Lessons for Homeschoolers

Homeschool Band and Fiddling

Dear Homeschooler,

The Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts promotes music education for all and is excited to once again offer their Homeschool Band program as well as kick off their Homeschool Fiddling program for the 2013-14 year. Both music programs are offered to homeschool students looking for a musical compliment to their academic studies. These programs are held at the Conservatory during the regular school year.

Homeschool Band

This group class is much more than a community band program, offering a more intimate and individualized approach while promoting working together as a group to experience and master a full band sound. Musical development is promoted with encouraged at home daily practice in between the bi-weekly practices held at the Conservatory. The course will cover instrument proficiency, musical knowledge, as well as practice techniques. Ensemble instruction is supplemented with individual instruction to increase proficiency with the student’s chosen instrument. A final concert will demonstrate the skills learned throughout the course.

Intermediate Band*
(Ages 9-15)
Monday & Friday 1:15 – 2:15 p 12 weeks beginning September 30
*Students must have completed 2 years of band class

Beginner Band
(Ages 9-15)
Monday & Friday 2:20 – 3:20pm 12 weeks beginning September 30

Holiday weeks: Students will have individual lessons arranged for the weeks which there are statuary holidays (October 14 & November 11). Each student will receive 2 one hour private lessons with a teacher of their instrument for those weeks.

Homeschool Fiddling
(Ages 7*+)
Monday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 10 weeks beginning September 30
*Students must be able to read at a Grade 1 level Homeschool Fiddling

A lively class, fiddling offers the chance to learn an instrument while also discovering a part of Manitoba ‘s heritage. Taught in a group setting, students will learn how to play the fiddle, as well as learning jigs and reels with one of Manitoba ‘s finest fiddle instructors, the founder of the Frontier Fiddlers Program, Cameron Baggins. This class engages even the most energetic homeschooler, developing musical discipline as well as new skills. A final concert will demonstrate the skills learned throughout the course. Parents are welcome to enrol as well!

The deadline for registration is Friday, September 20, 2013. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 204.943.6090, or by email at ashley at mcma dotca.

We would also like to invite you to our annual Open House, September 6-7, 2013. You will find informal and formal concerts, consultations with our faculty members, early childhood program demonstrations, and answers to all of your questions. Please join us to learn more about what we do here at the Conservatory. For more information visit our website at www.mcma.ca .


Ashley Boychuk
Community Services Coordinator

Homeschool Music History Class at CMU

(Taken from the Winnipeg Homeschool Yahoo! Group)

I would like to let people know about an interesting course for homeschoolers that is being offered at the Canadian Mennonite University. It is on music history & I believe geared to middle- or high school aged students. The info is below. I am flogging this course as my son would like to take it but they need additional students to run the course.


MUSIC HISTORY: “The Story Behind the Music”

Music history comes to life in this innovative class presented by Dr. Michelle Miller. Dr. Miller is a professional flautist and music history scholar with many years’ experience teaching children and adults.

This class will provide students with a foundation to understand the history and literature of music. Major compositions selected spanning the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century will be studied. Students will explore the music, the people who wrote it, and the instrumentation used to perform it. They will also learn what else was going on in the world, e.g. politics, social movements, when the music was written.

This class is a perfect opportunity to learn the material required for the RCM History exams.

Friday afternoons (75 minute classes)
Cost: $175 (14 weeks)

See: http://www.cmu.ca/csma/programs/homeschool.html

Homeschool Lessons at Monica’s Danz Gym

(Taken from the Winnipeg Homeschool Yahoo! Group)

Hello everyone,
Monica Goerman of Monica’s Danz Gym: Dance, Aerial Silks, Hoop and Trapeze Classes is offering a Homeschool class for children ages 7 to 10 starting in September.

The class will run noon to 1:15 every Wednesday.

Please email goermann at shaw dot ca or call (204) 261-8890 with questions or to register if you are interested. Registration needs to happen fairly soon since the class starts at the beginning of September!

Our children took this class last year and I would highly recommend it…We’ve been hounding her this summer to offer it again and she just agreed- so it’s a great opportunity.

Since the session runs the full year, the kids will also be able to participate in the year end show…


Homeschooling Swimming Thursday Mornings

Once again, the City of Winnipeg is offering swimming lessons to homeschool students on Thursday mornings.

The lessons are now being held at the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex (due to the closure of Sherbrooke).

Lessons are available through the city Leisure Online registration system, by dial 311 or contacting Grant (Pool Supervisor) at 204-986-3931.

You can register this week, even though swimming registration was March 12th 2013.   It is better to register after this date, because the phone lines are very busy on that day.

Classes will start on April 4th, 2013.