4th Grade String Orchestra Program
The Rockwood fourth grade orchestra program is an extension of the third grade violin class and is open to every student.
- Orchestra is a graded course requiring a year-long commitment.
- 4th grade students may select from violin, viola, or cello and must provide their own instruments and accessories. Students in need may request to borrow a school instrument for the year. Requests will be handled on a first come-first served basis.
- Classes meet twice weekly for 30 minutes during the Specials block during the school day.
- All students must transport the instrument back and forth to school twice weekly.
- For continued success, orchestra students should practice at least 60 minutes per week at home.
- All students in the orchestra will learn how to read music, advance their playing and ensemble skills, and will participate in a concert.
Participation in the orchestra program provides many opportunities for young students to express themselves, learn social skills, and engage in positive peer interactions. It also promotes self- discipline, self-evaluation, and the perseverance needed to meet the rigorous standards held by colleges and universities as well as the global working community.
Orchestra Instrument Options
- Smallest in the string family
- Highest pitch
- Many students love the bright, beautiful tone of the violin.
- Least expensive rental option
- Looks like a violin, but has a lower pitch.
- Many students love the deep, mellow tone of the viola.
- The rental price is slightly more expensive than the violin.
- Bigger than violin/viola
- Played in a seated position
- Many students love the low, warm cello tone.
- It can be difficult for some students to carry
- Most expensive rental option