Week 14: April 24-28

New York Trip:
I am so proud of the students that went on the trip. I feel like even saying I am proud and that they acted really well does not adequately describe how I feel about these students. As you all know we had some challenges getting to the city and with the buses. The students didn’t complain, they were positive, helpful, flexible and overall just really great. The bus drivers and tour guides commented on their behavior and the overall atmosphere of the trip was so great. Our clinic with the New York Phil conductor was outstanding. They were engaged and improved and learned a lot, then our performance for the children’s concert was impressive as well. I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you. Our chaperones were outstanding and so helpful. Thank you all again for being there and helping me take care of all of our students. Despite the bus breaking down and the challenges we had, the trip turned out to be really outstanding.

Chick-fil-A for Concert:
We are pre-ordering CFA dinners for the concert on Tuesday, May 2nd. The dinner includes a CFA sandwich, chips, a cookie, and a bottled water for $8.00. The forms were handed out in class and are due tomorrow, April 27th. The dinners will be delivered by 5:45 and the students must be done eating and ready for the concert by 6:30.

Senior Showcase Concert:
You don’t want to miss this concert! It is Tuesday, May 2nd in the Harrison Theater at 7:00 pm. We have several seniors that are performing solos and they will be performing a piece together as well. In addition, all of the Harrison Orchestras will be performing some fun pieces that they have chosen and voted on!

Tri-M Recital:
The recital is tonight in the Harrison Theater at 7:00 pm. Anyone that is a member of Tri-M is required to be there but anyone can come and be in the audience! There will be a reception following the recital in the orchestra room.

HOYA Awards:
I am so excited that orchestra was nominated for several HOYA awards again this year! Outstanding Group Community Service
Outstanding Group Artistic Performance
Outstanding Coach/Director
We also have several individual students nominated for awards as well.
Congrats everyone! The award ceremony is on April 27th and anyone is welcome to attend. We also have a group of students performing before the ceremony begins.

Seniors:
We need you to get your pictures in for the posters! I need printed pictures but if you want me to print them I can, just email me the pics. For the poster for the banquet we would like an 8×10 recent picture and 10 other pictures from family/friends/growing up/whatever you would like. Please turn them in ASAP. The leadership students are already working on the posters so to give them time to make them nice we need your pictures! I’ve also only had 12 seniors complete the survey so I need you to finish that this week as well…please. 🙂

Congenital Heart Walk:
The heart walk is this Saturday! If you haven’t been able to sign up or donate now is the time! I love being able to give to such a great cause and one that is so near and dear to my family. It also makes me so proud that the orchestra gets behind so many community causes and gives back as much as we do. You are all really awesome!
I did want to give you guys an update – my niece Inara had surgery last Monday to close the valve in her heart. The surgery went very well and she is doing great. She will have to have some therapy and probably an additional surgery but she is a trooper.
Here is a link to my personal page and then more info about the walk below that:
http://events.congenitalheartwalk.org/site/TR/Walk/General?px=1072041&pg=personal&fr_id=1673

Event Information
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Where: Coolray Field, Home of the Gwinnett Braves, 2500 Buford Dr NE, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Time: Registration opens at 8:00 AM – Walk kicks off at 9:30 AM
What: Offering family friendly, 3/4 mile walk route along with a morning filled with fun! –

Paypal Payments:
If anyone would like to make any payments to the orchestra through Paypal, the easiest way to pay is by typing “Paypal.me/HHOB” into your internet browser. Please include the student’s name in the box that says “Write a note,” and DON’T click “paying for a good or service.” Otherwise you can always send in cash or check to HHOB.

Charms:
Please make sure to log in to charms and update your information – especially email address.
http://charmsoffice.com
Go to “Enter/Login”
Go to “Parents/Students/Members” and enter hhsorchestra
The password for your first login is your child’s lunch number and it will ask you to change it.
From there you can update personal info, see the calendar, and more.

