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Concert Band
  • Beginner Band is open to all 5th & 6th grade students who want to learn a new instrument. No experience is necessary. We will teach you everything including how to read music.
  • Intermediate Band is open to 2nd year band students in 6th – 8th grade. All students in this class have had at least one year of band or private instruction.
  • Advanced Band is selected by audition only. Middle school students selected for this group have had at least 2 years of band or private study. This group performs 1 time in the fall and 2 times in the spring. Some of our 8th grade members also participate in the marching band at the West Campus.

 Band

This performance based group is conducted the fall semester of the school year. High school students will perform at area football games as well as community, state, and national concerts and competitions. After school and summer rehearsals are required to participate in the half-time show. Membership is open to any student who has completed prior musical training in a middle school band or other public or private institution. Duration of the membership lasts one year.
Praise Band
  • Middle School Praise Band (Direct Connection) for 6th – 8th grade students is a vocal & band class. The group consist of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who serve as a praise and worship band in the school chapel program throughout the year. These young students play their own instruments (keyboards, drums, guitars, strings, and horns) and sing their own vocals. Direct Connection is under the leadership of Mr. Walter Cazalas.
  • High School Praise Band is an auditioned group, chosen in the spring semester, which leads our students in chapel worship. During class time students will rehearse for chapel performances, learn how to lead worship and lead others into the presence of God. Members of this group are leaders in the school not only musically but spiritually as well.

Color Guard & Majorettes:

For anyone who wants to perform with the Marching Band during the halftime shows at the football games. No experience is required but performing at every football game is mandatory. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Matt Squires for more info.

Conservatory

In response to God’s command to play skillfully and shout for joy (Psalm 33:3), Cottage Hill Christian Academy has established the Cottage Hill Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory offers private lessons and class instruction in vocal and instrumental music. Our purpose is to train musicians to use their talents to glorify the Lord at school, home, church, and wherever God leads them to serve. The Conservatory is staffed by qualified Christian instructors who encourage students to fully develop their God given talents.

Lesson times and days are scheduled during and after school for elementary students and after school for high school students by each Conservatory Instructor. The monthly fee for this class is $65.00. There is also a one time $25.00 enrollment fee.

Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello

Mrs. Ellen Stebbins use Faber and Faber Piano Adventures as her core curriculum. Piano Adventures includes material in technique, hymns, performance, and theory. As students progress, she adds standard classical material.

String students use Essential Elements Series and the Suzuki Method. Fiddle songs and hymns are added to the student’s repertoire. String students are strongly encouraged to participate in an ensemble.

Mrs. Stebbins’ students participate in the Alabama Baptist Hymn Festival in November. Students of Mrs. Stebbins also participate in a Christmas recital and May recital. Other opportunities for performance are Mobile Music Teachers Piano Sonata Contest, All State Youth Orchestra, and competitions sponsored by NMTA and MENC.

Brass, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, & Percussions

Mr. Walter Cazalas uses the Progressive Guitar Series for most fretted instruments, Mel Bay for Mandolin, Alfred’s Drum Set Method, and Standard of Excellence with the Arban Method for Brass and Winds. CD’s, DVD’s, and recording techniques are used in conjunction with the texts.

Mr. Cazalas’ students are encouraged to make presentations in both winter and spring recitals, but not required. Many students have outside opportunities for performance through school, church, and civic activities.

Mr. Cazalas is frequently available for short-term lessons to help band students prepare for auditions, Solo and Ensemble Festivals, as well as state competitions.

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