Getting Ready to be in RMJH Orchestra 2017-2018

REVISED May 31, 2017

A warm welcome to our new students beginning orchestra this fall! Please look for a letter in the mail in July. It will ask you to reply with your instrument preference(s) and contact information. Email me at madegarlais@wsd.net

You will need an instrument to play in orchestra. Generally, this is how it works:

BASSES:  A standup bass to be used during class is rented from the school and shared with another student in another class ($42.50/yr), and a second bass (if available) is rented from the school ($85/yr) to practice at home and use at concerts or combined rehearsals or festivals.

VIOLAS:  Violas are rented from the school ($85/yr) as long as supplies last*, then rent from a store ($20-$30/mo).

CELLOS:  Rent a cello from the school ($42.50/yr) to be shared with another student during classes, and rent a second cello from the store ($35-$65/mo) –or from the school* ($85/yr) if available, to practice at home and use at concerts or festivals or combined rehearsals. Students who walk to school might choose to rent a cello from the school* (if available) or from a store to take back and forth daily.

VIOLINS:  Violins are rented from the school if you are on fee waiver, and rented from a store otherwise ($20-$30/mo).

*Students on fee waiver have first priority for renting school instruments.  After that, we will have a lottery of sorts. If you don’t think you will qualify for fee waiver status, but would prefer a school rental, I suggest renting from a local business first, then returning their instrument if you end up using a school rental.  School Rental must be arranged through Mrs. DeGarlais. This will take place the first 2 weeks of school. If you are considering applying for fee waiver status, please do so as soon as possible.

Important: Get your instrument from a reputable music store. Parents may be tempted to buy a lesser priced instrument online, but don’t do it!!  It will need work to make it playable, and it will still be bad.  You won’t know how bad it is for a few months in, when it is really frustrating and your child is not making as much progress as his/her classmates and it is difficult to tune and play and hear.  A violin or viola should cost around $500 or more. They cost around $20/month to rent.  A cello should cost $1200+.  They rent for around $45-65/month.  If you do buy from a private seller or online seller, make sure you know the history of the instrument, where it was purchased, how much it was retail, etc.. It is usually safer to rent from a local music store. If you do decide to buy a lower (not lowest!) priced student instrument, please use the 6-12 months to save for an upgrade/trade-in.

For your convenience, 2 store-rental nights will be scheduled near registration and the first week of school. Store reps will bring their rental instruments to the school and you can fill out the paperwork, make a payment, and take the instrument home with you. Please see the items needed listed below. You may also contact them before then, just be sure you know the right size to get. If it’s hard to tell if the student is big enough, go with the smaller size. I judge by height AND finger length.

 

Stores in our Area:

Classical Strings, Harrisville, by appointment, groverstrings@gmail.com, 801-786-1605

Piano Gallery, Riverdale (Bert Murdock affiliate)

Summerhays Music, Layton

Riverton Music, Clearfield

Main Street Music, Kaysville, after hours text 801-726-8685

 

Some other stores in our area:

Music Village (repair and some resales only), Riverdale; Summerhays Music, Murray; Moroz Violins, SLC; Charles Liu Violins, Murray; Adam Day Violins, SLC; Scroggins and Scroggins, SLC; Peter Prier, SLC.

 

$15 registration fee. Paid on school registration day (allows us to buy music, travel, and buy other materials we need), to be paid at registration.

 

These items are needed by the 1st Monday of school:

Buy your own method book, ($10 — included with most store rentals) Otherwise, pay the school, and I will order it for you. We have the students buy these because the book is pretty worn out by the time one person has used it.

An instrument. We are in most need of viola players and bass players! Incidentally, it is “easier” to get scholarships for playing viola or bass decently.

Shoulder rest or sponge or shoulder pad for violin or viola (+/-$20) Buy it when you rent your instrument from the store, or buy online, or pay the school and I will order it for you.  Make sure you have a chance to fit it properly to the student’s neck and violin or viola. It should not be painful to hold the instrument properly. There are several sizes and varieties, and they are not “one size fits all”. A player with a shorter neck might even use rolled up rubber shelf liner as a nice grippy shoulder rest. I will be at the rental nights to help with shoulder rest fitting. Please be prepared that you may be asked to make an exchange in the first 2 0r 3 weeks if a shoulder rest  or chin rest problem comes up as we begin to play in class.

