The Sedalia 200 Orchestra Program

  • The Orchestra program in the Sedalia 200 district includes: 


    A Brief Description of each orchestra:

    5th Grade Orchestra is a beginning orchestra designed for primarily for students who do not have experience playing a stringed instrument, or reading music.  Students with experience reading music and/or playing a stringed instrument are also welcome and appreciated, as they can both sharpen their skills and be leaders in the orchestra.  5th Grade Orchestra uses the method book called String Basics, Book 1.  Students taking Orchestra are to purchase their own copy of the book and write their name on the inside of the cover.  There is a registration number on the inside of the back cover of the books that will allow parents to download the Kjos Interactive Practice Studio, if they so desire, which is an excellent app-based tool for fun practicing at home.  The app plays background music that accompanies the exercises, helping students play in tune, as well as making the practicing experience more exciting.  Students are expected to practice l

    String Basics Book 1



    Beginning Orchestra is a class for any 6th, 7th or 8th grader who has little to no experience playing a stringed instrument or reading music.  The Beginning Orchestra class also uses String Basics, Book 1, which students are to purchase and write their names on the inside cover.  The pace of this class is slightly faster than the 5th grade class, so we will work through Book 1 and into String Basics Book 2, and also begin to incorporate Grade 1 and 1.5 sheet music.

    String Basics Book 1



    The 6th Grade Orchestra picks up where they left off at the end of 5th Grade.  The students will use String Basics, Book 1 as well as String Basics, Book 2.  Building from the skills acquired in 5th grade, Grade 1 and 1.5 sheet music is incorporated into the curriculum.

    String Basics * Book 2  



    The 7th Grade Orchestra will use String Basics, Book 3 for continuing to add skills and techniques needed to play even more advanced music.  7th Grade Orchestra will play sheet music at grade levels 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0.





    8th Grade Orchestra will use Essential Technique for Strings, Book 3.  This book is an extension of the Essential Elements book series that is widely used for beginners.  Essential Techniques will have students exploring upper positions on the instruments, playing in new territory and expanding their knowledge of their instrument as well as expanding their ability to read and play musical notation.




    Smith-Cotton High School Orchestra will use Essential for Strings - A Systematic Approach to Technical Development, by Gerald Anderson, as well as other materials provided by Mr. Moellman.  The SCHS Orchestra strives to acheive a high level of musicianship while approaching high level literature.  As the orchestra continues to grow in its size, it's also growing in its ability.  Grade 3.0 and above literature will be rehearsed and performed by this orchestra.  The SCHS Orchestra rehearses and performs a variety of music from different genres and time periods.