Beginning Strings is designed for the total beginner. In this class you will learn either the violin, viola, cello or string bass. The course covers the basic elements of tone production, instrument care, musicianship, and reading music. The specific selection of instruments will be made by Mr. Pracher during the first week of school. The Beginning Band will culminate by performing in an evening concert during the fourth quarter of the school year. This class is open to 6th – 8th graders.
String Orchestra is for students who have a minimum of one year experience playing the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will learn about different musical styles and continue to develop their technical skills. The students will also begin to cultivate their abilities to critically analyze their performances and the performances of others. This group will perform several times a year, including Fiddle Fest at Lindero MS, the District Music Festival and at Disneyland. Students who did not take beginning strings must audition for Mr. Pracher. This class is open to 6th – 8th graders.