December Happenings in Orchestra

Greetings Orchestra Families,

In the month of December our focus shifts to preparation for our December concerts.

8th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Beginning Strings 7th Grade Orchestra Class 6th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Orchestra Class
UNIT OF STUDY

Concert Preparation & Performance
UNIT OF STUDY

Concert Preparation & Performance
UNIT OF STUDY

Concert Preparation & Performance
UNIT OF STUDY

Concert Preparation & Performance
UNIT OF STUDY

Concert Preparation & Performance
PRACTICE

Students should review & refine spots in the the following:

Hopak

Allegro in G

Dance Diabolique

Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)
PRACTICE

Students should review & refine spots in the the following concert songs:

Jaws
Rolling Along
Good King Wenceslas
Seminole Chant
Lightly Row
Song for Christine
Natalie's Rose
Dreidel
Carolina Breeze
Jingle Bells
Old MacDonald
Boil Them Cabbage
Chicken on the Dance Floor
Let's Go Strings!

Students should be practicing a minimum of 40 minutes per week at home (10 min x 4 sessions)
PRACTICE

Students should review & refine spots in the the following:

Hopak

Allegro in G

Dance Diabolique

Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)
PRACTICE

Students should review & refine spots in the the following concert songs:

Jaws
Rolling Along
Good King Wenceslas
Seminole Chant
Lightly Row
Song for Christine
Natalie's Rose
Dreidel
Carolina Breeze
Jingle Bells
Old MacDonald
Boil Them Cabbage
Chicken on the Dance Floor
Let's Go Strings!

Students should be practicing a minimum of 40 minutes per week at home (10 min x 4 sessions)
PRACTICE

Students should review & refine spots in the the following:

Scotland's Burning

Scherzo

Renaissance Canzona

Students should be practicing a minimum of 1 hour per week at home (15 min x 4 sessions)



Happening Now in Orchestra!

Greetings orchestra families,
Below you'll find our current practice logs:

8th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Beginning Strings 7th Grade Orchestra Class 6th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Orchestra Class
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
PRACTICE

Students should practice the following:

String Techniques for Superior Musical Performance (ST), pages 16 & 17, #41-45

Hopak, measures 42-end

Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)

PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 15-24

Renaissance Canzona: Beginning to measure 14

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students are gaining practice in learning note names via "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online.
PRACTICE

Students should practice the following:

String Techniques for Superior Musical Performance (ST), pages 16 & 17, #41-45

Hopak, measures 42-end

Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 10-19

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students are gaining practice in learning note names via "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online.
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Renaissance Canzona: measures 14-36

Scherzo: measures 1-"B"

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students are gaining practice in learning note names via "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online.



Happening in Orchestra

On Monday, October 14th, forty-nine UMS 7th & 8th graders participated in the Illinois Music Educator's Association All District Orchestra rehearsal and audition with students from over 40 schools across central Illinois. Through this rigorous and exciting experience, our students demonstrated that they could rise to meet the challenges before them, and have fun in the process! Regardless of the outcome of Monday’s auditions, we congratulate our Urbana students for their outstanding efforts!






8th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Beginning Strings 7th Grade Orchestra Class 6th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Orchestra Class
UNITS OF STUDY

Preparation & Performance: reflecting on the ILMEA Rehearsal Audition

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods

UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
UNITS OF STUDY

Preparation & Performance: reflecting on the ILMEA Rehearsal Audition

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
PRACTICE

Students should practice the following:

String Techniques for Superior Musical Performance, pages 16 & 17, #41-45

Hopak, measures 42-72

Allegro in G, measures 40-end


Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)

Students who are doing the research project in lieu of the Rehearsal/Audition have received their topic, project checklist, and resource packet of research. Projects are due Friday, October 18th. All complete projects that are submitted on time will earn full credit (100%). Late or incomplete projects will earn partial credit (up to 50%)
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 21-23

