Orchestra Quarter 1

TeacherSarah Wilson
Subject AreaOrchestra Weeks 1-9
Grade Level6-8
Week #1-4
Unit of InstructionPosture, Aural Training, and Rehearsal Procedures
Standard(s) Taught

Identify, aurally, a variety of vocal styles and ensembles. (MU.68.C.1.4)

Critique, using correct music vocabulary, changes in one’s own or others’ musical performance resulting from practice or rehearsal. (MU.68.C.2.2)

Sing or play melodies by ear with support from the teacher and/or peers. (MU.68.S.1.4)

Perform music from memory to demonstrate knowledge of the musical structure. (MU.68.S.2.1)

Demonstrate knowledge of major and minor tonalities through performance and composition. (MU.68.O.2.2)

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Beginning Orchestra:

  • Learn the parts of the instruments and be able to label them
  • Be fitted for an instrument 
  • Discuss and practice proper instrument care
  • Practice proper playing posture 
  • Review basic musical notation 
  • Identify rhythmic patterns by ear
  • Begin learning pizzacato and arco bowing techniques


  • Review music reading and notation skills from last semester
  • Practice proper rehearsal posture and attitudes
  • Analyze new repertoire that will be played throughout the year
  • Begin rehearsal on Winter concert material
Classroom Activities


  • Instrument Rental Night on August 30th at 6:30pm
  • Orchestra Commandment powerpoint presentation
  • Posture games 
  • Rhythm games 
  • Basic pizzacato passages from “essential elements” workbooks


  • Aural training activities to train the ear to hear the difference between major and minor tonalities
  • Rhythmic games and sight reading examples
  • Begin rehearsal on Winter Concert
  • In-class sectional rehearsals, monitored by Mrs. Wilson
Assignments Due
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