Orchestra Classes

Orchestra instruction is available on four levels:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Chamber/Symphony Orchestra

At each level, different music types and styles are explored while skills and technique are being sharpened.  We offer opportunities for students to perform, as well as leadership opportunities for older students.  Unlike public school orchestral students, who have the opportunity to practice together daily or several times per week, our students are highly motivated and spend a great deal of time at home practicing, as well as performing for various concerts, home school events, in the community, and at the Georgia state capitol.  

BEGINNER ORCHESTRA

Instructor: Andrea Mattick
Beginners up to 9 years old: 12:00-12:55
Beginners over 9 years old: 2:00-2:55

Beginner Orchestra is for students with little or no musical training on their instrument, or those trained in Suzuki, but not yet reading music fluently. To participate in Beginner Orchestra, students must be at least 6 years old and attend an Instrument Fitting.  The Instrument Fitting is a time for your child to see the different instruments under the direction of trained personnel.  With the information gathered at this time, we are better able to determine what instrument your child would enjoy playing, based on his aptitude, ability, and desire. Instrument Fittings will be conducted at Sandy Plains Baptist Church.  See our Calendar page for details. Every effort is made to ensure your child’s success. If you already have an instrument, please bring it to the fitting.

Required Materials: Instrument, music stand, pencil, Sound Innovations for String Orchestra–Book 1 (blue), published by Alfred, black notebook for music, metronome/tuner, concert dress. Suggested resource: SmartMusic subscription – www.smartmusic.com  

 

INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA

Instructor: Andrea Mattick  1:00-2:55
The Intermediate Orchestra is available for those students who have played at least one year on their instrument and demonstrate a basic playing proficiency.  This class will work on skills necessary to play in an orchestra, while continuing to polish techniques such as intonation and posture. This class will seek to play intermediate levels of string orchestra repertoire. Auditions are required and are held in August for all students seeking to be enrolled in this class. Also, a commitment to attend Stringsational is required of all 2nd yr+ Intermediate Orchestra members.

Required Materials: Instrument, music stand, pencil, Sound Innovations for String Orchestra–Book 2 (red) published by Alfred, black notebook for music, metronome/tuner, concert dress. Suggested resource: SmartMusic subscription – www.smartmusic.com

Audition Requirements:

1. Scales must be memorized, using standard fingerings/shifting from orchestra director or private instructor

Bass: C maj, G maj, D maj & A maj – all 1 octave

Cello: C maj & D maj – 2 octaves, G maj & A maj – 1 octave

Viola: C maj & D maj – 2 octaves, G maj & A maj – 1 octave

Violin: C maj & D maj – 1 octave, G maj & A maj – 2 octaves

2. Method Book Excerpt: #87 All The Pretty Horses (from Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, Book 2)

3. Sight-reading – provided at audition

 

ADVANCED ORCHESTRAS

Instructor: Dick Shackelford

Joyful Noise “Advanced Abilities” Orchestras provide for two ensembles in the first semester. Each of these are the HIGHEST offerings in string music. These classes offered are ADVANCED Orchestra and CHAMBER Orchestra. At each level, students are exposed to a wide variety of musical types & styles with a focus on training to produce ensemble music which produces an improvement of instrumental technique and improved reading of music. Unlike public school orchestral students who generally rehearse for at least an hour daily, Joyful Noise Orchestra students gather together one hour per week being highly motivated, with a commitment to practice adequately at home, fulfilling their obligations not only to themselves, but to the group as a whole – the Orchestra! All students shall commit to punctuality AND regular attendance. Students enrolled must keep their commitments with no other functions allowed to conflict with this class time; it is unfair to the other students in the class, and the entire class performance suffers.

Often, opportunities may occur throughout the year which allow the ensembles to perform in various concert venues, home-school events, around the community, and have in the past appeared at the Georgia state capitol.

Furthermore, each student within the Advanced & Chamber curriculum shall be required to commit to attend "Stringsational", a truly exceptional clinic experience for strings, held on a Saturday in February. This event is conducted by an invited Orchestra Director/String Teacher who is extremely skilled in the field of stringed instruments and brings their experience to us in producing a fantastic orchestra experience, followed by an afternoon concert, AND lunch is provided!!!


Some COMMON requirements for ALL classes:

 

  1. A personal Instrument in good playing condition
  2. A substantial, strong music stand
  3. an electronic tuner/metronome
  4. a sharp pencil. (or two)
  5. A commitment to punctuality
  6. A commitment to practice a minimum of 225 minutes per week
  7. A Black Orchestra Folio
  8. Concert attire as outlined by Joyful Noise

 

 

Details of the Requirements:

1. This personal stringed instrument must have adequate strings, no older than one year old (at most) and expected to be tuned by the student because the director will not have the time to be responsible for the tuning of the student’s instrument. Since tuning one’s instrument is required at home to practice, so it is at class! The hair of the bow should be ample, able to take rosin and produce a good tone.

