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The following orchestra classes are currently offered at LPMS:
5th Grade Music Introduction (Quarter 1)
5th Grade Beginning Orchestra (Quarter 2,3,4)
6th Grade Beginning Orchestra - High Strings/Violin and Viola (Year Long)
6th Grade Beginning Orchestra - Low Strings/Cello and Bass (Year Long)
7th Grade Intermediate Orchestra (Year Long)
8th Grade Advanced Orchestra (Year Long)
Students have the opportunity to learn to play violin, viola, cello, or string bass in orchestra. Beginning classes are offered in 5th and 6th grade, and students who choose to continue in the program through 7th and 8th grade will develop the musical skills necessary to participate in a high school orchestra program. Orchestra students of all grade levels will learn basic music theory and history and will learn to play a variety of musical styles ranging from classical to modern popular music. By participating in orchestra, students learn to be a part of a team. Students will practice teamwork and self discipline as they prepare for performances. Most importantly, learning a musical instrument is a wonderful creative outlet for students. Music not only helps develop the brain, but it is a very fun and rewarding activity!
At Longs Peak, students are expected to practice their instruments at home in order to continually build on their new skills. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade orchestra students will complete weekly practice example videos and will receive constructive feedback from Mrs. Crim.
Daily class time is most often spent rehearsing in a large group setting. Students will be engaged in the hands on activity of playing their instruments for the entire class period.
Orchestra students in all grade levels will also have the opportunity to participate in a small ensembles unit during the 3rd quarter of the school year. During this unit, students will practice and perform in a small, student directed group. At the end of this unit, student ensembles are invited to participate in the St. Vrain Valley Solo and Ensemble Festival. This festival is an opportunity for music students all over the district to perform for a professional musician and receive feedback about their performance. This is an incredibly valuable experience, and all LPMS orchestra students are encouraged to participate.
LPMS Guitar (7th and 8th grade)
Guitar is a semester long class offered to all 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in learning to play the guitar. This is a beginning class, and students do not need any prior music instruction in order to join guitar. Students will begin the semester by learning how to read music, and by the end of the semester students will have the skills necessary to play melodies, basic chords, and also pieces written in guitar Tab. Students will work daily on improving their physical skills on the instrument and will have a lot of fun!