Brayton

  • Our Winter Concert will be held on Thursday Dec. 8th.  Only the 5th grade string students take part in this concert.  The 4th Grade has their own stand alone winter concert on Thursday, January 19th at 10:00 a.m.
There is an Elementary Honors Orchestra which is townwide.  Auditions will take place in December after the holiday concert.  The Elementary Honors Orchestra is district wide and takes place in February 2017.

Below is a glance at the lessons for the beginning of the year for Brayton.  It is suggested that students practice every day and set aside a specific place to practice.



Lessons

Grade 4 (lessons will take place on Thursdays on a rotating basis)

Grade 5 (lessons will take place on Wednesdays on a rotating basis)


September:

4th Grade

  • Instrumental Lessons Introduction:
  • Lesson & Orchestra Procedures
  • Parts of the Instrument
  • Instrument Care & Maintenance
  • Importance of Regular Practice
  • First Notes:
  • Proper Playing Position/Posture
  • Pizzacatto (Plucking) D, E, & F#
  • Arco (Bowing) Open Strings (C), G, D, A, (E)


5th Grade

  • Reviewing your  Instrument:
  • Lesson & Orchestra Procedures
  • Instrument Care & Maintenance
  • Importance of Regular Practice
  • Review of Note Reading:
  • Review of early pages in Book 1 to make sure students have retained their 4th grade knowledge.
  • Review of techniques from 4th grade
  • Part Independence:
  • Introduction of a New Round
  • Introduction of Known Scales in a Round
  • Introduction of Naturals and a C Major scale


October:

4th Grade

  • Solidifying Fundamentals:
  • Proper Playing Position/Posture
  • Pizzacatto (Plucking) D, E, F#
  • Arco (Bowing) Open Strings
  • Next Steps:
  • Bow Hand Development
  • Putting the Bow to the String (Tone)
  • Introduction of G
  • First Songs (Pizz. & Arco)


5th Grade

  • Note Reading
  • Note "Quizzes"
  • Introduction of New Book Exercises
  • Introduction of New Orchestra Pieces
  • Scales
  • Review of 4th Grade Scales (1 Octave D, & G) and proper fingering for C Major
  • Introduction of 2 Octave Scales (G Violin/Bass, C Viola/Cello)
  • Ensemble Playing
  • Use of Rounds to show Part Independence
  • Concert Songs
  • Following the Conductor
  • Orchestra Etiquette


November:

4th Grade

  • Solidifying Fundamentals:
  • Continued Practice of Proper Bow Hold and Playing Position
  • First Notes D,E, and F#
  • New Notes & Songs
  • Introduction of G
  • Boil 'em Cabbage
  • Lightly Row
  • Jingle Bells / Dreidle
  • French Folk Song
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • First Orchestra Rehearsals
  • Orchestra Etiquette
  • "Team" Playing
  • Following a Conductor


5th Grade

  • Note Reading
  • Note "Quizzes"
  • Continued Practice of Orchestral Concert Selections
  • Scales
  • Review of 4th Grade Scales (1 Octave D, & G)
  • Introduction of 2 Octave Scales (G Violin/Bass, C Viola/Cello)
  • Introduction of F Major Scale and low first finger placement.
  • Ensemble Playing
  • Concert Songs- A Christmas Treat and Channukah Festival
  • Following the Conductor
  • Orchestra Etiquette
  • Concert Preparation