Kids' Orchestra Percussion students rehearsing
Kids' Orchestra percussion students rehearsing


Students in Kindergarten and first grade are placed in Foundations class, utilizing age-appropriate activities to begin developing their musical abilities and knowledge. Teaching artists use Kodály and Orff methods, combined with the Gameplan music curriculum.


Second through fifth grade students are offered lessons on violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. In group lessons, students learn basic playing technique, how to care for their instrument, and beginner repertoire which they showcase in the Neighborhood Concert Series twice per year.


Students are invited to audition for the Honors Program and may be placed in one of three Honors Ensembles – Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, and/or Symphony Orchestra. Additional rehearsals and performances take place weekend afternoons at McKinley Middle Magnet. The opportunity is available at no additional tuition cost.

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