Intermediate Orchestra Notes!

What's Happening in Intermediate Orchestra

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Google Drive

We are in full swing mode with regard to lessons. Many of you are close to finishing levels and that is great! Isn't it a drag though to have to wait a week to pass certificate songs? What can you do about it? is there anything?

You're in luck! Over the next few lessons, I will be setting up a Google Drive orchestra folder for each of you. Google Drive gives you the ability to use the camera on your iPad to film yourself. After we set everything up, your videos will be instantly available on your Google Drive folder. I will have full access to this folder and will be able to pass you for songs that you have completed at home so that you can move on more quickly! Pretty neat, right?

Of course, this is optional right now but is a great and efficient use of practice time. Please us Google Drive to document your practice at home. There is no need to wait until your lesson to pass certificate songs! The more you send, the quicker you will make it to Senior Orchestra!

Please observe the policies on camera use at Roosevelt. If any of these rules are broken, I will have to regretfully revoke your camera privileges. That shouldn't be a problem because orchestra students are so awesome! Please review the rules posted on the photo below. Seventh graders, your cameras will be turned on some time next week.
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Grading Policy Forms and Beginning of the Year Checklists

Please return your signed grading policy forms and Beginning of the Year Checklists. The grading policy form must be returned or you will not be eligible for the concert in November. The checklist is good for a piece of candy. Thanks everyone for your hard work.

Upcoming Events

Our concert is Winter Concert –Nov 19. Practice your parts at home!

Great String Music!

Enjoy the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra playing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (Freiburger Barockorchester)

Featured Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

March 21, 1685 - July 28, 1750
Born in Germany

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, where his father was a town musician. Bach came from a long line of composers - over 300 years' worth of Bachs all worked as professional musicians. By the time Johann was 10, both his parents had died, so he was brought up by his older brother, who was a church organist. Johann became a very good organist, too.

Johann Sebastian Bach held three major jobs in his life: first he worked for a duke, then for a prince, and finally, he became director of music at the St. Thomas Church and School in Leipzig, Germany. Even though his job in Leipzig kept him very busy, in his spare time, Bach conducted a group of musicians who liked to get together to perform at a local coffee house.

During his lifetime, people thought of Bach as just an ordinary working musician. No one really knew much about his music until 100 years after his death, when another composer, Felix Mendelssohn, conducted a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Bach is now seen as one of the greatest geniuses in music history. He wrote all kinds of music -- for organ and other keyboard instruments, orchestras, choirs, and concertos for many different instrumental combinations.
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