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March 18, 2020 | Intermediate

Dragon Slayer Practice Videos

Hi Intermediate Orchestra! Look below for practice videos for Dragon Slayer. First, I have a video with all 5 parts together. Then, I have each individual video below so that you can practice with just your part as well. Hopefully, these videos will help you practice at home!

All 5 Parts:

Violin 1:

Violin 2:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

March 12, 2020 | Advanced

Orchestra Academy Cancelled

Today, School District 27J announced that all after school activities are canceled until further notice. This includes the Orchestra Academy. We will not have rehearsal this Monday, March 16th, and we were already going to miss Monday, March 23rd due to Spring Break. I will continue to follow what 27J decides to determine when our rehearsals will re ...

March 11, 2020 | Advanced

Review for 3/9/20

Hi everyone! Look below to see what we did in the Orchestra Academy on Monday. Please note that we will not have Orchestra Academy on Monday, March 23rd due to Spring Break. Beginning Orchestra In the Beginning Orchestra, we reviewed the A ladder and played the music on pages 10 and 11. We then did some bow exercises and started learning the music o ...

March 5, 2020 | Advanced

Review for 3/2/20

Look below to learn what we did this week in the Orchestra Academy!

Beginning Orchestra

In the Beginning Orchestra, we reviewed the notes on the D string and played the music on pages 8 and 9. I also taught the students a “mystery song” which might annoy their parents all week!

Then we learned how to play B, C#, and D on the A string. This week, students should practice the music on pages 10 and 11. Look below for information about the A string.

Violin:

Cello:

Bass:

Intermediate Orchestra

In the Intermediate Orchestra, we spent a lot of time practicing First Finger Pachelbel. This week, students should practice the music from measure 21 to 29.

Then we practiced the First Scale March. Students should practice up to measure 20 still. We didn’t get to Dragon Slayer or Impulse this week, but students should still practice them.

Advanced Orchestra

We started with the Brandenburg and tried to learn the music from measures 17 to 32. Students should practice this section this week.

We then practiced Gauntlet and learned the section from measure 41 to 47. We then quickly practiced In the Hall of the Mountain King and then Conquistador.

February 29, 2020 | Advanced

Gauntlet Practice Videos

Hi Advanced Orchestra! Look below for the practice videos for Gauntlet. First, you will find a video of all 5 parts together, and below of each part individually. Use these to practice at home!

All 5 Parts:

Violin I:

Violin II:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

February 27, 2020 | Advanced

Review for 2/24/20

Hi everyone! Look below to know what we did on Monday and what you should practice this week. Beginning Orchestra In the Beginning Orchestra, we reviewed the notes on the D string—E, F#, and G. For more information about this, look at our last review post. We reviewed the music on pages 6 and 7 and then started learning the music on pages 8 and 9. ...

February 14, 2020 | Advanced

Review for 2/10/20

Hi everyone! First off, let me remind you all that we will NOT have rehearsal this coming Monday, February 17th due to President’s Day. Our next rehearsal will be Monday, February 24th.

Look below to find out what we did last Monday and what you should practice this coming week.

Beginning Orchestra

In the Beginning Orchestra, we reviewed the bow hold and the open strings, and then learned how to put left fingers down to play E, F#, and G on the D string. Explanations of how to do this on each instrument are below.

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

This week, practice the music on pages 6 and 7 (you may use your bow!) that use the D string notes.

Intermediate Orchestra

IMPORTANT: If you are one of those people that feels like you need to write in the name of every note in order to play a song, you need to do that in your music AT HOME. I don’t want to waste valuable rehearsal time waiting for people to write in notes. Ideally, you would be able to learn to read music and not write in the notes. But if you want the extra help, write them in at home so that when we meet together we can play our music.

In the Intermediate Orchestra, we started by reviewing the songs in our Essential Elements book on page 20. Practice the music on page 21 this week if you haven’t already.

In the First Scale March, we quickly went over the music from the beginning until measure 20. Again, if you need to write in the notes in between the scales in this song, feel free to do so at home. I’m hoping to play up to measure 20 when we see each other again.

We then learned the first 8 measures of Impulse. Students should try to learn at least through measure 16 this week.

Then we only had time to quickly review First Finger Pachelbel. Students should practice through measure 20 this week.

We didn’t have time to practice Dragon Slayer this week, but students should still practice it at home.

Advanced Orchestra

In the Advanced Orchestra, we started with the Brandenburg and tried to play through the first 16 measures. Students, especially 1st and 2nd violins, really need to practice this. Watch the key signature!

We then moved on to Conquistador and learned measures 21-32, then reviewed the whole song up to measure 32. Next week I am hoping to get up to measure 54.

We then read In the Hall of the Mountain King up to measure 27. I’m hoping we can get to measure 51 soon.

Lastly, we played Gauntlet and learned measures 25—32. We then played from the beginning through measure 40. Next week I am hoping we can learn through measure 56.