Bender Conservatory provides choir & orchestra classes for homeschool students. Music is an integral part of a Western civic education. Choir & orchestra students learn teamwork, commitment, goal setting, protocol & decorum.
Register your child for class. Our choir and orchestra classes are for beginning music students. No prior experience is necessary. For orchestra class, just as is offered in schools, your child will walk into the class, take a seat in his instrument section, and play in the orchestra. Our orchestra class differs from Youth orchestras in the following ways: Youth orchestras are usually associated with a local professional symphony orchestra. Youth orchestras require competitive auditions, for students who have been playing their instrument for many years, and who are highly qualified. Youth orchestra is basically a local symphony orchestra for youth, introducing more advanced orchestral repertoire to the students. Our orchestra class is not affiliated with a symphony orchestra. Our orchestra class is a class; we are education-based, geared toward the beginning student with little or no prior musical experience. We literally begin on page one, book one, of your child's music method book, teaching your child his instrument through an orchestra setting. All the instrument books for each instrument are synchronized (they are published for this purpose), so every little four-measure excerpt we rehearse teaches your child the next technique on his specific instrument, and sounds good as an entire symphony orchestra, even though it's just a short musical passage. Thus we teach both individual technique and overall ensemble tuning, balance, and concepts, to prepare your child for symphony orchestra. Our orchestra class is like orchestra class in schools, but for homeschooled students who do not otherwise have an opportunity to learn how to play in orchestra. Without orchestra class, there is no opportunity for homeschool students to experience the thrill of the orchestra (which is the ultimate thrill), without years of intense private study and competitive auditioning. To register your child for choir or orchestra classes, please call us.
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[02/12/20] I live in Glen Allen, VA now. I no longer teach music lessons. I am working on a new project and will probably be launching a page for that soon. I have been going through some life changing events, and I apologize for being out of touch for so long. For those who are members of this page, and not facebook friends, please friend me if you want to keep in contact. My best to you all. I will delete this page in the near future.
[06/04/17] Music is an integral part of your child's total education. Many doctors, technology workers, and other white-collar professionals actively play a musical instrument. Universities and places of employment prefer to see applicants who play music, because playing music indicates a well-rounded individual with a creative mind. Mastering an instrument is one of the greatest demonstrations of focus and commitment.
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