String Orchestra Course Descriptions

Beginning String Orchestra
6th grade at Koontz or Eblen Intermediate Schools


Beginning String Orchestra classes are open to all students. Students will learn to care for, tune, and proficiently play one of the four orchestral string instruments: violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Orchestra students will also learn to read and compose as well as critically analyze the music they will be playing and listening to. A wide variety of music is explored, as well as theory, music history, and ear training. Students are required to practice at home daily and to attend two evening performances.
 
 
Intermediate String Orchestra
7th grade at Valley Springs and Erwin Middle Schools

Open to all seventh grade students who were in sixth grade string orchestra, or to those with sufficient training (to be determined by course instructor). In addition to the basic concepts covered in Sixth Grade String Orchestra, other musical concepts will be developed. These include vibrato, tremolo, intermediate level time and key signatures, and complex rhythms. A wide variety of music is explored, as well as theory, music history, and ear training. Students are required to practice at home daily and to attend two evening performances.
 
 
 
Advanced String Orchestra
8th grade at Valley Springs and Erwin Middle Schools


Open to all eighth grade students who participated in 7th grade string orchestra, or to those with sufficient training (to be determined by course instructor). In addition to stressing basic playing techniques, students will learn shifting, ensemble techniques, and advanced time and key signatures in preparation for high school orchestra. A wide variety of music is explored as well as theory, music history, and ear training. Students are required to practice at home daily and attend two evening performances.



High School String Orchestra
T.C. Roberson and Erwin High Schools


Open to all high school students who display the proper amount of proficiency with one of the four orchestral string instruments: violin, viola, cello, or double bass. In addition to stressing all of the previous areas detailed above, students will develop a strong sense of musicality with a wide variety of music. Students will continue to learn new music theory, music history, and ear training. Students are required to practice at home daily and attend two evening performances.