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How To Choose Between School Orchestra and Band
So, your school offers both orchestra and band. You have probably seen both music programs at a recruiting session. Now you are not sure if you should choose orchestra or band. Keep reading below for helpful tips to make the best decision!
The instrument you want to play is most important. There are factors to determine the best fit for you. Making a good decision is very important. You will be playing this musical instrument for may years to come. You don’t want to have a negative experience and quit.
Orchestra or Band -Which is Better?
Want to join a music program but not sure whether to choose orchestra or band at your school? The following tips may make it easier to make that decision:
The Quality of the Specific Band or Orchestra Program at Your School
Sometimes the best choice has to do with the specific program at your school. That specific school may have a wonderful orchestra program. Perhaps the other classes are not as much fun. The programs at different school will be very different. You want to find a program where the teacher is supportive, yet teaches the material well. See if you can talk to others about the programs and the teachers. Perhaps you know older sudents or even your siblings who have gone to the same school. By talking to more experienced students, you may find out that one of these programs has a very good and supportive teacher, or that they do lots of trips and concerts. That will help you make a decision between the two. However, if you find out that both music programs are strong then:
The instrument you want to play is the most important factor. Simply join the music program that has the right instrument for you. School orchestras will offer violin, viola, cello, double bass. Band will offer wind and brass instruments as well as percussion. Keep in mind that some school programs are in need of students for a certain instrument. For example, your school orchestra may need an extra viola player. If that is the case, it will be a good opportunity for you to fill this spot. You will be given attention and important parts to play.
The Sound of Band and Orchestra Instruments
Listen to youtube to different school groups play. You can find plenty of videos. See what speaks to you more.
Try talking to that teacher. Simply walk up to their office and ask about the program. You will get the best information straight from the music director. Most imporant. se if that person is approachable. If he is enthusiastic about having you in the music program, and if you feel you are getting a good information about the program, then this is the right place for you.
Know that the one factor that makes a music program great is the music director. Look for clues to make the right choice based on your personality and your expectations.
Opportunities Outside School
You may also want to check for extra opportunities in your city. If you have a strong string or youth symphony program, starting on a string instrument in orchestra will be a wonderful choice.
For example, the city where I live offers an amazing Youth Symphony Program. Students get to audition to be in it. They have lots of opportunities. They travel within the country and abroad every year. As all orchestras, this program accepts a lot of string/orchestra students and less but very good band students.
Do your research and talk to other students about the opportunities they get when they are more advanced!