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students are gaining practice in learning note names via "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online. See the link above.
PRACTICE

Students should practice the following:

String Techniques for Superior Musical Performance, pages 16 & 17, #41-45

Hopak, measures 42-72

Allegro in G, measures 40-end


Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)

Students who are doing the research project in lieu of the Rehearsal/Audition have received their topic, project checklist, and resource packet of research. Projects are due Friday, October 18th. All complete projects that are submitted on time will earn full credit (100%). Late or incomplete projects will earn partial credit (up to 50%)
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 10-19

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students are gaining practice in learning note names via "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online. See the link below.
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 2, pages 14 & 15

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

A fun resource for learning note names is "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online. See the link below.
RESOURCES

Recordings of the ILMEA pieces:

Hopak (Moussorgsky/Isaac)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2444289

Allegro in G (Vivaldi/Frackenpohl)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10061543

American Reel (Kirt Mosier)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481222
RESOURCES

Staff Wars Music Game,
Version 1.2

Available above
RESOURCES

Please visit the 8th Grade tab located on the far left for links to recordings of the ILMEA pieces
RESOURCES

Staff Wars Music Game,
Version 1.2

Available above
RESOURCES

Staff Wars Music Game,
Version 1.2

Available above


Happening Now in Orchestra!

Download file "ORCHESTRA EVENTS 2013-14.pdf"
Staff Wars Music Game, Version 1.2

8th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Beginning Strings 7th Grade Orchestra Class 6th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Orchestra Class
UNIT OF STUDY

Preparation & Performance

Upcoming Event:
ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition
Monday, October 14
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
UNIT OF STUDY

Preparation & Performance

Upcoming Event:
ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition
Monday, October 14
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
UNIT OF STUDY

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
PRACTICE

Practice the following
"Hot Spots"

Hopak, measures 42-72

American Reel, measures
10-58 & 90-152

Allegro in G, measures 40-end

Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)

Students who are doing the research project in lieu of the Rehearsal/Audition will receive their topics next week.
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 21-23

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students are gaining practice in learning note names via "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online. See the link above.
PRACTICE

Practice the following
"Hot Spots"

Hopak, measures 42-72

American Reel, measures
10-58 & 90-152

Allegro in G, measures 40-end

Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)

Students who are doing the research project in lieu of the Rehearsal/Audition will receive their topics next week.
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 16, 17, 18 & 19

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students are gaining practice in learning note names via "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online. See the link below.
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 2, pages 14 & 15

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

A fun resource for learning note names is "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online. See the link below.
RESOURCES

Recordings of the ILMEA pieces:

Hopak (Moussorgsky/Isaac)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2444289

Allegro in G (Vivaldi/Frackenpohl)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10061543

American Reel (Kirt Mosier)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481222
RESOURCES

Staff Wars Music Game,
Version 1.2

Available above
RESOURCES

Please visit the 8th Grade tab located on the far left for links to recordings of the ILMEA pieces
RESOURCES

Staff Wars Music Game,
Version 1.2

Available above
RESOURCES

Staff Wars Music Game,
Version 1.2

Available above



This week in Orchestra!

Download file "ORCHESTRA EVENTS 2013-14.pdf"
Staff Wars Music Game, Version 1.2

8th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Orchestra Class
FOCUS

Preparation & Performance

Upcoming Event:
ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition
Monday, October 14
FOCUS

Preparation & Performance

Upcoming Event:
ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition
Monday, October 14
FOCUS

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
FOCUS

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
FOCUS

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
PRACTICE

Practice the following
"Hot Spots"

Hopak, measures 42-72

American Reel, measures
10-58 & 90-152

Allegro in G, measures 40-end

Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)

Students who are doing the research project in lieu of the Rehearsal/Audition will receive their topics next week.
PRACTICE

Practice the following
"Hot Spots"

Hopak, measures 42-72

American Reel, measures
10-58 & 90-152

Allegro in G, measures 40-end

Students should be practicing a minimum of 2 hours per week at home (30 min x 4 sessions)

