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Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Competition- Woodwind and Brass

In this 8 week course, learners will be working independently and in small ensemble groups to perform for one another in a fun competition
Valerie Kosa
145 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Learners will have the opportunity to practice and perform solo and in small ensembles working on basic performance skills and working together in a group. Learners will be able to support and encourage one another while receiving tips and tricks for their best performance. Judging rubrics will be provided and awards will be given at the last class during our classtime performances. Ensembles will be recorded during week 6 and 7 in order to be edited and shared during our final class. 
As a band director for ten years, teaching in the public school setting as well as teaching individual private lessons, I have gained a varied skill set and a love of all things music and band. I graduated in 2000 from the University of North Texas and have had many years of professional development and practice as both an assistant band director and head band director in the public school setting. I have since left teaching to pursue teaching as a homeschool educator of my own children. As a YouTube content creator, I have learned how to create and edit videos including adjusting sound quality. These two passions are combining to serve the online learning community by providing a safe way for students to learn music as a fine art and to be able to have the shared experience of performance. Music has been my passion since I was a child and I knew by age 12 that I would teach music. I love to share the fine arts with everyone and look forward to an amazing community experience. 

I also have several years of experience both hosting and preparing solo and ensemble competitions as well as judging solo and ensemble and other band competitions.
Learners are expected to practice 30 minutes per day for a minimum of 5 days per week. 
Leaners will need to have an instrument in good working condition and must have previous performance experience of at least one year. Learners will need to purchase a subscription to in order to have their music for the performance.
Assessment will be done informally both individually and with teacher guidance and comments. The final assessment will be presented to each learner in the form of written feedback and a rating of 1, 2 or 3. Awards will be given to all participants.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Soloists may perform with the provided accompaniment track or with a family member pianist; however, the pianist must be off-camera and will only provide the accompaniment. Learners who are performing ensembles will submit a video via Google Drive and that video will be edited together with their group members and will only be "performed" or presented in the classroom during the competition. Unfortunately, due to different learners' internet latency, there is a delay in sound which will prevent the ensembles from performing together live as a group. 


Valerie KosaExperienced Music Educator and Homeschool Mom
145 total reviews
145 completed classes

About Me

I have always been a teacher and explorer and received my bachelor's degree in music education in 2000. Teaching in the public school system as an accomplished band director for nearly a decade was rewarding; however, I wanted more for myself and... 
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