Walsh Middle School Orchestra ’09-‘10 Orchestra Handbook Welcome to the Walsh Middle School Orchestra Program! Many of you have been in orchestra before, and there are many that are new to orchestra. It is going to be a year of excellence for the orchestra program. Please file this handbook away for future reference as it will be useful throughout the entire school year. About the Director – Mrs. Elizabeth Bryson: I have been playing the cello for over fifteen years, and have been teaching strings for almost ten. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Brigham Young University in 2007 and moved to Round Rock shortly thereafter. This will be my third year teaching for Round Rock ISD. Walsh MS will only have two orchestra classes this year: advanced (symphony) orchestra and beginning orchestra. I will be teaching both of these classes, as well as the orchestra classes at C.D. Fulkes MS. Because of the need to be at two schools, the best time to contact me at WMS will be in the mornings. I am thrilled to be at Walsh MS this year! The facilities are wonderful, the students are talented, and the community is excited. Everything points to an awesome year in orchestra. Please feel free to contact me anytime via phone (704-0833, Walsh and 428-3193, C.D.) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any concerns or questions. Walsh Middle School Orchestra ’09-‘10 Orchestra Website http://teacherweb.com/TX/WalshMS/Orchestra/ One of the easiest ways to access the website is through the Walsh website. Go to the school website (http://schools.roundrockisd.org/walsh/), and under “Quick Links” click on “Fine Arts”. Then click on “Orchestra” and you will be taken to the Orchestra website. This website will be used in addition to the Charms website (information below). Calendar events, recent news, handouts and other information will mostly be at this teacherweb website. Most contact, inventory, and financial records will be made through Charms. The Orchestra Calendar with concert dates and other important dates is located on the website. Please visit the website today and mark your calendars so there are no surprises later in the school year. CharmsOffice.com This is a web based program that will be my best way to stay connected with you. There is a place for you to update your personal contact information that I will use to contact you when needed. I promise never to give this information out without your permission. I will use it only for orchestra purposes. To Access the Walsh Orchestra Information: 1. Go to charmsoffice.com 2. In the right hand column, you will see “Parent/Student Login” in a pink box. Enter the school code: WalshMSOrch 3. To the right of the screen, you will see “Enter Student ID / Password” followed by an empty box. Enter your student ID in that box and click “Enter”. 4. Welcome to Charms! Your name should appear at the top of several colored boxes. There is an orange box labeled “personal info”. Click on this and update your personal info now. Once you have filled in the correct information, click “Update” and print that page. Turn this in by September 2, 2009. Walsh Middle School Orchestra ’09-‘10 Grading: Playing Tests – 35% Playing Tests will be given approximately every third Friday. Students will know ahead of time what the playing test is on. Unless told otherwise, these tests will not be used to seat students. Practice Records, Supply Checks, and Daily Participation – 35% (Due: Every Wednesday) Practice Records will be due every Wednesday. Each student will have a Semester Long Practice Record that they keep in their orchestra binders. There is a place for them to record the number of minutes they practice each day and a place for a parent/guardian initial. Please initial every week! Records will be checked Wednesday at the beginning of class. If a student does not get his/her practice record checked on Wednesday, it is his/her responsibility to show Mrs. Bryson the practice record on Thursday or Friday of the same week. No late credit will be given after Friday of the same week. Coming prepared for class is essential. Students should come prepared with their supplies each day. A supply check will happen one random day each week. Four supplies will be checked: instrument, orchestra binder, String Explorer book, and pencil. Each item is worth 25% of the supply grade. Daily Participation is essential in an orchestra class. For symphony students, sectionals count as daily participation. Students should come prepared with their instrument, binder (including music, practice sheet, and notebook paper for opening assignments), and pencil each day. Occasionally, worksheets or homework will be given. Tardiness, unexcused absences, and class disruption will result in lost points. Concert Attendance – 30% (See Concert Schedule) Each Student is required to participate in the scheduled concerts. Students receive full credit in this area by coming to each concert they are participating in on time and prepared to play their best. Points will be subtracted for tardiness, improper attire, or being unprepared. If a student knows beforehand of a need to miss a concert, it is his/her responsibility to notify Mrs. Bryson of this need no later than 2 weeks before the concert. A make-up assignment will be given and full credit can still be received. If the student does not give the proper 2 weeks notice, or fails to show up for a concert, the student may receive a 0% for concert attendance. Exceptions may be made for extreme emergency or illness. Contact Mrs. Bryson ASAP. Classroom Rules and Expectations: 1. No gum, food, or drink. You don’t want it in your hair or on your clothes. I don’t want it on these instruments. 