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Welcome to Orchestra!! 

I am beyond excited to teach orchestra in the elementary schools. I have been playing in orchestras since I was 10 years old. I may have started on viola, but my main instrument is the double bass. I also play the violin, cello, piano and am classically trained singer. I cannot wait to create a thriving Orchestra program at both elementary schools.

School Performance Dates 2019/2020

Monday, May 4th BAND at Emily Gray Junior High @ 7:00 pm 
Tuesday, May 5th CHOIR and ORCHESTRA at Tanque Verde High School @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, December 3 CHOIR at Tanque Verde HIGH School
Tuesday, February 25 BAND at Tanque Verde HIGH School
Thursday, February 27 ORCHESTRA at Tanque Verde HIGH School 
ACES ONLY CONCERTS (Band, Choir and Orchestra)
 Tuesday, December 17 6:30pm (6:00 students arrive) at ACES cafeteria
TVES ONLY CONCERTS (Band and Orchestra)
Monday, December 16 6:30 pm (6:00 students arrive) at TVES cafeteria 

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 
- 6th grade - Tuner/Tuner app to help guide tuning 
Individual Instrument Needs: 
-  Shoulder Rest or Sponge
- Chair Strap or Rock Stop
- Rock Stop 

How will I be graded in Orchestra?

Students grades will be based upon the following:
      As a performance based class, Orchestra students are expected to be at the required End of Semester Performance. All students must perform their concert music each semester. If a student has a conflict, parents should inform Mrs. Brown about it before the day of the concert and arrangements will be made for her/him to perform his/her music at another time. Each student is vital to the group performance, please make sure students are at evening performances. 
Homework Pages and Practice Bingo:
      Every student is expected to practice at home and document their time spent practicing. Prctice Bingos are due weekly. This is our musical groups’ homework. Besdies weekly practice, students will receive short homework pages to apply music reading concepts learned in class. Homework may be turned in late, but will asses a late penatly. Any pages not turned in will earn zero points.
Playing Tests:
      Musical groups are a performance based class. Almost everything we learn will be performed at some time for an audience. Playing tests provide feedback on how well each student is doing when it comes to their preparation for our performances. Notation,rhythm, pitch, dynamics, articulation and style are elements that are evaluated. Tests include performing musical exercises or parts of concert selections. All students may retest a playing test to achieve mastery.
Class Participation:
      Musical groups are similar to sports teams: the group succeeds when every member participates in a positive and productive way. Each week, each student will receive a Participation grade: follows directions, participates in a productive way, comes prepared with instrument and all supplies, is pro-active (thinks of solutions and thinks of ways to help others), comes ready to learn, leads by example, is willing to make mistakes and learn from them. If more than 3 reminders need to be given about posture, instrument assembly, supplies, or following directions, participation points will be lowered. 
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