The Navigator Orchestra begins in the 5th grade and continues in 6th with instruction taking place two to three sessions per week. The classes have a mix of violins, violas, cellos and basses. All aspects of string instrument playing are introduced as well as basic music reading and performance skills. The orchestra typically performs 3-4 times per year. Students who also study privately with an outside teacher or high school practice partner, find it of great benefit in learning their new instrument.