Kuss Orchestra Program

 

Nicole Laprise

Orchestra Director

nlaprise@fallriverschools.org

 

Calendar

Wednesday, May 31st Exhibition Night Kuss Middle School 4:00-6:00
Friday, June 2nd
Trills and Thrills
Lake Compounce, CT
186 Enterprise Dr.
Bristol, CT 06010
7:00-8:30
Tuesday, June 6th
Spring Concert
Kuss Middle School
7:00-8:30
Monday, June 19th
8th Grade Graduation Durfee High School
 

 

 


Lake Compounce, Bristol CT

 


 

 


Private Lessons

Have you thought about getting your student private lessons? If not, you should! Private lessons are very different than the group lessons that we have here at school.  In a private lesson a student is able to work with a professional musician on a one-on-one basis.  In this way, the teacher is able to work more in depth with the student on their instrument in developing a more professional tone, increasing technique, fundamentals of playing their instrument correctly, as well as helping the student set goals to help them excel on their instrument.  It is the student’s responsibility to practice the work assigned at their private lesson.  For more information on private lessons or finding a private teacher please feel free to contact me as I am more than willing to help and know many of the local teachers.


 

Nicole Laprise

Ms. Laprise holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Rhode Island College and is currently in the process of obtaining a Masters in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory. She is a string specialist here in the Fall River Public Schools, where she conducts the Kuss Middle School Orchestra and instructs students in grades 4 through 12.

Ms. Laprise conducts the Repertory Orchestra for the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.  She is also an instructor at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and maintains a private violin studio.  She established the string and choral programs at Holy Name School in Fall River.

Ms. Laprise performs regularly with the Bristol County Chorus Orchestra, the Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus Orchestra and the Community College of Rhode Island Chorus Orchestra. She is also a freelance violinist in the Southeastern Massachusetts/Rhode Island area.


String Class Offerings

Beginning Orchestra

This class is open to all middle schiik students who want to learn to play a string instrument of thier choosing: violin, viola, cello, or string bass. No prior playing experience in necessary. The violin must be provided by the student. There are several violas, cellos, and string basses that are owned by the school and are available for rent to students for a small yearly maintenance fee.  The goal of beginning orchestra is to prepare students to play in the intermediate orchestra the following year. 

Intermediate

Intermediate Orchestra is open to students who have already played a string instrument for at least one year. This orchestra performs in many different types of performances throughout the school year including school concerts, city wide orchestra events, concert tours, and graduation. Students must supply their own instruments if they wish to play the violin. Viola, cello, and basses (school owned instruments) are available to students for a small yearly maintenance fee.

Advanced Orchestra

Entrance into the Advanced Orchestra is upon the recommendation of the orchestra director. Students must have shown exemplary performance in their previous orchestra class. This orchestra performs advanced music at many different types of performances throughout the school year including school concerts, city wide orchestra events, concert tours, and graduation. Students must supply their own instruments if they wish to play the violin. Viola, cello, and basses (school owned instruments) are available to students for a small yearly maintenance fee.

 

 

Student and Parent Resources

Forms

All City

Spring Concert

Six Flags

Graduation

Contract

Student tools

Tuners

Violin Tuner

Viola Tuner

Cello Tuner

Bass Tuner

Metronomes 

Metronome A

Metronome B

Note Name Flashcards and Scales

Flashcards 

Helpful Technique Hints/Lessons

Violin and Viola Lessons

Vibrato

Cello Lessons

Vibrato

Beginning

Apps

Tuner Lite

Vamoosh

Metronome

Cello Flash Cards

PlayAlong

Theory Fun

 

Just for fun

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Classics for Kids

Sphinx Kids

More About My Instrument

Violin

Viola

Cello

String Bass

Do you have a good idea that you think should be included on this page? Talk to Ms. Laprise and give her suggestions!