Orchestra


Course Rational:

 

The purpose of this course is to learn songs from the classical and contemporary orchestral repertoire and emphasizes the organization, preparation, and performance of a variety of music.  Included is the study of more intricate music requiring more physical coordination skills necessary for great performances.  Public performances after school hours are an integral part of the course and are required. 

 

A secondary goal, through performances, is to encourage, connect, inspire, educate others of the rich cultural diversity that we have in our school, city and state.  Public performances after school hours are an important part of the course and are required, because this is the glue in the process of bringing family, schools, community and country together. 


Beginning strings, guitar and violin/trumpet:

 

The purpose of this course is to teach students how to play an instrument and to become a better person enabling them to use these skills in other professions and life.  In learning to play an instrument, students develop skills in working with others, self discipline, focus, respect of others and make connections with the past as they learn to make music in the present and to make important memories for the future.  Students will achieve this goal by learning familiar  cultural melodies that are presented in the method books and music, connecting them to the past and present and which they will remember in their future.

 

Topics covered:  Having a positive attitude, how to hold instrument with proper technique, music literacy which includes learning how to read, write and create basic rhythms, identifying parts of the chosen instrument, concert etiquette and playing music that will be presented at a winter and spring concert.  Students who excel have an opportunity to play with the orchestra and mariachi as well.

 

 Mariachi:

The purpose of this course is to teach students how to sing and play one of the mariachi instruments from beginning to advanced levels. They learn songs from the classic and contemporary mariachi repertoire and are given a thorough grounding in the same fundamentals of music as instrumental and vocal students in traditional music programs such as band, orchestra, and choir meeting the district standards, show me standards and national standards. Advanced students have the opportunity to attend National and International mariachi conferences, competitions, and festivals. 

 A secondary goal of this course is to encourage, connect, inspire, educate others of the rich cultural diversity that we have in our city and state displaying what is good in our state.  In the process bring families, schools, community and country together. Public performances after school hours are an integral part of the course and are required. 



Albert Einstein said that if he were not a physicist, he would probably be a musician. "Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories," his wife reported. "I often think in music," Einstein admitted. "I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music... I get most joy in life out of music." From Mickey Hart (Drummer, Grateful Dead, Board Member, Institute for Music and Neurlogogic Function "There's Fire on the Mountain" article in the Huffington Post Posted on 3/22/2011



Pictures from the Expo at Union Station 9-15-2012

Youth Mariachi Azteca of Alta Vista Performance at Expo Union Station September 15






Alta Vista Year One Orchestra Cellos and Bass 2010-2011 

 Alta Vista Year One Mariachi 2010-2011