Remind.com:
I use Remind.com to send updates about important class information. To sign up for Harrison Orchestra notifications, please visit https://www.remind.com/join/harrisono
You can choose to get the reminders as text messages or emails. I will continue to send weekly email updates, but this is in addition to those emails.

Calendar:
The tentative calendar for the year can be found on the first post of this blog as well as google calendar using this link: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=harrisonorchestras%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

Harrison Orchestra Website:
http://www.harrisonorchestra.org/

Upcoming Events:
Wed, Apr 26 – Tri-M Recital 7pm
Sat, Apr 29 – Congenital Heart Walk
Tues, May 2 – Final Concert 7pm
Sat, May 6 – Special Needs Baseball 10:15
Thurs, May 18 – Orchestra Banquet

Instructional Plan:
We are continuing to learn minor scales this semester, as well as our music for 8th grade concert and the trip to NY.

We have no sectionals this week with hired professionals.
Violin I: Drama room
Violin II: Teacher dining hall
Viola: Orchestra purple room
Cello: Orchestra room
Bass: 514

Georgia Performance Standards:

Classic Orchestra:

GRADE: 9 – 12 MUSIC – ADVANCED ORCHESTRA
A. Skills and Techniques/Performance
MHSAO.1 – Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
a. Demonstrate the ability to match pitch and adjust intonation by singing selected excerpts from the music being performed by the orchestra.
b. Demonstrate an understanding of phrasing through singing melodies.
c. Discuss the relationship between singing and quality tone production on a string instrument.
MHSAO.2 – Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
a. Perform with expression and technical accuracy a large and varied repertoire of orchestral and ensemble literature with a level of difficulty of 4 and 5 on a scale of 1 to 6.
b. Apply the use of vibrato in appropriate orchestra literature.
c. Exhibit the ability to accurately tune respective instrument.
d. Demonstrate the ability to shift to II through V positions and use those positions when performing selected music.
e. Produce a characteristic, artistic sound using bowings and articulations used in music being performed.
f. Utilize correct finger patterns in performing scales and repertoire in the major keys of D, G, C, A, F, Bb, and Eb, the minor keys of b, e, a, f#, d, g and c and any other keys used in music being performed.
g. Demonstrate awareness of individual and group roles within the ensemble relating to tone, tuning, balance, blend, dynamics, phrasing, rhythm and tempo.
MHSAO.3 – Reading and notating music
a. Read and notate notes on the clefs used and the keys used in music being performed.
b. Read and notate rhythms containing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes, dotted eighth notes, sixteenth notes and their corresponding rests in the time signatures of 4/4, ¾, 2/4, 6/8, alle breve, and mixed meter.
c. Recognize and execute symbols for form, dynamics, tempo, articulation and expression as used in corresponding literature.
d. Use the circle of fifths to identify and execute keys appropriate to the music being performed.
e. Sight-read, accurately and expressively, music with a difficulty level of 3 on a scale of 1 to 6.
B. Creation
sMHSAO.4 – Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
a. Play melodies by ear and provide rhythmic and melodic variations based on those melodies.
b. Improvise stylistically appropriate harmonizing parts.
c. Improvise original melodies over a given chord progression.
MHSAO.5 – Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
a. Arrange a chorale or simple composition for string orchestra.
b. Compose melodies for respective instrument in the keys of D, G and C.
c. Arrange the melody of a popular song for respective instrument.
C. Critical Analysis/Investigate
MHSAO.6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
a. Discuss the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, and instrumentation in selected aural examples.
b. Identify melodic and harmonic material and phrase endings in given aural examples.
c. Discuss the form and phrase structure of music being performed.
MHSAO.7 – Evaluating music and music performances
a. Compare and contrast performances by various ensembles.
b. Evaluate a given musical work in terms of its aesthetic qualities and explain the musical means it uses to evoke feelings and emotions.
c. Evaluate ensemble performance recordings using the Georgia Music Educators Association Orchestra Performance Evaluation Rubric.
D. Cultural and Historical Context
MHSAO.8 – Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
a. Justify the importance of music in a well rounded education.
b. Explain how elements, artistic processes, and organizational principles are used in similar and distinctive ways in the various arts and cite examples.
c. Compare characteristics of two or more arts within a particular historical period or style and cite examples from various cultures.
d. Explain ways in which the principles and subject matter of various disciplines outside the arts are interrelated with those of music.
MHSAO.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture
a. Classify by style and historical period or culture representative aural examples of music and explain the reasoning behind their classifications.
b. Identify sources of American music genres, trace the evolution of those genres, and cite well-known musicians associated with them.
c. Identify various roles that musicians perform, cite representative individuals who have functioned in each role, and describe their activities and achievements.

