Instrumental Department

CLASSES AT A GLANCE

The TAFA Instrumental Department develops young musicians through extensive classical training in a variety of premier ensembles.
Each of our upper-level ensembles perform professional-level orchestral repertoire by classic composers. Our students develop to perform repertoire that is above the level of most instrumentalists in their age category, both in difficulty, maturity and scope. We strive
to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive Christian environment. We focus on more than the student’s artistic
development placing an emphasis on character development in the areas of leadership, self-discipline, and confidence.

Musikgarten

A fun and creative interactive parent/young-child class utilizing Musikgarten curriculum which provides lifetime foundational music education through song and movement. Through the activities in the class children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express themselves through music. Students learn elements of music which develop and lay a foundation of ear training, pitch recognition, vocalization, and rhythm basics.

Primary Music

Primary music will be an exciting combination of singing, dancing, and musical game playing toward the goal of learning music fluently. Students will have fun learning to use their musical voices and musical ears comfortably and naturally. Students will sing songs that train them in music theory basics so that they experience first-hand the fundamentals of music theory.

Stomp

This class will give young students the opportunity to explore basic percussion concepts. We will be playing on various surfaces as well as employing movement such as jumping, stomping and clapping. This class is intended to begin instilling an innate rhythmic sense in young musicians which will aid them in their future as a musician in any instrumental or vocal setting.

Beginning Band/Beginning Percussion

Beginning Band is for students desiring to learn a band instrument including instruments from the woodwind, brass, or percussion families. Beginning theory, note reading, rhythmic study, and the handling of individual instruments are all an integral part of this class. Students will be able to perform at an early intermediate level by the end of the 1st year of class.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is a continuation of Concert Band. It provides woodwind, brass and percussion students rigorous experience in performing demanding repertoire in a broad range of styles. Students will rehearse and perform intermediate to moderate level quality band foundational exercises and works in a structured environment.

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is a complete performance band experience for advanced instrumentalists. It is an advanced woodwind, brass & percussion ensemble that performs professional-level works from renowned composers. Students will rehearse and perform advanced level quality band works in a structured environment.

Chamber Instrument Ensemble

Chamber class is for intermediate to advanced instrumentalists including wind, brass or percussion. Students will rotate between various small ensemble units for trios, quartets, or quintets and into medium instrumental family groups. Groups rehearse independently allowing for growth in leadership as musicians.

String Orchestra

String Orchestra provides continuing growth in music through the study and performance of beginning and intermediate string orchestra literature. Violin, viola, cello and string bass students develop ensemble skills. Students reinforce the foundational techniques of proper playing positions, quality tone production, aural skills and music literacy in a performance ensemble setting.

Symphonic Jazz Band

This Beginning Jazz Band class will cover foundations of jazz as they learn jazz band pieces that enrich the learning experience with the goal of developing into a solid intermediate level performing group.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is a complete jazz band experience for advanced instrumentalist. Students will rehearse and perform intermediate to advanced level quality jazz band works in a structured environment.

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Our Teachers:

Lori Rooke

Director of Bands
Lori has been the Director of Bands at TAFA since 2000. With a Music Education degree from the University of Texas she began her teaching career in the Bastrop
ISD.  Lori also teaches private flute lessons and has been teaching privately for over thirty years. She is also a member of the Christ Chapel Bible Church orchestra.

Kate Whaley

Kate is a 2007 TAFA Alumni. After graduation she went on to receive a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Distinction in Applied Clarinet from the Eastman School of Music in May of 2011. Mrs. Whaley also teaches clarinet for the Aledo and Burleson ISDs and organizes and directs Clarinet Camp every year during the summer.

Robin Moreland

Robin graduated from UT Arlington in 1991 with a music education degree.  Her music education experiences include Suzuki Violin Teacher Training books 1-4, seven years as a public-school orchestra director, over 30 years as a private violin and viola lesson instructor as well as various string camps and sectional coaching.  She has performed with the Pavane String Quartet for over 25 years.

Ken Ebo

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Private Lessons:

Lori Rooke

Flute

Ken Ebo

Low Brass

Kate Whaley

Clarinet

Kristine Smith

French Horn

Elizabeth Hames

Piano

Shelby McPherson

Piano

Robin Moreland

Suzuki Violin

Jeannie (Miller) Gifford

Piano

Kathy Berry

Suzuki Violin

Matthew Kraehemann

Saxophone

Ian Storbakken

Guitar

Dewayne Washington

Saxophone

Cody McClarty

Trumpet

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