The Symphonic OrchestraThe Project of the Symphonic Orchestra at Gimnasio del Norte was created with the goal of providing all students the opportunity to incorporate the musical activity as a key factor of human development and as an option for students to have a hobby that allows them to occupy their leisure time, in performing an artistic expression, not only provides entertainment but also requires them to discipline as well as being an opportunity to develop creative thinking skills, attitudes and attributes of the IB profile, thus linking the framework curriculum of our programs.
The symphonic orchestra at school made up of four families of instruments: winds metals (trumpets and trombones), woodwind (saxophone, clarinet and flute), strings (violins, cellos and basses) and percussion (drums, bass drum, triangle, and cymbals).
Students may be members of the orchestra since third grade and they can start doing an exploration through the different families of instruments in the first quarter, then taking into account the abilities of each one and the teachers’ observation, they choose the instrument which they will keep on throughout their school life to ensure a smooth process at the level of technique and interpretation of the same. In grades third, fourth and fifth, the symphonic orchestra is a compulsory subject in the curriculum that all students are taught without exception, from sixth grade on, students can choose to continue keeping the same instrument since orchestra is an optional subject, or they can be part of the bands of popular music, or no symphonic music, which contributes equally to the musical processes that students are having.
Today the school's symphonic orchestra is formed by 90 students from grades fifth to ninth, who have followed a process from primary school. The activity of the orchestra is ongoing and it has shown the advances through various presentations and performing concerts, which have been applauded to acknowledge the effort of its students and the institution.