Students who are doing the research project in lieu of the Rehearsal/Audition will receive their topics next week.
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, page 20

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students are gaining practice in learning note names via "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online. See the link below.
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 16, 17 & 18

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students are gaining practice in learning note names via "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online. See the link below.
PRACTICE

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 2, pages 12 & 13

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

A fun resource for learning note names is "Staff Wars", a free music game that is available online. See the link below.
RESOURCES

Recordings of the ILMEA pieces:

Hopak (Moussorgsky/Isaac)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2444289

Allegro in G (Vivaldi/Frackenpohl)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10061543

American Reel (Kirt Mosier)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481222
RESOURCES

Recordings of the ILMEA pieces:

Hopak (Moussorgsky/Isaac)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2444289

Allegro in G (Vivaldi/Frackenpohl)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10061543

American Reel (Kirt Mosier)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481222
RESOURCES

Staff Wars Music Game,
Version 1.2

Available above
RESOURCES

Staff Wars Music Game,
Version 1.2

Available above
RESOURCES

Staff Wars Music Game,
Version 1.2

Available above

This week in Orchestra!

8th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Orchestra Class
Focus

Preparation & Performance
Focus

ILMEA Preparation & Performance
Focus

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
Focus

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
Focus

Developing Music Literacy and Technical Facility through Music & Methods
Practice

In preparation for the upcoming ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition Event on Monday, October 14, students should practice the following this week:

Hopak, measures 58-the end

American Reel, measures 90-110 & 136-152

Allegro in G, measures 79-the end

Students should make sure that they are able to play the correct notes with correct low or high fingerings in the correct positions. New or confusing rhythmic and technical concepts will be addressed in class
Practice

In preparation for the upcoming ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition Event on Monday, October 14, students should practice the following this week:

Hopak, measures 58-the end

American Reel, measures 90-110 & 136-152

Allegro in G, measures 79-the end

Students should make sure that they are able to play the correct notes with correct low or high fingerings in the correct positions. New or confusing rhythmic and technical concepts will be addressed in class
Practice

For this week students should practice the following:


Essential Elements Book 1, pages 16-20


Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students will work on writing the notes on the D and A strings in class
Practice

For this week students should practice the following:


Essential Elements Book 1, pages 11, 12 & 13

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings.

In addition to the music above, students will work on writing the notes on the D and A strings in class
Practice

For this week students should practice the following:



Essential Elements Book 2, pages 7, 8, 9 & 10


Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings. Students are encouraged to practice along with the included CD

This week in Orchestra!

8th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Orchestra Class 6th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Beginning Strings
Focus

We’re making our way to ILMEA!
Focus

We’re making our way to ILMEA!
Focus

Developing music literacy and building technique
Focus

Developing music literacy and building technique
Focus

Developing music literacy and building technique
Practice

In preparation for the upcoming ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition Event on Monday, October 14, students should practice the following this week:

Hopak, measures 58-72

American Reel, measures 90-110 & 136-152

Allegro in G, measures 57-72 & 72-79

Students should make sure that they are able to play the correct notes with correct low or high fingerings in the correct positions. New or confusing rhythmic and technical concepts will be addressed in class
Practice

In preparation for the upcoming ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition Event on Monday, October 14, students should practice the following this week:

Hopak, measures 58-72

American Reel, measures 90-110 & 136-152

Allegro in G, measures 57-72 & 72-79

Students should make sure that they are able to play the correct notes with correct low or high fingerings in the correct positions. New or confusing rhythmic and technical concepts will be addressed in class
Practice

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 2, pages 6 & 7

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings. Students are encouraged to practice along with the included CD
Practice

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 12-15 with the bow

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings. Students are encouraged to practice along with the included CD
Practice

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, page 16 with the bow, and pages 8, 9 &10 pizzicato (plucked)

