6th Grade Strings Syllabus

       ~Be Kind & Respectful to everyone~


    • Arrive On-Time (Come into the classroom, unpack, be seated & ready to tune)
    • Follow Instructions
    • Be prepared for class with the instrument, shoulder rest, music, & pencil (assignments, practicing, etc. are ready to go before class begins).
    • Show Respect for the 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)
    • Every day try to do your best!

     Important Date: After reading over Mrs. Chaney's Syllabus & Website enter an electronic signature by: August 29,2019

    • Other Dates are on my Calendar Page & the school Calender. Please mark your calendars early.  

    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: 6th-I Can Read Music by: Joanne Martin & Essential Elements Book 1 by

                   Michael Allen, Robert Gillespie, Pamela Hayes (Updated Version)

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

    Formatives: Class participation, class preparedness, Practicing, Assessments 

                        **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.

    • Recommended places: The Day Violin Shop (good quality for the price), Music Arts, The Music Loft, Fox’s Music, Brobst Music in Alexandria, Potters in MD (Better Quality).

    *Please check my website for more ideas and information on the rental process & places.

     Overview of Class:

    • Basic positioning of how to hold the instrument
    • Learn to play by ear/memorizing music
    • Learn how to read notes & sheet music
    • How to play alone and with others in an ensemble setting




    After reading through All of Mrs. Chaney's information-Please sign electronically (student and guardian) by August 29, 2019