Wildcat Orchestra

Weekly Update #19

Happy Friday - and almost February!

I hope that I am not jumping the gun on our February themed background - I just got so excited when they popped up as options! Speaking of February, it surely seems like January FLEW BY!


Next weeks schedule is as follows:

Monday (2/1) - 8th grade morning rehearsal

Tuesday (2/2) - 6th grade morning rehearsal

Wednesday (2/3) - 7th grade morning rehearsal

Thursday (2/4) - Wildcat Symphony morning rehearsal

Friday (2/5) - 7th grade morning rehearsal


I have attached the remainder of the February calendar to this e-mail so that you can mark rehearsals for the rest of the month.

Extra Performance Opportunity!

Would you like an opportunity to play along with Civic Orchestra members?


On Saturday, February 20th, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM in Thoresen Hall (at the Institute of Chicago) students of all ages and abilities have the opportunity for an informal evening with professional musicians from the Civic Orchestra!


Students will be part of a masterclass and a read-through of Mozart's String Quartet K. 155 (Molto Allegro). If you are interested in this performance opportunity, please let me know and I can get you copies of the music.


If your student does choose to go, I will give them 100 extra credit points! I have attached the music for this performance opportunity to this e-mail.

6th Grade Stays in the Baroque!

If it is not Baroque... don't fix it!


This week we stayed in the Baroque era so that we could study a piece by J.S. Bach. Students need to prepare the song "Minuet" at 100 bpm for next week.


All students should have received an UPDATED music sheet for their Travel Through Time unit. Please make sure they are practicing off this and not the original.


I would strongly suggest having your student perform their assigned "mini" piece to ensure they are PRACTICING!!!! Each piece is announce and reviewed/practiced in weekly lessons and full orchestra but the extra practice at home will ensure that they earn their artifact.

7th Grade Travels to Korea!

This week ALL students earned their Passport stamps and were able to safely travel to Korea together! All 7th graders now need to prepare the song "Arirang" at 75 bpm for next lesson.


I would strongly suggest having your student perform their assigned "mini" piece to ensure they are PRACTICING!!!! Each piece is announce and reviewed/practiced in weekly lessons and full orchestra but the extra practice at home will ensure that they earn their passport stamp.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes!

ATTENTION VIOLIN AND VIOLA PLAYERS!!!


As we continue to grow as people and players, we need to start protecting our body and creating good habits. I have noticed many players have either lost or misplaced their shoulder rests. It is imperative to their playing and posture that they have something between their body and their instrument.


Many students were given sponges with their rental instrument or from their intermediate director. In middle school I would like to ask all students to have a "real" shoulder rest instead of a sponge. I PROMISE this will make a huge difference in how your child feels when playing (and might even encourage more practicing!)


There are two brands of should rests that I prefer as they are high quality and very affordable - Kun and Everest.


Kun - I like the original or super (which has a little more padding)

http://www.kunrest.com/products.html


Everest - I like all of their rests AND they come in almost all colors!

http://www.everestshoulderrest.com


If you need anymore direction as to what to purchase or have any questions, feel free to ask!