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Music participation for students

Kids’ Choir—Sundays, 1:00-1:45 p.m.

If you like to sing, make harmony, and have a great time with friends, then the Kids' Choir at Temple Beth Shalom is for you!

The Kids' Choir is a group of amazing youth in grades 2 through 6 who come together to have fun learning and performing Jewish music, all while connecting to each other and to their Jewish identities. The Kids' Choir lifts our spirits in song during Sunday T'filah services, on holidays and community celebrations, and at Shabbat Shir Shalom (our annual extra-musical Shabbat service). All voices are unique gifts and everyone is welcome, so come and sing! No audition is required for Kids' Choir, but families must sign up through the Temple Beth Shalom Religious School enrollment form.

Club Musika Jr.—Sundays, 9:00-9:45 a.m.
For students in grades 5-6

We welcome participation in Club Musika Jr. by students who are able to read music on treble or bass clef, and have had at least two years of experience in school band/choir or two years of private lessons (if neither, email sara.kaye@bethshalomaustin.org for audition). Sign up through the Temple Beth Shalom Religious School enrollment form.

Song Leading & Band "Club Musika"—Sundays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
For students in grades 7-12
 
Have you ever wanted to lead or play an instrument in services or song sessions at camp or temple? Love to jam? Join Song Leading & Band "Club Musika" to transform your talent into confidence: teaching songs, engaging the congregation with music, and leading or playing in a band with other kids who love music too! 
 
Whether you are a singer or instrumentalist, beginner or an expert, "Club Musika" will give you tangible techniques to be a leader!  
 
In Song Leading & Band "Club Musika," you will: 

  • Gather repertoire, tools, and leadership qualities to rock like you're Dan Nichols or Drake on the bima. 
  • For guitar / song-leading beginners: Learn basic guitar skills for leading Jewish music and all the essential parts of song leading, from picking up the energy level of the crowd, to body movement and eye contact. You will gain the skills to lead our congregation musically!
  • For intermediate song-leaders / guitar players: Be ready to jam, work a capo and build your barre chord muscles. Practice the intricacies of being a great song leader and teacher, from picking up the energy level of the crowd, to body movement and eye contact. Become more comfortable singing while playing, a valuable skill you can take with you forever. You will gain the skills to lead our congregation musically!
  • For instrumentalists: Be ready to play notes and rhythms on the fly while we create parts together. Learn to use your instrument (e.g. flute, keyboard, violin) as part of the song-leading team. Learn the importance of and improve your skills in accompaniment and supporting your fellow musicians as a leading team. Grow your leadership skills and your musical confidence in a Jewish context!
Although beginning guitarists and vocalists of any level are welcome, for students playing other instruments at least one year of private or school instruction on an instrument is required. All students are expected to bring their own instruments. We are seeking students who are very motivated towards making music and improving their skills!
 
Since we will be in a virtual setting, we will be working on audio and video recording projects. These recordings will be used for Religious School, Shabbat and Tot Shabbat services.
 

Teen Opportunity: Adult Choir

Sing? Play a musical instrument? Youth in grades 7-12 can join the Kol Hakavod ("Voice of Honor") Ensemble, our congregational choir and instrumental group!
Kol Hakavod is both a dedicated choral and instrumental ensemble and an opportunity for ongoing education. Being a choir member provides you with a unique opportunity to explore Jewish music from the past and present under the guidance of Cantor Abby Gostein. We welcome anyone who wishes to celebrate Jewish musical heritage, develop and improve their vocal and musicianship skills, and contribute to leading the prayers of our community in an especially powerful way. If you're interested in participating, please fill out our Participation Form.

 

Wed, September 23 2020 5 Tishrei 5781