We are learning Fantasia 2000, Hungarian Rhapsody, and Themes from New World Symphony now in orchestra. We will have a playing test on each of these pieces over the next two weeks. We are also working on learning the combined piece, Orpheus in the Underworld.
After our concert on May 10th, students will begin their scale pass-offs. Students must memorize their C, G, D, A, F, and Bb major scales and arpeggios. These are pass/fail tests.
The Advanced students will also be performing for Open House on May 19th from 6:30-7:30pm.
Students should also plan on attending one more concert for the year during this 4th quarter.
At this point in the year, the students should feel comfortable reading, counting and playing rhythms (16th notes, triplets, etc.), reading and performing notes on all strings of their instruments up to 5th/6th position, be able to play 2 octave scales with accurate shifts, be using vibrato regularly, and be able to play with confidence on the pieces we've worked on during class. Students should understand key signatures and how they impact finger patterns, understand whole and half step patterns, and have comfortable facility in multiple positions (up to 5th/6th) on their instruments. As always, students are expected to practice EVERY day for a minimum of 30 minutes (two 20 minute sessions a day is even better)!