My. Lyon is a talented musician with a diverse background in playing instruments. Among the many instruments he plays, he is experienced in the viola, bass, violin, cello, and piano. He loves composing and even helps students gain some experience with composition to help strengthen their music abilities.
Mr. Lyon teaches orchestra at both Providence Hall’s Jr. High and High School. His goal is to help students become good musicians, not just good string players. That is why he encourages students to diversify their musical education and to expand themselves.
Our music programs are built to help students feel confident enough in their music abilities to one perform at the high school level. Students will learn to take feedback that will help foster their growth. We’ll meet them at their level, and they’ll be given pieces to play that interest them and help them become better musicians. Here at Providence Hall Jr. High, we have two orchestra levels:
This class is for those who have never played or it’s been a while. Some students may even take this class a second year to build their confidence before moving onto the advanced level. At this beginning level, students learn about the different instrument parts and how the string family fits in with the rest of the music families. They’ll learn notes, how to play, technique, and how to become comfortable with how the instrument feels in their hands.
This class does require the teacher’s signature or approval. Experience is needed, and so students must have played for at least a year prior to participating in this class. If students feel like the class is too difficult, however, they may go back to Orchestra 1.
In order to excel in our orchestra programs, students must
We want our students to understand the impact that music can have on the world. After all, the arts help people through hard times. We believe that our young musicians are going to be the heroes of the next generation as they help the world experience a sense of humanity. They’ll inspire others and show them the beauty of music. Despite what goes on in the world around us, we can still inspire and create things that make us feel human and spark our imagination. Orchestra is a great place where we can come together and create wonderful music.
In a typical school year, students participate in performances every term. These performances are themed after that season of the year—such as Halloween in the Fall. These are opportunities for them to show off their talents and newly acquired skills to their friends and families.
The pandemic will impact a lot of our classroom procedures and our performances. Our classroom will have a sanitation station and students will be expected to use hand sanitizer before entering the class. They’ll learn how to properly care for and clean their instruments. To protect their musical equipment, we do ask that they let their hands completely dry before playing.
Our policy on performances may change as we continue to monitor the pandemic situation. We may have smaller group performances where limited guests may attend. There may be layered performances where our orchestra performs multiple times, allowing parents to take turns watching their children perform. We may also do some performances on YouTube Live so that friends and family can watch from home. Mr. Lyon will keep parents and students informed as the school year goes on about the different changes in our performances.
We’re ready for you! Students, talk to your school counselor and parents about adding orchestra to your school schedule. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to Mr. Lyon.