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This course is open to orchestral string players and pianists with at least two years of ensemble playing experience on their instrument and who have the ability to read music. Students who do not meet these requirements may speak to Mr. Muñoz who may consider making an exception.
The intent of this instrumental music class is to advance students’ musical proficiency through the preparation and performance of standard string orchestra literature, chamber ensemble literature, and instrument-specific solo literature. The focus of the class is on full ensemble performance but individual playing is also emphasized. Music reading, sight singing, aural analysis, music history, and music theory all are part of the course as well.
Students are offered either an instrument-specific private lesson or group lesson every week within the context of the class. Students are expected to improve individually through these lessons as well as prepare and amass a modest program of solo and small ensemble music.
The full string orchestra ensemble performs several school concerts, community events, and festivals every year. In addition, its members perform in recitals as soloists or in small ensembles at least twice a year. The goal is to provide students with an opportunity to perform in large and small instrumental ensembles while building individual musical and artistic competency.
- Attendance and Participation in Class
- Students are expected to be punctual, come with all required materials, and demonstrate appropriate rehearsal etiquette
- Attendance and Participation in Performances
- Students are expected to be punctual, dress appropriately, and conduct themselves in a professional manner
- Progress Checks
- Students are expected to demonstrate progress from week to week during a one-on-one or group lesson with their instrument-specific instructor
- Performance Evaluations
- Students are expected to evaluate live and recorded performances of professional, armature, and peer musicians
- Proficiency Evaluations
- Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the technical, historical, and theoretical musical concepts covered in class
- Instrument (a limited number of school-owned instruments are available)
- Appropriate Performance Attire (as defined below)
- 1-inch three-ring binder to be used as a note book
- Rehearsal Pencil
- Sheet music, method books, and exercise packets (discussed at onset of course)
- Recommended: Etude, solo, and excerpt books (discussed at onset of course)
- Full length black dress or full length skirt/pant and blouse combination
- Flat sensible black dress shoes (no flip-flops, athletic shoes or casual sandals)
- Black Suit (coat and slacks)
- White long sleeve button down dress shirt with a collar
- Black (long) neck tie – plain/no graphics
- Black dress shoes (no athletic or casual shoes)
- Black calf-length socks