Wildcat Orchestra

Weekly Update #20

Happy Friday Orchestra Families!

We had another fabulous week in orchestra - all thanks to YOUR students! As the stage is getting ready for the musical, we got to have some GREAT sectional time in our morning rehearsals. Students were able to really work with all the people who play their part with them and get it sounding perfect. We even turned it into a little competition! I am so pleased each time the orchestras get together as they are making great strides on their instruments.


I have still noticed a few violin and viola players who are choosing to not play with a shoulder rest. PLEASE see my notes at the bottom of the page concerning this. It is so important to their playing and posture that they are using the proper equipment!


Our schedule for next week is as follows:

Monday (2/8) - 6th grade morning rehearsal, 8th grade lessons

Tuesday (2/9) - 8th grade morning rehearsal, 7th grade lessons

Wednesday (2/10) - 6th grade morning rehearsal

Thursday (2/11) - WILDCAT SYMPHONY REHEARSAL**, 6th grade lessons

Friday (2/12) - Wildcat Symphony Rehearsal, 8th grade lessons


**Please note the one change in the schedule - Thursday (2/11) has been changed from a 7th grade rehearsal to Wildcat Symphony. As NIMCon is right around the corner, we are going to be adding a few extra rehearsals to ensure we are ready for competition. Please make sure you are there!

6th Grade Heads To the Classical Period!

This week the 6th graders traveled from the Baroque Period to the Classical Period. Our first composer we talked about was Beethoven! Ask your students what they learned about Ode to Joy. Next week they will be responsible for performing "Ode to Joy" at 115 bpm.


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.



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 ALL THE WAY TO Russia!

We took a long plane ride this week across the world to Russia! All 7th graders now need to prepare the song "Russian Sailors Dance" at 80 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 Coming Up Quickly!

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!!!


We will send out finalized information as we get closer, but please plan on the following:


WHERE: Woodland Middle School (Gurnee)


DAY: Friday, March 11th


TENTATIVE 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!!!

THE SHOULDER POLICE HAVE ARRIVED!!!

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!

Musical Moment of the Week

Please enjoy this musical flashmob of one of the most famously recognized melodies - Ode to Joy!
Flashmob Flash Mob - Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy ) Beethoven Symphony No.9 classical music