Instruments of Praise, homeschool band and orchestra, has been serving homeschool families in the Greater Houston area since 1995. Directed by Paul Sommer, these bands and orchestras are known for their excellence in performance and are given a number of opportunities to minister each year. The honor full orchestra and advanced string orchestra is also open to students who have graduated from high school and are not older than twenty-two years of age. The Fall semester will begin in August and the Spring semester will begin in January, with classes meeting once a week for fifteen weeks each semester. The beginner, intermediate and advanced band, and string orchestra classes are fifty minutes long. The full honor orchestra classes are sixty minutes long.
Beginner Band is for students 9 years old and up who have no experience on their instruments.
The instruments that we have in the beginner bands are flutes, clarinets, alto saxophones, trumpets, trombones and bell kits.
Intermediate Band and Intermediate String Orchestra are for students who have played for at least one year.
Placement for Advanced Band will be determined by Mr. Sommer.
Advanced String Orchestra and Full Honor Orchestra are by audition only.
The classes are held once a week at four convenient locations throughout the Greater Houston area. The locations: Spring, Northwest Houston, Cleveland, and Oak Ridge / The Woodlands. The ultimate goal of Instruments of Praise is to develop and prepare each student to minister to the Lord and others on their musical instrument. Learning to play an instrument is a new adventure for students. It is an enriching experience for all children. It is our sincere desire to do all we can to make this a gratifying and worthwhile experience. The student who plays an instrument learns discipline, cooperation with others, and a new way to a fuller, richer life.