COVID-19 has changed all of our routines and schedules. To ensure safety and the health of our students and staff, our classes will be going online. This means the following:
1. Students who are new or have participated in YMA for less than 1 year (this includes students from last year who participated up until March) will begin virtual general music classes. They will learn music theory, songs, and movement activities to help them grow as musicians. For these beginning musicians, it would be rather difficult to learn violin virtually, especially when it comes to tuning. Therefore, they will be assigned a violin once we are able to safely return to in-person instruction.
2. Students who have participated with YMA for over one full year will participate in virtual string lessons beginning on 11/14.
Both groups will participate in virtual lessons from 10-11 am on Saturdays. They will utilize breakout rooms to be put into their different groups.
We are hopeful in the new year to resume in-person classes contingent on Alamance County maintaining low COVID-19 rates.
YMA meets every Saturday (excluding national and school year) holidays. The lessons are held in our donated rehearsal space at the First Reformed United Church of Christ at 513 W Front Street, Burlington, NC. A hot, healthy lunch is served to students during a break in lessons.
After School lessons are held throughout the school year at Broadview Middle School, located at 2229 Broadview Dr, Burlington, NC 27217. These lessons are held Mondays and Wednesdays (excluding national and school holidays and teacher workdays). A healthy snack is served to students prior to lessons beginning each day.
Lessons are taught by qualified music instructors, many of whom are teachers in the Alamance Burlington School System.
Saturday Virtual Schedule
Young Musicians of Alamance will meet virtually every Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 11:00 PM. Our sessions are as follows:
Quarter 1: November 7th – December 19th with NO class on November 28th.
We will meet virtually on the following Saturdays: 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 and 12/19.
Quarter 2: January 9th – March 27th
We will meet virtually on the following Saturdays: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/12, 3/20, 3/27
Quarter 3: April 17th – May 29th
We will meet virtually on the following Saturdays: 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29.
Violins and other YMA materials must be returned to 513 W Front St the week of 5/31-6/5.
Click the PDF below for the YMA Program Handbook
Advantages of Music Education for Children
1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning
2. A mastery of memorization
3. Students learn to improve their work
4. Increased coordination
5. A sense of achievement
6. Kids stay engaged in school
7. Success in society
8. Emotional development
9. Students learn pattern recognition
10. Better SAT scores
11. Fine-tuned auditory skills
12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity
13. Music can be relaxing
14. Musical instruments can teach discipline
15. Preparation for the creative economy
16. Development in creative thinking
17. Music can develop spatial intelligence
18. Kids can learn teamwork
19. Responsible risk-taking
20. Better self-confidence