Fall 2020

Registration will open in early August 2020

Covid-19 has made the teaching of wind instruments and singing very difficult to do safely. We are staying up to date on the newest guidelines and innovations and will let you know what kind of arrangements we will have to make for Fall.

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

New for Fall 2020: Guitar and Art classes!

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).

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, 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 either beginning violin (String Basics) or pBuzz (Wind 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.

(Returning students: an audition is required.)

In-person auditions will take place on Monday, July 30 after 4 pm. Sara (Tucker) Peacock will also accept auditions submitted electronically. Please email her for a time or more information: stucker@myorch.org Also let Ms. Peacock know if you need an instrument to prepare for the audition.

NEW this Fall 2018 - 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

Music Basics Class for Parents:

15-30 minutes each week to support you support your young musician: basic music reading, the occasional song and/or drumming & rhythm games, discussions of good practice habits, making music at home plus Q&A time

Lead by Julie Shum

12:00 pm on Saturday

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

This fall 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.


Mondays - classes/lessons/rehearsals scheduled between 4 and 8 pm

String & Winds Basics class (Age 7)

Beginning violin class (Age 8+)

Intermediate violin class (Age 8+)

Chamber Strings ensemble for intermediate students

Beginning winds class (Age 8+)

Intermediate winds class (Age 8+)

Chamber Winds ensemble for intermediate students

Rhythm/Percussion (Age 8-9)

Beginning percussion (Age 10+)

Wind lessons for MYO members

Violin and viola lessons for MYO members

Percussion lessons for MYO members

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra rehearsal

Piano lessons / Piano Ensemble

Voice lessons

Saturdays classes/lessons/rehearsals scheduled between 9 am and 4 pm

All day (-ish):

String, Wind and Percussion lessons for orchestra members

Piano lessons

Voice lessons

Morning (-ish):

Instrument Explorer (Age 6)

Strings & Winds Basics (Age 7)

Strings & Winds beginner classes (Age 8+)

Rhythm/Percussion class (Age 8+)

Percussion beginner class (Age 10+)

Choir (All ages)

Chamber Ensembles (Winds and Strings)

Piano Ensemble

Afternoon (-ish):

Music Theory class (Age 8+)

Strings, Winds & Percussion intermediate classes

Advanced String Class (to supplement private lessons for MYO string students)

Advanced Percussion Ensemble

Magic City Youth Orchestra Rehearsal

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Section B Rehearsal

Voice lessons

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, August 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 study 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.

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.

Kennedy Center/VSA