Wellesley Public Schools
K-12 Performing Arts Department
Mr. Michael M. LaCava, Director
As many of you know, for the past few weeks, we have been working to prepare for the start of the school year. This year certainly is different, but we continue to be creative to make sure our students still can receive a quality performing arts curriculum including students in our Instrumental and Vocal Extension Program (IVEP).
Elementary Students – In the first two weeks of school in music class, your child will be introduced to all the instruments that we offer in the Instrumental and Vocal Extension Program. Private lessons prepare your child for band or orchestra and support them while they are in an ensemble, in addition to helping students develop a life-long appreciation for music.
Middles School and High School Students – students in band and orchestra, we want to encourage you to take private lessons if you are not already currently enrolled. For students not currently studying an instrument, we would like to encourage you to think about taking one up. It’s never too late!
Through lessons you will learn music literacy and musicianship, work on public performance (which is a lot like speaking in public), and learn to express yourself through creativity and interpretation.
Voice lessons can benefit ALL students. Lessons are available in classical music, musical theater, and vocal jazz for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced student.
Lessons are available to all K-12 aged students living in Wellesley or attending Wellesley Public Schools. For your reference, this chart lists the minimum grade level for each instrument.
Once your child has chosen the instrument they would like to learn, you may proceed to the Beginner Interest Survey: https://forms.gle/Dab67P7dZPFmEqfm8.
We have made the decision that all IVEP lessons will be taught remotely for at least the first semester (15 lessons). We will continue to monitor the data and guidelines throughout the school year and will consider moving to in-person lessons once it is safe for our students and staff.
Starting on Monday, September 21 we will start connecting students with teachers. We will do our best to accommodate any requests you make. Our teachers manage their own schedules, so you can work out a lesson schedule once you have been connected with a teacher. We will include more information about instrument vendors at that time.
You can see a list of the IVEP teachers at wellesleyps.org/performingarts/ivep/teachers/. Students in an ensemble can also reach out to their ensemble teachers for recommendations.
If you have any questions, please direct them to the IVEP Secretary, Mr. Russell Wilson, at email@example.com.
We look forward to starting the IVEP program soon!
Michael LaCava, Director of Performing Arts