Keller ISD to Implement Strings Academy for 2014-15 School Year
Keller ISD is excited to announce the inaugural year of an orchestra program in the District, The Keller ISD Strings Academy. The Academy will consist of two programs – a District-wide orchestra program open to all students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and a fourth grade violin program that will take place at eleven of Keller ISD’s elementary campuses.
“We are thrilled to bring these orchestra opportunities to students in Keller ISD,” said Kim Blann, Director of Fine Arts. “Numerous studies show the earlier you expose children to music, the more likely it is for them to have increased math scores, a stronger propensity towards learning foreign languages, as well as a healthy emotional outlet.”
The District-wide program will consist of an intermediate group and an advanced group that each meet after school once per week for rehearsals taught by professional musicians at the Keller ISD Education Center. All students in this program will perform at concerts throughout the year and advanced students will have the opportunity to compete for All-Region and All-State Orchestra achievements.
Each student in the District-wide program will need to provide their own violin, viola, cello or bass. An informational meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 18 at the Keller ISD Education Center, 350 Keller Parkway, Keller, Texas.
The fourth grade program will consist of classes taught by professional musicians on campus once per week after school. The maximum class size for this program is 20 students. If a campus has more than 20 students registered, students will be selected by a random drawing. A one-year violin rental, including all accessories, will be provided for the students.
Elementary campuses hosting the fourth grade program will include: Basswood, Bluebonnet, Caprock, Eagle Ridge, Florence, Independence, Liberty, North Riverside, Park Glen, Ridgeview and Whitley Road. The program will expand to all Keller ISD elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year.
“Thanks to the support of the community and the KISD Board of Trustees, our students will have more opportunities to experience the joy of music,” Blann said.
The registration fee for both programs is $50 per year. A discounted rate will be available for students eligible for free and reduced lunch.
For more information or to register online, click on the links below.