Music & Academic Classes

Become a Part of YMV

Interested in becoming a part of the YMV family? Great! The first step is to call the YMV Office at (757-420-1961) to schedule an interview with you and your student(s). You can reference the appropriate forms below for fee and other information.

Please Note: In order for any home-school student in the family to participate in an academic class at least one of the students in the family must participate in a music class.

While we are Christian in principle and philosophy, and our faculty must have a Christian testimony, we gladly accept home-schoolers of any race and religion. Personal philosophy in no way compromises the acceptance, loving instruction and quality guidance a student will receive.

You may apply for enrollment in the YMV enrichment program anytime until approximately the second week of the fourth 9-week period (around April 1). Enrollment is not limited to the beginning of the school year only. However, YMV reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any applicant.

If you have any questions, please call the YMV Office (757-420-1961) during regular business hours, or call after hours and leave a message. You may also use our Contact Form to send a written message.

In addition to the home-school music and academic enrichment classes listed below, YMV provides group instruction and private instruction for voice and instruments.

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Music Classes

Instrument

  • Beginning Band:
    Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion
    No prior experience necessary for the Beginner. Students will meet with their instrument group (brass, woodwinds, or percussion) and work with an instructor in that area to learn music fundamentals, and basic instrument skills, such as:
    • Instrument assembly and parts
    • Playing posture and breathing techniques
    • Fundamental scales and music theory
    • Proper embouchure and sticking technique
    • Performance etiquette
    • Basic music notation: staff, clefs, ledger lines, note qualities, rests, fundamentals of simple and compound time.

    Targeted outcome for Beginning students to audition for Intermediate Band:
    All notes in the standard range of the instrument will be learned, respective to each instrument, through demonstrated performance.
    The following major scales memorized, two octaves, playing 8th notes:
    Major scales up through 2 sharps, and 2 flats.

  • Intermediate Band
    Placement by Audition
    Intermediate band is the second and important subsequent level in the YMV band program. This band generally follows the successful completion of Beginning Band.
    The student is not required to participate in private instruction, but it is highly recommended.
    Audition Criteria: • • All Scales are slur up, tongue down (top note repeating optional), from memory, playing as 8th notes.
    1. Perform major scales through 4# and 4b’s; two octave scales with isolated exceptions applying to the instrument/key/scale. metronome=120
    2. Chromatic Scale: entire standard range of your instrument or the student’s highest/lowest possible point of extension if the standard range cannot be played. Metronome=136
    3. Perform the 45-60 second standard/audition solo, grade two or three selected by the student
    4. Perform two sight-reading excerpts of varying styles/genres. Each grade level two or three excerpt is 10-30 seconds long.

    Targeted outcome for Intermediate students to audition for Advanced Band:
    • Demonstrated ability of recognition of keys, circle of fifths/fourths, etc.
    • Demonstrated ability of the recognition of major scale construction
    • Continued advancement and understanding of intonation, tuning, musicianship.
    • Will be able to perform from memory all major scales through 1-3 octaves (respective to the instrument) at metronome marking: 80, playing 16th notes.
    • Will demonstrate a fundamental understanding of all relative natural minor scales to the aforementioned major scales at the same speed as majors.
    • Ability to perform grade level 3 to 3+
    • Presented ability to demonstrate proper articulations, tone, medium- advanced rhythm and isorhythmic patterns
    • Students will be able to demonstrate beginning use of vibrato.
    • Demonstrated sight-reading ability at 2+.

  • Advanced Band Placement by Audition - This is an advanced performing group.

    Participation in Advanced Band is regarded as a significant accomplishment in our band program. This band generally follows the student’s successful completion of Intermediate Band and/or demonstration of outcome criteria. Students are not required, but strongly recommended to participate in weekly private instruction in order to grow in and meet the skill demands of this band. Students should make every attempt to have an intermediate to advanced model instrument and mouthpiece/mallet - stick set-up. Special performance opportunities. (All students in the Advanced and Jazz Band are required to go on the Spring Performance Tour.)

