Orchestra

Orchestra

The Fayetteville-Manlius Music Department offers a variety of instrumental music groups at the middle school.

Teachers

* Miss O'Keefe
        5th Grade Orchestra, 6th Grade Orchestra, Cadenza Cellos,
Lessons
                    

* Mr. Giordano
        7th & 8th Grade Orchestra,  Chamber Ensemble, Fiddle Club,
Lessons

 

5th Grade Orchestra
Fifth grade students in orchestra rehearse on a regular basis during the school day. Orchestra is for all students taking instrumental lessons, and performs at least once during the school year.

6th Grade Orchestra
6th grade students in orchestra rehearse on a regular basis during the school day. Orchestra is for all students taking instrumental lessons, and performs at least once during the school year.

7th & 8th Grade Orchestra
Seventh and Eighth grade students in orchestra rehearse every other day during the school day. Orchestra is for all students taking instrumental lessons, and performs at various concerts throughout the school year.

Additional Ensembles
Instrumental groups offered at the middle school level include Chamber Orchestra which meets before school, Cadenza Cellos which meets after school and Fiddle Club which also meets after school. These ensembles are open to string students in grades 5-8 upon audition or at the invitation of the director.

School Lessons
Students in the middle school are placed on a lesson schedule and are expected to attend lessons regularly. The lessons follow a rotating schedule. The instrumental music teacher may excuse students from a lesson with advance notice from the classroom teacher. Such excuse would be for a test. Students missing a scheduled lesson will make the lesson up within a period of two weeks, by arrangement with the instrumental lesson teacher. Missed lessons not made up will impact negatively on the student's grade for the marking period.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are encouraged. A list of teachers in the area may be obtained through the instrumental music department.

Practice
A student performs at his/her lesson. The student practices at home until the lesson material is prepared to be performed at the next lesson. It is the philosophy of the instrumental music teachers that a truly beneficial and rewarding musical experience is preceded by thorough and consistent practice.
The goal of the music teacher is to equip the student with the necessary tools of productive practicing in order that the student can become his own excellent teacher during practice, thus becoming a more proficient player.

Grading Policy
The grades for orchestra students are heavily weighted on student performance in weekly lessons. This is to emphasize the necessity of study and continued growth through prepared lesson assignment.

Concert Attendance
Attendance at all concerts is expected as part of the choral music experience. Sudden illness or family emergencies are understandably beyond the control of the individual music student. In such instances, a phone call by the parent is appreciated.
Performances constitute part of the student's responsibility to the ensemble and should be considered as a test of the selections performed.

Concert Attire
Our student musicians work hard to prepare for concerts and we believe standardized concert dress contributes to presenting a polished performance. The expectations are as follows:
Grades five and six: The teacher of the performing group will give expectations for concert clothes to students in each group.
Grades seven and eight: Boys - white shirt, black slacks, dark shoes (no sneakers), black bow tie; Girls - white blouse, black skirt, dark shoes.

Other Performing Opportunities
Students in Middle School are encouraged to participate in All-County music groups by auditioning and playing in the annual festivals. They also participate in solo and small ensemble evaluation festivals sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) each spring. In addition, invitations to perform at special conferences, community events, and college sites may be extended to the performing organizations, providing a special opportunity to play for select audiences.




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