Lindenbaum Outreach Program

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Lindenbaum Strings and Choir Outreach Program

The Lindenbaum Outreach Program offers underserved youth in Seguin, Navarro and New Braunfels school districts high quality after-school programs in string and choral music within a nurturing environment. Our mission is to empower these students to successfully develop their musical potential, be persistent in the pursuit of their education and to strengthen their communities. 

Each strings class is divided into Level 1 and Level 2, with each level lasting one school year. New students enrolling in Level 1 Violin classes should be entering 2nd or 3rd grade; for cello classes, 3rd or 4th grade. Our instructors are trained and experienced in the Suzuki Method, which asks parents or guardians to be highly involved in the learning process by attending classes with the student, taking notes, and participating in daily practice together with the student at home. The Suzuki Method delays instruction in reading music until a student’s facility with the instrument is evident – music will be learned by repeated listening to recordings, until the melodies are familiar enough to play. Parents need not have any musical training, but must understand that the degree of their own commitment to their student’s learning through the Suzuki Method will determine learning outcomes – both musically and in wider academic and character benefits to the student.

The Beginning Choir is open to students entering 1st through 3rd grades. Students learn to contribute to a team musical effort, practice appropriate rehearsal behavior, and awareness and control of their physical bodies to aid in creating a beautiful sound with their voices. Students will learn and perform a broad range of music appropriate to their age and skill level. Students are welcome to remain in Beginning Choir as long as necessary until they are ready to audition for the Intermediate Youth Choir.

The Lindenbaum Suzuki Outreach Program is being funded by the Lindenbaum Music Education Fund, which was created by a generous donation to TLU by the Lindenbaum family. The Community Music Academy also receives funding from Texas Lutheran University, Mid-Texas Symphony, Guadalupe County United Way, Texas Commission for the Arts, Barbara Ringen, Classics for Kids Foundation, Seguin ISD, New Braunfels ISD, and Navarro ISD.

Criteria for acceptance into the program

The following criteria must be met and committed to by parents of the potential students before being accepted into the program:

  • Parents or guardians of the student will be responsible for paying each student’s yearly $20 instrument maintenance fee.
  • Parents or guardians of the student must commit to bringing the student to class every week, and must remain present with the student in the class.
  • Parents or guardians of the student should practice together and be prepared for lessons each week.
  • Students must attend the end-of-semester recitals as part of the curriculum.
  • Parents and students in the Strings classes are asked to make a commitment to participate for the entire 2-year curriculum.

Lindenbaum Scholarship for the TLU Community Music Academy Youth Orchestras and Youth Choirs

The Lindenbaum Family Endowment Fund supports the Lindenbaum Choral Scholarship for singers who have been dedicated members of the Lindenbaum Outreach Beginning Choir. Singers who wish to continue singing in the TLU Community Music Academy’s Intermediate and Advanced Youth Choirs will receive a scholarship award toward the tuition fee.

Similarly, the Lindenbaum Orchestral Scholarship supports students who have graduated from the Lindenbaum Outreach Program’s Level 2 Strings Classes. Students wishing to continue playing in the TLU Community Music Academy’s Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Orchestras will receive a scholarship award toward the tuition fee.

As recipients of the Choral or Orchestral Scholarships, students and their families are asked to sign a commitment contract agreeing to participate fully for the year term (fall and spring semesters) of the scholarship award. They will agree to maintain excellent attendance at rehearsals and performances, take proper care of choir uniforms, and conduct him/herself in a manner appropriate to achieving the aims of the choir and the director.

Classes Offered

Violin at Seele Elementary for Grades 2-3:, 3:15-4:15.
Violin at Patlan Elementary for grades 2-3: 3:45-4:45.

Violin at Rodriguez Elementary for grades 2-3: 3:45-4:45
Violin at Navarro Elementary for grades 2-3: 3:45-4:45
Cello at Koennecke Elementary for grades 3-4: 4-5

Beginning Choir for grades 1-3 at TLU: 4-5
Intermediate and Advanced Choirs

CMA Outreach Class Schedule 2016-2017

Fall 2016 Classes
Monday Classes: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5
Tuesday Classes: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6
Thursday Choirs: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1

November 21-25, 2016 – Thanksgiving Break; no classes
December 8, 2016 –Youth Choirs Recital @ TLU Chapel, 7:00PM
December 13, 2016 – Strings Classes and Youth Orchestras Recital @ TLU Jackson Auditorium, 7:00PM

Spring 2017 Classes
Monday Classes: Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 27, Mar. 6, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24
Tuesday Classes: Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25
(One to be canceled at teachers’ discretion)
Thursday Choirs: Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 20

February 20, 2017 – President’s Day; No Monday Classes
March 13-17, 2017 – Spring Break
April 1, 2017 - Summer Camp & Private Lesson Registration begin online
April 27, 2017 – Youth Choirs Recital @ TLU Chapel, 7:00PM
May 2, 2017 – Strings Classes and Youth Orchestras Recital @ TLU Jackson Auditorium, 7:00PM 

May 25, 2017 – Registration Deadline for Summer Private Lessons

June 5, 2017 - Summer Private Lessons begin

July 21, 2017 - Registration Deadline for Summer Camps


Lindenbaum Training Choir Syllabus

Lindenbaum Outreach String Class Syllabus

Registration for 2017-2018

Registration for the 2017-2018 Lindenbaum Outreach Program will begin in May, 2017. Violin and Cello classes have limited space; if over-filled, placement in the classes will be determined by lottery. 

Updated 01/27/2016

Upcoming Events

Eighth Annual Prism Concert

April 28, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

TLU TBS-KKP Band Festival 2017

May 18, 2017 all day

Texas All-State Lutheran Band, Choir & Orchestra

July 6, 2017 8:00 am - July 8, 2017 5:00 pm

2017 TLU Women’s Retreat

July 21, 2017 6:00 pm - July 22, 2017 4:00 pm

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