The Senior Orchestra is an instrumental ensemble available for students in seventh and eighth grade who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. This ensemble rehearses on A, C and E days during 8th period.
String Ensembleis an auditioned group of students who are ready for more challenging music. This ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before school.
Group lessons are offered once a week during the school day.
About Our Curriculum...
About Our Curriculum...
Our curriculum incorporates elements of (but is not limited to) Music Learning Theory, Suzuki, Kodaly, Orff, and Essential Elements method books. We extend Methacton’s classroom music curriculum into lessons, and build upon previously learned skills. Lessons are taught with an emphasis on thinking skills. The National and State Standards for Music Educationare incorporated into each lesson.
Lesson and Ensemblegoals include (but are not limited to):
*Performance- One, two and three octave scales and arpeggios in major and minor up to four sharps and four flats; independent orchestra parts
*Correct position and technique- Left hand and right hand skills; shifting position work; various bowing styles
*Rhythm- Duple, triple and unusual meters; synchronized orchestral sound
*Intonation- Ear training (listening for pitch matching); aural and written music theory; chord structure; singing; transposition
*Music literacy- Independent orchestra part; opportunities for more advanced level of music
*Creative and improvisatory activities- Basic composition; basic jazz improvisation
We Love to Perform...
We Love to Perform!
Orchestra members have many opportunities to share music with others. A typical year of performances can include:
*Winter Concert (held in December)
*Spring Concert (held in May)
*Methacton String Jamboree (held in late March/early April)- A performance featuring Methacton stringed instrument students in grades four through twelve (our third graders make their debut in their school's winter concert. They join us during their 4th grade year for the Jamboree); a wonderful opportunity for students and parents to hear the progression of stringed instrument skills!
*Schuylkill Valley Area Orchestra
*Pennsylvania Music Educators Association sponsored orchestra festivals
*Music in the Parks Adjudication Festival at Hershey
*Harrisburg PMEAMusic in our Schools Month
Arcola's orchestras are part of the Methacton Orchestra program. There are orchestras in all Methacton Schools. The high school offers similar orchestral experiences and opportunities. Arcola's orchestra students are encouraged to continue playing through high school and take advantage of all opportunities offered there.
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