How to Register

Registration for the Spring Term will be open for new students on December 20 and will continue through January 2. To receive email notification of when the registration form is live, click here.

We offer group instruction and ensembles for orchestral instruments, piano and voice to children ages 6 to 18, including students with disabilities.

Please check our calendar on the bottom of the home page to make sure your student will not miss more than two class days, is available on either of the jury days and can participate in Recital Camp and the final concert(s).

Classes for Each Child's Age and Skill:

For Age 6, we offer an Instrument Explorer class which introduces all the instruments in the orchestra and begins teaching rhythm and note reading.

For Age 7, we offer a group class for beginning violin (String Basics)

For Age 8-9 (new beginners),  we offer the following group classes:
Strings - Violin 
Winds - Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone
Rhythm/Percussion Class (teaches rhythm, percussion basics and improv)

For Age 10+ (any skill level), we offer the following group classes:
Strings - Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass*
Winds - Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone**, Oboe*, Bassoon*, Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Tuba*
Rhythm/Percussion Class 
(teaches rhythm, percussion basics and improv)
Orchestral Percussion

*Limited instrument availability
**Not available to loan

We loan instruments, if available, for a $25 deposit that will be refunded when the instrument is returned in good condition.
Scrollworks encourages our students to use this loaned instrument in their school band or orchestra as long as they continue to fully participate in classes and ensembles at Scrollworks.

Through our contract with the VSA/Kennedy Center, Scrollworks is able to provide supplemental instruction to students with disabilities so that they are able to participate fully in classes and ensembles with their peers. There is no additional cost for this additional instruction. Please note whether your student has a disability on the registration form. You may explain in the comments. This information remains confidential.

Scrollworks is all about the orchestra and the ensemble experience. We offer:
  • Choir
  • Chamber String & Chamber Wind Ensembles
  • Advanced Percussion Ensemble
  • Magic City Youth Orchestra
  • Metropolitan Youth Orchestra

Click here for skill level and audition requirements for each.

Our music director Sara (Tucker) Peacock will also accept auditions submitted electronically. 
Please email her for a time or more information: Also let Ms. Peacock know if you need an instrument to prepare for the audition.

Piano and Voice Specialities & Music Basics Class for Parents
Private piano and voice lessons have been offered in the past only as an elective to students already studying orchestral instruments. 
This fall, students will be able to study just piano or just voice and participate in their own ensembles.
(Returning orchestral musicians can continue with piano or voice as an elective as before. Students who do not study another instrument with us and do not wish to participate in the required ensembles may take just private piano or voice lessons as space permits.)

There is limited availability for these specialties this semester.

Voice Specialty:
Age 10+, Small group voice lessons plus required participation in choir.
Advanced voice students, Master class plus required participation in choir.

Piano Specialty:
Age 8+ - New beginners: Private piano lessons plus required participation in choir
Age 8+ - After 1 year of study: Private piano lessons plus required participation in a piano duet or trio

The registration fee for orchestral instruments for the semester is $80 and will include:
  • 12 Sessions during the semester PLUS a jury day, recital camp and concert:
           - Group Class (or private lesson for MYO members) 
           - Ensemble rehearsal (Choir, Chamber, Percussion, MCYO or MYO)
  • Ensemble Music and Instrument Method Book as needed
Additional Group Class as elective - $48 per semester
Music Theory Class - $24 per semester
Private Piano or Voice Lessons as elective for orchestral musicians - $144.
Music Basics for Parents - $15

Voice Specialty - $80 per semester
Piano Specialty - $115 per semester

Private Piano (age 8+) or Voice Lessons (age 10+) without studying orchestral instrument or participating in the specialty ensemble - $200 per semester

We will be teaching on Monday evening and on Saturdays. 
Most classes will meet one day per week for 1 hour.
Ensembles will rehearse one day per week for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the skill level.
Private lessons, small group voice lessons and piano ensembles are once per week for 30 minutes.

Please note: Specific instruments/classes/ensembles are offered based on teacher availability.

Attendance, Tardiness & Practicing Requirements:

Students may not miss more than two days of class, lessons or rehearsals per semester. Please check the calendar on the home page. If you know your child will miss more than two days, please do not register. Make-up classes or lessons are not available.

Attendance at recital camp and the final semester concert are required.

Students should always arrive a few minutes early for their classes, lessons and rehearsals. Teachers are not required to teach a student who is more than 10 minutes late. Repeated tardiness will impact placement in the subsequent semester.

Practicing at home is critical to progress on any instrument. Teachers will provide guidance for how often and how long students at each age and skill level should practice. A log will be provided and will be reviewed each week during class or lessons. If your family cannot commit to a regular practice regime, please do not register.

Integrated Experience Credits: Each semester, all students are required to attend 2 live music performances outside of Scrollworks. We will ask students to turn in a short report on each. We will provide information on free concerts and we often are offered free tickets by local arts organizations including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Opera Birmingham. 

Munch & Music: At noon on most Saturdays, a simple nutritious lunch is provided for students, staff and parents for FREE. Local musicians, our teachers and students preparing for auditions are often scheduled to perform during this time. Donations of food, paper goods and/or money in support of M&M are gratefully accepted. Volunteers to perform as well as to prepare and serve the food are always welcome. Please see Melissa Surles at the check-in desk.

New Student Orientation is Saturday, January 5:
  • 9 am - String Instrument Sizing (only for students needing a string instrument!)
  • 9:30 am - Music Theory evaluation test for new students - Required (This is to determine baseline knowledge. No previous study is expected.) 
  • 10 am - General Info for New Families - Required (<30 min)

Click here for questions. (  )

Please provide additional information and/or scheduling requirements in the comment section of the registration form once it is posted.

Online payment of the $80 minimum fee is required at time of registration. (Be sure to hit the submit button at the bottom of the form.) Later you will receive an invoice from our bookkeeper for any instrument deposit and/or additional classes. 

Forms are processed in the order received.


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