2. Respect the space and belongings of others and keep your hands, arms, feet and stuff to yourself. 3. Be prepared for each day with a pencil, instrument, instrument accessories (bow, rosin, cleaning cloth, etc.), and music binder every day. 4. The orchestra room is a safe place. Always speak kindly about others and to others so we can all feel comfortable and safe inside the orchestra room. Walsh Middle School Orchestra ’09-‘10 Sectionals – Advanced Orchestra: Sectionals are scheduled times when all members of only one section meet with Mrs. Bryson to work on section specific musical or technical issues. No sectionals are required for members of the beginning orchestra. Sectionals for the Symphony (7/8 Orchestra) are mandatory and part of the class grade. Sectionals will be held weekly during UIL prep time, January through the first week of March. Please see the schedule below: Violins: The following Tuesday mornings, 7:30am-8:10am: Jan. 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2. Violas: The following Thursday mornings, 7:30am-8:10am: Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4. Cellos/Basses: The following Friday mornings, 7:30am-8:10am: Jan. 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5. Honors Quartet: The Honors Quartet is made up of 2 violinists, 1 violist, and 1 cellist, all 7th or 8th grade students. Auditions will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 7:30am in the orchestra room. All interested in auditioning need to prepare C, G, and D Major Scales and a musical piece of their choice. The Honors Quartet will rehearse mornings from 7:20-8:10am every Tuesday and Thursday fall semester, and again every Tuesday and Thursday in April and May. January, February, and March are reserved for UIL sectionals (see above). The quartet will prepare music to perform for the Walsh NJHS ceremony, Walsh awards ceremony, at local elementary schools and nursing homes, and any other needs that may arise as the school year goes on. Practice and Extra Help: Mrs. Bryson will be available to all students Friday mornings from 7:30-8:10am for extra help. Students are free to come in any morning to practice in the practice rooms individually, but students will be kicked out of the fine arts wing if they are not in a rehearsal or actively practicing. Concert Attire: All orchestra students will need to acquire the following concert attire and bring it into school to show Mrs. Bryson by Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Ladies: o Solid black skirt that covers the knees when sitting (dress slacks are okay for cellists) o Solid white collared shirt with sleeves o Black nylons or tights o Close-toed, black dress shoes Gentlemen: o Solid black dress slacks (no denim) o Solid white collared dress shirt o Black socks o Black dress shoes Walsh Middle School Orchestra ’09-‘10 Orchestra T-shirts: Orchestra T-shirts are a fun way to mark the year. There will be times when students will be allowed to wear their orchestra t-shirts to concerts. T-shirts this year are mandatory so at events we all have casual wear. If there is a cost issue, please talk to Mrs. Bryson ASAP. Cost: $11 When: By September 30, 2009 T-shirts are already in! When your student brings me the form and payment for t-shirts, I will hand him/her the number of t-shirts ordered. The t-shirts are the same design as last year, but without the date. Private Lessons: As students grow as musicians, it is important to get as much personalized attention as possible. Private instrument lessons are designed especially to help your student target areas of improvement and gain a deeper understanding of the music they play. Below is a list of private instructors, the instrument(s) they teach, and their contact information. If you are interested in private lessons outside of the school day, please feel free to contact these instructors. Also, Blackerby Violin Shop has private teachers come and teach at their music store. Violin/Viola: Cello: Alexander Serafimov - 577-6367 Feng Zhao - 401-6235 Paul Robertson - 257-8932 Betsy Sanders - 918-0805 Linda Day - 219-9165 Valerie Fisher - 626-4912 Karen Lin - 796-3316 or 899-8348 or Shu Yi Scott - 249-5526/914-7993 email@example.com Paul Gromquist - 299-6335 Diane Dickson - 458-1495 Karen Palmer - 834-1573 Double Bass: William Dick - 474-8196 Matt Lacour - 496-7200 Hikari VanDam - 258-0750 David Dawson - 416-1548 Ames Asbell - 441-2127 Mr. Scott - 249-5526/914-7993 IMIP: Another option for private lessons is the Individualized Music Instruction Program (IMIP) offered through RRISD. This program brings private teachers into the school and allows students 22 or 30 minute lessons during the school day (during orchestra class). Lessons cost $12.00-$15.00 per 22- minute lesson and $17.00 - $20.00 per 30-minute lesson and lessons are expected to occur once a week. Parents/Guardians are responsible for paying the private teacher at the beginning of each month. If you are interested in IMIP at Walsh MS, please fill out and return the IMIP Interest Form to Mrs. Bryson by Wednesday, September 2, 2009. Based on the level of interest for each instrument, private instructors will be arranged to come to Walsh.
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