Fine Arts Program - Orchestra Programs
Course Scope and Goals 

The successful completion of any orchestra class at Canarelli Middle School paves the way for participation in other orchestra music programs. Each class will be taught the essential elements according to the outlines set forth by the CCSD Orchestra Course Syllabus. These elements include correct instrumental technique, music theory, music sight-reading, music history, performance, creative expression, and careers in music.

The course objectives are:

  • To develop performance skills necessary for independence as a string player.

  • To develop performance skills necessary to create an ensemble sound.

  • To identify and respond appropriately to musical notation.

  • To recognize form and structure in music.

  • To develop a broad knowledge and appreciation of music of many styles, periods, and cultures.

  • To develop skills to compose and arrange music.

  • To develop skills necessary to improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

  • To further develop the understanding of the relationships between the other arts and disciplines.

  • To develop the skills of listening to music.

  • To discriminate with regard to the quality of composition and performance of music.

Beginning Orchestra

This one-year course is designed for the student who is interested in learning to play a string instrument. It includes the development of skills necessary to become independent as a musician. This course emphasizes the place of string music in the Western musical heritage. It concentrates on the development of note-reading skills, aural skills, rhythmic patterns, intonation, and tonality inherent to Western string music. The importance of sustained group and individual effort is stressed. A progression of fundamental and technical proficiency is expected. Emphasis will be placed on having a variety of performing experiences. This is an elective course that may be repeated.

Intermediate Orchestra

This one-year course is designed for the student who has developed skills beyond those outlined in the Beginning Strings Orchestra Procedural Guide. It includes further development of those skills necessary to become independent as a musician. This course emphasizes the place of string music in the Western musical heritage. It concentrates on the development of style, articulation, dynamics, rhythmic ability, and tone inherent to string music performance. The importance of sustained group and individual effort is stressed. A progression of technical proficiency is expected. Emphasis will be placed on having a variety of performing experiences. This course may be repeated. This is an elective course for middle school students.

Advanced Orchestra

This one-year course is designed for the student who has developed skills beyond those outlined in the Intermediate Strings Orchestra Procedural Guide. It includes further development of skills necessary to become independent as a musician. This course emphasizes the place of string music in the Western musical heritage. It concentrates on the development of style, articulation, dynamics, rhythmic ability, and tone inherent to string music performance. A progression of technical proficiency is expected. Home practice is expected and required. Emphasis will be placed on having a variety of performing experiences. This course may be repeated. This is an elective course for middle school students.

Chamber Orchestra

Students must have the instructor’s approval to be eligible for the chamber orchestra. Students are required to perform at all concerts given by this group. As this is the premier group of the Canarelli Middle School Orchestras, the instructor may reassign a student to the advanced orchestra if he or she fails to meet the requirements of the group. CRITERIA: Student must maintain 95-100% overall grade in orchestra, demonstrate willingness to work, be reliable, have above “Advanced” level skills on their instrument. Students must have an “O” on citizenship. Students must turn in a weekly practice chart. Failure to do so may result in the student being placed in a lower-level ensemble. PLACEMENT: Ultimately depends on instrument requirements of the group. First consideration is to 8th graders who meet the requirements and then 7th graders, as positions are available. This course is designed to move the student beyond the skills as outlined in the Advanced Orchestra. It may be repeated. This is an elective course for middle school students.

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