General Orchestra Instruction by Grade Level
South Colonie offers large group instrumental music instruction on string instruments at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Elementary School Level (Grades 1-4)
Each elementary school has a Grade 4 Orchestra that meets once every six-day cycle and performs two concerts a year. Group lessons are given once a week for 30 minutes.
Middle School Level (Grades 5-8)
The middle schools offer Grade 5 Orchestra, Grade 6 Orchestra and Grade 7/8 Orchestra (meets in two sections) The Orchestras meet every other day for 40 minutes. Each Orchestra performs three concerts per school year.
High School Level (9-12)
The high school offers Concert Orchestra (9), String Orchestra (10-11), and Symphonic Orchestra (11-12) which meets daily for 40 minutes and performs four concerts a year. Small group or private lessons are also offered – one 20-minute lesson per six-day rotation.