6th Grade Beginning Orchestra Timeline
Get excited!! The recruitment process will span the month of November. During this time, all 6thgrade students will be introduced to all the music programs. The normal middle school schedule includes two periods per day in the connections department, which includes band, orchestra, chorus, P.E., art, business, drama, and technology. It is during these two daily periods that the introductory sessions will take place.
Rotation/Recruitment:+ For 2 weeks each student will be cycling through the band, orchestra and chorus classes. On the day your student visits the orchestra room, they will have a chance to try out each orchestra instrument up close, touch it, hear it, play it, and learn more about what is involved with the actual playing of the instrument. They will also be given the official orchestra registration form and orchestra program information on the final day of rotation.
Step one: All band, orchestra and chorus registration forms and music doubler application forms are due the first week after Thanksgiving break. We will make sure we follow up with all missing forms, so no student is left out!
Step two: After the sign-up process, student’s will finalize their instrument selection based upon not only size and sound, but long-term success. After instrument selection, students will come home with information about getting an instrument and the required supplies.
Step three: The first week of the second semester, the students will be introduced to orchestra procedures which will include the instrument sizing process, large school instrument assignments (cello/basses), locker/slot assignments, handbook/syllabus orientation (forms needed to be signed and returned), and review of supply list. Please use this website to sign handbook/syllabus forms online!!
Step 4: The second week of the second semester, all 6th grader violin and violists will bring their instruments and materials to school! Cellos and basses please bring your Book 1 and binder. The students will have already been given an assigned orchestra storage space to safely keep their instruments and materials. At this point, orchestra is really underway!
Let the music begin!!