KAT Instrumental Ensemble

Tutor: Corey Thompson

Ages: 10 years old and up

Class Description:
Learn how to play a musical instrument in an ensemble! Beginner through advanced.

Keyboard/Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Percussion/Drums, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass

1) Students will:

A) Play songs in an ensemble setting.
B) Build cooperation skills.
C) Build practice skills.
D) Perform in a public event.
E) Ensemble will be based on individual student needs: A student-centered approach to learning.
F) Music selection will be designed around the different requirements of each instrument and student.

2) Requirements:

A) New material is to be practiced at home after it has been introduced. The class time will focus on ensemble playing.
B) This is an ensemble class that will be held once a week. It is strongly suggested that a student pursue private lessons outside of the ensemble in order to build their skills as a musician on their instrument. Private tutoring to help student on how to play their instrument (note recognition, rhythm, etc.) will not be a part of this course due to the limitations on time.

3) Supplies Needed:

A) An instrument. Families can purchase/rent their band/orchestra or keyboard instruments through Marshall Music. The instructor will not be servicing the purchase of instruments.
B) Music Stand. This item can be purchased at Marshall Music.
C) Materials will be determined based on student needs.

Payment Schedule & Policies:

1) Lessons are 30 minutes each week at the scheduled time-slot.
2) The charge is $5.00 per class
3) Lessons must be paid in advance to each lesson. Families may pay a month in advance at the beginning of every month. Refer to the Thompson Tutoring Student Handbook for payment options.
4) An invoice will be sent before the start of each month as a reminder. If your family has special considerations which require a different schedule of payment, please contact Thompson Tutoring: (269) 329-0730 or cdt494@hotmail.com to discuss additional options.

Drop/Add Policy:

The Instrumental Ensemble is a semester long commitment. Music and performances are arranged based on instrumentation, so commitment of members is crucial to the ensemble’s success. Students dropping after the beginning of the semester will be charged for the remainder of the semester.

About the Tutor:

Corey Thompson has a background in instrumental music instruction. He served as Director of Bands at West Branch /Rose City Schools. He has been involved in church music his whole life: instrumental ensembles, solo instrumentals and adult choir. He also served as a youth group director. He has a Bachelor’s of Music (Educational Emphasis). Corey is the owner of Thompson Tutoring, LLC and has been providing private music lessons in the greater Kalamazoo area for over 15 years.

Corey Thompson, Executive Director
Thompson Tutoring LLC
(269) 329-0730