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April 15, 2020 | Advanced

Links to ALL Practice Videos for Spring 2020

Hi everyone! I have finished the practice videos for all 3 orchestras, so I thought it would be helpful to have all of the links in one place so that you can practice. Beginning Orchestra: Rolling Along Lightly Row Jingle Bells Old MacDonald Had a Farm A Mozart Melody Intermediate Orchestra: First Finger Pachelbel First Scale March Impulse Dragon Slayer Advanc ...

April 15, 2020 | Beginning

Rolling Along Practice Videos

Hi Beginning Orchestra! Below you will see the practice videos for Rolling Along. First, I have posted the video of all of the instruments playing together. Then, I have posted each individual instrument.

All Instruments:

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

April 15, 2020 | Beginning

Lightly Row Practice Videos

Hi Beginning Orchestra! Below you will see practice videos for Lightly Row. First, you will see the video with all of the instruments together, and then each individual instrument’s video.

All Instruments:

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

April 15, 2020 | Beginning

Jingle Bells Practice Videos

Hi Beginning Orchestra! Look below for practice videos for Jingle Bells. First, you will see a video of all of the instruments playing together. Then, you will see each individual instrument’s video.

All Instruments:

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

April 15, 2020 | Beginning

Old MacDonald Practice Videos

Hi Beginning Orchestra! Look below for practice videos for Old MacDonald Had a Farm. First, you will see a video of all of the instruments together, and then of each instrument by itself.

All Instruments:

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

April 15, 2020 | Beginning

A Mozart Melody Practice Videos

Hi Beginning Orchestra! Look below for practice videos for A Mozart Melody. First, you will see a video of all of the instruments playing together, and then each individual instrument.

All Instruments:

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

April 4, 2020 | Advanced

Orchestra Academy Plan Going Forward

As you have probably heard, there will be no in-person learning in School District 27J for the rest of the school year. I agree that this is the best decision, but I have to admit I was heartbroken because I was really hoping that we could still have our concert. I have been able to meet with so many students in the last couple of weeks and they hav ...

April 3, 2020 | Advanced

Practice Video List and Private Lesson Signup

Hi everyone! It has been great to see so many of you with online private lessons. If you haven’t signed up yet, follow this link to do so: Students in the Intermediate and Advanced Orchestras have been having a lot of success practicing with the practice videos I have made. Follow these links to find the practice videos: Intermediate Orchestra: D ...

March 20, 2020 | Advanced

Orchestra Academy Plan during COVID-19

Hi everyone!

We are all kind of reinventing the wheel right now, having to self-isolate with COVID-19. I have been thinking about how we can continue to make progress in the Orchestra Academy. I have a couple of ideas about how we can keep students practicing and engaged.

First, I have created some online content for my students.

Here is a video showing the Beginning Orchestra what they should be practicing:

And below are links to practice videos for the other orchestras.

Intermediate Orchestra:

Advanced Orchestra:

In addition to these practice videos, I would like to offer online private lessons to the students of the Orchestra Academy. I have been using a free service called Zoom with my private students and it has worked pretty well. I will allow each student to sign up for 2 20-minute private lessons in the next 3 weeks using the link here:

Sign Up!

My expectation for these lessons is that the students have practiced and come to the lesson having put in some effort themselves. They should be ready to play what they can of their pieces for me and ready with any questions they may have. They definitely don’t need to be perfect—all students will be a work in progress—but I want to make sure that they have done some work at home.

My hope is that we will get to go back to rehearsing on April 20th and still have our concert in May (the concert date still hasn’t been confirmed, I am so sorry about that).

Please let me know if you need any help or if students have questions. I am here to help! Thank you all for your patience through all of this!

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 ...