Mandarins Music Academy

About

Our Mission

The mission of the Mandarins Music Academy is to create scholar musicians by inspiring children to a life-long love of music. We do this by “Giving the Gift of Music” to children in elementary, after-school band programs.

Numerous studies have shown that students benefit greatly from instrumental music education early in their lives. It improves reading and verbal skills, mathematical and spatial reasoning, teaches a foreign language, makes them better listeners, strengthens motor cortex, improves memory, helps manage anxiety, enhances confidence and self-esteem, improves creativity and it is a ton of fun!

Our Mandarins Music Academy is provided as an after- or before-school program at elementary schools across the region.

  • Our curriculum is what we call a “2 of 8”. The Mandarins Music Academy is considered to be the first two years of a student’s eight year music education. The students will be prepared to bridge successfully to the middle school level and likewise to the high school level. A partnership is created with the middle school and high school band directors to ensure this progression. In our program we use the band method book Sound Innovations.
  • Eligible instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion.
  • The program is designed to have two main performances in the Winter (December) and in the Spring (May). The band may also conduct a performance as a school assembly in May.
  • Optional Bandfest with Middle School and High School
    Depending on the middle school and high school, we may cooperatively develop a “bandfest” that involves the middle and high school students. For these programs, a single performance piece is rehearsed and all three-band levels play together in a big gym setting.
  • Class sessions – The classes are held at the student’s school either before or after the normal school day. So there is no transportation requirements for the student.

Example Schedule

School day ends at 2:30
Band Class: 2:30 – 3:15

Cost

At the Mandarins Music Academy, we keep costs as low as possible to allow as many students as possible benefit from the program. Our tuition is $150 per half-year. We also have instruments available to rent at $50 per half year.

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