Wildcat Orchestra

Weekly Update #21

Happy Friday (and early Valentines Day!)

It seems we did a lot this week - although I was gone for a full day. Thank you to my 6th graders for being so flexible and I'm so sorry for missing your lessons. Next week you will be performing Ode to Joy, we will be learning TWO pieces, and traveling to our next time period!


This upcoming week is going to be a little tricky as it is a shortened week AND the musical has two daytime performances. As there is very little orchestra this week, please make sure you are taking your instrument home and PRACTICING! We have made so much progress this year - keep it up! I have attached revised lesson schedules below for Thursday and Friday. Thank you in advance for checking them and making sure you are at your correct lesson.


Next week rehearsal and lesson schedule is as follows:

Monday (2/15) - NO SCHOOL!

Tuesday (2/16) - NO SCHOOL!

Wednesday (2/17) - NO MORNING REHEARSAL

Thursday (2/18) - NO MORNING REHEARSAL, 6th grade revised lessons

Friday (2/19) - Wildcat Symphony morning rehearsal, 8th grade revised lessons


Here's a plug for Springman's musical Hairspray... We also have two evening performances on Friday, 2/19, and Saturday, 2/20, at 7:00 PM in the West Gym. I will give 25 points extra credit to any student who goes to the show and brings me a program with their name on it.

Lessons Next Week

Due to the musical performances during the day, lesson times for Thursday and Friday need to be altered. 6th and 8th graders. Please abide by the following lesson times for next week's lessons only! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
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6th Grade - stuck with Beethoven one more week!

Unfortunately I missed school on our 6th grade lesson day so they are stuck with Beethoven for one more week. Next week we will be learning TWO pieces! Next week they will be responsible for performing "Ode to Joy" at 115 bpm. I am sure all students will earn their artifact as they will have had TWO weeks to practice!


All students have a metronome app on their iPad called "ProMetronome". Students know how to use it and should be practicing with their app as they will be performing with it on next week.


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 Are In Norway!

This week 7th graders headed to Norway - maybe we will see Queen Elsa or as we learned, a troll! All 7th graders now need to prepare the song "Hall of the Mountain King" at 95 bpm for next lesson.


All students have a metronome app on their iPad called "ProMetronome". Students know how to use it and should be practicing with their app as they will be performing with it on next week.


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.

Wildcat Symphony - NIMCon Competition is Around the Corner!

We have received our performance TIME and DATE for the Organizational Contest. Last year, our group received a Division I and was able to progress onto the state competition - we are hoping to do so once again! Because of the importance of this performance, IT IS MANDATORY for all students to attend!!!


Permission slips were sent home with your students this week. Please sign them and have students turn them back into me ASAP. Plan on the following schedule for our NIMCon Performance:


WHERE: Woodland Middle School (Gurnee)


DAY: Friday, March 11th


TIME FRAME:

3:00 PM - depart from Springman

4:00 PM to 5:45 PM - Dinner at TBA (potentially Gurnee Mills Mall)

6:25 PM to 7:25 PM - Performance

7:25 PM to 7:45 PM - Receive results and depart for Springman



As always, thanks for your support of our band and orchestra students!!!

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!