2. Please, no rickety, wobbly stands. Students cannot afford to be distracted by music that is not stable.

3. A small electronic tuner will be to allow the student to tune their own instrument prior to the beginning of the class. If a student has access to a smart-phone, there are numerous apps available that can be used for initial tuning, but not allowed into the classroom environment. One such smartphone app is “TE Tuner”.

4. A pencil will be needed as music is always marked as offered by the director, or section leader, to enhance the learning experience - fingerings to help the student play a passage, bowings to provide a unity in the playing of the music.

5. Punctuality is essential for a class that meets only one hour per week. Both the tardy student AND the rest of the orchestra suffer at this behavior.

6. Because weekly meetings are “rehearsals”, practice is an activity that must be exercised by the individual student on personal time for when the class is gather each student is to contribute their playing excellence to the group.

7. A Black Band/Orchestra Music Folio shall be required. Because the rehearsal process requires numerous markings made to the music, adding fingerings, bowings, technical markings, etc., a Black Band/Orchestra Music Folio will be required. This is a change from the 3-ring binder with slip-sleeves, which has proven to be impossible to mark parts in a timely manner! It is a recommendation to acquire the same folio for concert uniformity.

See https://www.musicfolder.com/music-folders/band-and-orchestra-folder Available as Factory Seconds (B-Folder ) for less than $10 and available through Joyful Noise

8. Concert Attire: See link: http://www.joyfulnoiseband.com/index.php/member-information/concert-attire

Add black bow tie, and please, no visible suspenders. Those reserved for under a jacket.

 

ADVANCED ORCHESTRA

Instructor: Dick Shackelford,
Class Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The Joyful Noise Advanced Orchestra is our second-most capable String Orchestra, dedicated to providing opportunities for the more advanced-level performers who have generally played 3+ years to increase performance skills and precision on orchestral stringed instruments. However, invitation to this class is based solely on Musical skill and merit. It covers performance, production, analysis and theoretical studies with historical and cultural contributions and influences contributing to the most creative aspects of music and appreciation of music. The Advanced Orchestra will perform String Orchestra literature of the middle grade levels, GMEA level II and III. Students in this orchestra are expected to have advanced level technique on their instrument including shifting 1st & 3rd positions AND beginning approach to vibrato. Proficiency in all two octave major scales and arpeggios is expected.

Through the GMEA Member instructor students also can perform at GMEA Solo and Ensemble Performance Evaluation, audition for GMEA All-State and Cobb County Honor Orchestra. For all students seeking to be enrolled in this class, the required auditions are held in August, several weeks prior to the start of the first semester. Music will be made available for download shortly after the results are tabulated to better prepare invited members of the class.

 

ADVANCED ORCHESTRA Audition Requirements:

SCALES will have a HIGH influence on the scoring of the audition and an invitation to join the orchestra.
1. UP to FOUR scales, selected from those listed below, must be memorized, using standard fingerings from orchestra director or private instructor.

  • Violin: C maj, a-min, G maj, D maj & A maj, B flat maj – TWO octaves with arpeggios; F maj, d-min – 1 octave

  • Viola: C maj, a-min, G maj, D maj – 2 octaves with arpeggios; A maj – ONE octave; F maj, d-min, B flat maj – 1 octave

  • Cello: C maj, a-min, G maj, D maj – 2 octaves with arpeggios; A maj, F maj, d-min, B flat maj – ONE octave

  • DoubleBass: C maj, G maj, D maj, A maj, F maj, d-min, B flat maj – all 1 octave


2. Selected Excerpt(s): These are selected from the music that the student will be expected to play during the first semester and represent the level of music expected to be played. Music will be posted on the web site, the Joyful Noise Yahoo Group, and where possible be sent in individual emails.

3. TWO Musical Samples that are selected from two of the class repertoire which will be prepared and performed by the Advanced Orchestra in the first semester. These will be made public with posting on the website, Joyful Noise Yahoo Group email and where possible through pre-registered email a minimum of three weeks prior to the audition process. This should allow the student ample time to prepare for the audition.


