Lake Travis Middle School Orchestra
6th Grade Orchestra
Beginning orchestra offers many skills to students such as learning to read music, learning to be dependable and accountable in a group situation, how to set and work towards a goal, how to be a better listener, and most importantly, the realization that music is meant to be enjoyed. No previous experience is necessary and you do not have to audition to join.
7th & 8th Grade Orchestra
The 7th / 8th grade program is open to students who have one or more years of string experience but are not ready to perform the more difficult music used in high school. Students will study techniques such as performing accurate intonation and rhythm, analyzing and evaluating music, producing a good tone, and exhibiting concert etiquette as informal, actively involved listeners during varied live performances.
Mrs. Man May
Lake Travis Middle School
Man May, Cellist, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a mariachi teacher certification from Texas State University in 2009. She started learning the cello at the age of 8 at the University of Texas at Austin String Project. Mrs. May is a dedicated musician with an extensive performance history. Highlights of her performance career include performing with the Texas State Symphony Orchestra at TMEA convention in 2005, “Juilliard Meets Texas State” a side-by-side concert with musicians from the Juilliard School under the direction of Juilliard composition faculty member Wayne Oquin, and Texas State Symphonic Choir under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson of Conspirare. Mrs. May’s previous teaching career included 4 years as orchestra director at Sul Ross MS in Northside ISD, which had the honor having Mr. Yo Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble clinic the orchestra & receive a free concert, Northside ISD representative orchestra for the National PTA Founder’s Day, feature orchestra for American Funds Holiday events, and turning Sul Ross MS into a “Sweepstakes” school. Mrs. May also had the privilege to work with Mrs. Brenda Johnson as an orchestra assistant at Dr. Hector Garcia MS in Northside ISD.
Not only is Mrs. May passionate about music, she loves to share her musical life with others. She can be seen around the city at different events performing. She loves teaching students of all ages and has a private studio at her home in New Braunfels, TX. Mrs. May is super excited to be working in Lake Travis ISD since she is a Lake Travis HS Alumni class of 2004. Mrs. May currently teaches at Bee Cave and Lake Travis MS Orchestra at Lake Travis ISD in Austin, TX and resides with her adoring husband James, 4 dogs, 8 fish, and 1 sugar glider.
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