• "Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn't otherwise hear. This helps them develop "neurophysiological distinction" between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids." (Time.com, 2014)

  • Overview

    Grades 6, 7, 8 

    Garden City MS Orchestras rehearse every other day throughout the year. The repertoire represents a diversity of traditional, contemporary and multicultural music. In addition to the rehearsals, attendance is mandatory at group lessons, dress rehearsals, assemblies, and concerts. Students are encouraged to take private lessons and to perform NYSSMA solos that can lead to selection for the Long Island String Festival, All-County and All-State Orchestras. Students enrolled in Orchestra may participate in performance-oriented field trips.

  • Google Classroom and Remind

    All important announcements will be posted on Google Classroom and through the Remind app. The code to join will be shared in class and an email will be sent out at the beginning of each school year.

  • Grading Policy

    Each quarter's grade is determined by:

    Participation - 30%
    Student arrives on time with music, instrument, folder, and pencil to every class.
    Excessive unpreparedness, use of phone, or class disruption will result in grade deduction.
    Actively engages in classroom discussions and performs to the best of their ability.

    Playing Exams/Quizzes/Assignments - 40%
    Assignments and quizzes will be given either in class, lessons, or on Google Classroom.
    All assignments will be announced with clear due dates.
    Playing exams will always be announced at least one week ahead of time. Students will be graded on intonation, rhythm, tempo, tone, and musical interpretation.

    Lessons - 30%
    A lesson schedule will be posted in Google Classroom.
    Students should be sure to attend at least 3 lessons per quarter to receive full credit.
    Students may make up lessons with the same instrument during the day.
    Students are responsible for all work covered in the class they are pulled from for lessons.