4. Sight-reading; music (Selected from Concert repertoire) is provided at the audition

 

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Instructor: Dick Shackelford
Class Time: 11:00 – 12:00

The Joyful Noise Chamber Orchestra is the highest-level String Orchestra offering with a heavy focus on the process of “learning to Make Music.” Opportunities are provided for mastery-level performers to increase performance skills and precision on orchestral stringed instruments. Students are not invite based on years of playing nor grade level but purely on their musical playing ability. It covers performance, production, analysis and theoretical studies with historical and cultural contributions and the influences contributing to the most creative aspects of music and appreciation of music.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform String Orchestra literature of the most upper grade levels, GMEA level III and IV. Students in this orchestra are expected to have advanced level technique on their instrument including shifting 1st through 5th positions as well as a developing vibrato. Proficiency in all two and three-octave major scales and arpeggios is expected. This orchestra will perform at the Fall Concert as well as selected community events during the year. Through the GMEA member teacher students can also perform at GMEA Solo and Ensemble Performance Evaluation, audition for GMEA All-State and Cobb County Honor Orchestra.

For all students seeking to be enrolled in this class, the required auditions are held in August, several weeks prior to the start of the first semester. Music will be made available for download shortly after the results are tabulated to better prepare invited members of the class.

 


CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Audition Requirements:
SCALES will have a HIGH influence on the scoring of the audition and an invitation to join the orchestra.

1. Scales- Major and minor, must be memorized, using standard fingerings, allowed from orchestra director, method books or private instructor. Arpeggios for each scale are to be included. The SCALES will have a HIGH influence on the scoring of the audition and an invitation to join the orchestra.

UP to FOUR scales, selected from those listed below, must be memorized, using standard fingerings from orchestra director or private instructor.

  • Violin: C maj, a-min, G maj, D maj & A maj, B flat maj – TWO octaves with arpeggios; F maj, d-min – 1 octave

  • Viola: C maj, a-min, G maj, D maj – 2 octaves with arpeggios; A maj – ONE octave; F maj, d-min, B flat maj – 1 octave

  • Cello: C maj, a-min, G maj, D maj – 2 octaves with arpeggios; A maj, F maj, d-min, B flat maj – ONE octave

  • DoubleBass: C maj, G maj, D maj, A maj, F maj, d-min, B flat maj – all 1 octave

2. TWO Musical Samples that are comprised from two of the repertoire selected to be prepared and performed by the Chamber Orchestra in the first semester. These will be made public through registered email and through the Joyful Noise Yahoo Groups mail system a minimum of three weeks prior to the audition process.

3. Sight-reading; music (Selected from Concert repertoire) is provided at the audition

 

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

(Second Semester)

For the Joyful Noise Orchestra’s second semester highly qualified wind, brass and percussion students are invited to join the Chamber Orchestra to provide for the creation of the SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA! The creation of this unique ensemble depends on a serious commitment of everyone involved. The process of producing a successful Symphony is one of learning all about oneself, his/her instrument AND fellow musicians, turning a large group involving ALL the instrumentalists into ONE united voice, THE SYMPHONY!

The Joyful Noise Symphony Orchestra is the school’s highest-level orchestra offering and provides opportunities for mastery-level performers to increase performance skills and precision on stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. This class covers performance and production, analysis and theoretical studies, historical and cultural contributions and influences, creative aspects of music and appreciation of music. It provides assistance as it organizes objectives for self-paced progress through all four levels. It also stresses individual progress and group experiences. The Joyful Noise Symphony Orchestra is a Full Symphony Orchestra and requires the highest of skill and ability on your instrument.

Wind, Brass and Percussion students who desire to play in the SYMPHONY may register for the class and will also complete a placement audition. This process allows the director to properly assign students to the appropriate music part & chair, based on experience and musical ability. [1] It is the objective that no student from the woodwind, brass or percussion families be turned away from the symphonic experience, but properly placed, with the director acquainted with the skillset of each, providing a knowledge of how to best train and utilize them. In a RARE case a student may not be ready for the level of difficulty the literature that the Symphony will be playing and will be asked to wait for another year and encouraged to try again to be invited to play.

Symphony music shall be selected well in advance of the auditions for woodwinds, brass & percussion and handed out to the strings; if time permits Chamber Orchestra will read this music before the end of first semester. This shall allow ample time for them to prepare for their auditions, to be held during the final week of the first semester. Furthermore, all students will then have the Christmas vacation time to practice their parts before the first meeting in January, everyone knowing where they sit!



[1] Regarding the woodwinds, brass instruments, numerous “ordered parts”, i.e., 1st trumpet, 2nd trumpet, 1st flute, 2nd flute, piccolo, etc. shall be assigned based on the auditions. Percussion instruments require abilities across the entire family and some students may be better on certain pieces of music repertoire selected.