•  7th grade Strings/Orchestra

    (Please refer to the Orchestra Google Classroom as well)

    Orchestra Expectations:

    • Be Kind & Respectful
    • Arrive On-Time (Come into the classroom, unpack, be seated & ready to tune)
    • Follow Instructions
    • Be prepared for class with instrument, shoulder rest, music, & pencil (assignments, practicing, etc. are ready to go before class begins).
    • Show Respect for teacher, classmates, & all equipment.
    • Will play only when instructed to do so.
    • Understand that if he/she cannot play due to illness, injury, etc.…the director requires a note from the doctor, parent, or guardian.
    • Understands that gum, food, drink, or candy are not permitted in any area of the music department
    • Know that concerts & after school rehearsals are not an option they are required & graded
    • Record your practice times for the week. They will be handed in each Monday morning
    • Concerts & After school rehearsals are a required grade (Please Mark Your Calendars)
    • Everyday try to do your best!

    Required Material: A purchased or rented instrument, instrument supplies (Tuner, Strings, Shoulder Rest, Rosin, Cleaning Clothe, Music Stand For Home, nametags for cases)-Find a more detailed list on my web page.

                Books:  7th-I Can Read Music by: Joanne Martin & Essential Elements Book 1 Reviewo by

                   Michael Allen, Robert Gillespie, Pamela Hayes (From Last Year) & Essential Elements Book 2 (New This Year)

     Summative Assessments: Technique, Playing, & Written Tests, Performances & rehearsals,

    Formatives: Class participation, class preparedness, Practice Tests and Assessments, & Practicing at home


    **Practice is very important at home from the Support of our Parents & Guardians.

                For Students: “ You only need to practice on the days you eat.”~ Unknown


    Best Practice Recipe:

    Warm-up 3-5 min, Scales 3-5 min, Listening 3-5 min, Music/Goals to practice 5-10 min, Fun Music to end the practice session.


     Rental Procedures: Please do not purchase an instrument online. Depending on the make, they are not usually good quality and fall apart easily.

    •   The Day Violin Shop (good quality for the price), Music Arts, The Music Loft, Fox’s Music, Brobst Music in Alexandria, Potters Violin Shop
    • Please check my website for more ideas and information on the rental process & places.
    Overview of Class:

    ·       Review 6th grade technique, notes, rhythms, and pieces played by memory

    ·       Review in I Can Read Music book & Essential Elements Book 1

    ·       Start in Book 2 Essential Elements

    ·       Work on more difficult Orchestral Arrangements for Concerts

    ·       Work on Playing by yourself & In groups

    ·       Working on Memorization with new pieces

    ·       Strengthening Reading Skills & Listening Skills

    ·       Strengthening Work Ethic

    ·       Learning More Scales

    ·      Auditioning for Seats for the Concerts


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