This course offers students four instrument choices in their exploration of string instrumental music: the violin, viola, cello and bass. At the beginning of the school year, the instructor helps students select an appropriate instrument. An instrumental selection day is set up at the beginning of each school year to allow students to try out these different instruments. Once the instrument is chosen and classes begin, students are taught the rudiments and technique of their chosen instruments. In order to prepare them for more advanced ensemble work, students are taught group ensemble skills and learn how to play together more effectively. They learn the skills needed for demonstrating basic technique on their chosen instrument, note reading and basic rhythmic counting. The fifth and sixth grade orchestra presents two required concerts during the year, during which they perform several selections that demonstrate what they have learned.