SULLIVAN'S SYMPHONY

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CURRICULUM 6-8


6th Grade Orchestra Curriculum (Beginning Level)

  1. Parts of instrument and bow
  2. Proper sitting poster
  3. Proper instrument and bow hold
  4. Instrument Clefs- Treble, Alto, and Bass
  5. Whole, dotted half,  half, quarter, and eighth note durations
  6. Notes in 1st position (Bass- 1st and some 3rd position)
  7. Sharps and naturals
  8. quarter and half note rests
  9. Down bow, up bow, slurs and ties
  10. Theory Basics-beat, bar lines, measures, staff, key signature, repeat signs, Double bar, time signature
  11. Keys of D, G and C major
  12. Tempo markings
  13. 1st and 2nd endings
  14. Time signatures of 4/4, 3/4, 2/4
  15. Chord, Harmony
  16. ledger lines
  17. Upbeat
  18. DC. al Fine
  19. Arpeggio
  20. Staccato, spiccato, ricochet, tremolo, and hooked bowings
  21. Concert music
  22. Composers- J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Offenbach, Rossini, Tallis
  23. World Music - African, American, Caribbean English, Far East, French, Mexican, Russian, Slavic, Welsh, Traditional Holiday Music


7th Grade Orchestra Curriculum (Intermediate Level)

  1. Continuation of concepts and skills learned in 6th grade
  2. Review instrument bow and instrument holds
  3. Review Keys of D, G and C major
  4. Eighth note and eighth rest
  5. Dotted quarter note followed by an eighth note
  6. Fermata, ritardando
  7. G# on different strings
  8. Keys of A, F, Bb
  9. Introduction to 3rd position
  10. Sixteenth notes
  11. Syncopation
  12. Notes Bb and Eb
  13. 6/8 time signature
  14. Keys of d and g minor
  15. Triplets
  16. Mixed Meter
  17. Cut time (Alla Breve)
  18. Natural Harmonic
  19. Double Stops
  20. Concert Music
  21. Composers- J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Billings, Dvorak, Elgar, Foster, Grieg, Hawthorne, Haydn,
  22. Holst, Maher, Mouret, Mozart, Offenbach, Purcell, Ward,  White
  23. World Music- African, American, English, French, Hebrew/Israeli, Irish, Mexican, Russian, Slovakia


8th Grade Orchestra Curriculum (Proficient Level)

  1. Continuation of concepts and skills learned in 7th grade
  2. 3rd position on all strings
  3. Shifting on D, G and A strings
  4. D.S. al Fine
  5. Dynamics- pp and ff
  6. 2nd position
  7. Key of C major - finger patterns in 1st and 3rd position, scales, arpeggios, 3rds, and pieces
  8. Key of G major - finger patterns in 1st and 3rd position, scales, arpeggios, 3rds, and pieces
  9. Key of D major - finger patterns in 1st and 3rd position, scales, arpeggios, 3rds, and pieces
  10. Key of A major - finger patterns in 1st and 3rd position, scales arpeggios,  3rds, and pieces
  11. Key of F major - same as above
  12. Key of Bb major - same as above
  13. Key of Eb major- same as above
  14. Minor scales-  a, e, d, g, and c in the natural, harmonic and melodic forms
  15. Theory- chromatic scale, composition, concerto, enharmonic,
  16. Tempo markings- adagio, presto
  17. Loure (Portato) bowing
  18. Vibrato
  19. Tuning
  20. Chromatic Scale
  21. Musical form
  22. Studies-rhythm and bowing, sixteen note, syncopation
  23. Concert pieces
  24. Composers- J.S. Bach, Beethoven, bizet, Clarke, Mahler, Marie, Mozart, Offenbach Smetana wagner
  25. World Music - African, American, English, French, Hebrew/Israeli, Irish, Scottish