Lower Dauphin School District
Course Title: 6th Grade Orchestra Subject: Music; Orchestra Grade Level(s): 6
Synopsis of Curriculum
The 6th grade string orchestra provides students with the opportunity to create excellent music together as they hone their own skills and musicianship. Students will develop and enhance technical skills and natural abilities while gaining knowledge and understanding of musical concepts. Students will apply techniques that have been previously presented in lessons, continue to progress on their instrument, and build friendships with their peers in a musical setting. The orchestra will perform on two different occasions throughout the year, a holiday concert and a spring concert. Attendance at both performances is mandatory. There are NO after-school requirements for students in the 6th Grade Orchestra other than these two performances. There are also opportunities for motivated students to be involved in honors festivals and audition for County Orchestra. Students are expected to attend lessons as part of this course and as a component of the grade for this course. In lessons, we continue to work through the “Sound Innovations” lesson book series, as started in elementary school. 6th grade orchestra meets twice a cycle (days 2 and 6).
Units of Study Titles
Body format/posture- developing
Technique and musicianship skills- baseline
Technique and musicianship skills- developing
Technique and musicianship skills- advanced
Artistic skills and knowledge- baseline
Artistic skills and knowledge- developing
Artistic skills and knowledge- advanced
*Repertoire varies from year to year and throughout the year. As students learn to read and perform music both alone and in a group, these units will overlap and be taught cyclically, in correspondence with the repertoire.