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings. Students are encouraged to practice along with the included CD
Documents:

Please see below for
ILMEA Info 2013 & Orchestra Events 2013
Documents:

Please see below for Orchestra Events 2013
Documents:

Please see below for Orchestra Events 2013
Documents:

Please see below for Orchestra Events 2013
Documents:

Please see below for Orchestra Events 2013
Recordings:

Hopak (Moussorgsky/Isaac)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2444289

Allegro in G (Vivaldi/Frackenpohl)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10061543

American Reel (Kirt Mosier)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481222
Recordings:

Hopak (Moussorgsky/Isaac)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2444289

Allegro in G (Vivaldi/Frackenpohl)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10061543

American Reel (Kirt Mosier)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481222

Download file "ILMEA audition info 2013.pdf"
Download file "ORCHESTRA EVENTS 2013-14.pdf"



Calendar Update -- COMPLETE

Greetings Orchestra Families,
Attached is the updated COMPLETE calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. Our first upcoming event is the ILMEA rehearsal/audition for 7th & 8th graders on Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day). Please watch this space for further info.


Download file "ORCHESTRA EVENTS 2013-14.pdf"

This week!

8th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Orchestra Class 6th Grade Orchestra Class 7th Grade Beginning Strings 6th Grade Beginning Strings
Focus

We’re making our way to ILMEA!
Focus

We’re making our way to ILMEA!
Focus

Developing music literacy and building technique
Focus

Developing music literacy and building technique
Focus

Developing music literacy and building technique
Practice

In preparation for the upcoming ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition Event on Monday, October 14, students should practice the following this week:

Hopak, measures 42-72

American Reel, measures 1-27

Allegro in G, measures 40-57

Students should make sure that they are able to play the correct notes with correct low or high fingerings in the correct positions. New or confusing rhythmic and technical concepts will be addressed in class
Practice

In preparation for the upcoming ILMEA Rehearsal/Audition Event on Monday, October 14, students should practice the following this week:

Hopak, measures 42-72

American Reel, measures 1-27

Allegro in G, measures 40-57

Students should make sure that they are able to play the correct notes with correct low or high fingerings in the correct positions. New or confusing rhythmic and technical concepts will be addressed in class
Practice

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 2, pages 4 & 5

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings. Students are encouraged to practice along with the included CD
Practice

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 16-18 with the bow, and pages 9-11 pizzicato (plucked)

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings. Students are encouraged to practice along with the included CD
Practice

For this week students should practice the following:

Essential Elements Book 1, pages 16-18 with the bow, and pages 9-11 pizzicato (plucked)

Students should familiarize themselves with the names of the notes and their fingerings. Students are encouraged to practice along with the included CD
Recordings:

Hopak (Moussorgsky/Isaac)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2444289

American Reel (Kirt Mosier)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481222

Allegro in G (Vivaldi/Frackenpohl)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10061543
Recordings:

Hopak (Moussorgsky/Isaac)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2444289

American Reel (Kirt Mosier)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2481222

Allegro in G (Vivaldi/Frackenpohl)

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10061543




Calendar update

Greetings Orchestra Families,

The USD #116 String Festival will take place on Monday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM in the UMS Gymnasium. This event will NOT happen on December 3rd. Please watch this space for further info.











Welcome to the UMS Orchestra Blog!

Greetings Orchestra Families,
Welcome to the UMS Orchestra Blog! Here you will find information regarding orchestra events and weekly practice assignments for each class. I will also communicate with you by email, so please make sure your information is correct in skyward. Attached you will find our 2013-2014 Orchestra handbook, our 2013-14 syllabus (the short version of the handbook), and our 2013-14 orchestra events. Don't hesitate to call (217.384.3685 x1171) or email (aenglishharden@usd116.org) with any questions.

Download file "ums handbook 2013-2.pdf"Download file "UMS Orchestra Syllabus.pdf"