Strings Program Description
The Strings Program at Central Memorial High School offers students the opportunity to develop the skills and discipline necessary to play violin, viola cello or double bass. Our classes focus around technique, ensemble playing, sight-reading, solo work and performance. The program offers beginner to advanced students the opportunity to develop their musical skills. The strings ensemble has many performances throughout the year at concerts and festivals. We explore a wide variety of music from the classics to jazz and modern works.
Our Musicianship Course is an advanced elective for instrumental students who are interested in furthering their musical skills. This course focuses on performance skills, technical studies (scales, etudes, rhythm, etc), history, theory, ear training, repertoire studies, and areas of special interest. Musicianship students may consider the Advanced Placement Music Theory Exam during their grade 12 year.
Instrumental students may have the opportunity to perform in the orchestra of the PVA Musical.
Instrumental students are strongly encouraged to enhance their musical development through private instruction.
Please see Applying to PVA for audition/interview requirements.
Please visit our Music at Central Memorial Website for video and sound clips, or information about our past tours and festivals.
Professional Development in the Arts
All PVA Strings students who choose to enroll in Musicianship will be expected to participate in Professional Development in the Arts 35. This program of study allows young artists to purposefully reflect upon learning experiences in the Fine Arts. They will explore how they see themselves as artists and become more aware of the process involved in preparing for the marketing and business aspect of being a professional artist in art, music, drama, dance, design or film.