Kaleidoscope 2020-2021

Kaleidoscope – grades 4 – 7  Students develop musical appreciation and skills through learning centers, ensembles, listening, music history, and composition activities. All students are taught proper vocal, piano, and music-reading skills and basic theory. Kaleidoscope students may choose from the following majors for a group lesson within class time: piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums, or guitar, which requires an instrument at home, and a commitment to practice outside of class time. Occasionally a student may require individual lessons and in this case, an extra fee would be charged for private instruction. Students may choose to enroll as a general major, which requires no at-home practice. Performances in the Choral Festival, Spring Musical, and student recitals are included in the class during the Regular Term. 

Materials: Kaleidoscope Activity Books, Just Playing Piano Series, assignment books, and additional individually selected materials.

*While we are teaching online:

  • All students need to be available from 5:00-5:30 PM after their class time.  Piano and Instrumental Majors will receive group lessons, and General Majors will be given periodic opportunities for individual instruction
  • We will not be accepting Instrumental Majors for students that do not have prior experience with their chosen instrument
  • Some class materials will be shipped to your home at the beginning of the year, and throughout the rest of the term, digital resources will be provided via email and in Zoom classes. Additional materials will be provided as needed.
  • Recitals will be held virtually in December.
    • REHEARSALS Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm, beginning January 6th through May 15th.  No class on April 14th.  Dress Rehearsals TBD.
    • PERFORMANCE Saturday May 15th at 1:00 pm via Zoom. The performance will be recorded and shared for later viewing.
    • FEES Our annual Spring Musical is a part of our Adventures and Kaleidoscope curriculum, so there will be no added cost to your monthly tuition, but we will charge a one-time $40 Production Fee per participating student.  If your account is on auto-pay, we will apply this charge for you upon enrollment.
    • What is a Virtual Spring Musical?
      • Students will learn and rehearse songs, dances, and speaking lines in weekly rehearsals.
      • Songs and some scenes will be video recorded in Zoom during weekly rehearsals.
      • Some students may record and submit individual videos.
      • Most students will perform portions of the show in a live production over Zoom.
      • The final production will be performed in real time over Zoom, and will include a combination of live acting and pre-recorded musical numbers.
    • What are expectations for parent participation?  All parents will be needed for costume prep and technical help for their children.  Additional volunteers may be needed to help coordinate costumes and assist with production.  For the actual performance, our goal is to train the kids to manage their duties themselves, so that you can watch the show on another device and enjoy the performance!

ONLINE Tuesday Kaleidoscope 4:00 – 5:00 PM some students may stay until 5:30 PM (in-person classes will meet 4:00 – 6:00 PM)   TEACHERS: Nick Patton and Jo Smith-Nilsson 

ONLINE Thursday Kaleidoscope 4:00 – 5:00 PM some students may stay until 5:30 PM (in-person classes will meet 4:00 – 6:00 PM)   TEACHER: Chantelle Urbina and Nick Patton 

ONLINE Friday Kaleidoscope 4:00 – 5:00 PM some students may stay until 5:30 PM (in-person classes will meet 4:00 – 6:00 PM)   TEACHER: Jo Smith-Nilsson and Nancy Whitecar 




ADDITIONAL FEES: Production Fee for Spring Musical participants due in January

2020 – 2021 TERM meets September 8, 2020 – June 5, 2021

EMAIL music_school@svpc.us to inquire about LATE REGISTRATION.