FOR STUDENTS WITHOUT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
Almost all of the students that come to Belzer Middle School and choose to be in orchestra HAVE NOT had experience playing an instrument. No problem! We will teach you everything you need to know so that you can be successful on your new instrument. All you need to worry about is choosing which instrument you wish to play! Students in the Beginning Orchestra will perform 2-4 concerts each year.
For Incoming 7th Grade students with previous experience
If you have at least one year of experience with playing an instrument AND are an incoming 7th grader, the Sinfonia Orchestra may be for you! Because the Sinfonia kids come from various backgrounds we spend the first semester focusing on getting all of the students to the same level. Second semester is spent learning how to tune and advance their skills. The Sinfonia Orchestra performs 2-4 concerts each year and combines with the Beginning Orchestra for some of those concerts.
For 8th grade students with previous experience
The Serenata Orchestra is our advanced orchestra. Students learn how to shift, vibrato and tune. Students in this class must be dedicated and committed to continued excellence and practice. There are additional performance opportunities and sometimes addition rehearsals after school. This orchestra will perform 3-5 concerts each year.
The Sonatina Orchestra is the intermediate 8th grade orchestra. Students will continue working to improve their skills and will learn how to tune themselves. There will be minimal after school rehearsals and commitments. This orchestra will perform 2-4 concerts each year.
The PopZ Orchestra is a second orchestra elective for 8th grade orchestra students. This means that PopZ Orchestra students will take 2 orchestra classes. The PopZ Orchestra plays alternative styles of music including rock, pop, jazz and more! Sometimes we even use ELECTRIC instruments! The PopZ Orchestra goes on at least 2 field trips throughout the year and performs 3-4 concerts each year.