Week 4: Aug 21-25

Sibling Survey:
Every orchestra student needs to fill out the following survey so we can match you with an orchestra sibling! This is someone that we intend for you to get to know, write notes to, maybe buy small gifts for, and either be a mentor or have a mentor depending on what grade you are in. Please take the time to answer honestly, and have this done by Thursday of this week, August 24th.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KCN62FX
Class Supply Needs:
Harrison Orchestra’s List on Amazon.com
Link:
 http://a.co/cssO3qR
The above link is for the amazon wish list that I talked about at the parent meeting. The items on the list are things that we need either now or at some point during the year. If you have any of the items on the list and can send something in, great. It will keep us from spending booster club money on them so we can use that money for music, strings, and repairs and maybe not have to fundraise as much!
I am overwhelmed by the response to this list – thank you so much to those that have already purchased items for the program! Some of the items are just things that I haven’t spent money on because there are other “more important” things to purchase or we have just been borrowing items from other teachers or just making due with what we have or I just haven’t had time to go get them. I have been able to organize papers, hang things on walls that have just been on the floor, and just have supplies that we needed. It has been amazing – thank you!
These are cellos I received from Upbeat camp last year along with a picture that was part of our Silent Auction last year that I was finally able to hang up because of items purchased off of the wish list. Our paper is finally organized and not taking up the whole cabinet so we got rid of a rolling cart that was taking up space! Exciting stuff!!

         

Class Challenge:
Ends tonight at Midnight!!!
Our chamber night is coming up early this year on September 8th at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church and we need to keep our eyes peeled for any basket worthy items for the silent auction. The competition is for students to go to most places for donations.  All you have to do is send Katie a picture of you and an employee with a visible logo and say the class you’re in, and the class with the most participation gets a breakfast catered by Chick-fil-a! Please send these pictures to Katie Stevens at (678) 764-4643 or [email protected] or post it on Instagram and tag @hhsorchestra so we can keep up with competition progression. The competition ends tonight at midnight. There will also be awards to individual students with the most locations visited (regardless if the store or restaurant gives a donation because you are taking time out of your day to support our orchestra) so make sure you are sending in your pictures!

Class Baskets:
We are doing another class competition as well with baskets. Each class suggested themes for a basket and voted on them. We are asking that the classes get items for the baskets donated and the class whose basket sells for the most money will get a free food day in their class. The booster club will sponsor the food of their choice (ie. Ice-cream, Pizza, Chick-fil-A, etc…) and put the basket together. We just need you guys to get the items. Here are the themes for each class basket:

Chamber: Atlanta United Basket (Atlanta’s new professional soccer team)
Classic: Stress Relief Basket
Concert: Nike Basket
The students had some great ideas for what to ask companies for to put in the baskets so please talk to your child and take the form and ask for donations! We have only had 2 donations for the baskets so please make an effort to get some items donated for them!

Silent Auction:
We are really getting down to the wire here for donations for the auction. I have not had that many items turned in yet so we are getting a little nervous! Please help us out by talking to your contacts and getting some good donations!! Remind them it is tax deductible and give them the sheet with our id number on it!

Canned Food Drive:
Orchestra collected 125 cans for the canned food drive last week.

Uniforms:
Were ordered last week. Please send in your order form and payment if you ordered any uniform parts, they are due by September 1st.

Sponsorship Fundraiser:
We have a program printed every year with advertisements in it from local businesses. This is a 50/50 fundraiser where 50% of the sponsorship goes directly to your student account. The deadline for us to receive the ads is September 1st. We have forms available in the orchestra room for you to take to businesses.

Please make a note of an important date change!
Our fall concert was previously scheduled on October 19th but had to be changed due to the ESPN covered football game at Harrison on that day. It has been changed to October 12th at 7:00 pm in the Harrison Theater. That is an early release day so you will have extra time to do homework between class and the concert!

Here are some upcoming dates that are important:
Open House – Thursday, August 24th
New Tri-M Applications due – Friday, September 1st
Chamber Music Evening/Silent Auction – Friday, September 8th
Fall Camp – Saturday, September 16th from 8-4
Fall Concert – Thursday, October 12th at 7:00 pm

Instructional Plan:
This week we are focusing on the A Major scale and shifting warm-up exercises. We will continue rehearsing music for our first concert and break into small groups for Chamber Music Evening. We will also be discussing how the pieces relate to the Classical time period.
We have sectionals every Tuesday.
We will usually use the following rooms:
Violin I: Drama room
Violin II: Teacher dining hall
Viola: Orchestra purple room
Cello: Orchestra room
Bass: 514
If you reference the Standards document we will be focusing on these standards:
A and D emphasizing MHSIO, MHSAO, and MHSMO: 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9