    Audition Criteria:
    • Scales are slur up, tongue down (top note repeating optional), from memory; playing as 16th notes.
    1. Perform all major scales, metronome=80; two octave scales up to five sharps and five flats with isolated exceptions applying to the instrument, key, and scale.
    2. Chromatic Scale: entire standard range of your instrument or the student’s highest/lowest possible point of extension if the standard range cannot be played; metronome=100
    3. Perform a grade three or four solo, selected by the student.
    4. Perform two sight reading excerpts of varying styles/genres. Each grade level 3 excerpt is 10-30 seconds long.

    Targeted end of the year outcomes for Advanced Band:
    Demonstrate ability to play all major and relative natural minor scales from memory at metronome=86, playing 16th notes. Play the Chromatic scale at 120, playing 16th notes from memory.
    • Demonstrate ability to sight-read grade level 3 successfully at conclusion of first year of Advanced band; 3+ and beyond for subsequent years.
    • Demonstrate ability to prepare/work up grade level ‘4-5’ literature.
    • Demonstrate ability to recognize list of 60 music terms.
    • Demonstrate ability to recognize composers, styles, genres, and abilities.

  • Jazz Band
    Placement by Audition - Must be a member of an Advanced Band.

    Jazz Band is an auditioned group that plays music in the various styles of the standard jazz repertoire. Students are held to a high standard of excellence and perform frequently in the community and at YMV. All participants must be enrolled in Advanced Band or Advanced Strings.

  • Beginning Strings
    This is a non-auditioned orchestra for the student who is 10 years old or older. The emphasis of the class is to build a solid foundation of instrumental technique, listening skills, beginning music theory, musicianship, and appropriate ensemble conduct.

  • Intermediate Strings I and II
    This is an auditioned orchestra for students who have successfully completed Beginning Strings, or have had at least two years of private instruction to demonstrate appropriate skills in both playing and reading. The emphasis of the class is to continue building ensemble skills, emphasizing listening, intonation, rhythm, dynamics and technique. Continued music theory and beginning music history is also incorporated into the monthly schedule.

    Intermediate I Audition Requirements:
    • Play a D or G one octave scale.

    Intermediate II Audition Requirements:
    • Play three 2 octave major scales (up through 2 sharps and 2 flats).
    • Play a prepared solo of grade 2-3 music and/ or supplemental material.

  • Advanced Strings
    This is an advanced performing group.
    An auditioned orchestra for students who play music at grade levels 4-5. The emphasis of the class is to build upon previous years of study with particular attention to sound, articulation, intonation, bowings, technique, rhythm, and dynamics. Music theory and history are incorporated into the monthly schedule. High school students are also eligible and encouraged to audition for the Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra each fall. All students in Advanced Strings are required to go on the Spring Performance Tour.
    Requirements: *Play at least one 3 octave major scale. *Play all 2 octave major scales (up through 4 sharps and 4 flats). *Play a prepared solo of grade 4-5 music. *Sight-reading.

  • This class is designed for young violinists learning the Suzuki repertoire. We will develop skills in the following areas: posture, intonation, ear training, and sight reading. Private lessons are also required.

  • Guitar Ensemble
    For acoustic or classical (preferred) guitar. Recommended middle school to high school. Students must have at least one year experience and be able to read music. Participants are required to take private lessons.

  • Percussion Ensemble
    Students learn fundamentals of reading and performing rhythm, harmony, and melody. Students will also learn how to apply music theory in song form. This exciting class uses a variety of instrumentation to support our creativity and is open to anyone who is interested in learning to improvise and express themselves through the language of music. All participants must be enrolled in a band class.

  • Popular Music Ensemble
    For woodwind and brass instruments.
    Designed to hone students’ essential performance skills and techniques. Students will learn popular music styles, music theory and ear training, popular music forms, Jazz improvisation, rehearsal techniques and transcription of tunes off audio formats. (This class does not fulfill the music requirement.)

