Lake Compounce, Bristol CT
The Kuss Middle School Band, Chorus, and Orchestra are planning an exciting field trip on Friday, June 1st, 2018. Our ensembles will be participating in the Trills & Thrills Festival that will be held at Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, CT.
Each ensemble will perform for a panel of judges and be given a written as well as recorded evaluation. Awards will be given for superior, excellent, and good performances. After the performance students and chaperones will spend the afternoon at Lake Compounce.
The cost of the trip is $50 per student. This price includes entrance into the park, performance fees, bus fare, a school lunch, and unlimited Pepsi products in the park. Students are allowed to bring their own snacks and bagged lunches if they would prefer. Students are responsible for their own dinner in the park.
Thursday, March 15th- $25 due with permission slip
Thursday, April 26th- $25 or remaining balance
Have you thought about getting your student private lessons? If not, you should! Private lessons are very different than the group lessons that we have here at school. In a private lesson a student is able to work with a professional musician on a one-on-one basis. In this way, the teacher is able to work more in depth with the student on their instrument in developing a more professional tone, increasing technique, fundamentals of playing their instrument correctly, as well as helping the student set goals to help them excel on their instrument. It is the student’s responsibility to practice the work assigned at their private lesson. For more information on private lessons or finding a private teacher please feel free to contact me as I am more than willing to help and know many of the local teachers.
Ms. Laprise holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Rhode Island College and is currently in the process of obtaining a Masters in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory. She is a string specialist here in the Fall River Public Schools, where she conducts the Kuss Middle School Orchestra and instructs students in grades 4 through 12.
Ms. Laprise conducts the Repertory Orchestra for the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. She is also an instructor at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and maintains a private violin studio. She established the string and choral programs at Holy Name School in Fall River.
Ms. Laprise performs regularly with the Bristol County Chorus Orchestra, the Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus Orchestra and the Community College of Rhode Island Chorus Orchestra. She is also a freelance violinist in the Southeastern Massachusetts/Rhode Island area.
String Class Offerings
This class is open to all middle schiik students who want to learn to play a string instrument of thier choosing: violin, viola, cello, or string bass. No prior playing experience in necessary. The violin must be provided by the student. There are several violas, cellos, and string basses that are owned by the school and are available for rent to students for a small yearly maintenance fee. The goal of beginning orchestra is to prepare students to play in the intermediate orchestra the following year.
Intermediate Orchestra is open to students who have already played a string instrument for at least one year. This orchestra performs in many different types of performances throughout the school year including school concerts, city wide orchestra events, concert tours, and graduation. Students must supply their own instruments if they wish to play the violin. Viola, cello, and basses (school owned instruments) are available to students for a small yearly maintenance fee.
Entrance into the Advanced Orchestra is upon the recommendation of the orchestra director. Students must have shown exemplary performance in their previous orchestra class. This orchestra performs advanced music at many different types of performances throughout the school year including school concerts, city wide orchestra events, concert tours, and graduation. Students must supply their own instruments if they wish to play the violin. Viola, cello, and basses (school owned instruments) are available to students for a small yearly maintenance fee.