Falcon Orchestra is like a big family. The friends you make and the experiences you have will help you achieve your potential in middle school. Plus, your friends will be with you through middle school and on into high school.
String instruments are bowed not blowed. (Excuse my grammar) The coordination learned from fingering with the left hand and bowing with the right are contrary-motion skills that will help you throughout your life. Eye/hand coordination from music reading adds a third dimension to your skill set.
Do The Research:
Research has shown that students who are involved in Orchestra receive higher SAT/ACT scores and overall highest grades.
Look toward the future! It is a fact that colleges pick students for scholarships who are involved in music, and you don’t even have to major in it! Remember, there are more stringed instruments in an orchestra, therefore more money to give away to orchestra students! Just ask Mrs. Lindsey….she was offered a FULL scholarship to Baylor University, Loyola University, Colorado State University, St. Mary’s University, and Texas Christian University.
Current brain research indicates that many people naturally think musically - especially as young children. As parents and educators it is imperative that we value creative thinking in children and ensure that their capacities forlearning music are as fully developedaspossible. In order to achieve this goal, music classes taught by specialists should be part of every student's school day,
Craig Welle Texas ASCD, Fine Arts Network Chair
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*Athletics and Cheerleading are NOT offered in the sixth grade, however Orchestra is offered starting in 6th grade. When the students reach 7th grade they can take both athletics AND Orchestra. *Falcon Orchestra students are equally involved in all athletics throughout the year without conflicts. *Orchestra does not conflict with other middle school activities such as athletics or cheerleading. *You DO NOT have to take THEATRE to be in a school play. IN FACT, many orchestra students who are not enrolled in theatre have been elected for many roles in the Theatre productions.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO PLAY?
VIOLIN More great music has been written for the violin than any other school instrument. Whether you want to “fiddle” or solo, the violin will take you were you want to go!
VIOLA The beautiful tone of the viola has attracted students for hundreds of years. It is just slightly bigger than the violin but with a richer, deeper sound. Ms. Flores plays the viola!Viola is a great choice.
CELLO There’s always room for cello! The great cellist Yo Yo Ma, performs for audiences all over the world. He started playing cello at age 4. You have probably heard him play on the movie soundtrack to “Shrek”.
BASS Bass rocks! Did you know that the bass is the most versitile instrument? You can play the bass in the orchestra, jazz band, and rock band. Cool, huh? Also, the string bass is the heart of the orchestra and you can't live without your heart!
The Harp is a beautiful instrument. The concert harp is large and technically modern, designed for classical music and played solo, as part of chamber ensembles, and in symphony orchestras. In order to start the harp in the 6th grade, you must have piano experience. Only 4 harpist are admitted to the orchestra program each year.
A: The orchestra is composed of stringed instruments such as violin, viola, cello, and bass...we also have a harp class.
Q: I play the piano, is that a good thing? A: YES! Actually, if you have music experience you would be great in the orchestra program. Not only would it be easy for you to learn your new instrument, but you will have opportunities to perform on the piano with the orchestra or as a soloist.
Q: I heard there was HARP program at FMS? How can I play that instrument?
A: Yes! FMS orchestra now has harps! We are going into our second successful harp year. Only 4 students can be accepted into the harp program at FMS. Though anyone can begin in the sixth grade, our harp teacher is looking for students who have piano experience.
Q: Is string double bass the same as an electric bass?
A: Yes it is! In fact, the string bass and electric bass have the same strings and note names. The only difference is that an electric bass has frets and you hold it horizontally, while the string bass is played sitting or standing vertically, or upright.
Q: Do I need any kind of musical experience to play in the 6th grade orchestra at FMS?
A: No way! Mrs. Lindsey will teach you everything you need to know, from reading notes and rhythms to playing the instrument plucking and the bow!
Q: Why should I choose to be in orchestra in the 6th grade and not another elective?
A: Great Question! Stringed instruments are played with a bow (the long wooden stick thing). The bow is our special voice and we can play lots of cool techniques with it. Starting orchestra in the sixth grade will better prepare you for all the fun and cool pieces you want to play later. If you know you want to play an instrument, play in the orchestra your sixth grade year?then in your seventh grade you can choose another elective to add.
Q: Does the orchestra participate in fun activities outside of school?
A: We sure do!!! Mrs. Lindsey loves to reward the orchestras by taking them to various contests such as The Sandy Lake Festival, Pride of Texas, and UIL. She also organizes game nights at school where she will buy everyone pizza and snacks and provides fun activities like jump houses, video games, and basketball. This year we are having game night at Gatti Town!!! Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the end of the year trip to Hurricane Harbor or Six Flags!
Q: I am involved in lots of activities outside of school and I don't think I will have time to practice, what should I do?
A: Well, practice time is important. But let me explain it like this...it doesn't matter what elective you choose, you will need to put in some homework time for every class, right? No freebie classes at FMS. sorry.
Q: I'm pretty small right now. How can I possibly play those instruments?
A: Another great question! Actually, orchestra instruments are perfect for young students because they are made of wood and can fit any size person, unlike band instruments (they only come in one size). They make small versions of every instrument so you don't have to worry about orchestra instruments being to big. As you grow, you can get your instrument exchanged for a bigger one. cool, huh?
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