Curriculum Night!

Hello Orchestra Family!

 

Tonight is Curriculum night and we are excited to see all the new 6th grade parents and returning 7th and 8th grade parents!

In Addition to curriculum night, Im excited for the the continuation of the school year for our students. 6th graders will be learning notes on the fingerboard, 7th grade and 8th grade will be playing some new pieces and reviewing some old technique! Already excited for our Fall Concert!

Music is Life and we want our students to experience how exciting it can be!

Best,

Earl Puckett

Honor Orchestra!

Hello Parents!

I have already given all your students their honor orchestra forms and practice materials. this is just a reminder that it is due back to me by the 15th, with their money in the safe. The cost is 20 dollars! When the students get back from break, there will be a series of workshops I will hold before and after school to help them get into tip top shape to be excellent performers at their auditions!

Best,

Earl Puckett

Director of Orchestras!

Concerts!

Hello All!

I just want to say what a FANTASTIC job your students did at their concerts. 6th grade definitely was able to show parents what they have learned and sounded very cohesive as a group! Cant wait for spring!

7th and 8th Grade showed out at their concerts as well! From the string quintet to the strength of the individual groups, everything they did wowed the audience! Now we move on to some final skills to the end of school and we will be out!!!

Best,

Earl Puckett

Director of Orchestras!

Concerts Next Week! Countdown Has Begun!

Hello All!

 

Just a friendly reminder that our concerts are happening next week!

 

6th Grade:

If you are a 6th grade parent then we will see you on Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm! Your student needs to be here by 6pm. We will rehearse briefly before hand and that requires your student to be here, in their seat, and ready to be tuned, right at 6pm.

 

7th and 8th Grade:

If you are a 7th or 8th grade parent then we will see you on Thursday, December 7th at 7pm! Your student needs to be here by 6pm. We will rehearse briefly before hand and that requires your student to be here, in their seat, and ready to be tuned, right at 6pm.

 

Concert Attendance:

 

Your students are engaged in a performing art. This means that at some point comes the test of putting bow to strings and showing what they have! It is important that all students be in attendance and participate at the concert. If for some reason this is not possible, you may contact me independently and talk about arrangements. If a student is not able to make the concert, they will complete the alternative, as outlined in the Handbook.

 

If you have a home instrument (Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass):

 

Please bring your instrument for the concert. We will use your own personal one as to make it easier for you to come, be tuned, play, and leave after the concert. It will also allow your at home instrument to be retuned since it has probably been awhile.

 

Related to Concert Attire (taken straight from the Orchestra Handbook):

 

  • Black socks and Black closed-toe shoes (solid, no other colors visible).
  • Black dress pants OR a black skirt (below the knee)
  • Appropriate short nail length for adequate ease of playing. No longer than the flesh of the finger
  • Black dress shirt such as a button-down or polo shirt (no T-shirts, please)
  • A small red accent such as a bow or scarf may be worn to show some Christmas spirit!

We are excited to share what we have been working towards!

Best,

Earl Puckett

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Concert is 2 Months Away!

Hello!

We are well on our way to preparing for the concerts on December 5th and 7th!

7th Grade currently has two pieces and 8th grade has 3! It will be a fun and exciting concert to see and experience! Also, students in 7th and 8th grade took their not name quizzes before break. All their grades should appear in Synergy soon, if they are not already there!

6th grade will be taking a quiz on the note names we have been working on up to this point at the end of this week!

Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or just would like to help out!

Best,

Earl Puckett

Director of Orchestras

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Week of Irma!

Hello All!

Short Week for us, but all 6th graders grades should be up to date as of this post. Sixth grade has also started using bows this week!!!! Exciting stuff!

7th and 8th grade will be taking their key signature quiz this Friday, 9/15.

 

Feel Free to email me anytime!

Best,

Earl Puckett

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Updates!

Hello All Parents!

Our first playing tests went well with 7th and 8th grade, and 6th grade is well on their way to being beautiful young musicians! Currently all students have grades that are being updated if they submitted additional materials after the 4.5 week progress reports went out. All grades should reflect any materials given after the progress report distribution by Monday, September 11th.

 

7th and 8th Grade

These students will be taking a Key Signature Quiz in the next week or so, so we have been working very heavily on practicing our ability in recognizing and playing in several keys. We are having lots of success in that area! Expect a specific date for next week!

6th Grade

Students are moving towards left hand notes this week, as well as some exercises that will allow us to play with the bow very soon!

 

Best,

Earl Puckett

Director of Orchestras

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Monday is here!

Hello Orchestra Family!

6th Grade:

We have gotten most of the assignments out there to our students, the last will be given out on Monday!

Next comes the fun part. LEARNING TO PLAY! All of this week will be learning about instrument care,  holding techniques, and beginning playing strategies. All students should have their instruments/Sound Innovations 1 books by now. We will begin using them during this week!

7th and 8th Grade:

I have assigned the First Playing test or Pass Off to the students. It will be on September 1st, and is the C major scale, in half notes at 80 bpm. They can practice with a metronome or by googling an online metronome. Soon students will be getting assigned their first pieces to work on for our Winter Concert.

P.s. Some of our students will be doing Allstate. More details to come soon!

 

Best,

Earl Puckett

Director of Orchestras

6th Grade Instrument Assignments

Hello!

 

We have spent a lot of time with our 6th grade orchestra students this week getting them versed in rhythm and reading music, but now it is time to get them playing! Any student who request an instrument from the school will receive it by Friday, August 18th! We will be playing by Monday!

 

Best,

Earl Puckett

Director of Orchestras

Hello Floyd Orchestra Family!

Hello!

I just want to welcome you all to the blog and let you know that I am excited to have a great year with you and your students! I will update this regularly with any due dates for instruments, forms, playing tests, etc. as the semester and year move along!

Currently the things that are due are as follows:

All Grades:

Need to have their handbook forms and school instrument request forms in by Friday, August 11th. 

Need to have purchased their respective method book by August 18th. For 6th grade this will be Sound Innovations 1 and for 7th/8th grade this will be Sound Innovations 2.

6th Grade:

Needs to have their instrument, if they are not using a school instrument, by August 18th. As students get them, please have them bring them in so I can assess them and also have them taped and prepared for our classes on Monday, August 21st. This will be the day we begin playing in 6th grade.

Please feel free to reach out anytime if you have questions or concerns~!

Best,

Earl Puckett

[email protected]

Director of Orchestras