Orchestra

cool violin catDirectors: Josh Rayburn and Annette DiToma

Cost: $11.00 (Book and Rosin Fee) Students who have their book and rosin do not need to purchase the book and rosin again. If one or the other is missing, it will need to be replaced. Book= $8.50 Rosin= $2.50

Instrument Rentals- The school does have a small amount of instruments for students to use during the school year. These instruments are given priority to Free and Reduced Lunch students. The rental fee for the year is $25.00. It is recommended that students rent their instruments from local music stores before renting from the school, if funds are available. For a list of local music stores, check out the LTMS Orchestra Page below.

How to Join:

Orchestra is open to any 6th grade student who has a desire to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. 7th and 8th grade students must have taken orchestra the year before to enroll in orchestra for the current year. (Exceptions are given to students who currently take private lessons.) 8th graders wishing to be in “Funkmaestros” must be enrolled in 8th grade orchestra as well.

Time Requirements:

There are some after school rehearsals that are required. This is a co-curricular class which does means some after school activities. LTMS Orchestras do perform concerts in the evening and those are also required. Outside of performances, students are required to practice 5 out of the 7 days as “homework” for class. There is not a time limit to these practice sessions, but the time must be included on the practice record.

Academic Requirements:

Students enrolled in orchestra will receive a grade for this class. Our grading policy is located in the “Orchestra Handbook” on the LTMS Orchestra Website. Students are also expected to be doing well in their other classes.

Classes Offered:

6th Grade Beginning Orchestra- This course is open to any student who wishes to learn how to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students must be in the 6th grade. Unfortunately after the 6th grade it is hard for students to get caught up with the rest of the students, so other beginning classes are not offered. This course meets for the first and second trimester.

6th Grade Intermediate Orchestra- This course is open to any student who has played violin, viola, cello, or bass in either the 4th or 5th grade at their elementary school. This orchestra works on a variety of pieces and performs in concerts throughout the year. Students are encouraged to perform in several all county orchestra programs as well. This course meets year round.

7th Grade Orchestra- This course is open to any student who has played violin, viola, cello, or bass in the 6th grade. Students perform a variety of music and are also featured on concerts throughout the year. Students are encouraged to participate in solo and ensemble as well as Fayette County Honors Orchestra. This course meets year round.

8th Grade Orchestra- This course is open to any student who has played violin, viola, cello, or bass in the 7th grade. Students are featured on several concerts throughout the year and also encouraged to participate in solo and ensemble and Fayette County Honors Orchestra. Some students will also have the opportunity to be picked by audition and invitation to several district workshops featuring famous musicians. This orchestra will prepare students for moving into high school and the students will have the knowledge needed to perform in high school. This course meets year round.

8th Grade Alternative Styles Orchestra (Funkmaetros)- are an advanced group of students at LTMS. This orchestra is open to students who are currently enrolled in 8th grade orchestra. The purpose of this group is to go beyond the traditional orchestra pieces and play different styles of music. Funkmaestros perform often with LTMS's Funkmasters Jazz Band. There are additional concert requirements for this orchestra as well. This course meets the second and third trimester.

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  • Author: Richard Burns
  • Updated: Saturday, September 15, 2012