Beginner Registration

Welcome to the Instrumental and Vocal Extension Program (IVEP)!

If you know what teacher you would like to study with you can go ahead and reach out to them to schedule your lesson time. Otherwise, please use this link so we can connect you with a teacher: https://forms.gle/xBZiPGcrkSa95ndT7. Make sure you go all the way through and click Submit. Look for an auto-generated email with your responses to confirm your form went through. We will connect students with teachers in the order that we receive your information.

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 instruments in these lesson plans here: String FamilyWoodwind FamilyBrass FamilyPercussion Family.

Middle 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 students.

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.

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.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have so please feel free to contact the IVEP Secretary, Russell Wilson (MusicLessons@wellesleyps.org), via email. We look forward to starting our program soon and thank you for your continued support of our IVEP program!

Registration now open

Dear IVEP Families,

Welcome Back!! We are excited to start a new school year and look forward to you and your family being part of our IVEP community once again.

I am reaching out to you today to update you on the plans for the IVEP program this fall. As I’m sure you are aware, guidelines for our program continue to evolve and develop but at this time we have a comprehensive plan to make sure our IVEP program will continue to thrive while keeping all students and staff safe.

This summer, the Department of Education came out with their updated mask guidelines for the start of the school year including Performing Arts guidelines. We have taken that guidance and created a comprehensive document to guide our program from PreK-12 in all Performing Arts areas. I encourage you to view the document which can be found on the WPS homepage (wellesleyps.org) and I have also included it here: Performing Arts Guidelines 2021.

Taking all of this into consideration, we have made the decision that we will offer both in person and remote lessons for the first semester (15 lessons). We know that some families and staff have different levels of comfort for in person lessons so we hope this will allow all families/students to feel comfortable moving forward this year. We do hope to move to all in person lessons in the Spring but we will continue to monitor any developments.

If you are a returning student your current IVEP teacher will be contacting you regarding your preference of in person or online lessons. You should hear from them in the coming week. The first lessons of the fall are scheduled to start the week of September 13th. Please connect with your private lesson teacher to schedule your lesson time. The registration link is now open and can be found here: https://schoolpay.wellesleyma.gov/wbwsc/school.wsc/splash.html (A reminder that no lessons can take place until registration is complete)

For beginners, if you know what teacher you would like to study with you can go ahead and reach out to them to schedule your lesson time. Otherwise, please use this link so we can connect you with a teacher: https://forms.gle/xBZiPGcrkSa95ndT7. Make sure you go all the way through and click Submit. Look for an auto-generated email with your responses to confirm your form went through. We will connect students with teachers in the order that we receive your information.

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 instruments in these lesson plans here: String Family, Woodwind Family, Brass Family, Percussion Family.

Middle 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 students.

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.

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.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have so please feel free to contact the IVEP Secretary, Russell Wilson (MusicLessons@wellesleyps.org) via email. 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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