• Welcome to Orchestra!

    Orchestra is a performance-based course for violin, viola, cello and bass. During this course, students will play a variety of level-appropriate repertoire, develop music reading and theory skills, and learn and expand upon instrumental skills and techniques. Music listening and music appreciation will be included. 

    - Intermediate/Beginning Orchestra is for students who have none up to two years experience on their instrument. Due to the pandemic, for the 2021-2022 school year, students will be able to join this course as a beginner. Students who had 1/2 a year of instrumental instruction in 4th grade will also be able to join. 

    - Advanced Orchestra is a two-year course for 7th and 8th graders. The music is different each year and there are various performance opportunities. Skills and techniques are built upon from one year to the next. Students notice their playing gets better as they continue, and they enjoy getting to play more challenging music and play with their friends! 

    Why join Orchestra? Check out this slideshow to hear from current Orchestra students why they love orchestra!


    Please email me if you have any questions about Orchestra course descriptions or placement! I look forward to seeing your student next school year!


    Emily Shepard



    *Current students, please see the "Class Information" tab for your Zoom class meeting links.


  • Welcome!

    Emily Shepard



    3rd Period Advanced Orchestra

    5th Period Intermediate Orchestra

    6th Period Advanced Orchestra


    Virtual Office Hours:

    Monday by appointment 

    Tuesday-Friday 2:00-3:30pm


    Folsom Middle School Mission: 

    At Folsom Middle School, we provide a safe environment where all students are able to learn and grow and are empowered to make responsible life choices. 

    Folsom Middle School Vision: 

    Students, staff, and families work collaboratively to prepare students to be academically, socially, and emotionally capable. Students will develop appropriate coping skills and be able to communicate, be creative, think critically, and work individually and as a team to be prepared for future success.