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The Baylor University String Project is a unique program that introduces low-cost group string instruction to Waco-area 4th - 12th graders. Students enrolled learn how to read music and play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). In the process, they develop good work habits and improve their ability to collaborate and cooperate in groups.

The BU String Project functions as a training ground for university students enrolled in string music education classes have the opportunity to teach beginning string students from the local community. The practical teaching experience gained in this program has a powerful effect on their preparation for the teaching workforce.

Because we use college students in a supervised teaching roles, Baylor is able to offer these music lessons at substantially reduced fees, making the program accessible to all families in the community who wish to participate.

Classes meet twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:15-5:00 PM in Waco Hall East. Classes rotate between large group and small group instruction.

Students are encouraged to rent their instrument, as string instruments come in fractional sizes and growing students may need to move to a larger instrument as often as every 4-6 months. After the Master Teacher has determined the appropriate size of instrument for each child at the new student / parent meeting, an instrument dealer will be on hand to arrange for rentals.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Alexander or Mrs. June Campbell.

To begin your registration, complete this form and return it to Mrs. June Campbell.

FAQ's

Who can enroll in the BU String Project?

All students are required to be a member of their school string program (if one exists at their grade level). Home school students, students too young for their school program, or students at schools without a string program are also allowed to participate. Classes and groups begin at the 4th grade level.

When and where do classes meet?

Group classes meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 4:15 - 5:00 PM each semester in Waco Hall East, Room 129. For a Baylor campus map, click here.

How do I find an instrument for my student?

Don't. We determine all instrument sizes at our required New Student / New Parent meeting. After we've helped determine the right instrument size for your student, we'll help connect you with our local string shop that can provide you with rental instruments.

How much does participation in the BU String Program cost?

$75 per semester for group instruction (24 lessons per semester)
$180 per semester for private lessons (12 lessons per semester)

Private lessons are only offered to students who have completed one semester in each of our group ensembles, and are scheduled by the private lesson teacher with collaboration with parents and students.

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Oso Musical is a free weekly music class for children in the Waco area who have special needs. Our participants range from Kindergarten to 12th grade and have a variety of special needs and abilities. Research has shown that children of all ability levels benefit from making music. Being immersed in a music enrichment class is a joyful and transformational experience, especially for children with special needs.

Our music classes are not music therapy services; instead, we provide a music education based on the Orff Schulwerk philosophy. We use traditional or original poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as basic musical building blocks. Spoken or sung, they are then accompanied by clapping and stomping or instruments such as drums, sticks, and bells.

Oso Musical is involved in the forefront of music research and works to spread the joy of our program with others. We think your children are amazing and can't wait to share their successes!

FAQ's

How do I find out more about OsoMusical?

If you're interested in more information about our program, please email us by clicking here. We'll respond to you as soon as possible!

How do I sign my child up for OsoMusical?

If you'd like to sign up, please send us an email and we'll send you a quick form.

Where and when does OsoMusical meet?

OsoMusical meets on Monday evenings at 6:45 PM in the McCrary Music Building on the Baylor University Campus. We utilize Room 114 for our activities, which never last more than an hour.

Does OsoMusical cost anything?

No! OsoMusical is absolutely, completely free for all participants.

I'm interested in supporting OsoMusical, how do I do that?

We're working on this. As soon as we have a way for you to contribute directly, you'll find it in this space. For now, we encourage you to visit our website.

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Baylor Women's Choir Festival

Each February, Baylor Music Education welcomes over 350 women's choir singers to campus for a day of music-making. The Baylor Women's Choir Festival is for women's choirs in the Central Texas region. Singers arrive on campus and heat to sectionals where they are handed three new pieces of music. The sectionals are taught by upper-level Baylor Music Education students, parenting to become middle school or high school choir directors. Following the sectionals, a mass choir is formed and handed over to a guest clinician, who rehearses the choir and prepares them for the concert later in the day.

Past guest clinicians include:

  • Anton Armstrong
  • Jeffrey Ames
  • Jessica Naples
  • Lynne Gackle
  • Jo Scurlock Dillard
  • Derrick Brookins
  • Dinah Menger

The concert features the Baylor Women's Choir, Bella Voce, selected female soloists from the Vocal Division of the Baylor Music School, and culminates with the Festival Choir, combining all of these choral voices in song. Singers leave with new songs, new friends, new memories, and, of course, a specially-designed t-shirt commemorating the day!

UIL Sightreading Fest

Who doesn't love sight-reading? Sight-reading is a major part of the UIL Large Group contest process. It can also be intimidating for singers and directors alike. The UIL Sight-Reading Fest gives singers from local high schools intensive practice in UIL Sight-reading procedures, while giving valuable experience to our Music Education majors who will be navigating choirs of their own through the UIL process in a few short years. Teaming up with local high schools, we collaborate for a night of sight-reading overload. Treble choirs, tenor-bass choirs, and mixed choirs are led through the UIL Sight-reading process by upper-level Music Education majors. The choirs' directors serve as the judges, listening to their own choirs' performances, while making sure the Baylor directors are adhering to all of the proscribed UIL rules and regulations. Throw in some ice-breaker games and some pizza, and everybody wins!

Intermediate School Vocal Solo Festival

Students in 6th grade are just embarking on their choral journey through middle school and high school. The Intermediate School Vocal Solo Festival provides a first-time experience for many of these singers to prepare and sing a solo for feedback in front of a judging panel. With the guidance of their teacher, each singer selects a song to prepare for the festival. Upper-level Music Education majors serve as judges for this event, providing feedback to these young singers, and gaining valuable experience working with developing voices.

For more information on these and other vocal music education events, please contact Michele Henry.

Central Texas Youth Wind Ensemble

The Central Texas Youth Wind Ensemble (CTYWE) is an honor band composed of talented and dedicated musicians who audition from grades 8-12, and includes students form many different school bands in the Central Texas region. The ensemble has one concert each semester, with a focus on performing a wide range of both new and traditional wind ensemble repertoire.

Students in the CTYWE also receive master-classes and sectional coaching from Baylor University faculty and undergraduate music majors. The ensembles rehearses Sunday afternoons at 2 PM in Jones Concert Hall on the Baylor University campus, and is directed by Dr. Russell Gavin. For more information on the CTYWE, including information about how to audition, please email Dr. Gavin.

For more information on these and other vocal music education events, please contact Russ Gavin.