The Shaker Heights Middle School Orchestra Program accommodates string players at the beginning, intermediate and advanced level through our repertoire. Our instruction is centered around the Ohio Music Standards and IB Units of study. Orchestra students improve their musicianship through developing, practicing and performing the musical concepts of posture, tone, intonation, left and right hand techniques, articulation, dynamics and phrasing. Orchestra students explore these concepts further through the Key Concepts of our IB Units.
Orchestra provides exciting musical experiences for students who play violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano or harp. Daily class rehearsals involve learning about instrument mechanics, sound production, tuning, scales in various keys, fingering and numerous concepts, including ensemble techniques in the basic musical elements of rhythm, harmony, melody and style. Preparation for performances in assemblies, school concerts and community settings fosters group skills in listening, awareness, cooperation and responsibility. Additional opportunities to work in small ensembles of duets, trios and quartets assist in the development of critical listening skills, creativity of expression and continued musical growth.