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Music Academy (Beginning Strings)

(registration for 2024-2025 goes live on 8/1/24)

A comprehensive program for students in grades 3 through 8, the Ethos Children's Choirs are committed to excellence in choral music in a positive and affirming setting.  While the Ethos Children's Choirs rehearse at Stewarts Creek High School, the ensembles are open to students from any public, private, or home school in Middle Tennessee.  After auditions, children are placed in a choir appropriate for their age and musical development.  Reach out to Dr. Russell at for more information.

The Ethos Music Academy is a two-year curriculum of group lessons for beginning string players.  For most students, the Ethos Music Academy is their first introduction to instrumental music-making.  Academy 1 classes begin each August (see calendar below) with a kickoff camp and instrument fitting, where students play games and try out each instrument - violin, viola, cello, and bass!  

After a year in Academy 1, students are automatically promoted to Academy 2, where they continue to learn fundamental skills in literacy, technique, and playing in an ensemble.  After two years in the Ethos Music Academy, students graduate to the Ethos Reading Orchestra, after which they can audition for one of our advanced orchestras.  In this way, Ethos is proud to shepherd students from their first time holding an instrument all the way to preparing for their college auditions!

Ethos Academy 1 (beginners)

Rehearses Mondays from 5:00-5:50pm

First United Methodist Church

265 W. Thompson Lane

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Mrs. Shaw & Mrs. Cowan, teachers
$365 per year/$48 per month
(Sept through April - Scholarships Available)

Ethos Academy 2 (1 year experience)

Rehearses Mondays from 6:00-6:50pm

First United Methodist Church

265 W. Thompson Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Mrs. Cowan, teacher
$365 per year/$48 per month
(Sept through April - Scholarships Available)

2024-2025 Calendar for Ethos Music Academy

Logistical Information for Ethos Music Academy 1 & 2

Click Here to Read the Ethos Student/Parent Handbook
Click Here to Join the Academy 1 Remind 
(available Fall 2024)
Click Here to join the Academy 2 Remind (available Fall 2024)
Concert Attire for Ethos Academies

Black Pants or Floor-length Black Skirt

Black dress shoes and socks
Long-sleeve, white button-down shirt or blouse

Ethos Youth Ensembles

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