The first year of orchestra involves a weekly small-group lesson for each student, practice time at home, and a concert in May. In 5th grade, students will perform in two concerts and go on a field trip to an orchestra concert in Minneapolis. Orchestra is offered as a class beginning in 6th grade.
Research shows that students who study an instrument and stick with it gain self-discipline and develop a broad range of thinking skills. Through practicing and performing together, students also gain skills in working with others, as well as a sense of achievement. Since everyone's part in the orchestra is important, making music with a group of peers can be a very motivating way to learn!