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Elementary Orchestra

The Spartanburg District Six orchestra program begins in fifth grade with beginning string classes meeting twice each week. During this first year of instruction students learn the fundamentals of playing a string instrument. They learn how to hold and care for the instrument, pluck and bow the strings, and read music. The beginning string player will learn valuable skills in orchestra that can be applied to all aspects of life. In orchestra classes, students will learn self-discipline, how to problem solve, build self-esteem and learn what it means to be a part of a team. Beginning students that are looking to further their playing abilities in the first year can join the orchestra’s after-school program SSWAT (String Students with Advanced Teens). SSWAT is an opportunity for high school symphony students to give back to their school by encouraging and motivating beginning students with a free private lesson. SSWAT meets each Tuesday. The beginners work individually or in small groups with a symphony member. During second semester the small group lessons combine into an orchestra. This orchestra presents a concert at the end of March.

Summer camp is also available for rising sixth graders. The camp is held the first full week of August. Contact your orchestra teacher for more information or to sign up.

Interested in joining the Orchestra Program? Fourth Grade parents may sign up their children on the following google form. Fill it out and submit. If you would prefer, turn in the form that your child brought home after the recruitment concert. Further questions? Contact the orchestra teacher at your child's elementary school.