Week of September 30

CONCERT DATE CHANGE! NOTE THAT THE CONCERT IS NOW ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT 7:00 PM. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW IN CLASS.

Beginning Orchestra--This week we are working on establishing posture and playing first notes–open strings and D major scale. New skills–string crossings, double stops. New songs–Allegro & Perpetual Motion.  Work on Elevator and Escalator patterns as we continue to learn the notes on the fingerboard. Practice your note reading in the Essential Elements book.

Philharmonia Orchestra– We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Brandenburg #5, Path to the Pacific, and Vortex. We will start to do small ensembles with the Brandenburg and exercises from pages 20-21 in the Essential Techniques book 3. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Philharmonia (First block)–We are continuing to work on our concert music. In particular, work on C# and G# and other accidentals in the music. Students have been given a rhythm study guide. We will be having a rhythm quiz next week as well as a playing test on concert music. Students should be practicing 120 minutes a week and submitting practice on Charms.

Sinfonia Orchestra- We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Contrasts in E Minor and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Chamber Orchestra–We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Simple Symphony–Movements 3 & 4 and Of Glorious Plumage, and Lyric Metal. Start working through all orchestra pieces for GMEA–Fanfare, First Essay, Smooth, & Rhapsody in Blue. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Week of September 16

Beginning Orchestra--This week we are working on establishing posture and playing first notes–open strings and D major scale. New skills–string crossings, double stops. New songs–Allegro & Perpetual Motion.  Work on Elevator and Escalator patterns as we continue to learn the notes on the fingerboard. Practice your note reading in the Essential Elements book.

Philharmonia Orchestra– We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Brandenburg #5, Path to the Pacific, and Vortex. We will start to do small ensembles with the Brandenburg and exercises from pages 20-21 in the Essential Techniques book 3. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Philharmonia (First block)–We are continuing to work on our concert music. In particular, work on C# and G# and other accidentals in the music. Students have been given a rhythm study guide. We will be having a rhythm quiz next week as well as a playing test on concert music. Students should be practicing 120 minutes a week and submitting practice on Charms.

Sinfonia Orchestra- We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Contrasts in E Minor and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Chamber Orchestra–We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Simple Symphony–Movements 3 & 4 and Of Glorious Plumage, and Lyric Metal. Start working through all orchestra pieces for GMEA–Fanfare, First Essay, Smooth, & Rhapsody in Blue. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Week of September 9

Beginning Orchestra--This week we are working on establishing posture and playing first notes–open strings and D major scale. New skills–string crossings, double stops. New songs–English Round, May Song, Allegro.  Work on Elevator and Escalator patterns as we continue to learn the notes on the fingerboard. Practice your note reading in the Essential Elements book.

Philharmonia Orchestra– We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Brandenburg #5, Path to the Pacific, and Vortex. We will start to do small ensembles with the Brandenburg and exercises from pages 20-21 in the Essential Techniques book 3. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Philharmonia (First block)–We are continuing to work on our concert music. In particular, work on C# and G# and other accidentals in the music. Students have been given a rhythm study guide. We will be having a rhythm quiz next week as well as a playing test on concert music. Students should be practicing 120 minutes a week and submitting practice on Charms.

Sinfonia Orchestra- We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Contrasts in E Minor and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Chamber Orchestra–We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Simple Symphony–Movements 3 & 4 and Of Glorious Plumage, and Lyric Metal. Start working through all orchestra pieces for GMEA–Fanfare, First Essay, Smooth, & Rhapsody in Blue. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Week of September 2

Beginning Orchestra--This week we are working on establishing posture and playing first notes–open strings and D major scale. New skills–string crossings, double stops. New songs–English Round, May Song, Allegro.  Work on Elevator and Escalator patterns as we continue to learn the notes on the fingerboard. We will start to use Essential Elements Book 1.

Philharmonia Orchestra– We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Brandenburg #5, Path to the Pacific, and Vortex. We will start to do small ensembles with the Brandenburg and exercises from pages 20-21 in the Essential Techniques book 3. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms. Playing test on Brandenburg on Thursday or Friday, September 5 or 6.

Philharmonia (First block)–We are continuing to work on tone, intonation, posture and technique during class.  We are working through our three pieces for our concert music: Vortex, Brandenburg and Path to the Pacific.  Students should review difficult spots in the music each day as well as reviewing the sections we worked on in class with a focus on precision.  Students who have achieved a high level of performance on the class music should use advanced fingerings as well as the addition of vibrato. We are continuing to work on concert music. Students should be practicing 120 minutes a week and submitting practice on Charms. There will be a playing test on Brandenburg next week.

Sinfonia Orchestra- We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Contrasts in E Minor and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms.

Chamber Orchestra–We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Simple Symphony–Movements 3 & 4 and Of Glorious Plumage, and Lyric Metal. Start working through all orchestra pieces for GMEA–Fanfare, First Essay, Smooth, & Rhapsody in Blue. Be sure to practice a minimum of 120 minute each week and submit on Charms. 

Week of August 26

Beginning Orchestra--This week we are working on establishing posture and playing first notes–open strings and D major scale. New skills–string crossings, double stops. New songs–Twinkle variations, Lightly Row, & French Folk Song. Work on Elevator and Escalator patterns as we continue to learn the notes on the fingerboard.

Philharmonia Orchestra– We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Brandenburg #5, Path to the Pacific, and Vortex. We will start to do small ensembles with the Brandenburg and exercises from pages 20-21 in the Essential Techniques book 3.

Philharmonia (First block)–We are continuing to work on tone, intonation, posture and technique during class.  We are working through our three pieces for our concert music: Vortex, Brandenburg and Path to the Pacific.  Students should review difficult spots in the music each day as well as reviewing the sections we worked on in class with a focus on precision.  Students who have achieved a high level of performance on the class music should use advanced fingerings as well as the addition of vibrato.  1st block will have a playing test on the two octave D major scale and arpeggio on Monday.  Continue working on 111-117 in Book 3.

Sinfonia Orchestra- We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Contrasts in E Minor and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen. G major scale test on Friday, August 30.

Chamber Orchestra–We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are working on Simple Symphony–Movements 3 & 4 and Of Glorious Plumage, and Lyric Metal. Start working through all orchestra pieces for GMEA–Fanfare, First Essay, Smooth, & Rhapsody in Blue.

Week of August 19

Beginning Orchestra--This week we are working on establishing posture and playing first notes–open strings and D major scale. New skills–string crossings, double stops. New songs–Twinkle variations, Lightly Row, & French Folk Song.

Philharmonia Orchestra– We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Brandenburg #5, Path to the Pacific, and Vortex. G major scale playing test in 3rd block on Thursday and Friday.

Sinfonia Orchestra- We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Contrasts in E Minor and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.

Chamber Orchestra–We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Simple Symphony–Movements 3 & 4 and Of Glorious Plumage, and Lyric Metal. Full Orchestra rehearsal in class on Monday–Danzon. Music will be given on Monday.

Week of August 5

Beginning Orchestra--Make sure you get your instrument! This week we are working on establishing posture and playing first notes–open strings and D major scale.

Philharmonia Orchestra–lockers assigned this week. Combinations will be given in class. We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Brandenburg #5 and Path to the Pacific.

Sinfonia Orchestra–lockers assigned this week. Combinations will be given in class. We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Contrasts in E Minor and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen. 

Chamber Orchestra–lockers assigned this week. Combinations will be given in class. We will work on tone exercises, scales, and music in class. We are beginning with Simple Symphony–Movements 3 & 4 and Of Glorious Plumage.