Welcome to Orchestra!
New Information for the 2020-21 School Year: Since we are not able to rehearse or perform as a group, this year will focus on individual progress and solo repertoire. In addition to their instrument, all students will need a practice space at home, along with a method book, theory workbook, and supplies.6th grade Method Book: Essential Elements for Strings, Book 1 for your instrument.6th grade Theory Workbook: Workbook for Strings, Book 1 for your instrument.
7th & 8th grade Method Book: Essential Elements for Strings, Book 2 for your instrument.
7th & 8th grade Theory Workbook: Workbook for Strings, Book 2 for your instrument.All orchestra students need a 1" 3-Ring Binder or 2-Pocket Folder with Notebook Paper and Pencils.Other Necessary Supplies: Rosin, Music Stand, Soft Cloth, Shoulder Rest (violin & viola), Rock Stop (cello & bass), Tuner (or App), Metronome (or App).
Where to purchase Supplies, Method Book and Theory Book: These items can easily be ordered online. Suggested websites: Shar Music (Sharmusic.com) or Southwest Strings (Swstrings.com). Or, purchase via Beacock’s and pick up at Rosemont at the designated pick-up time, or visit a local music store (listed in the Welcome Letter, linked below). The method & theory books are also in many online book/sheet music stores.Note: Do not purchase an instrument from a non-music store.The majority of instruments purchased through a non-music store will require more money to fix them up than what they are worth. You may be tempted to get a “brand new” instrument for a really low price, but these are very low quality and not made like real instruments.
For more information about the class and a good start in orchestra, please read the Welcome Letter. We will go over this letter on the first day of class (Sept. 14 / Oct. 12)
Disney trip update: We will postpone the trip a full year and reschedule for March 2022. The destination may change if necessary.
Why consider Orchestra? Research shows that taking a year-long instrumental music class is one of the best things for students, because it helps their brain develop in ways that no other subject or activity can. Click on these links for some facts about the benefits of music education and a Q & A for Incoming 6th Graders at Rosemont. Please contact me with any questions about our program!