We are learning Dance of the Tumblers, Mozart Mix, and Autumn now in orchestra. We will have a playing test on Tumblers and Mozart this week and a playing test of Autumn next week. 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.
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, 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 1st position on their instruments. As always, students are expected to practice EVERY day for a minimum of 20 minutes (two 15-20 minute sessions a day is even better)!