String Ensemble & String Orchestra
The orchestra curriculum will be composed of the following components: tone production, rhythm, finger patterns, bowing patterns, articulation, scales, ear training, music reading, vocabulary, music theory, and music history. This class will emphasize these basic musicianship and performance skills through a study of specific orchestral literature that leads to the understanding and appreciation of music, as well as the development of performance skills. After-school attendance of rehearsals and performances is required.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of advanced playing positions (half through fifth) on their instrument of violin, viola, cello, or bass, as well as an understanding of advanced concepts of bowing styles, rhythm, and left/right-hand technique. Students should exhibit a characteristic sound on their instrument. This course will focus on the above as well as smaller ensemble settings using the literature of string quartets and quintets. Students will learn to: demonstrate independent artistic judgment in self-evaluation; compare musical genres or styles; compare the uses of characteristic elements, artistic processes, and organizational principles amongst music and art forms in different historical periods and cultures. After-school attendance of rehearsals and performances is required. Audition is required for Chamber Ensemble. Information is below.