Chamber orchestra refers generally to a smaller orchestra comprised of stringed instrumentalists. In this class, which meets for an hour once a week, students learn orchestral skills which they can take into a wider arena of orchestral playing. Learning to play together in a large ensemble is an important life skill for musicians.
Chamber music is music performed by multiple players in small numbers, one player per part. This class promotes musical awareness, independence and interdependence. Students are highly encouraged to set up their own outside rehearsals, and each group is coached by an instructor once a week.
Private lessons are generally half an hour once a week, and one-on-one with a private violin, viola, or cello instructor within the school. Some private lessons are 20 minutes once a week, if a student is of a very young age (3-5 years old) and is beginning an instrument. Other lesson are 45 minutes each week, or one hour each week, if a student has progressed to the point of requiring more time.