Orchestra

Strings

Ms. Johnson

 

Instructor: Jacquelyn Johnson

Amazing orchestra spotlight

 

We are lucky enough to have an amazing harp instructor here at WGA! Mrs. Biggers has done an outstanding job enriching our students' lives and teaching them how to play this elegant instrument. 

Instructional focus

1st year

The basics of how to take care of the instrument, instrument posture and class/music edict and how to play with the metronome. They are also beginning to learn eighth and half notes with correct articulation.

2nd year

To continue to learn the basics of posture, class edict, review pedagogy fundamentals and moving forward in the repertoire. They are also learning how to play more as a group to sound like an ensemble, group dynamics vs. solo dynamics, and varied types of articulations and bowings.

Orchestra

Walnut Glen Academy offers 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to learn to play a stringed instrument. In orchestra classes, through both auditory and visual learning, students will learn to read and perform music on a bowed string instrument through twice per week instruction and numerous performances throughout the school year. Beginning 4th and 5th grade students may choose to learn the violin, viola, or cello without any prior musical experience. Advanced classes are also offered for second year 5th grade students. In addition to violin, viola, and cello, a few spots are open each year to advanced students interested in learning to play either the harp or the double bass.

Elementary orchestra classes are not only a great opportunity for students to learn to read/perform music, but these classes also provide orchestra members with a solid foundation in musical appreciation and develop the framework essential to success in all areas of learning for your child. If you have interest in the effects of learning to play a musical instrument on the brain.