  • Group Piano I (ages 6 - 7)
    Group Piano I is an exciting option for 6 & 7 year old children who are interested in learning to play the piano. Group activities and games reinforce the lessons. Students will learn to read music on the staff as well as dynamic and tempo markings. Class size is limited to 6 students. Each student taking this class will participate in a formal recital in May.

  • Group Piano II (ages 7 - 9)
    Group Piano II follows Group Piano I. Students are challenged to move along at their own pace. This class is tailored to each individual child. We still have games and activities that keep the students engaged and their desire to learn sparked. Class size is limited to 6 students. This is the last class before the student starts private lessons. Each student will participate in a formal recital in May.

Choirs   ↑ Back to Top

  • Beginning Choir (K5- 2nd Grade)
    (Ages 5-7 Birthday cutoff September 1)
    Students will learn to sing simple songs in unison by matching pitch through the use of solfege. They will learn to read and perform rhythms through the use of the solfege system. Children will incorporate sign language in song. Fun games and activities are incorporated into our class per week. We have approximately 4 performances through the year: Founders Inn; Christmas Concert; Luncheon Concert and a Spring Concert.

  • Students will learn to harmonize with unison and 2 part music, matching pitch and recognizing intervals through the use of solfege. They will learn to read and perform rhythms through the use of the ti-ta system. They will begin sight reading music from the score. They will also incorporate sign language along with their solfege.   Prerequisite: Ages 8-10. Placement by instructor.

  • Middle School Choir (6th – 8th Grades)
    (Ages 11-13)
    Students will learn to harmonize with 2 – 3 part music. They will learn to match and recognize intervals orally and on the staff through the use of solfege. They will be taught to sight read music from the score. Students in the 7th and 8th grades are encouraged to audition for District Chorus the first weekend in November. If they are chosen, they will perform in the District Choir Event the 2nd weekend of February. Students will have the opportunity to perform at Founders Inn; Christmas Concert; Luncheon Concert and a Spring Concert.

  • Concert Choir (9th - 12th Grades)
    This is an advanced performing group.

    This is a choir for students in grades 9-12 (high school). No audition is required. Proper vocal technique is taught, including breathing and vocal production, diction, reading music, expression and stylistic differences. The music performed is primarily sacred, but many styles and eras represented. Students have the opportunity to audition for District and State Choir events and perform in the community. Christmas and spring home concerts are the equivalent of the final exam.

  • Soli Deo (High School Ensemble)
    Soli Deo placement is by audition and singers must be members of the Concert Choir.
    This is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 12 members. The members are held to a high level of excellence, performing music that is challenging, and performing frequently through the year, especially at Christmas time.

Music Theory & Instruction   ↑ Back to Top

  • Preschool Music provides young children with the knowledge to play simple songs on the piano, and to enjoy ensemble experience on a variety of other instruments including tone bells, glockenspiels and xylophones, boom whacker tubes, etc. Games and activities are a part of every lesson.   Prerequisite: Ages 4-5.

  • Students will learn to harmonize with 2 – 3 part music. They will learn to match and recognize intervals orally and on the staff through the use of solfege. They will learn to read and perform rhythms through the use of the ti-ta system and the counting method. They will be taught to sight read music from the score. They will perform at luncheon concerts and special performances.   Prerequisite: Ages 11-13. Placement by instructor.

  • Music Technology
    Requirements: some musical experience instrumental or vocal, and a love for music.
    This course is designed to teach students to create and produce music using professional software and hardware. Students will participate in group and individual projects covering many musical styles. Learn music production techniques used by music industry professionals!

  • YMV offers private instruction in most instruments based on need and availability of an instructor. We offer private lessons (30 minutes once a week) or small group lessons. Small group lessons depend on number of students and skill level of interested students. Grouping determination and format for small groups are made by each individual teacher. Instruction consists of the fundamentals of the instrument and introduction to different styles of playing according to the instrument. Students learn ear training and sight reading skills, basic music theory applications and enhancements. Good practicing skills are taught and emphasized. Students are encouraged to participate in recitals each Spring. Special group sessions and master classes are held during the year as well. Our monthly "Luncheon Concert" gives students a chance to perform on a volunteer basis. Many private lessons continue over the summer. Check with the individual instructor to set up a schedule. Students wishing to take lessons over the summer, but are not part of the regular YMV program may register just for the summer session.

