• BEGINNING ORCHESTRA

    Beginning Orchestra is open to all 6th grade students.  This course is for students who are interested in beginning to learn about music and Orchestra.  Students do not need to have any previous music experience as they will learn to read and play music.  This is a necessary course for students who would like to participate in Orchestra in grades 7-12.  This is a fun and exciting course that offers the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass.

    7th GRADE ORCHESTRA                                                                                                 

    (At least one year of playing experience in elementary school/beginning Orchestra or teacher permission is needed in order to participate.)

    Students will work on the development of basic music skills and specific techniques that relate to his/her own instrument and skill level. Students will focus on right and left hand technique, rhythm, intonation, note reading, tone quality, and musical expression within the context of orchestral performance. Orchestra is a performance-based class. After-school rehearsals and performances by all members are expected during the school year, as well as possible individual and chamber group performances.  Home practice is expected in addition to class time rehearsal.

     8th GRADE ORCHESTRA                                                                                

    (For students who have successfully mastered the skills taught in 7th grade orchestra)

    Students will work on the continued development and refining of music skills and specific techniques that relate to his/her own instrument and skill level. Students will continue to focus on the mechanics of string instruments (right and left hand skills), tone quality, note reading, ear-training, sight-reading, intonation, rhythm, musical expression, and musical literacy within the context of orchestral performance. Orchestra is a performance-based class. After-school rehearsals and performances by all members are expected during the school year, as well as possible individual and chamber group performances.  Home practice is expected in addition to class time rehearsal.