Music

All Music Programs are a year-long commitment.

ASP Band:

Beginning Band: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30-4:15
In
termediate Band: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15-5:00

Band is a wonderful opportunity for students to bond with classmates, meet new friends, develop personal discipline, build self esteem, and begin the practice of an art form that will deliver joy and satisfaction from their school days to beyond. Beginning Band is for students with little to no experience, while intermediate students will have completed at least one full year in band.

The school has a limited number of instruments to loan to families. There are also several local companies to rent instruments from at a reasonable cost.

Students do not have to choose an instrument prior to bands’ start, where they’ll be given the opportunity to explore the instruments before making a decision. Requests for instrument loans should be directed to mfrazier@headroyce.org.

ASP Private Music Lessons:

General Lesson Information Lessons are available to students in Kindergarten and above as a full year commitment. Teachers will provide thirty-minute individual lessons once a week for $40.00 per lesson, billed by trimester. Please consider your student’s schedule carefully before committing to lessons. Absences for a scheduled school related conflict (for example: sports or an art show) will not be charged, but all other absences will be charged for teacher’s time.
Please note: Students needing to cancel lessons indefinitely will be required to pay for lessons unless a replacement can be scheduled.

How do lessons work? After School Music Lessons will take place from 3:30-6:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Childcare prior to lessons is free for Lower School and Middle School students enrolled in an ASP plan. Students enrolled in an ASP plan will be charged $38 per lesson, rather than $40. All Lower and Middle school students remaining on campus prior to lessons must sign into the After School Program before their lessons and must be signed out according to ASP procedures. Lower school students signing into ASP will be sent to their lesson by ASP staff to ensure a timely arrival.

Piano

Karin McPhail, a graduate of Juilliard with further study in Italy and Stanford, has taught piano at Head-Royce with joy and enthusiasm for many years. She also taught classroom music at HRS for three years, at Sleepy Hollow, Orinda for 16+ years, and for 17 years was Associate in Music at Montclair Presbyterian. She is currently Chapel Organist at Mills College.

Her approach to the piano is classical, with emphasis on style, interpretation and technique. After mastering the basics, the choice of pieces to be learned is very much tailored to each student. Jazz, Ragtime, musicals, and pop can also be part of a student's choice of repertoire. "I count every day of teaching a privilege to share great music with my students. They are all very special, each with different gifts!".

Sarah Noll will be in her 15th year at Head-Royce working as both a music classroom instructor and as a director of the Lower School choir, Da Capo. For the past 4 years she has also been teaching private lessons in the after school program. She received her Master's degree in Piano from the University of Wisconsin in 1980, and has been an active performer and teacher since that time.

Mikako Endohas over 20 years of teaching experience, both individual and group lessons, in Piano, Solfége, Music Theory, Composition and Electronica. Mikako comes to HRS with a MM in Compostion for the San Franciscio Conservatory of Music and a BA in Music Education for the Tokyo Gakugei University. More on Mikako

Kay Carteris a retired 2nd grade teacher and Arts Integration / Language Development Specialist. She has taught piano to both individual beginners and general classroom music. Apart of SF Opera Education for 3 years, Ms. Carter has also been apart of church pianist/gospel choirs for 40 years.

Laura Sherman has been teaching piano lessons throughout the bay area since 1990. She graduated with a BA degree in music from UC Santa Cruz. She teaches all styles from classical to jazz and blues to popular.
It is important to develop a child's ear for music as well as their ability to read music. Improvising and making up their own pieces are a part of learning to play an instrument and developing musical abilities. I create an atmosphere where children enjoy playing yet have a serious attitude about learning.

Violin / Viola

Stephanie Ng has performed in Paris, Moscow, St. Petersberg, Amsterdam, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. She has played with Chris Botti and Barbara Streisand, and the Lion King musical. An avid chamber player, she has performed with the Alexander String Quartet and members of the San Francisco Symphony. As a music educator, she has taught at the Crowden School in Berkeley and has been teaching violin, viola, and the String Quartet at Head-Royce. She is a founding member of the Divisa Ensemble, a mixed strings and wind quintet (www.divisaensemble.com).

Guitar / Drums

Dan McGuffin practice and study of music formally and informally has spanned 40 years. He specializes in teaching guitar chords and scales along with timing. The students learn songs and melody. His goal is to have the students learn how to create their own music and he tailors his teaching to fit each students ability and experience. For more information about Dan's experience and teaching style, please visit his website.

Trumpet/Trombone/French horn/Baritone horn/Tuba

Henry Hung currently teaches at the Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts (SOTA), Berkeley City College, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Waldorf School (SF) and Piedmont Unified School District. He holds a BM from the Manhattan School of Music and and MA in Music Education from San Francsico State. For more information about Henry and his performance career please visit www.henryhungmusic.com and www.henryhungmusic.tumblr.com.

Saxophone/Flute

Nzingah Smith hails from New York State's Hudson River Valley. She studied at Harlem's Jazzmobile with Basie alumnae: Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Bill Baron. She also studied at Carl Berger's Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY, Berkeley School of Music in Boston and at Rutger's University, where she received her BA in Music. In 2000 Nzingah received her Orff Certification from Mills College. Since relocating to CA, Nzingah has worked with a variety of ensembles including the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, Azucar Y Crema (a women's salsa band), the Junius Courtney Big Band and in 2008 was featured artist for the annual concert series, Afro Solo.

More recently she has performed with R&B legend Johnny Tolbert; vocalist Denise Perrier and violinist, Sandi Poindexter. In addition to leading her own jazz quintet, Nzingah currently performs with the Latin Jaxx ensemble; Azucar con Ache and the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music Orchestra and Count Basie Tribute Band.

A dedicated music educator, Nzingah teaches private lessons in general music, woodwinds and band. She has taught at a number of public and private schools including The San Francisco School, the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Elmhurst Community Prep, Alliance Academy, Lick-Wilmerding High School and San Pedro Elementary School.


About our Band Director

Nzingah hails from New York State's Hudson River Valley. She studied at Harlem's Jazzmobile with Basie alumnae: Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Bill Baron. She also studied at Carl Berger's Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY, Berkeley School of Music in Boston and at Rutger's University, where she received her BA in Music. In 2000 Nzingah received her Orff Certification from Mills College. Since relocating to CA, Nzingah has worked with a variety of ensembles including the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, Azucar Y Crema (a women's salsa band), the Junius Courtney Big Band and in 2008 was featured artist for the annual concert series, Afro Solo.

More recently she has performed with R&B legend Johnny Tolbert; vocalist Denise Perrier and violinist, Sandi Poindexter. In addition to leading her own jazz quintet, Nzingah currently peforms with the Latin Jaxx ensemble; Azucar con Ache and the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music Orchestra and Count Basie Tribute Band.

A dedicated music educator, Nzingah teaches private lessons in general music, woodwinds and band. She has taught at a number of public and private schools including The San Francisco School, the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Elmhurst Community Prep, Alliance Academy, Lick-Wilmerding High School and San Pedro Elementary School.

Mikki Frazier
Director of Programs
(510) 531-1300 x2500

Dexter Moore Jr.
Associate Director of Programs
Director, Heads Up Program
(510) 531-1300 x2437

Eben Dower
Associate Director of Programs
Director, After School Program

(510) 531-1300 x2333

Natalie Huaman
Programs Office Administrative Asst.
(510) 531-1300 x2301

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