IVEP Beginner Registration

Wellesley Public Schools
K-12 Performing Arts Department
Mr. Michael M. LaCava, Director


September 2020

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.

You can review the introduction to the instruments here: String Family, Woodwind Family, Brass Family, Percussion Family.

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 musiclessons@wellesleyps.org.

We look forward to starting the IVEP program soon!

Sincerely,
Michael LaCava, Director of Performing Arts

Welcome back

Wellesley Public Schools

K-12 Performing Arts Department

Mr. Michael M. LaCava, Director

 

Dear IVEP Families,

Welcome Back!!  

As many of you know, for the next few weeks, we are 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 IVEP program.

I am reaching out to you today as a returning family to the IVEP program to update you on the plans for the fall.  I expect there will be more updates as we get closer to our starting date but this is the information I can share with you at this time.

This summer, the Department of Education came out with their guidelines for safety in the performing arts.  At this time, the guidelines state that we cannot have singing in the building and that wind instruments cannot be played inside.  They do allow for some singing and playing outside at a 10 feet distance so we’re exploring how we may have some outside time. In addition to the guidelines for singing and instruments, the district has a comprehensive cleaning plan for all buildings and areas as we move toward having students and staff return this fall which includes cleaning all classrooms at the end of the school day so we are unable to use these spaces at this time. 

Taking all of this into consideration, 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.

As of now, we are just registering returning students.  The first lessons of the fall are scheduled to start the week of September 21st. Please connect with your private lesson teacher to schedule your lesson time. The registration link is now open and can be found here: https://webtrac.wellesleyma.gov/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsplash.html?wbp=2

Some of you may have younger siblings interested in beginning an instrument this fall. Right now, we are continuing to explore ways we can start beginning students and will have more information in the coming weeks. 

I am happy to answer any questions you may have so please feel free to contact me via email (lacavam@wellesleyps.org) at any time.

We look forward to starting our program soon and thank you for your continued support of our IVEP program!

Sincerely,

Michael LaCava, Director of Performing Arts

About the Instrumental and Vocal Extension Program (IVEP)

As part of the K-12 Wellesley Public Schools Music Education curriculum, the Wellesley Public School District offers students the opportunity to take private voice and instrumental music lessons. Lessons are taught after school by highly qualified professional musicians, who have demonstrated excellence in their performing and teaching.

The mission of the Instrumental and Vocal Extension Program of the Wellesley Public Schools is three-fold:

  •  To help students develop a life-long love of music and joyful confidence in music-making through high-quality instruction on band and orchestra instruments and voice
  • To teach a body of core musical performance skills and techniques to a mastery level, through quality vocal and instrumental repertoire
  • To prepare all students for entry into and successful participation in school ensembles, and to support continued participation in these ensembles from elementary through high school.


Lessons are scheduled after-school, Monday through Friday. Schedules are arranged with the teachers in person, by phone, or by email. Scheduling will depend on the availability of each teacher at a mutually agreed upon time. Please see the Teacher Directory for contact information.

QUESTIONS? 

If you have any questions regarding IVEP lessons or teachers please contact the Performing Arts Office: MusicLessons@wellesleyps.org or (781) 446-6210 ;5722.
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