Orchestra Instruction

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.