Welcome to Orchestra!! 


The best part about being in an orchestra is the group of students who become friends who become a family. Our orchestra family will look differently this year while we navigate the remote learning, but we will still be able to make music and be together. 

Be sure to check out the google classroom for each grade level for specific activities each week and I look forward to our weekly gatherings! 

Don't forget to fill out the Music Ensemble Selection Form

All assignments, extra music and additional musical activies are available in the grade level based Orchestar Google Classroom.

School Performance Dates 2020/2021

Thursday, December 17 CHOIR and ORCHESTRA at Tanque Verde High School @ 6:30 pm (students arrive at 5:45)
Tuesday, March 3 ORCHESTRA at Tanque Verde HIGH School
Tuesday, May 20th CHOIR and ORCHESTRA at Tanque Verde High School @ 6:30 pm (students arrive at 5:45)

What do I need for Orchestra?

All students will need the following supplies:
- 5th grade: Essential Elements for Strings book 1; have students write their name on the cover
- 6th grade: Essential Elements for Strings book 2; have students write their name on the cover
- A well maintained instrument; have students write their name on a luggage tag 
- A folder or a 1" binder to keep Method book and suplimental music papers safe; with name and classroom teachers name on the front
- Folding music stand to practice at home 
- Rosin (size or color does not make much difference. Some stores do offer allergy friendly rosin if needed) 
- Soft rag or towel to wipe off instrument belly and strings after practicing 
- Tuner/Tuner app to help guide tuning 
Individual Instrument Needs: 
-  Shoulder Rest or Sponge
- Chair Strap or Rock Stop
- Rock Stop 

ACES Band, Choir, Orchestra Syllabus

The Music Ensemble Syllabus contains all important details for families including: concert dates, required materials, practice tips, and communication guidelines.

How will I be graded in Orchestra?

Playing Tests:

Playing tests are an evaluation of each student’s progress in the following areas of musical skills: Rhythm, Pitch, Tone and Articulation. During the remote learning time, playing tests will be submitted via google classroom.



Homework is given to students in accordance with objectives we have been working on in class to further the students' understanding of those objectives. During the remote learning time, homework will be small assignments that align with the objectives of the week submitted through the google classroom.


Daily Participation:

Daily Participation points are awarded to each student for proper participation and preparation in the class as outlined previously in the expectations section of this handbook. During the remote learning time, daily participation will be given to students who participate in weekly meets or other weekly activities.


Concert Performances and Self-Evaluation:

Each orchestra class will perform at a concert once a semester. The performance is an important part of orchestra class and is the culmination of a semester worth of hard work. During the remote learning time, concerts will be virtual though audio and visual submissions which I will collect and create a larger video for families and friends to enjoy.

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