Beats on the Outside

Teacher Name: Susan Price
Teacher Email: price_family@mygrande.net
Tuition: $160.00 per year, payable in monthly installments of $20.00
Discount for Semester Payment: no
Supply/Materials Fee (due at registration): $35.00
Deposit (due at registration): $20.00
Grades: K-3rd
Minimum Class Size: 20
Maximum Class Size: 30
Midterm Enrollment: yes
Class Time: 3rd hour
Prerequisite: No
Estimated homework hours: none (see below for further details)
Required Materials or Books: none

Class Description:
Beats of the Outside is an interactive musical program which goes far beyond basic choir. In this warm and safe environment, our young musicians will explore the many ways we can use musical instruments, voices, and bodies to create music and sounds. We will also begin building our music reading skills with the basics of pitch through “Do-Re-Mi’s” and rhythm through “Ta, Ti-Ti, TiriTiri”, movement, dance, and reading note values, etc. Students will learn the basics of music theory and will explore phrasing, articulation, dynamics, vowel production, breathing, and more.

Children will learn in a fun environment with interactive games, basic instruments, a wide variety of silly songs, regional and folk songs, seasonal songs, patriotic music, sacred songs and hymns, LOTS of movement, and other musical activities to develop the skills required to become successful musicians. Students will also explore sounds from other cultures around the world, learn about and listen to various composers, study music history, genres and periods, discover different parts of the orchestra, and more.

We will end each class period with our signature silly movement song: Beats on the Outside. Above all else, we will certainly be making A JOYFUL NOISE!

Although there will not be weekly homework for this class, as concerts approach, students will be required to memorize music and prepare at home for upcoming concerts. The primary focus of this class for this age group will be rich, weekly in-class learning rather than merely concert preparation. Students will also be required to attend and perform in the two scheduled concerts held during the co-op class period. One will be during the last co-op day of December. The other will be during the last co-op day of the year in April. Families will be asked to provide minor costumes pieces for concerts (Examples from past years include the following: Please dress in a bright, solid-colored shirt and jeans. Bring a bandana.) Generally, families will only be asked for students to wear something they already own.

Additional Teacher Information:
Susan Price has loved music for her entire life, and she hopes to inspire that same love in her students. Her early training was in church choir programs from Kindergarten through Adult choir, ensembles, handbell choirs, and orchestra where she played the clarinet. She has taught and accompanied children’s choirs at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church where she sings in the adult choir and is a youth choir sponsor. Additionally, she has also taught piano lessons in a private studio since 1992. This will be her seventh year to teach music at the Brazos Valley Co-op.

About Susan Price

Susan Price graduated from Baylor University in 1992. She is a wife of 28 years, and a homeschooling mother of three children from tenth grade through college. This will be Susan’s ninth year to teach at Brazos Valley Co-op. Susan is committed to providing children with a classical Christian education. Her greatest desire is to prepare them to live out God’s plans for their lives in the time and place in which He has placed them.