Week 3: Aug 14-18

Class Challenge:
Our chamber night is coming up early this year on September 8th at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church and we need to keep our eyes peeled for any basket worthy items for the silent auction. The competition is for students to go to most places for donations.  All you have to do is send Katie a picture of you and an employee with a visible logo and say the class you’re in, and the class with the most participation gets a breakfast catered by Chick-fil-a! Please send these pictures to Katie Stevens at (678) 764-4643 or [email protected] or post it on Instagram and tag @hhsorchestra so we can keep up with competition progression. The competition ends next Monday at midnight. There will also be awards to individual students with the most locations visited (regardless if the store or restaurant gives a donation because you are taking time out of your day to support our orchestra) so make sure you are sending in your pictures!

Uniforms:
There are parents coming Monday, Aug 14th to size everyone for uniforms. They will be here during 3rd period. If you need a new uniform or any parts then please coming during your lunch if you are not in 3rd period orchestra.

Sponsorship Fundraiser:
We have a program printed every year with advertisements in it from local businesses. This is a 50/50 fundraiser where 50% of the sponsorship goes directly to your student account. The deadline for us to receive the ads is September 1st. We have forms available in the orchestra room for you to take to businesses.

Here are some upcoming dates that are important:
Open House – Thursday, August 24th
New Tri-M Applications due – Friday, September 1st
Chamber Music Evening/Silent Auction – Friday, September 8th
Fall Camp – Saturday, September 16th from 8-4
Fall Concert – Thursday, October 19th at 7:00 pm

Instructional Plan:
This week we are focusing on the D Major scale and shifting warm-up exercises. We will continue sight reading music and breaking into small groups for Chamber Music Evening.

We have sectionals every Tuesday.
We will usually use the following rooms:
Violin I: Drama room
Violin II: Teacher dining hall
Viola: Orchestra purple room
Cello: Orchestra room
Bass: 514
This week we will be using the sectional time for group work so our Chamber groups will break up and use the above rooms as well as the side rooms in the orchestra.

If you reference the Standards document we will be focusing on these standards:
A and D emphasizing MHSIO, MHSAO, and MHSMO: 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9

Week 2: Aug 6-10

 

We’ve made it to week 2 everyone!

This week we have our parent booster meeting on Thursday, Aug 10th at 7pm in the orchestra room. Please make sure a parent representative for each orchestra student is at the meeting. We will discuss many things including the budget, events for the year, uniforms, fundraisers, and more.

The Honor Orchestra registration deadline is Friday. Please go to the link below to sign up! All the information and audition materials are listed on the website.

District 12 Honor Symphony

Class Challenge:
Our chamber night is coming up early this year on September 8th at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church and we need to keep our eyes peeled for any basket worthy items for the silent auction. The competition is for students to go to most places for donations.  All you have to do is send Katie a picture of you and an employee with a visible logo and say the class you’re in, and the class with the most participation gets a breakfast catered by Chick-fil-a! Please send these pictures to Katie Stevens at (678) 764-4643 or [email protected] or post it on Instagram and tag @hhsorchestra so we can keep up with competition progression. The competition ends this Friday at midnight. There will also be awards to individual students with the most locations visited (regardless if the store or restaurant gives a donation because you are taking time out of your day to support our orchestra) so make sure you are sending in your pictures!

Sponsorship Fundraiser:
We have a program printed every year with advertisements in it from local businesses. This is a 50/50 fundraiser where 50% of the sponsorship goes directly to your student account. The deadline for us to receive the ads is September 1st. We have forms available in the orchestra room for you to take to businesses.

Here are some upcoming dates that are important:
All Parent Booster Meeting – Thursday, August 10th at 7:00 pm in the orchestra room. This is a required meeting for all parents of orchestra students.
Honor Orchestra Registration Deadline – Friday, August 11th
Open House – Thursday, August 24th
New Tri-M Applications due – Friday, September 1st
Chamber Music Evening/Silent Auction – Friday, September 8th
Fall Camp – Saturday, September 16th from 8-4
Fall Concert – Thursday, October 19th at 7:00 pm

Instructional Plan:
This week we are focusing on the G Major scale and shifting warm-up exercises. We will continue sight reading music and breaking into small groups for Chamber Music Evening.

