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.
- - Bows should be re-haired yearly.
- - Violins and Violas: Must use a shoulder rest
- - Cellos and Basses: You will need a rock stop or cello anchor.
- - Metronome and Music Stand 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) Also, strings should be changed once per year. Fresh strings will greatly improve the tone quality of your instrument.
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 and Proper Materials Present and Utilized Practical Application of Repertoire (rehearsals and performances)
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.