  • Theory 1 - Basics of Music
    Skills to be taught: reading clefs, note values, time signatures, rhythms, key signatures, song form, and tonality. Some assignments and homework.

    Theory 2 - Continuation of Theory 1
    Skills to be taught: chord progressions, harmony, figured bass realization, score analysis and composition. Depending on class capabilities; scoring for small ensembles. Prerequisite: Theory 1 or pass a placement exam.



Academic Classes

Arts   ↑ Back to Top

  • General Art: K-12
    General Art is an introduction to a wide range of age appropriate materials and techniques. Depending on the level, there will be additional materials, techniques, art history and ample opportunity for creative studio work.
    Elementary Art: age based classes (50 minute class once a week)
    Middle School Art: grades 6 - 8 (50 minute class once a week)
    High School Art: grades 9 - 12 (50 minute class once a week)
    Open Art: For all age groups ages 6 – adult (50 minute class once a week)

  • This course is for middle school/junior high students, or can be taken with special permission of the instructor.
    This is an introductory course in which we will be exploring many different components of the theatre. There will be a heavy emphasis on performance, but we will also look at other aspects of theatre including theatre history, costuming, stage tech, and directing. This course will also include a strong ministry component in which students will learn how to take biblical truths and communicate with them through varying styles of drama.

  • A continuation of Middle School Drama, but geared toward older students, focused creative artists, with a desire to participate in an intense study of drama.
    All students in this class are required to perform in the spring production.

Government & History   ↑ Back to Top

  • World Geography (Grades 9-12)
    Now more than ever, we live and operate in a global economy and culture. It is imperative that we know our world! In this course, students will map and memorize each country and its major landforms, rivers, bodies of water, major cities, and capital. Each country's early and modern history, culture, religions, climate, plants, animals, natural resources, and economy will be studied. Students should walk away from this class with a greater understanding of our world and hopefully with a burden to reach our world for Christ.

  • Biblical Survey Class (Grades 10–12)
    A synthetic study of the books of the Old or New Testament, giving students an appreciation of each book as a unit and of its contribution to God’s plan of redemption as it develops in the scriptures.

  • U.S. History and Geography (Grades 6-8)
    This course will incorporate both the geography and history of the United States from the early explorers to present day. Geography will include mapping and studying each state, its resources, economy, history, and important landmarks. Students will map and learn about U.S. neighbors: Canada, Mexico, and Central America. History will include completing a timeline beginning from the early days of our nation until present day events. We will research, present reports, and study our country's amazing and turbulent history.

  • United States Government (Grades 10-12)
    Prerequisite: U. S. History and World History
    This course is a study applicable to interpreting the pertinent information needed to form an understanding of who we are as U.S. Citizens and the rights we possess under the guidelines of the U. S. Constitution. This class will give the student an excellent foundation to be leaders in today’s society. God has given us a heritage to be proud of. Course will include: study of the English Constitution, Magna Carta, forming of the U. S. Constitution, federalism, capitalism, democracy, review of major court cases over past 100 years, and current constitutional issues before the Supreme Court.

  • United States History (Grades 9-12)
    Explore events in America's history, from the explorers to the present; develop a solid foundation of knowledge about America's heritage in light of God's providence. Throughout this course students will discuss the consequences of choices people made, learning from the past to make the future better.
    Students will share current events and discuss them, memorize American documents and work on assigned special projects.

  • World History (Grades 11-12)
    God's providence is evident throughout history. It is the goal of this class to illustrate this providence in a snap shot fashion from Creation to the European Industrial Revolution of the 1800's. This is over eight periods of time. We will look at the rise and fall of leaders in relation to his/her relationship to Christianity and God's plan.