We have sectionals every Tuesday starting this week, August 8th.
We will usually use the following rooms:
Violin I: Drama room
Violin II: Teacher dining hall
Viola: Orchestra purple room
Cello: Orchestra room
Bass: 514
This week we will be using the sectional time for group work so our Chamber groups will break up and use the above rooms as well as the side rooms in the orchestra.

If you reference the Standards document we will be focusing on these standards:
A emphasizing MHSIO, MHSAO, and MHSMO: 1, 2, and 3,

Week 1: July 31-August 4

Welcome back Harrison Orchestra! Or welcome for the first time to some of you!

We have an exciting year planned and I can’t wait to get started. We will be doing some get to know you activities and going over procedures on the first day of classes so you will not need your instruments.

Starting Tuesday, August 1st you will need your instrument in class. Cello and Bass students your instruments will be provided. Violin and Viola students we only have a limited number of instruments that you can use so you do need to bring your own.

We will begin right away sight reading music to choose for our first concert. We will also be breaking up into small Chamber Groups for our Chamber Music Evening performance on September 8th.

Here are some upcoming dates that are important:
All Parent Booster Meeting – Thursday, August 10th at 7:00 pm in the orchestra room. This is a required meeting for all parents of orchestra students.
Honor Orchestra Registration Deadline – Friday, August 11th
Open House – Thursday, August 24th
New Tri-M Applications due – Friday, September 1st
Chamber Music Evening/Silent Auction – Friday, September 8th
Fall Camp – Saturday, September 16th from 8-4
Fall Concert – Thursday, October 19th at 7:00 pm

Instructional Plan:
We begin with a diagnostic written test as well as paperwork and going over procedures. Performance wise we will begin with the C Major scale for this week and various warm-up exercises. As mentioned above we will begin sight reading music and breaking into small groups for Chamber Music Evening.

We have sectionals every Tuesday starting next week, August 8th.
Violin I: Drama room
Violin II: Teacher dining hall
Viola: Orchestra purple room
Cello: Orchestra room
Bass: 514

If you reference the Standards document we will be focusing on these standards:
A and C emphasizing MHSIO, MHSAO, and MHSMO: 2, 3, 6, and 7

 

Week 16: May 8-12

Special Needs Baseball:
Thank you to those that participated!

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.

Leadership for next year:
Campaigning begins this week for those students wanting to be on leadership for next year. Feel free to put up posters around the room, prepare a speech, or whatever else you choose to do for your campaign just let me know.

Auditions:
Auditions for next year are during class on Tuesday, May 16th. All audition music is posted in the orchestra room.

Awards Banquet:
The awards banquet is at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church on Thursday, May 18th. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the presentation begins at 6:00 pm. Forms are available in the orchestra room to purchase tickets. All orchestra students attend for free, tickets are $15 for adults and 10 and under is $7.50. All forms and ticket purchases are due by this Friday, May 12th.

Final Exams:
Senior finals are on Friday, May 19th in 1st and 2nd period. Then for everyone else 1st and 2nd period finals are on Tuesday, May 23rd, and then 3rd and 4th are on Wednesday, May 24th.

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.

 

Week 15: May 1-5

Senior Showcase Concert:
Outstanding job by our seniors and everyone at the concert on Tuesday. I was so proud of everyone! It was a good last concert and I am looking forward to our banquet on the 18th!

Special Needs Baseball:
We are partnering with the Acworth baseball association again on Saturday. We only have 5 people signed up and we need 20! The game begins at 10:15 and you need to arrive by 9:45 am. Wear an orchestra shirt and have some fun!
The address is 4000 S. Main Street, Acworth, GA.

http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=acworthspecialneeds

HOYA Awards:
Congrats to the Chamber Orchestra for winning Outstanding Group Artistic Performance at the HOYA Awards! Thank you to everyone who nominated us and keep up the good work everyone!

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. There are 5 seniors that need to complete the survey and many more that have to turn in pictures.

Leadership for next year:
Campaigning begins next week for those students wanting to be on leadership for next year. You must turn in a paragraph to me that states what position you would like on leadership and why. I have to have the paragraph either turned in or emailed before class on Monday morning. Feel free to put up posters around the room, prepare a speech, or whatever else you choose to do for your campaign just let me know.

Auditions:
Auditions for next year are during class on Tuesday, May 16th. All audition music is posted in the orchestra room.

Awards Banquet:
The awards banquet is at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church on Thursday, May 18th. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the presentation begins at 6:00 pm. Forms are available in the orchestra room to purchase tickets. All orchestra students attend for free, tickets are $15 for adults and 10 and under is $7.50. All forms and ticket purchases are due by Friday, May 12th.

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.

 

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.