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Brentasia Music Band

   The BRENT IBS  Performing Arts Department offers 7 orchestra classes with over 250 string players in the program.  At the Upper School level the advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players join the orchestras to create a rich symphonic orchestra.  The extensive chamber music program (partially supported through the Tam & Young Arts Chair) includes 6 string quartets.

    At the Lower School level, beginning and advanced orchestra classes are available.  The focuses of the Lower School Orchestra are the joy of learning to play a string instrument, and the development of a firm foundation of basic skills.  Through the study of violin, viola, cello or bass, students learn not only how to play their instrument, but also develop coordination of small and large muscles, multi-sensory learning, hands-on learning, cooperation, attention to details while keeping track of the big picture, patience, persistence and teamwork.  The students also have the opportunity to study music from many different genres - Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, fiddle, jazz, blues, holiday, movie, etc.

   Classes meet three times per week.  Specialists come to work with small groups of students, reinforcing techniques specific to each instrument.  Students enjoy individual attention within the group setting and practice old and new skills regularly.  It is part of the orchestra's mission to create an atmosphere of success and excellence.

   This year's brand-new BRENT IBS  Suzuki Program provides an opportunity for 4th graders to join the orchestra program as Fantastic Fourth-grade Fiddlers and brings nationally renowned Suzuki teacher Ellie LeRoux to BRENT IBS , who offers private Suzuki instruction on campus to students age 2 and older.

   Many current students study privately in the after school program or in private studios on downtown Naga City.  These lessons set the foundation for skill development necessary to reach the level of Orchestra 4 and 5.

   The vision is that an early start, attention to details, and the expectation that every student can attain excellence will allow as many students as possible to achieve the goal of making the varsity team (Orchestra 5) when they reach the Upper School.

    Learning to play a string instrument is a lifelong pursuit, which is rewarding on many levels - from the gratification of individual accomplishment and the appreciation of beauty to the fun of participating in a group activity with shared goals and the excitement of live performance.