West Ridge Middle School Beginning Orchestra
The West Ridge Beginning Orchestra Class is geared toward the student with no previous experience playing a stringed instrument: violin, viola, cello and bass. These students consist mainly of sixth graders, however, there are some exceptions. This orchestra is divided up into three separate classes of equal level. Students will learn proper instrument position and posture, note and rhythm reading skills, proper right and left hand technique, and proper rehearsal and concert etiquette. All three class periods will be combined before or after school prior to our performances.
West Ridge Middle School Concert and Honors Orchestra
Concert and Honor Orchestra is made up of mostly seventh and eighth grade students who have at least one to two years of prior playing experience. Both orchestras meet as a whole everyday. Rehearsal time will be spent reviewing instrument position and posture, note and rhythm reading, sight reading procedures, the keys of D, G and C Major. Students will also learn new skills such as shifting, vibrato, advanced bow technique, and new key signatures.
West Ridge Middle School Sinfonia Orchestra
The West Ridge Sinfonia Orchestra consists mostly of eighth grade students; however, a few sixth and seventh graders are also chosen to play in this orchestra. This orchestra meets as a whole everyday during fourth period. Rehearsal time moves at a quick pace reviewing/learning instrument position and posture, note and rhythm reading, shifting, UIL sightreading procedures, keys of D, G, C, F, A, B flat, advanced bow technique and vibrato while stressing enhanced performance of the orchestra literature. Membership in this orchestra requires a higher level of commitment as well as outside of class rehearsals during UIL season.