Inquiry based experiences in Orchestra lessons at the elementary level take are taking a different form than the ones at the High School.

Students attend lessons on a six day rotation. At this level a great deal of time is spent establishing form, reading skills and most importantly, practice habits. Our school district is deeply involved in leading students to understand and apply Stephen Covey’s Eight Habits of Highly Effective People.

In grades 4, 5 the focus is on habits 1, 2, and 3: Be Proactive, Begin With the End in Mind and Put First Things First.
When students begin to play in a large ensemble in grade 6, the focus is on group dynamics and habits 4, 5, and 6: Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, and Synergize.

In an effort to increase the INDEPENDENCE of the elementary students I teach, it has been necessary for me to begin to track whether students remember to bring their instrument and book and attend on the correct day due to this new shifting schedule. This had changed previously establishes habits of independence and created as new need.

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