Handbook and Expectations
Whether it is class, rehearsal, or performance, students are expected to be present, prompt and prepared. Scheduling conflicts must be communicated with the director as far in advance as possible. Remember, “Early is on time, and on time is late.”
- - Keep Rosin, Cleaning Cloth, spare set of strings.
- - Violins and Violas: Need an angled foam shoulder rest
- - Cellos and Basses: You will need a cello anchor.
- - Music Stands are highly recommended for home practice.
High Quality and ‘Fresh’ Strings: Use high quality strings on your instrument. (Thomastic Dominant strings are a good example of reasonable high quality)
Students will be held to the highest standards of attitude and behavior. Disrespect shown to peers, directors, guests, and audiences will not be tolerated. Behavior infractions will be dealt with by the director, parents, and if needed, school administration.
Orchestra is a unified, team effort, and all students, no matter where they sit, are equally important. The students’ seats are at the discretion of the director and will be chosen so as to best benefit the group.
While not required, private lessons are highly recommended for students to reach their full individual potential.
Grades will be determined from the following criteria:
Individual Performance Skills
Active Participation (Proper Materials must Present in order to actively participate and Utilized Practical Application of Repertoire (rehearsals and performances)
Standards-based performance tasks
Orchestra is a performance-based class, and much of what we do will culminate in public performance. Full performance credit will be given only to those students who arrive no later than the assigned call time, perform at the required performance standard, dress under the assigned code, behave in a professional manner, and remain in attendance until the completion of the performance.