Language Arts   ↑ Back to Top

  • American Literature
    Prerequisite: Basic Writing Skills, placement test, or instructor permission
    Suggested for 10th - 12th graders who have mastered the basics of written communication. This course continues to hone comprehension and writing skills as students study the classics of American Literature. Students will explore both the themes in literature and the tools writers used to achieve their purposes. Discussions will center on how the writing of a period is a history of that society – a mirror reflecting its religious, social, economic and political morals and mores. Writing challenges focus on identifying themes and supporting assertions through organized references to the text. This course will sharpen skills in both analysis and assimilation. Research skills are integrated with this course.

  • Basic Writing Skills
    Suggested for the ninth grader or any student who wishes to gain confidence and develop high school writing skills. Previous experience with essay writing is not a requirement. In the first semester students will learn the anatomy of the 5 paragraph essay including thesis statements, topic sentences, supporting details, and organizational strategies. In the second semester, students will learn how to successfully tackle a research project. Every step of the high school research project will be taught and practiced from choosing research materials and note taking through revising and writing a final draft. According to many confident course graduates, writing will be less intimidating, less mysterious and less overwhelming after taking this class.

  • Basic Writing Skills
    Suggested for the ninth grader or any student who wishes to gain confidence and develop high school writing skills. Previous experience with essay writing is not a requirement. In the first semester students will learn the anatomy of the 5 paragraph essay including thesis statements, topic sentences, supporting details, and organizational strategies. In the second semester, students will learn how to successfully tackle a research project. Every step of the high school research project will be taught and practiced from choosing research materials and note taking through revising and writing a final draft. According to many confident course graduates, writing will be less intimidating, less mysterious and less overwhelming after taking this class.

  • British Literature
    Prerequisite: Basic Writing Skills, placement test, or instructor permission
    Suggested for 10th - 12th graders who have mastered the basics of written communication. This course continues to hone comprehension and writing skills as students study the classic literature of the British Isles. Students will explore both the themes in literature and the tools writers used to achieve their purposes. Discussions will center on how the writing of a period is a history of that society – a mirror reflecting its religious, social, economic and political morals and mores. Writing challenges focus on identifying themes and supporting assertions through organized references to the text. This course will sharpen skills in both analysis and assimilation. All major literary periods are represented. Research skills are integrated with this course. (Not offered every year.)

  • World Literature
    Prerequisite: Basic Writing Skills, placement test, or instructor permission
    Suggested for 10th - 12th graders who have mastered the basics of written communication. This course continues to hone comprehension and writing skills as students study a variety of classic literature produced through the centuries. Homer, Shakespeare, and Kafka will be featured. Discussions center on literature as history – a mirror reflecting society’s religious, social, economic, and political morals and mores. This course will sharpen skills in both analysis and assimilation as writing challenges focus on identifying themes and supporting assertions through organized references to the text. Research skills are integrated into this course.

  • French I, II, III
    Grammar, pronunciation and effective communication are emphasized. Practicing their French in some creative ways will increase learning and ease of usage.

  • Spanish: Grades 6-8, and High School (I, II, III)
    By beginning language at an earlier age, the student will have a better command of vocabulary. At the upper levels, they will be able to master the mechanics of grammar, pronunciation and effective communication. The goal is to be able to fluently communicate and use their knowledge to share the Gospel. (Elementary Spanish meets once a week.)

Mathematics   ↑ Back to Top

  • Math Skills
    The student will practice basic math skills such as fractions, percents, decimals, and other mathematic functions with practical applications to prepare students for pre-algebra.

  • Pre-Algebra
    Prerequisites: Must be able to add subtract, multiply and divide fractions, decimals and percents with precision
    Review of basics; conversions of measurement, basic geometry of plane figures and volume; exponents and roots, proportions; operation of signed numbers; basic equations; probability.

  • Algebra I
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of pre-algebra. Conference and/or pretest with instructor may be advised. Students must have a scientific calculator.
    Rational numbers and their applications; equations and inequalities; polynomials; factoring; rational expressions; functions and graphs; systems of equations; basic quadratics.

