SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA SYLLABUS
THIRD SIX WEEKS
Continue the development of acceptable vibrato.
Continue careful study of key signatures through scales, arpeggios, and thirds.
Demonstrate more advanced rhythms and bowings with careful attention to style
and wrist/ finger flexibility.
Develop sight reading skills and listening for a balanced sound.
II. DAILY GRADES
Again, each student will begin each week with 100 points for his/her daily grade. Homework (practice) is given every day and students are expected to have their music and notebook at home every night for careful home practice. Daily grades will be taken on homework assignments as needed (individual, sectional, class). Parents, please make an effort to be involved with your child’s home practice.
III. PRACTICE RECORDS
Parents, please help your child keep up to date with his/her practice records. They are to be signed by you and returned to us by Monday of each week. Each practice record is worth 10% of the student average. To receive full credit, students must copy down each assignment every day and practice at least 100 minutes per week. Ideally, practice should be broken down into five sessions of 20 minutes each.
IV. MAJOR GRADES
Thursday, Nov.9 – Playing Test
Thursday, Nov. 16 – Playing Test
Thursday, Nov. 30 – Playing Test
Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Dress Rehearsal after school 4:00-5:00 (students who normally ride the bus home will need to make other arrangements for transportation home that day)
Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Winter Concert 7:00-8:15 pm (students arrive at 6:15 for tuning)
Week of Dec. 18 – End of Semester Written Test
V. Winter Concert Information
Students ARE REQUIRED to attend the Winter Concert on Dec. 13th. Students are expected to stay for the duration of the concert in accordance with the state TEKS. Plan ahead to resolve conflicts on that date.
Required Dress – Girls: White button down blouse and long black skirt or dressy black pants, black dress shoes (no flip-flops).
Boys: White button down dress shirt, long black tie, black slacks, black shoes and socks.
****Please take care of assembling the required uniform ASAP so that the students are not left without proper attire.
Conduct grades will be taken during the concert – students documented for misbehavior during the concert will not be allowed to attend our trip to the Dallas Symphony next semester. (Date TBA)
We are planning to pre-sell poinsettias for our winter concert to help “dress up” the gymnasium and provide a momento of the evening’s special performances. We are currently negotiating a price (approx. $10.00 for an 8” poinsettia which is lower than most retail prices). Please check below if you plan to pre-order as we need an idea of how many to order ASAP. An order form will be coming home soon.
______Yes!! I plan to purchase ______ poinsettia(s)