About the Orchestra
The orchestra consists of learning string instruments. These include Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass.
WTMS: all students have orchestra on A DAYS ONLY!
FRMS: all students have orchestra on B DAYS ONLY! All dates and info can be found in the calendar.
6th and 7th Grade Beginning Orchestras, are for students that are brand new to learning a string instrument.
7th Grade Continuing Orchestra, is for students who took strings in the 6th grade and are advancing. This class begins learning more intermediate topics, and prepares students to perform in concerts while reading sheet music and independent parts.
8th Grade Advanced Orchestra, where both 7th grade beginning and 7th grade continuing merge for the culmination and final advancement at the middle school level. Students learn techniques and further musical concepts to prepare them for high school orchestras. The music is more complex, using all the old and new use of bowing, shifting, vibrato, and sight reading skills.
Students initially learn from beginning method books. The book that we use is called "Essential Elements for Strings", which students learn the fundamentals of reading music rhythms, and notes, learning basic techniques of pitch, how to pluck (pizzicato) and bow on the string, and learning how to play songs individually and as a group.
Students progress into learning to read sheet music that has both similar parts, and independent parts. Always remember - beginning sounds ALWAYS lead to pretty sounds. Always encourage your child to practice and do their best. That's all I will ever expect out of everyone: Their best.
Beginning Orchestra Requirements:
Every student MUST have their own instrument. Students playing larger instruments such as cello or bass should have one instrument at home. An instrument will be provided at school so they do not have to transport these instruments back to school except on concert days. All students wishing to play violin or viola will HAVE to bring their instrument to and from school on A days.
The school is under no obligation to provide you an instrument. The school has a very limited number of instruments to rent to students. It is STRONGLY advised that you rent/purchase your own instrument from a reputable local music dealer. (There will be a list bellow of music stores in our area).
If you are unable to purchase/rent an instrument and you wish to rent a school instrument, you may have an instrument assigned to you rather than your first choice due to availability of our inventory. School rentals will be on a first come first serve basis. Priority is given to students who have already rented an instrument previous years.
Each student will be assigned an instrument locker or in the case of a larger instrument, an instrument will be assigned to them for use in class.
Most of our available instruments for rent will be our larger instruments, i.e. Cello and Bass. All students renting instruments from the school MUST fill out an instrument rental agreement AND pay a rental fee to the school. The rental fee is a 1 time payment and may be kept on file with the school for the duration that your student is at the school.
The fees for renting a school instrument are as follows:
No instrument may leave the school until both the rental form AND the total fee of the instrument has been paid in full.
All school instruments must be returned to the school at the end of the year. All school instruments are assessed for damage and repairs including the purchase of new strings/bows/rosin etc. If any of the items need replacement or repairs, the replacement cost or repair cost will come out of the rental fee.
For more information regarding instrument rentals at local music stores, please contact the following stores for more information. Many stores have different instruments and different rental prices and policies. (The school does not endorse nor recommend one store over another and is not responsible for your rental of an instrument)
Music and Arts - This is a local music store that offers online flexibility. Everything can be ordered and delivered directly to the school!!! Select the zip code and school and instrument. Everything can be purchased in one simple place. http://www.musicarts.com/Musical-Instrument-Rentals/ Also check out their Encore Rewards.
Jackson's Music 1409 S. Stratford Rd. W/S, NC 27103 (336) 760-9635 www.jacksonsmusic.com
Separk Music 1325 Lewisville Clemmons Road, Lewisville NC 27023 (336) 723-0794 www.separkmusic.com
The Band Company 231 N. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284 (336) 993-7436 (website not available)
Love that Music 148 N. Main Street Kernersville, NC 27284 (336) 993-0935 www.lovethatmusicstore.net