The West Allis-West Milwaukee Music Department offers string instruction for all grades. Orchestra is offered in grades 4 and 5 in the elementary schools. Students in orchestra will rent an instrument from a music store or from school until they are ready for a full-size instrument.  Music stores or the orchestra teachers can help determine the correct size instruments for the new string player.  Learning to play a string instrument and belong to the school orchestra can play a very important role in your child’s development. Numerous studies have shown that playing a musical instrument increases the productivity of a child in many other areas of learning, such as math and reading. Children also learn dedication, teamwork, and enjoy the accomplishment of learning to play an instrument. 

Elementary Orchestra Program Requirements:

  • Commitment to the Program for the entire year.

  • Attendance at weekly Rehearsals.

    • Rehearsals are usually held before the school day one day a week or during the lunch recess.

    • Parents are responsible for getting their child to school for the weekly rehearsals.

  • Attendance at weekly small group lessons.

    • Lessons are scheduled by the music teacher during the school day after consulting the child’s classroom teacher.

  • Homework: Practice assigned lesson book pages and music 5 days a week, 20 minutes per day

  • Performance at school concerts (Winter, Spring, and District Festival - dates will be provided at the beginning of the school year)

  • Grades will be given every quarter. Grades are based on attendance and participation at

    • rehearsals and preparation for weekly lessons

    • performance in assessments and concerts