Welcome to our beginner orchestra program!
Your child’s participation in our program is beneficial in many ways. Music students are engaged daily in a highly creative performing art that stimulates growth in areas of the human brain that no other discipline can. This growth effortlessly transfers into your student’s academic life. In addition, our music students will develop traits such as teamwork, responsibility, dedication, self- discipline, social skills, confidence, leadership and dependability. Membership in our music program will give all a sense of accomplishment, pride, and respect as the students develop musical and personal skills that will enrich their lives.
The beginner orchestra is a course created for 6th grade students with limited or no prior orchestral instrument experience. Instrument choices include violin, viola, cello, and bass. This is a year long elective course that meets daily for 45 minutes.
Please note: If your child has any interest in learning to play a string instrument, it is highly recommended that your child start in our 6th grade beginner orchestra. It is much more difficult to join orchestra in 7th or 8th grade as most of the students in 7th and 8th grade orchestra have graduated from our beginner program. 7th and 8th grade orchestra courses do not cover the basics of playing a string instrument.
Beginner orchestra students are expected to practice outside of class for no less than 90 minutes per week. Students will submit weekly practice charts to ensure at home practice is occurring. Additionally, beginner orchestra students will participate in a minimum of 3 concerts. Concert dates may be found on our calendar page.