Beginning Classes
Strings and Band

Beginning Strings

Students must have completed Kindergarten and be at least 5 years old to participate.

String instruments taught in these classes include: Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

It is recommended that Level 1 Starter String students, and students who have not yet completed third grade, attend class with a parent.

Starter Strings: This is for students with no previous experience on their instrument.

Upon successful completion of this class students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Appropriate rest position
  • Appropriate playing position
  • Correct identification for parts of the bow and instrument
  • Correct string orientation and identification of open string on the music staff
  • Basic pitch matching
  • Basic coordination and rhythm skills
  • Basic bow hold and pull
  • Appropriate left hand position and finger placement
  • Ability to perform Twinkle Variations A-E
  • Ability to perform the Monkey Song
  • Ability to perform Essential Elements Book 1 exercises 2-20
  • Ability to perform a D Major, one octave scale

Stretching Strings: This is for students who have successfully completed Starter Strings.

Upon successful completion of this class students should be able to demonstrate all Starter Strings proficiencies as well as demonstrate:

  • Correct  identification of a one-octave D Major scale on the music staff
  • Correct  performance of notes in a one-octave D Major scale on the instrument in sequence and radom orders
  • Appropriate pitch matching of 3-6 note patterns
  • Appropriate coordination and rhythm skills
  • Basic bow hold and pull
  • Appropriate left hand position and finger placement
  • Ability to perform Twinkle Variation Rhythms A-E
  • Ability to perform Lightly Row and French Folk Song
  • Ability to perform Essential Elements Book 1 exercises 2-35
  • Ability to perform a D Major and G Major one octave scales

Soaring Strings: This is for students who have successfully completed Stretching Strings.

Upon successful completion of this class students should be able to demonstrate all Soaring Strings proficiencies as well as demonstrate:

  • Correct  identification of notes of the G, D, and A strings on the music staff
  • Correct  performance of notes on the G, D, and A strings on the instrument in sacle patterns and radom order
  • Appropriate pitch matching of 3-6 note patterns
  • Appropriate coordination and rhythm skills
  • Intermediate bow hold and pull
  • Appropriate left hand position and finger placement
  • Ability to perform Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Christopher’s Tune, Matthew’s March, Buckeye Salute, and Allegro
  • Ability to perform a D, G and C Major  one octave scales

Spectacular Strings: This is for students who have successfully completed Soaring Strings.

Upon successful completion of this class students should be able to demonstrate all Soaring Strings proficiencies as well as demonstrate:

  • Correct  identification of notes of the G, D, A, and C or E strings on the music staff
  • Correct  performance of notes on the G, D, A, and C or E strings on the instrument in sacle patterns and radom order
  • Appropriate pitch matching of 3-6 note patterns
  • Appropriate coordination and rhythm skills
  • Consistent correct bow hold and pull
  • Consistent correct left hand position and finger placement
  • Ability to perform Allegretto, Andantino, Ode to Joy, Can Can, and Etude
  • Ability to perform a D, G and C Major  one octave scales with arpeggios

Upon the successful completion of our Spectacular Strings class, students should be ready to pass the Young Mozarts audition!

Beginning Band

Beginning Band at South Miami Middle Community School

(All Band Instruments)

Days: Monday

Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: South Miami MIddle Community School

Teacher: Mr. Francisco Williams

 

French Horn

Days: Sunday

Time: TBD

Location: University of Miami

Teacher: Mr. Glen Perry

 

Beginning Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, and Tuba)

Days: Sunday

Time: TBD

Location: University of Miami

Teacher: Mr. Glen Perry

 

 

Double Reeds (Oboe and Bassoon)

Days: Sunday

Time: TBD

Location: University of Miami

Teacher: TBD

EXCITING CHANGES for Beginning Classes!

Beginning Band at South Miami Middle Community School

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