River Trail Middle School
6th Grade Orchestra
Amos Liu and Matt Thomas
Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Textboooks: 6th Grade Essential Elements for Strings Book 1 and 2 (Allen/Gillespie)
The River Trail 6th Grade Orchestra Class will introduce students to large ensemble performance. Students will
begin developing techniques such as ensemble performance, vibrato, bowing techniques, and introduction of 3rd
position. The class will further enhance the development of the student musician by introducing more classical
works, emphasizing on the different styles and articulation in music.
Georgia Performance Standards:
MMSIO.1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MMSIO.2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MMSIO.3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
MMSIO.4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
MMSIO.5. Reading and notating music.
MMSIO.6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
MMSIO.7. Evaluating music and music performances.
MMSIO.8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
MMSIO.9.Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
Orchestra Rules and Expectations
Orchestra students must demonstrate respect for the learning environment at all times. Behaviors that are
distracting to the class are regarded as serious disciplinary infractions. Students are expected to meet all
expectations in the RTMS Agenda and Code of Conduct.
General Rules of Orchestra
Always be prepared
-have your instrument, and your music ready to play.
-be inside the orchestra room before the bell rings
-bring instrument to class including any needed equipment such as rosin, rockstop, shoulder rest, and cleaning
Always conduct yourself in a professional manner
-show respect towards other students in the orchestra class regardless of playing level.
-show respect for others by not talking during instructional time.
-demonstrate attentiveness to class activities by being on-task at all times.
-start and stop playing precisely with the conductor's gestures.
-do not use other student's instruments.
Participate to the best of your ability.
No GUM in class!
Unsatisfactory conduct will be handled as follows:
1st infraction: Verbal warning and/or conference with teacher. Parents may be notified.
2nd infraction: Private detention/work assignment. Parents notified.
3rd infraction: Public detention assigned. Parents notified.
4th infraction: Office referral.
In the case of behaviors which the teacher considers extreme, unusual, or which results in the destruction of
property or presents a danger to any individual, the teacher may refer the student immediately to a school
administrator, regardless of the number of previous infractions. Students who present classroom disruptions
may be temporarily removed from the instructional setting in order to minimize further disruptions. A parent-
teacher conference may be required in some instances.
The orchestra handbook can be found in the RTMS orchestra website. Both parents and students are urged to
review the handbook and its policies, and return the info sheet with a parent signature agreeing to the policies
outlined in the handbook. The info sheet may be found on the website or given to the student to take home. The
website will also post any changes made to the handbook.
6th Grade Orchestra Grading Policy
The grading scales of this class are:
F any grade 69 and below
The student’s grade will be determined by the following.
20% Tuning Task
-students are required to do the assigned, written warmup on the board
-assignments will be collected for a grade
25% Materials Check-Includes but not limited to:
-3 Ring Binder
-Instrument, bow, and all four strings
-Individual Music and required books
25% Major Assessments
-Concert performance and attendence
30% Class Daily Participation
-Participate fully in all class activities by being attentive and on-task.
-Follow instructions on the first request.
-Start and stop playing precisely with the conductor's gestures.
Help Sessions are on Wednesdays, from 7:30AM-8:15AM. Extra help sessions may be scheduled with either
director before or after school.