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Orchestra teacher at Robert Gray, Central Park, McDermoth, A.J. West, Stevens, Miller, and Aberdeen High School
Hello Students and Families! Welcome to Orchestra.
I am so sorry about the school being closed. It pains me to believe that all our concerts are cancelled for the rest of the school year. If you listened to the governor’s announcement on 4-6-2020, then you will know that all schools are distance learning for the rest of the school year. This is really hard on all of us. Your teachers and I are doing the best to provide you with educational materials for the rest of the year. On this site, I will give an overview of what our work will be, but it will be given primarily through our Google Classroom page. If you do have any questions, students or parents, please email me at any time and I will respond between the hours of 8 am to 3 pm on normal business days.
So, the rest of the year things will be different, but this is what we will be doing until summer.
- Breezin’ Thru Theory. This is a website that works on music theory, ear training, and composing. This will be where we do most of our classwork and learning. I have set up some units for you to complete. Just follow the lessons that are on there and if you have questions, email me and I can help you. You can take them at your own speed, but they will be due every 3 to 4 weeks.
- Music History Projects. I will require a 1-page paper where you will talk about what you like about music and what you hope to get out of music class now and in the future. I will talk more about this in our google classroom.
- Smart Music. On each google classroom I will leave a code so that you can access the program. From previous students that have accessed it before, it seems that once you have asked to join, I will have to approve it. If you want to let me know that you have logged in so I can approve your access that would be great. With this program, you will be able to practice different piece and possibly our music we were playing might be on there. I will be asking for some playing tests. It could be through music that we were playing or some sight-reading exercises.
- Start with the D Major scale that we started with in class. Go over that a few times, maybe even with a tuner (if you need a tuner, you might be able to download on your computer from the school). Then either practice over our music from class or learn something new over Smart Music. If you want, go ahead and finish learning the music in book. During our zoom meetings I can do my best to help go over different pieces and help you along. If you need help, you can message me, and I will do my best.
- Zoom meetings. These meetings will happen during our normal class time, but only once a week for right now. So 6th grade Orchestra will happen at 8:29 - 9:19 and 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra will happen at 1:39 - 2:30. I will be sending out invites to those meeting over email. Keep an eye out for them.
I am assuming that this is new to all of you. This is new to me as well and I am not used to teaching this way. I am trying to do my best and I hope that you would put your best foot forward in this work. If you have any questions about any of this, please email me at any time. I will respond in the hours I have listed above.
Thank you for listening and I hope you have a great day! I am so excited to see your work and looking forward to making music with you again in the fall.