I have just been asked to create a new curriculum for Primary Music students so every class will become an orchestra. At the end of every trimester, students will then all join together to create a Primary School Orchestra. Every class has approx. 15 students; 12 different classes in total (3 classes in each year group) Here are the details I've been given to work with: * Every class has to have a mixture of different instruments (violins, flutes, trumpets, clarinets, etc.) * NONE of the current students play any orchestral instruments, so will be absolute beginners! * Parents will have to buy students their own instruments * Parents will have to commit students to at least one year of private instrumental lessons to supplement the work in class. ______ Although instrumental lessons are available at my school, there are only 2 x 30mins slots available every day to Primary Students (as they can only have a lesson during lunch break) and we currently have NO students learning orchestral instruments. _______ My issues with this are that it will not work. Lessons are 45mins, once a week. I do not see how it is possible to teach absolute beginners how to play an instrument in a whole class where there is a combination of different instruments. For example, if I had to work on bowing techniques with the 4 violinists, what would the other 11 beginner trumpet, flute, percussion students be doing in that time? What happens if it takes 20mins of the lesson to resolve the bowing issues? I have propsed that every class takes on a different instruments; for example, 4A - violin; 4B - flute; 4C - trumpet However, this was responded with a definite NO. The students start back in 1 week and I am close to a nervous breakdown over this news! Any advice of how this could possibly work, or other solutions, would be GREATLY appreciated!!! Thank you!