  • Algebra II
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I. Conference and/or pretest with instructor may be advised. Students must have a scientific calculator.
    Advanced equations and inequalities; linear relations and functions; systems of equations and inequalities; polynomials; irrational and complex numbers; quadratic equations; quadratic relations and functions; polynomial functions, rational polynomial expressions; exponential and logarithmic functions (if time permits.)

  • Geometry
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I. Conference and/or pretest with instructor may be advised for new students. Students must have a scientific calculator.
    Inductive and deductive reasoning; parallels; triangle congruency; quadrilaterals; similarity; basic trigonometry as applies to triangle measurement; circles; polygons; surface area and volume; coordinate linear equations.

  • Personal Finance
    Using Foundations in Personal Finance, a Dave Ramsey Curriculum, learn how to manage your money. This curriculum focuses personal finance knowledge and life skills in a student-centered, competency-based approach to learning. Does not substitute for math. The Virginia Department of Education added this course as a required course for graduation in the Commonwealth effective for 2011-2012 9th graders and beyond.

Sciences   ↑ Back to Top

  • Biology
    Prerequisite: Physical Science
    This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course. Typically, we recommend that the student take this course during the same year that he or she is taking Algebra 1. Exploring Creation with Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Please note that this course contains only a small discussion of human anatomy and physiology. Most college biology professors do not consider it to be a part of a solid, college-prep biology course. Human anatomy and physiology is such a detailed subject that it merits an entire high school course (see our advanced biology course). Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course. Labs include microscope work, experiments and dissection.

  • Advanced Biology: Anatomy & Physiology
    Prerequisites: Students need to have completed one year of high school biology before taking this advanced biology course.
    This is our advanced biology course. Combined with Exploring Creation With Biology, it gives the student the equivalent of a university biology course. In other words, these two courses together cover the entire "advanced placement" (AP) curriculum. In order to take this course, the student MUST have completed a first-year biology course. It covers both the anatomy and the physiology of the human body’s 11 organ systems in detail. (Not offered every year.)
    Please note: the reproductive system is covered in detail, including frank (not pornographic) illustrations and descriptions.

  • Chemistry
    Prerequisite: Algebra I; Physical Science, Biology
    In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to have completed Algebra I. This course is designed to be a high school course and give the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. It covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university chemistry course.

  • A variety of sciences will be studied: general science, biology, anatomy, astronomy, chemistry, and physical science. We will be using a curriculum that implements the Charlotte Mason discovery approach to learning. We will be doing hands-on creative activities and experiments, putting together lap books for different topics, topical Bible studies, and in depth research on key subjects.

  • General Science (Grades 7 - 8)
    This course is designed to be a student's first systematic introduction to the sciences. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Its scope, therefore, is quite wide. There are many hands-on experiments to do. Students will expected to master the course material in preparation for the tests. These study skill are challenging but are absolutely essential for high school and beyond.

  • Physical Science
    Physical Science gives a student a good foundation to tackle the upper level sciences. There is an introduction to biology, chemistry and physics. Covers metrics, heat, atoms, states of matter, acids & bases, forces & motion, Newton's laws, electricity, and waves.
    This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. The course discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. There are many hands-on experiments to do. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum.

  • Physics
    Prerequisite: Algebra II, Geometry or Trigonometry; Chemistry
    This college-prep physics course is designed for the student who has some experience with trigonometry. Exploring Creation with Physics provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics. Heavily emphasizing vector analysis, this text is ideal preparation for a university-level physics course. It provides the student with a strong background in units, measurement, one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton’s laws and their application, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism. In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to be comfortable with the sin, cos, and tangent functions along with their inverses.

Other   ↑ Back to Top

  • SAT Review Course
    This course will acquaint the student with the new SAT, pinpointing trouble spots. The course will include: tactics and strategies, vocabulary and essay writing, Math! Math! and more Math!, a practice test in real SAT conditions.
    This course is perfect for anyone who plans to take the PSAT (only offered in the fall), or the SAT.