Spring 2020

Online registration will be open through 5 pm on January 7, 2020
We offer group instruction and ensembles for orchestral instruments, guitar, piano and voice to children ages 6 to 18, including students with disabilities.

New for Spring 2020: Ukulele Class

50% Off Registration Fee for New Beginners on Violin or Clarinet

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).

All activities take place at historic St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1500 6th Ave N, Birmingham, 35203.

How to navigate this page and the registration form: 
Based on your child's age and skill on their chosen instrument, decide which class/ensemble would be a good fit from the age/skill breakdown immediately below. Decide whether Monday or Saturday fits your schedule best and make sure the class/ensemble is available on that day under Offerings further down.

In addition to indicating these choices on the form, be sure to indicate your child's birth date, what instrument they will study, whether you already have that instrument and whether your child might be eligible for supplemental VSA instruction (see below).

Put any concerns or special considerations in the comment box. Also watch for any email with 'Scrollworks: Question' after submission, where we might ask for clarification on specifics.

Classes for Each Child's Age and Skill:

For Age 6:
Instrument Explorer class (introduces all the instruments in the orchestra and begins teaching rhythm and note reading)
Art class

For Age 7:
Instrument Explorer class
Beginning Violin (String Basics) class
Beginning Percussion 
(Percussion Basics) class
Art class

For Age 8-9:
Strings class - Violin 
Winds class - Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone
Rhythm/World Percussion class
Art class
Piano* Private Lessons / Collaborative Piano*

For Age 10+:
Strings class - Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass*
Winds class - Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone**, Oboe*, Bassoon*, Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Tuba*
Percussion class
Guitar class
Ukulele class (30 min)
Art class
Piano* Private Lessons / Collaborative Piano* 
Voice Private Lessons / Collaborative Voice

*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 the following ensembles:

Participation by audition:
  • Choir
  • Chamber String & Chamber Wind Ensembles
  • Magic City Youth Orchestra
  • Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
Click here for skill level and audition requirements for each. 

In-person auditions will take place on Saturday, January 4, after 1 pm. Sara Tucker will also accept auditions submitted electronically. 
Please email her for a time or more information: stucker@myorch.org Also let Ms. Tucker know if you need an instrument to prepare for the audition.

Participation by invitation only:
  • Advanced Percussion Ensemble
  • Recorder Ensemble
  • After Hours Orchestra

About Piano and Voice Lessons

30 minute private piano and voice lessons are offered depending on teacher availability
Cost: $200/semester.
Cost for students studying an orchestral instrument: $144/semester

Collaborative Voice:
Age 10+
Voice lessons plus required participation in choir.
Class time commitment per week: 90 minutes.
Cost: $80/semester

Collaborative Piano:
Age 8+ - New beginners on piano
Private piano lessons plus required participation in choir
Class time commitment per week: 90 minutes
Cost: $115/semester

Age 8+ - After one semester of study: Private piano lessons plus required participation in a piano duet or trio
Class time commitment per week: 60 minutes
Cost: $115/semester

The registration fee for the first orchestral instrument or guitar 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)
  • Sheet Music and Instrument Method Book as needed
  • Time commitment per week : 120 minutes

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.

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

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

This spring we will be teaching on Monday evening and on Saturdays. 
Group classes will meet one day per week for 1 hour.
Ensembles will rehearse one day per week for 1 hour.
Private lessons and piano ensembles are once per week for 30 minutes.

Mondays - classes/lessons/rehearsals scheduled between 4 and 8 pm
String & Percussion Basics class (Age 7)

Beginning violin or cello class (Age 8+)
Intermediate violin class (Age 8+)
Chamber Strings for intermediate students

Beginning winds class (Age 8+)
Intermediate winds class (Age 8+)
Chamber Winds for intermediate students

Rhythm/World Percussion (Age 8-9)
Beginning percussion (Age 10+)

Wind lessons for MYO members
Percussion lessons for MYO members
Metropolitan Youth Orchestra rehearsal
Piano lessons / Collaborative piano  
Voice lessons 

Guitar class (Age 8+)
Art class (All ages) 

Saturdays classes/lessons/rehearsals scheduled between 9 am and 4 pm
Offered all day (-ish):
String, Wind and Percussion lessons for orchestra members
Piano lessons / Collaborative Piano
Voice lessons
Music Theory class (Age 8+)

Morning (-ish):
Instrument Explorer (Age 6 & 7)
Strings & Percussion Basics (Age 7)
Strings & Winds beginner classes (Age 8+)
Rhythm/World Percussion class (Age 8+)
Percussion beginner class (Age 10+)
Choir (All ages)
Chamber Ensembles (Winds and Strings)
Collaborative Voice
Guitar class
Ukulele class
Art class

Afternoon (-ish):
Strings, Winds & Percussion intermediate classes
Recorder Ensemble
Advanced Percussion Ensemble
Magic City Youth Orchestra Rehearsal
Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Rehearsal

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. Check the calendar on the Home tab.

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.

FREE Lunch: At noon on most Saturdays, a simple nutritious lunch is provided for students, staff and parents for free. Donations of food, paper goods and/or money are gratefully accepted. Volunteers to help prepare and serve the food are always welcome. Please see Angela Blankenship at the check-in desk.

New Student Orientation is Saturday, January 11:
  • 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 knowledge is expected.) 
  • 10 am - General Info for New Families - Required (<30 min)

Click here for questions. ( question@myorch.org  )

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

Be sure to hit the submit button at the bottom of the form.

Online payment of the $80 semester fee ($40 for beginning violin/clarinet) is required at time of registration. 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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