• Distance Learning Schedules

    Distance learning Google Meet Orchestra lessons are now scheduled and have been emailed to the parents of all participating students.  If you are unsure of your child's lesson day, time or how to access the Google Meet, please contact me at marino@oaklandschoolsnj.org!


     Mission For The Class

    The strings/orchestra program offers instruction in violin, viola, and cello, with string bass instruction beginning at the middle school level.  In the strings/orchestra program,students will learn to hold the instrument and bow properly; to move the bow across the strings in a manner that will produce a clear, full tone; to read music and to place their fingers appropriately on the instrument.                                                                                                           

    As students progress from the elementary to the middle school level, these skills are expanded upon, with more advanced reading skills and challenging techniques being included.

    Learning a variety of bowing and fingering techniques, as well as gaining note reading skills, will allow thestudents to perform and enjoy a wide array of musical styles.

    Students are encouraged to seek out as many playing opportunities as they desire, including private lessons,participation in youth orchestras, etc. Continued participation in the high school strings program is strongly encouraged.

    Through the study of an instrument,students will learn to develop perseverance and patience, as well as attention to detail. These skills go beyond the area of music and serve as valuable life skills. Ultimately, the development of these three areas is the main goal of participation.