At Graham, we currently have four levels of orchestra:
- Beginning Orchestra (Orchestra 1) for students with limited or no experience.
- Intermediate Orchestra (Orchestra 2) for students who have one or more years of experience.
- Advanced Orchestra (Orchestra 3) for students who have two or more years of experience.
- Chamber Strings, a select group of students who enter by audition. Students in this group are likely to have extensive experience in private lessons and/or have three or more years of playing experience .
How does orchestra benefit the student?
It will give the student leadership, organization skills, teamwork, confidence, listening skills, problem solving strategies, cross-curricular advantages in social studies, math, language arts, and self-discipline. Please click on the following articles to see how playing in orchestra will prepare one for skills in college and beyond:
- Playing an instrument gives higher executive brain skills than just listening to music (courtesy of common health website)
- Playing in an orchestra gives you career benefits courtesy of oxford-royale website.
- Reasons why you should join orchestra- courtesy of connolly music
What will one learn in this class?
A student will learn:
- How to listen when tuning and/or how to tune their own instrument.
- Executive skills to perform on their instrument with both the bow and left hand.
- Performance of rhythmic patterns.
- Scales, arpeggios and warm-ups.
- Sight-reading music at first sight from easy to progressively difficult levels.
- Tunes/Songs in multiple keys.
- Bowing patterns and bow distribution for an even melody and tone.
- Left hand finger patterns for increasingly complex chromatic patterns and accidentals
- Technique for producing a beautiful sound with musicality.
- Musical phrases that say something beyond the mere notes.
For more resources on string skills, please visit the following website: String Skills