• Curricular Goals and Guidelines

    String Orchestra: Sixth Grade

    Upon completing sixth grade string orchestra, students will:

    • gain skills necessary to learn and play music through aural and visual means
    • demonstrate abilities to sight read and perform in various key signatures, including 2/4, 4/4, 3/4, and 6/8 time
    • learn and demonstrate ability to follow and conduct the above time signatures 
    • perform music that meets NYSSMA criteria for levels 2 and 3
    • perform music in a variety of styles including baroque, classical, ethnic, folk, and popular music that is appropriate to their grade level of difficulty
    • learn a variety of bowings including spiccato, detache, and slurring, and simple shifts to 3rd and 4th positions
    • be able to discuss, think, analyze, and describe musical ideas as related to the essential questions  

     

    String Orchestra: Seventh Grade

    Upon completing seventh grade string orchestra, students will:

    • improve skills necessary to learn and play music through aural and visual means
    • demonstrate abilities to sight read and perform in various key signatures, including 2/4, 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, and 2/2
    • learn and demonstrate ability to follow and conduct nuanced and expressive conducting gestures related to music being studied in class
    • learn and demonstrate ability to follow and conduct the above time signatures 
    • perform repertoire that meets NYSSMA criteria for levels 2, 3, and 4
    • expand their knowledge of baroque and classical music with more challenging selections
    • accomplish techniques such as shifting to 4th and 5th positions, hooked bowings, and martele
    • continue to explore music of other cultures and styles
    • be able to discuss, think, analyze, and describe musical ideas as related to the essential questions

     

    String Orchestra: Eighth Grade

    Upon completing eighth grade string orchestra, students will:

    • improve skills necessary to learn and play music through aural and visual means
    • demonstrate abilities to sight read and perform in various key signatures, including 2/4, 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, 2/2, 9/8, and 12/8
    • learn and demonstrate ability to follow and conduct the above time signatures
    • learn and demonstrate ability to follow and conduct nuanced and expressive conducting gestures related to music being studied in class
    • perform repertoire that meets NYSSMA criteria for levels 3, 4, and 5
    • experience performing at least one piece of music presented in its original, unabridged and unarranged form from the standard string repertoire
    • continue to explore music from other world cultures as appropriate to the ensemble, and the techniques necessary to perform it
    • develop techniques that may include shifting through all the positions, some thumb position for cellists, and a wide variety of bowings. 
    • be able to discuss, think, analyze, and describe musical ideas as related to the essential questions
    • demonstrate readiness to participate in high school level music ensembles