Linglestown Middle School
Mrs. Anita Smith, Director
Linglestown Middle School
I am delighted to welcome you to Linglestown Middle School Orchestra. I am looking
forward to a fantastic year. It is my pleasure to begin my eighth year at LMS and my 17th year
of teaching at Central Dauphin School District. It is my desire to see string students grow to
because better musicians while having an enjoyable learning experience. I believe that we have
a great group of young musicians in our orchestra and I can’t wait to work with you all. We can
have a fantastic year in orchestra making music.
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to ask.
I will be teaching at Linglestown Middle School on cycle days 4, 5 & 6 and at Central Dauphin
Middle School on cycle days 1, 2 & 3. The phone number for Linglestown Middle is 657-3060 and
the phone number for CD Middle is 540-4606. Email is also a great way to reach me. My email
Please read the following information carefully and return the last page stating
that you have received and read this. Please mark important concert dates on your
Orchestra meets two times per each 6 day cycle during Enrichment Period. (Linglestown
Middle orchestra meets on days 4 and 5.) Lessons are scheduled once every 6 days and
will be assigned on a rotating schedule.
Orchestra is a class and you are required to be in orchestra as assigned on your
schedule. This class period should not be used to make up work in other classes.
Your responsibility is to be in rehearsal. If a class emergency happens you should check
into orchestra first and present your pass to Mrs. Smith. An unexcused orchestra
rehearsal is considered a skipped class and will be treated as such and will result in an F
for that day. Also, students are required to participate in all orchestra activities as
scheduled. Prior to the concert date, we may have an after-school rehearsal (7th and 8th
grade students). Advance notice will be given for these rehearsals and the student is
responsible to take paperwork home and inform parents of these rehearsals. Late buses
will be available for transportation on these dates if needed. An unexcused absence
from an after school rehearsal or performance will result in a lowered grade. All
possible attempts should be made to attend the activity, but if an excused absence is
unavoidable, the absences must be approved before the orchestra event. Students are
also excused from an after school rehearsal if there is a conflict with a school sports
Our school music program offers instrumental lessons for all students scheduled for
orchestra. These lessons count as part of your orchestra class grade.
All students will receive a lesson card after their first lesson of the year. This card
lists lesson times and should be presented to the classroom teacher before leaving for a
lesson. The teacher should sign the card at the beginning of class, and then the student
should leave for lessons immediately or half way through the class period (depending on
the scheduled lesson time). All lessons are ½ a class period. Lessons rotate between 5
or 6 class periods. Therefore, a student will only miss ½ of a class every 30-36 days. In
the event of a quiz, test, or class project, teachers may hold a student in class. In this
case, a make-up lesson should be scheduled. If a student knows of a conflict prior to
the lesson, a possible make up may be available that day on a different period. Students
should check availability of make up lesson times as soon as possible. Mrs. Smith is
usually available in the morning in the music area. Make up lessons are also announced in
orchestra rehearsal frequently. Make-up lessons should be kept to a minimum and used
when needed. Make up lessons do not allow for the same small group instruction as
regular lessons. However, knowing that there are events that prevent students from
attending lessons, each student is excused from one lesson each marking period. In
addition, students are still responsible for the material that their group worked on even
if one cannot attend the regular lesson. Please check with Mrs. Smith on your
assignment. Students are responsible for all class work they miss during the lesson
Students will need to bring their Essential Elements for Strings 2000 lesson book(s)
with them to lessons. Depending on the level of the student, they may need book 1, 2, or
3. If a student does not have this book or is ready for the next book, it is the student’s
responsibility to secure the book. Please check with me before you buy the book to
make sure we have the correct level. In the case of more advanced students, other
repertoire may be selected for lesson materials.
Orchestra is a graded subject in the middle schools. You will receive an orchestra grade
every marking period. The following components will determine a student’s grade in
1. Orchestra preparation (includes being prepared with your instrument and book/music)
2. Lesson attendance (includes being prepared with your instrument, book/music, and practice time)
**You will have one excused lesson each marking period.
3. Playing tests (on lesson material or orchestra music) or other assessment tools
4. Concert and rehearsal attendance
Playing tests must be completed within 2 cycles of the date announced. If this is
impossible, a make-up lesson is required. Grade penalties will occur if more than one
lesson is missed each marking period without being made up. Also, if an excused absence
is unavoidable for a concert and a student does not have another performance
opportunity with the concert music a make up assignment will be given.
Individual Practice Time
Being a part of an orchestra involves much teamwork and a commitment from all
members. The success of our orchestra depends on each player contributing to the
best of their ability. Students are expected to practice at home and to be prepared
with their lesson and orchestra material. Weekly lesson assignments/practice sheets
will be distributed weekly. Should a student miss their lesson, they should check with
Mrs. Smith and receive their assignment sheet and turn in the past week’s sheet.
