble



Membership is determined by the directors who evaluate individual student's skill levels.

Jazz Ensemble

Open to trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, sax, bass guitar, percussion, and guitar players who are current members of Advanced Band.  Piano may be needed for accompaniment.

Percussion Ensemble

  • Open first to students who study private percussion or mallets.  Other instrumentalists may be considered if space is available. 
  • Learn the fundamentals of percussion instruments

Vocal Ensemble

Open to students in grades 7 and 8 who are currently enrolled in Mixed Chorus and have had a minimum of one year of active participation in that ensemble.

String Ensemble

Open to violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, and piano students.  Membership is determined by skill level.
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