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Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

Programs for String Instruments

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Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra | Ottawa Youth Orchestra

Beginner Strings

Beginner Strings

This program introduces children ages 6-7 and ages 8-12 to stringed instruments, and explores the basic elements of music through singing, speech and movement. Students must provide their own instruments.

(Note: limited to six per class.)

Saturdays 8:40-9:40

Beginner Double Bass

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Students receive instruction on the string bass and in basic music theory essential to this exciting instrument. The Academy provides a high-quality instrument at no cost for each student through our instrument loan program (see OYOA loan policy). To ensure that students have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of the instrument, in addition to the group lesson each week, the Academy subsidizes 25 mandatory private, half-hour lessons. 25 lessons would normally cost $750, but under this program, the cost is only $450, paid in two equal installments of $225 by post-dated cheque at the first meeting (the cost of these private lessons is in addition to the tuition for the group lessons.) If numbers warrant it we will start a separate class for 7 to 9 year of age.

(Note: limited to six students; age 10 - 14).

Saturdays 10:00-11:00

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Primary Strings Ensemble

Primary Strings Ensemble

Provides the student's first exposure to ensemble-playing and is a complement to private lessons.

Candidates must be a minimum of 6 years of age and have been taking lessons for at least one year. Playing level equivalent to at least RCM Grade 1.

(Note: limited to 15 per class.)

Saturdays 09:45-10:45

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Junior Strings Ensemble

Junior Strings Ensemble

Introduction to orchestral playing, using varying rhythms and learning to follow the conductor's instructions for tempo and dynamics. Playing level equivalent to at least RCM Grades 2 and 3.

Saturdays 10:00-11:30

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Intermediate Strings Ensemble

Intermediate Strings Ensemble

Further exploration of orchestral playing by looking at different styles of music and a variety of articulations, dynamics and bowing techniques. Playing level equivalent to at least RCM Grade 4.

Saturdays 10:00-12:00

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Senior Strings Ensemble

Senior Strings Ensemble

Provides students with an advanced repertoire that includes sophisticated rhythms, fingerings and technical requirements. Playing level equivalent to at least RCM Grade Level 5.

Saturdays 10:00-12:00

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