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HSMA Mission Statement / Purpose

Approved at May 2, 2019 Board Meeting

Preamble:

We believe that music is a gift from God and that the truest expressions of this gift bring glory back to Him. We desire to be able to provide opportunities for homeschooled students to develop their gifts and abilities in the area of music in a setting that embodies Christian principles and beliefs, treating one another with the grace and truth that Jesus Christ has shown to us. Our hope and desire is that as they grow in their musical abilities, that students will not only grow personally, but use their gifts to bless others. With this in mind, we commit to the mission statement that follows.

Mission Statement:

HSMA exists to make an excellent music education in ensemble performance available to homeschooled students and to give desiring students the best possible foundation for the furtherance of their music education beyond the high school level.

We will do this by:

· -Providing experienced and accomplished conductors that can help students to improve and grow musically as a group while caring for them as individuals

· -Offering band, choir and orchestra ensemble groups at various levels, providing an environment where students can continue to be challenged as they mature in their music

· -Offering performance opportunities in ensembles at concerts and ministry events

· -Encouraging students to include private lessons as part of their music education, knowing that as each individual improves, it improves the groups at HSMA as well

· - Making students aware of and encouraging them to participate in events outside of HSMA that will further expand their musical experiences

· -Making leadership, volunteer and service opportunities available for those students who seek to grow in their servant leadership

· -Recognizing students who have gone above and beyond in their musical education and/or abilities, which in turn both helps such students as they pursue musical opportunities beyond HSMA and gives younger students something to aspire to

· - Providing a safe and encouraging environment for students to be amongst their musical peers, learning from, serving and being challenged by one another

· -Fostering a love of music by having fun together and encouraging comradery and friendship amongst the students and conductors

· - Encouraging parents to be involved both in the music education of their children and in the successful operation of HSMA

We rehearse on Monday evenings from early September to late May. The first Tuesday after Labor Day we have our “Parents Meeting” to provide families with pertinent information for the year ahead.   Rehearsals are held in the Lansing area.

Band Programs

Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band is our most advanced band, comprised of students who are very proficient on their instruments. These students are held to the highest standards of musicianship. Symphonic Band  performs at the Youth Arts Coalition Band, Orchestra and Choral Festival, represents HSMA on tour, and performs numerous times throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert and Spring Concert 3.  Placement appointments are required for placement in the Symphonic Band.

Concert Band
Concert Band is for students who have demonstrated a significant level of musical skills.  This is a serious performing group that participates at the Youth Arts Coalition Band, Orchestra and Choral Festival,l, as well as several concerts throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert and Spring Concert 2.  They are also being trained in personal and ensemble skills necessary for participation in the Symphonic Band.  Placement appointments are required for placement in the Concert Band.
Cadet Band
The Cadet Band is for students who have little experience on their instrument but are not beginners. The Cadet Band performs at the Winter Concert and Spring Concert 1. Placement appointments will determine placement of students in the Cadet Band.
Beginning Band
The Beginning Band is designed for players who are new to their instrument. As you might expect, placement appointments are not required, but a consultation with the conductor (typically scheduled during the placement appointments for the other bands) is highly recommended. Beginning Band performs at the Winter Concert and Spring Concert 1.


Choral Programs

Chancel Choir
This is our most advanced choir and is open to older students and adults.  Chancel Choir participates in MSVMA events throughout the state, as well as several concerts throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert and Spring Concert 3.  Placement is by placement appointment.

Bel Canto
This three-part harmony choir is for those who are working to attain the proficiency necessary for acceptance in Chancel Choir. Bel Canto performs several times throughout the year including the Christmas Concert and Spring Concert 2. Placement is by placement appointment.
Poco Arye
This unison two-part choir is geared toward students working to attain the proficiency necessary for acceptance in Bel Canto. Poco Ayre performs at the Winter Concert and Spring Concert 1. Placement is by placement appointment. 

General Music Programs

Music Fundamentals
Music Fundamentals is geared toward students aged 7-9. They will study musical theory in addition to exploring sound, musical genres and musical families. Students will create their own musical instrument, compose a short song, and learn to compose harmonies, sing in rounds, partner songs, unison and two part harmony. Students in Music Fundamentals perform in the Winter Concert and Spring Concert 2. No placement appointment is needed.
Elementary Music
Elementary Music is geared toward students aged 5-7. They will work on musical packets containing CDs to help them develop good practice habits. They will learn to sing in rounds, partner songs, and in unison. Elementary Music students perform in the Winter Concert and Spring Concert 1. No placement appointment is needed.
Music Readiness
Music Readiness is geared toward 2-5 year olds. No practice times are recorded, but students will be provided with CD to help them start developing daily practice habits. Students will learn the staff, half notes/rests, quarter notes/rests, eighth notes/rests, scales and basic rhythms. Music Readiness students perform in Spring Concert 1. No placement appointment is needed.

Orchestra Programs

Senior Orchestra
The Senior Orchestra is our most advanced orchestra, comprised of students who are very proficient on their instruments. These students are held to the highest standards of musicianship. Senior Orchestra  performs at Youth Arts Coalition Band, Orchestra and Choral Festival, represents HSMA on tour, and performs numerous times throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert and Spring Concert 3.  Placement appointments are required for placement in the Senior Orchestra.

Junior Orchestra
Junior Orchestra is for students who have demonstrated a significant level of musical skills.  This is a serious performing group that participates at Youth Arts Coalition Band, Orchestra and Choral Festival,, as well as several concerts throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert and Spring Concert 2.  They are also being trained in personal and ensemble skills necessary for participation in the Senior Orchestra.  Placement appointments are required for placement in the Junior Orchestra.

Intermediate Strings 2
This class is designed for those students who have at least two years of experience. Intermediate Strings 2 performs at the Winter Concert and Spring Concert 2. Placement in Intermediate Strings 2 will be based on a placement appointment.
Intermediate Strings 1
This class is for students who have little experience on their instrument but are not beginners. Intermediate Strings 1 performs at the Winter Concert and Spring Concert 1. Placement in Intermediate Strings 1 will be based on a placement appointment.

Beginning Strings
The Beginning Strings class is for those who are new to their instrument. Beginning Strings performs at the Winter Concert and Spring Concert 1. Placement appointments are not required.