Friday, April 17, 2015

Galveston Homeschool Performing Arts Co-op

Have you ever wondered what the Galveston Homeschool Performing Arts Co-op is about? Our mission is to provide comprehensive, high-quality education in choir, band, orchestra, drama, and dance for home-educated students in Galveston and the surrounding areas. We offer morning music classes and afternoon drama classes one day a week. We also have a nursery for our youngest children.
Primary students get exposure to creating music together through rhythm band, choir, and music theory with play mixed in. Elementary students get to apply their skills to playing the recorder. They begin working in Music Theory workbooks and they participate in Elementary Choir.

As the children develop their skills, they reach a point at which they can begin taking instrument classes. We offer classes for each section of instruments (woodwinds, strings, percussion, brass). These students come together to play in Beginning Band or Beginning Strings, Intermediate Orchestra, Advanced Orchestra, and Combined Orchestra. The co-op has several musical instruments available to rent for $50 per semester. We have also been blessed to receive two matching grants that allowed us to purchase a tuba and a marimba.

Students can join at any age and will be placed in classes according to their age and experience. Many of our students began playing instruments in high school and progressed quickly.

Creative Movement and Theatrics is offered for primary students. The students learn the basics of performing on stage with others. Junior Drama is for elementary students. These students learn their parts and also play games and develop teamwork. Senior Drama is for students age 11 and up. The students participate in creating simple backdrops, learning their parts, developing drama skills, and becoming familiar with backstage techniques.

Meanwhile, the parents are learning. You don't have to know the difference between a cornet and a coronet when you join the co-op. You don't even have to know that a saxophone is a woodwind instrument and not a brass instrument. You will learn as you go!

Parents with musical or drama experience are given teaching positions as they become available. Parents who excel in other areas are given positions as assistant teachers, fundraising committee members, nursery volunteers, older child care workers, and other positions as needs arise. Typically, an assistant teacher helps the students stay focused as needed, takes attendance, keeps track of practice logs, and perhaps gets to lead a class if they wish. Assistant teachers are often in the same classes as their children, if that is desired.

We offer the option to participate in various additional activities and performances. This year the students participated in Pep Band playing at a local private school's football games, the Federation Festival playing solos for a judge, Art Walk, and The Grand Kids Festival in Galveston. We will also be taking a class trip to iT'Z Pizza in Houston for a music competition this spring. In the past, the students have performed at the Texas Renaissance Festival, at Galveston Holiday in the Park, at Chick-fil-A, and at the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. We have gone on field trips to the West Bay Common School in League City, to the Galveston Ballet at The Grand, to the Lone Star Flight Museum, to the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, to the beach and to the park!

The Galveston Homeschool Performing Arts Co-op is comprised of families from Lake Jackson, Pearland, Alta Loma, League City, Pasadena, Dickinson, Clute, and Galveston. Come join us!
We have a couple of days left for visitors to come see what GHPAC is all about while this semester is still in session. Please e-mail to arrange a date to visit. You are also welcome to attend our Drama Performance on April 25th and our Music Concert on May 16th.
Please see our website at for more information.

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