Chamber Orchestra:

GRADE: 9 – 12 MUSIC – MASTERY ORCHESTRA
A. Skills and Techniques/Performance
MHSMO.1 – Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
a. Demonstrate the ability to match pitch and adjust intonation by singing selected excerpts from the music being performed by the orchestra.
b. Demonstrate an understanding of phrasing through singing melodies.
c. Discuss the relationship between singing and quality tone production on a string instrument.
MHSMO.2 – Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
a. Perform with expression and technical accuracy a large and varied repertoire of orchestral and ensemble literature with a level of difficulty of 5 and 6 on a scale of 1 to 6.
b. Use an artistically advanced vibrato in appropriate orchestra literature.
c. Exhibit the ability to accurately tune respective instrument.
d. Demonstrate the ability to play in I through VII positions and use those positions in determining the best fingerings to us in music being performed.
e. Produce a characteristic, artistic sound using bowings and articulations used in music being performed.
f. Utilize correct finger patterns in performing scales and repertoire in major and minor keys using up to 5 sharps or flats and any other keys used in music being performed.
g. Demonstrate awareness of individual and group roles within the ensemble relating to tone, tuning, balance, blend, dynamics, phrasing, rhythm and tempo.
MHSMO.3 – Reading and notating music
a. Read and notate notes on the clefs used and the keys used in music being performed.
b. Read and notate rhythms and time signatures in music being performed.
c. Recognize and execute symbols for form, dynamics, tempo, articulation and expression as used in corresponding literature.
d. Use the circle of fifths to identify and execute keys appropriate to the music being performed.
e. Sight-read, accurately and expressively, music with a difficulty level of 4 on a scale of 1 to 6.
B. Creation
MHSMO.4 – Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
a. Play melodies by ear and provide rhythmic and melodic variations based on those melodies.
b. Improvise stylistically appropriate harmonizing parts.
c. Improvise original melodies over a given chord progression in a variety of styles.
MHSMO.5 – Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
a. Arrange a chorale or simple composition for string orchestra.
b. Compose melodies for respective instrument in the keys of D, G and C.
c. Arrange the melody of a popular song for respective instrument.
C. Critical Analysis/Investigate
MHSMO.6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
a. Discuss the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, and instrumentation in selected aural examples.
b. Identify melodic and harmonic material and phrase endings in given aural examples.
c. Discuss the form and phrase structure of music being performed.
MHSMO.7 – Evaluating music and music performances
a. Compare and contrast performances by various ensembles.
b. Evaluate a given musical work in terms of its aesthetic qualities and explain the musical means it uses to evoke feelings and emotions.
c. Evaluate ensemble performance recordings using the Georgia Music Educators Association Orchestra Performance Evaluation Rubric.
D. Cultural and Historical Context
MHSMO.8 – Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
a. Justify the importance of music in a well rounded education.
b. Explain how elements, artistic processes, and organizational principles are used in similar and distinctive ways in the various arts and cite examples.
c. Compare characteristics of two or more arts within a particular historical period or style and cite examples from various cultures.
d. Explain ways in which the principles and subject matter of various disciplines outside the arts are interrelated with those of music.
MHSMO.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture
a. Classify by style and historical period or culture representative aural examples of music and explain the reasoning behind their classifications.
b. Identify sources of American music genres, trace the evolution of those genres, and cite well-known musicians associated with them.
c. Identify various roles that musicians perform, cite representative individuals who have functioned in each role, and describe their activities and achievements.

