Class Skills
 
Each class level focuses on developing it's own set of skills, knowledge, and musical ability. Since each class builds upon the next, it is important to know all of the skills in one level before moving on to the next!
Our teachers teach toward these skill levels, based roughly on Washington State Music Teachers Association standards. Tests on subjects are incorporated into class time throughout the year. At the end of the school year, you will receive a report detailing the skills you've mastered & identifying tough spots for continued growth.
Check out the drop-down menu below  -  what looks familiar to you?
If you aren't sure which level is right for you, no problem! Tell us your best guess & we will help you find the class best suited to your ability & needs.

Beginner A


Beginning students with no prior musical/instrument experience.

Skills taught and required to promote to Beginner B:

  • Recognize names of notes on the staff – lines and spaces
  • Know names of notes on the D & A strings and be able to play them
  • Good posture, left hand position, and correct bow hold
  • Clap quarter and eighth note rhythms
  • Know time signature and key signature
  • Play the D major scale (in tune)
  • Play London Bridge (or other concert piece) in tune with correct rhythm




Beginner B


Beginning students who have passed Beginner A

Skills taught and required to promote to Intermediate A:

  • Know names of notes on the G, E, and C strings and able to play them
  • Good posture, left hand position, and correct bow hold
  • Clap and play quarter and eighth note rhythms
  • Explain the meaning of 3/4 and 4/4 time
  • Recognize the key signatures for the keys of C, G, and D
  • Play 1 octave C, G, and D major scales (G-2 octaves on violin; C-2 octaves on cello and viola)
  • Play selected piece (from the final concert) in tune with correct rhythm




Beginner A/B


Combination class for beginning students with prior musical experience who can read musical notation. Students will be selected for this class at camp. By instructor invitation only.

Skills Needed to advance to Int. A:

  • All skills listed under Beg. A and Beg. B above




Intermediate A


Students who have completed BEGINNER A and BEGINNER B; or BEGINNER A/B

Skills taught and required to promote to Intermediate B:

  • Play the following scales:
    • Violin – G major (2 octaves), A major (2 octaves), D major, A major, g minor, d minor (1 octave)
    • Viola/Cello – C major (2 octaves), D major (2 octaves), G major, g minor, d minor (1 octave)
    • Bass – C major, G major, D major, A major, E major (1 octave)
  • Know the names of the notes on all four strings and able to play them
  • Play all four finger patterns (in tune)
  • Clap and play 16th notes and dotted notes
  • Play selected piece (from the final concert) in tune with correct rhythm




Intermediate B


Students who have passed Intermediate A.

Skills taught and required to promote to Advanced:

  • Play all 2 octave major and minor scales
  • Comfortable in 3rd position with smooth shifting; working on 5th position
  • Cellos familiar with 4th position
  • Play with full bowings, follow dynamic markings, in tune
  • Play selected piece (from the final concert) in tune with correct rhythm
  • Sight read selected music with minimal errors




Advanced


Students who have passed Intermediate B Skills taught:

  • Play 3 octave scales, major and minor
  • Play in all positions through 5th
  • Use vibrato in playing
  • Play advanced repertoire




Chamber Ensemble


Students in the Advanced class are invited to audition for this community performance ensemble. Students should expect to have performances on a few weekends throuhout the year. Students who are absent from two or more rehearsals during a quarter may be excused by the instructor from the upcoming performance.

To audition, students must prepare a 3-octave major scale and a 3-octave minor scale, perform clapping tests, and perform a piece from the Advanced repertoire, or another piece at an advanced level. In addition, he/she will be asked to sight read a short selection.




Fiddle Ensemble


Violin, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, cello and ukulele players are welcome! Violin students must be enrolled in Intermediate B or Advanced. Guitar students must be enrolled in Guitar 2 or 3. Students may also join by simple audition.




Guitar 1


Skills taught: Comfortable reading treble clef in ¾ and 4/4 time Knows E string notes E, F, G.Knows B string notes B, C, C#, D Knows G string notes G, A.Knows D string notes D, E, F Knows chords: C, D, D7, G, G7 Play Tom Dooley or Amazing Grace from book




Guitar 2


Students who have passed Guitar 1 Skills taught: Comfortable reading treble clef in ¾ and 4/4 time Knows E string notes E, F, G.Knows B string notes B, C, C#, D Knows G string notes G, A.Knows D string notes D, E, F Knows A string notes A, B, C.Knows E string notes E, F, F#, G Knows chords: Am, A, A7, B7, C, C7, Dm, D, D7, Em, E, E7, F, G, G7 Able to play basic strum variations Play two of the following: Red River Valley, Boogie Bass, Simple Gifts or Grand Finale from book




Guitar 3


TBD




Harp Ensemble


TBD





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