After school music at DCA is paid for monthly. Classes that are $80 will be $20 a month. Classes that are $40 will be $10 a month. The After School Music program begins in October and ends in May.
After School Choir: 3rd grade – 8th grade students learn to further develop their voices, to sing harmony, and blend well with a group. (Mondays 3 – 3:30, $80/semester)
Melody Bell Choir: 3rd grade – 8th grade students learn team work as they ring their bells to create a song. Melody Bells are smaller hand bells created for students. (Tuesdays, every other week, 3 – 3:30, $40/semester)
Rhythm Club: 1st and 2nd grade students learn to make and read musical rhythms with various percussion instruments (Tambourines, Rhythm sticks, Triangles, etc.) (Tuesdays, every other week, 3 – 3:30, $40/semester)
Beginning Guitar: 2nd grade – 8th grade students will learn to play the guitar and read music. This class is for students who have no prior experience with the guitar. (Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4, $80/semester) *note: students must provide their own guitar.
Advanced Guitar: 3rd grade – 8th grade students who have completed Beginning Guitar may take this class to continue their guitar training. (Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:00, $80/semester) *note: students must provide their own guitar.
Concert Band: 3rd grade – 8th grade students will learn to play a band instrument of their choice (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone, Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion). Students will learn to: read notes on the music staff, play, and care for their instruments. (Wednesdays 4 – 4:30, $40/semester) *note: Instruments are not provided. They must be purchased or rented (this class has a lower tuition to help offset the cost of the instruments).
Where to get Guitars
- Department Store: (Wal-Mart, K-mart, Toys-R-Us, Target, etc....) - Prices begin around $30. You will get what you pay for. Many of these guitars are of low quality and are barely above being toys; however, for a student who might not stick with the program, this is the affordable way to begin.
- Music Store: (Pro Music and Sound, Authentic Guitars, Music and Arts Center) - Prices start at $100. These are quality instruments that will sound better and last longer.
Where to get Band Instruments
- WWBW.COM (on-line): for purchasing an instrument. This company will give you a good price and carries only quality instruments. If you go on-line elsewhere, there are a number of instruments that are of poor quality and not worth your investment.
- Music and Arts Center: go here to rent an instrument. They will charge you a monthly amount and you can stop any time. However, renting it until you own it will cost you much more than buying it outright. It is suggested that you rent an instrument for a short time before you purchase one.