String Orchestra Program
Our Orchestra Program offers lessons for budding string players ages 6-14. Within the beginner class students are assigned one of their two preferred string instruments which they will study throughout their years in the MATT program. Students are placed in one of the three class levels that best suits their needs, at the discretion of the Orchestra Program Coordinator and instructors, and should be flexible regarding placement. When they are sufficiently advanced we encourage our students to audition for the local youth orchestras. Currently five of our MATT graduates are preforming in the Rosebud Orchestra.
Our Orchestra program has 3 distinct class levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students are moved through class levels according to auditions and their mastery of the course materials.
After four months of the Orchestra program students receive private lessons on a bi-monthly basis. All private classes are booked on availability and throughout different times of the week.
In an orchestra, you’re part of a team working towards a common goal. The contribution each student makes through individual practice and study blends with the others to form a harmonious and rewarding result.
MATT aims to provide a balanced and rich musical experience for our children. This includes Music Theory and Private lessons , and performing in concerts. To inspire them further and help them to realize the future possibilities of their musical training, we facilitate their attendance at live orchestra concerts at the Rose Theater through affordable ticket prices . This enables our families to become familiar with some of the great musical masterpieces, and enjoy live Orchestra concert performances with their children.
The violin is the smallest of the family of instruments crafted from several different types of wood initially designed by 17 the century violin makers such as Antonio Stradivari of Cremona Italy. The violin is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family which also includes the viola, cello and bass. In an orchestra the violins comprise the largest group and are usually divided into two parts to provide harmony. The violin typically has four strings tuned in perfect fifths, and is most commonly played by drawing a bow across its strings, though it can also be played by plucking the strings with the fingers. Today solid body violins with 5 or more strings can also provide amplified sound.
The viola is slightly larger than the violin, and plays five notes lower than the violin but is technically played in the same manner. Of all the orchestral instruments it is the only one which reads notation in the Alto clef, centred on middle C of the keyboard - its range is in the middle between the viola and cello. Its rich and mellow sound is very appealing and it is an essential harmonic instrument for the orchestral harmonies.
The cello is a larger of instrument in the family, and plays the same notes as viola but two octaves below. The instrument rests on the floor while being played with the end pin raised or lowered to accommodate the player’s height. Cello notation is written in the bass clef and tenor clef accommodates the higher ranges. The rich and deep tone of the cello often provides the basis for the orchestra’s harmonies, but it is also a beautiful solo instrument.
The bass (double bass) is the largest of the string family providing the bass line and sometimes rhythmic foundation for the orchestra. The player stands to play or can be seated on a stool . The bass is also is a common instrument in bands of all kinds, where the strings can be bowed or plucked to achieve the harmonic and rhythmic effect. MATT offers bass mostly to taller and older students due to the size of the instrument, but beginners who start younger on a ¼ size instrument can achieve success with consistent and dedicated practice.