Concert Orchestra:

GRADE: 9 – 12 MUSIC – INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA
A. Skills and Techniques/Performance
MHSIO.1 – Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
a. Demonstrate the ability to match pitch and adjust intonation in melodic and harmonic settings.
b. Demonstrate an understanding of phrasing through singing melodies.
c. Discuss the relationship between singing and quality tone production on a string instrument.
MHSIO.2 – Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
a. Perform with expression and technical accuracy a large and varied repertoire of orchestral and ensemble literature with a level of difficulty of 3 and 4 on a scale of 1 to 6.
b. Demonstrate correct left hand position and finger placement, right hand position (bow hold), bow placement, posture and instrument position while increasing the level of technical difficulty.
c. Demonstrate basic vibrato.
d. Exhibit the ability to accurately tune respective instrument.
e. Demonstrate the ability to shift to advanced positions (Violin/Viola- III position, Cello- III and IV position, Bass- 1/2- IV position).
f. Produce a characteristic sound using legato, staccato, slurs, detached slur, accent, spiccato, hooked bowing, and pizzicato.
g. Utilize correct finger patterns in performing scales and repertoire in the major keys of D, G, C, A, F, Bb, and Eb, and the minor keys of e, a, d, b, and c.
h. Demonstrate awareness of individual and group roles within the ensemble relating to tone, tuning, balance, blend, dynamics, phrasing, and tempo.
MHSIO.3 – Reading and notating music
a. Identify notes on the staff and on ledger lines of respective clef.
b. Read and notate notes within the following key signatures: D, G, C, A, F, Bb, and Eb and the minor keys of e, a, d, b and c.
c. Read and notate rhythms containing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes, dotted eighth notes, sixteenth notes and their corresponding rests in the time signatures of 4/4, ¾, 2/4, 6/8, alle breve, and mixed meter.
d. Recognize and execute symbols for dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression as used in corresponding literature. e. Sight-read, accurately and expressively, music with a difficulty level of 2 on a scale of 1 to 6.
B. Creation
MHSIO.4 – Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
a. Play by ear simple melodies and provide rhythmic and melodic variations based on those melodies.
b. Improvise simple melodies and harmonic accompaniments in the keys of D, G and C.
MHSIO.5 – Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
a. Create original rhythm patterns in 4/4 time.
b. Compose simple melodies for respective instrument in the keys of D, G and C.
c. Arrange the melody of a popular song for respective instrument.
C. Critical Analysis/Investigate
MHSIO.6 – Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
a. Discuss the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, and instrumentation in selected aural examples.
b. Identify melodic and harmonic material and phrase endings in given aural examples.
c. Identify simple musical forms.
MHSIO.7 – Evaluating music and music performances
a. Distinguish between correct and incorrect melodic and harmonic intonation and demonstrates ability to adjust accordingly.
b. Evaluate the accuracy of rhythm and tempos for individual and ensemble playing.
c. Assess the quality of performance in tone, intonation, balance, dynamics, articulation, precision, style, and rhythm.
d. Critique music performed by ensemble and make suggestions for improvement.
D. Cultural and Historical Context
MHSIO.8 – Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
a. Explain how music contributes to a well rounded education.
b. Establish awareness that all subjects are related to music.
MHSIO.9 – Understanding music in relation to history and culture
a. Identify and compare performance styles of music learned in class.
b. Discuss characteristics of music from various societies and cultures.
c. Compare, in several cultures of the world, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed.

 

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