Parents should sign each sheet weekly. Parents, please encourage your child to practice
and continue to support them by helping them find a quietly place to practice. Middle
school is a time for great growth musically and we are excited to hear the progress.
Your help and guidance of your child's practice routine at home is necessary for
continued success. Let's make a terrific orchestra at Linglestown Middle together.
The continued success of the LMS orchestra depends on the cooperation and
commitment of its members. If it is necessary for a student to drop orchestra, the
student’s parents must send a note the orchestra director and the Guidance Office.
Students may only drop at during two specific timeframes within the school year. The
first is the add/drop period at the beginning of the school year. After this, students
are considered to have committed to remaining in orchestra for the duration of the
year. Students experiencing severe academic difficulties may also be permitted to drop
Orchestra during the final two weeks of the second marking period. These academic
difficulties will be evaluated by Mr. Wright, the music director, the guidance counselor,
and the student’s team upon the receipt of a written parent request addressed to the
Music Director and the guidance counselor. The written request must be submitted
during the second to last week of the second marking period to allow the school time to
evaluate the request, and should include the reasons why dropping orchestra is
warranted. Submission of this request does not guarantee that the student will be given
permission to drop the course. Permission will be contingent upon evaluation of the
situation by Mr. Wright and his team. Students will not be granted permission to drop
orchestra at any other time unless there is an extenuating circumstance in which Mr.
Wright, the student’s team teachers and/or the music director will work towards the
best decision for the student.
However, I highly encourage all students to give orchestra a try. When a student is
undecided on what to do with orchestra, I find that those who stay with the group are
happy they did so.
If a student drops orchestra all music department property must be returned prior to
his or her release from the program. This includes instruments and music which must be
returned in the condition in which they were issued.
The Central Dauphin School District has a limited number of musical instruments to loan
to students. There is an extremely limited supply of violins and violas and students are
highly encouraged to obtain their own instrument. If you receive a school instrument it
is on a temporary basis and cannot be guaranteed that the instrument will be available
the following year or in the High School. If a personal or school instrument is not
acquired by the end of September, students will be dropped from orchestra. Please talk
to Mrs. Smith if you would like help or suggestions of where to look for quality and
All attempts will be made to issue cello and bass players a school instrument when
needed. Especially in the case of cello players, if they have their own instrument, they
can use that instrument for home practice and concerts and will not need to bring their
own instrument to school on a regular bases and can use the school cello at school. If a
student does not have a cello at home, they must see that the school instrument is
transported safely to school each week.
Arrive 20-30 minutes before a scheduled performance time.
Maintain a professional stage presence while performing.
Listen to other groups as they perform and be respectful and supportive of them.
Wear proper concert attire
Stay for the entire performance. You are expected to stay and support the
Students are required to purchase a LMS music shirt to wear to all school music
functions. Jeans and sneakers are not permitted at concerts. Students who arrive
dressed inappropriately will not be permitted to perform and their grade will be
negatively affected. Proper attire:
Girls: White Music Shirt, Black Skirt (appropriate length) or Dress Pants, Dress
Guys: White Music Shirt, Dress Pants, Dress Shoes
2012-2013 Concert Dates
Please mark your calendars!!!
Holiday Concert: 6th-8th grade – Thursday, December 6 7:00 PM
(choir and orchestra)
Spring Concert: 6th grade – Thursday, May 9 7:00 PM
7/8th grade – Thursday, May 16 7:00 PM
1. FOLLOW all middle school orchestra and middle school procedures.
2. RESPECT those in authority and your fellow classmates.
3. COOPERATE with others in the orchestra and the music program. The better we
work together and get along, the more success we will see.
4. PRACTICE regularly. Our ensemble will only be as good as the members in it.
Orchestra is a team sport, and we need everyone to participate to the best of their
6. SHOW proper care and respect for your instrument and the instruments of others.
You do not want to have to repair your instrument or the instrument of someone else.
7. BE RESPONSIBLE by attending all lessons, rehearsals, and concerts. Please make
sure you keep track of your calendar dates, lesson schedule and rehearsal schedule.
Orchestra Web Site
This site will include many pieces of needed information. It will include lesson groups
and schedules also. Go to cdschools.org and then click on “select a school” then
“Linglestown Middle School”. Next click on “music” and then select “orchestra”.
Please keep the previous pages of information for your reference.
Please detach, sign and return by
Thursday, September 22nd
Student’s Name ______________________________________
Grade ____ Homeroom #____
Homeroom Teacher ___________ Team __________________
We have read the orchestra handbook and my son/daughter
and I understand the requirements as listed.
Parent’s signature Student’s signature
Parent’s Name ______________________________
Home Phone number ______________________________
Daytime Phone number ______________________________
Parent’s email (optional) ______________________________
Best way to reach you ______________________________
Best time to reach you ______________________________