"Music for Everyone, All Ages "
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                                                                     Founder: Lee W. Kikuchi

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TIME LINES OF PROGRESS

STRINGS

Time to Complete the String Core Curriculum
At KMI we define the Core Curriculum as the method system the student uses to learn the basics of the instrument. Some systems have anywhere from 3 to 5 levels (books). For Strings we use the Samuel Applebaum Stringbuilder system. There is NO PRIMER level for this system, so all students under age 9 are expected to study piano prior to or concurrently with the string instrument. Mr. Kikuchi has developed a primer book for all students studying a string instrument without prior piano instruction. This book teaches teaches reading music, rhythm and basic technique playing open strings. Find the BOOK & LEVEL that your child has finished, and look under the column that corresponds to your child's CURRENT age group to see the AVERAGE TOTAL years required to reach and complete that level.
[N.B. Depending on whether the student has prior musical education (study of piano), it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 years to complete the Core Curriculum on a String Instrument. To place this in simple terms, the above average and motivated student will usually complete the Core Curriculum before the 6th grade, and the average student will complete it before the 8th grade. Completion of the Core Curriculum beyond the 8th grade will usually prevent a student from participating in a major youth ensemble, but the student will still be able to participate in the school orchestra, and have solid music education for later years. The Symphonette has an age limit of 14.]

  GRADE IN SCHOOL
COMPLETED
Grades 1-3 Grades 4-6 Grades 7-9
No Piano
With Piano
No Piano
With Piano
No Piano
With Piano
Stringbuilder 1
3
2
2
1
Stringbuilder 2
4
3
3
2
Stringbuilder 3
6
3

 

 

 

 

 

Timeline for Participation in the Three Rivers Young People's Orchestras
The TRYPO organization hosts three different levels: Intrada (Ages 8-11), Symphonette (Ages 10-14) and Young People's Orchestra (Ages 13-18). This chart shows the the typical student's ability to practicipate in these ensembles based on years of study and grade in school. Gray areas indicate that the student is ineligible to participate either due to age or insufficient progress (years of study). Progress is based on the average student, slower students may need to study more years, faster students may achieve a level in less time. Students who reach a very advanced level while in High School may audition for and be accepted to the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony.

YEAR
STUDY
GRADE IN SCHOOL
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1
                       
2
3
Intrada Strings
4
5
   
Symphonette
6
   
7
8
Young People's Orchestra
9
10
11
12
Pittsburgh Youth
Symphony
13

 

(See STRING ENSEMBLES for more information on student progress in relation to gaining entrance into an orchestra).

 

 

 

 

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