Buccaneer Chanty

Grade 1 • 3/4 • E Dorian This aggressively rhythmic piece imagines life on board a buccaneer ship! Each section of the orchestra is featured playing the melody, building to a rousing canon where all sections join in Second violin and viola parts are nearly identical...

Celebration March

Grade 1 • 4/4 • D major Why should the band have all the fun? This light-hearted Sousa-style march will help your beginning orchestra sound great and feel confident. Set in D major, this melody is constructed of interval jumps to open strings, promoting solid,...

Creatures of the Deep

Grade 1.5 • 4/4 • E Dorian A double bass section feature! Using positions I-IV in the bass, the part sounds and looks harder than it really is, making your bass section look and sound great. Perfect for beginning bassists who are comfortable in IV position as...

Daybreak

Grade 2 • 2/2 & 3/2 • G Mixolydian This miniature tone poem depicts the changing colors in the sky at dawn. This piece is designed to draw a lush, gorgeous sound out of a young string orchestra. Long, dramatic phrases demand careful attention to bow distribution...

Machinations

Grade 1.5 • 4/4 • E Dorian This rhythm-driven piece features extended techniques on string instruments including sul ponticello, col legno battuto, percussive tapping and slapping, and Bartok pizzicato. The orchestra sections build up layers of rhythm and sound, with...

Monster Movie!

Grade 1.5 • 4/4 • E Dorian This piece is the soundtrack to an imaginary monster movie, with all the requisite musical highlights: an action-packed chase sequence, a courageous hero’s theme, some terrifyingly suspenseful edge-of-your-seat moments, and a...