Course: MU550 Orchestra

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area: Music

Type: Standard

Credits: 1

Course Information:

This is a year-long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Prior string experience or teacher approval. Orchestra introduces students to string ensemble and orchestral literature of different composers, periods and styles. Music from the Renaissance to the present will be studied. Students are required to attend individual or small group lessons unless they receive professional private lessons. Attendance at scheduled concerts is required. Students will also prepare solo and ensembles for performance in the Spring.


  • Understand and apply note reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience

  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to performance

  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode

  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras

  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/’professionalism’)

  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal

  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument/voice

  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises (minimally: detache, slur, staccato, hooked staccato, tremolo, accent, portato, marcato, spiccato)

  • Master 1st and 3rd position and explore an array of other left hand positions

  • Complete a written record of their progress on assignments (lesson logs)


If you take this course, you must also take MU550-S2 – Orchestra S2

Notes: Prior string experience or teacher approval.