Endpin strap/rock stop for bass or cello ($6-$16) Buy it from the store or pay the school and I will order it for you.  The most dependable kind has a strap.

Rosin ($2-6) comes with your store rental, or buy some online, or pay the school and I will order it for you.

Cleaning cloth (just an old soft washcloth from home)

Pencils

Folding Music Stand ($10-$15, stays at home for practicing except for a couple times when it’s needed at school) Order online or buy from a music store.

Pocket Folder. We usually have folders donated to the school by a store.  I’ll let you know the first week of school whether you need to bring your own.  

 

These items are needed by 4th week of school: 

Electronic tuner & Metronome (smart phone app, handheld, clip-on, online site, combination metronome or not.  Get one with a mic or vibration reader.)

RMJH Orchestra T-Shirt for wearing on concert days and school spirit days (optional, and cost is estimated to be $6.50)

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Power Practice!

In anticipation of our upcoming festivals, we will be reporting our home practicing 5 days per week, from Jan. 30-Feb. 13.  If you practice Jan. 27, 28, or 29, you may count those days on your “Power Practice” record.  Parent Signature/initial required.  Due Feb. 14.

If you lose your “Power Practice” form, you may print one from this blog:  Click on the “All Forms” page.  Click on “Power Practice”.

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Playing Tests Jan. 5-10

2nd and 3rd Period Playing Test

Part 1: “Book 10 Twinkle”  

Part 2:  “Conquest” 

Violins, measures 5-8, 13-18.

Violas, measures 34-41 and 50-52

Cellos & Basses, measures 21-31

 

4th & 5th Period Playing Test

Part 1:  “Book 10 Twinkle”

Part 2:  “Gauntlet”

Violins, 17-27

Violas, 2-10 and 57-60

Cellos, 23-33

Basses, 21-27 and 60-65

Part 3:  “Acadia First Light”

Violins, 35-50

Violas, 61-83

Cellos, 68-83

Basses, 32-51

 

 

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Next concert Dec. 14, 7pm

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Upcoming Events

Wed Oct. 5     10 day-practice chart due.  Keep practicing!!  See practice homework assignments on the portal.

Make your travel plan for Nov. 2, the night of our concert!  Make a back-up plan, too!  TALK to Mrs. DeGarlais about any concerns you have!  The concert is 35% of your grade, and is lots of fun!

Mon. Oct. 10, Thurs Oct. 13 and Mon. Oct. 17     Honor Orchestra video auditions by appointment.

Thurs-Fri  Oct. 20-21     Fall Break —  Practice, Practice, Practice!   (Extra credit/Absence make-up, parent-signature required, write the number of minutes and what you worked on.)

Work out carpools for honor orchestra.

Tues  Oct.25    T-shirt orders due (Sign up in class for the size you want.  Pay $6.50 in the office, bring the receipt to Mrs. DeGarlais).

Thurs.  Oct 27     Last day of 1st quarter!  In-class performances for guest audience (special needs classes).  After-school rehearsal for Advanced, 2:30-3:15pm.

Mon. Oct. 31    Halloween!  Possible after-school practice for Advanced, 2:30-3:15pm

Tues. Nov. 1     Dress up for extra credit!

Wed. Nov. 2     Concert Day!!  Wear your orchestra t-shirt to school–(or a t-shirt of the same color).  Arrive in your best attire, ready to tune in room 121, at 6:00 pm.

Thurs. Nov. 3    Advanced turn in concert music!   Begin rehearsals on Holiday concert in Beginning and Elementary Tour in Advanced.  Honor Orchestra Rehearsal at Fremont High 6:30-8:15pm.

 

Chaperones needed for  Thurs. Dec. 15 (parents of Beginning Orchestra students).  time TBA

Chaperone needed for Fri. Dec. 16 –parent(s) of Advanced Orchestra student(s) for Elementary Tour.  7:45-11:30  and/or   12:45-2:30 pm.

 

Wed. Dec. 14   7 pm    Holiday Concert at RMJH—

Thurs. Dec. 15     Beginning Orchestra Field Trip to hear Utah Symphony at Fremont High School.

Fri. Dec. 16    RMJH Advanced Orchestra and Band Elementary School Tour –  9:00  Kanesville, 10:15- Hooper, 1:15- Country View

 

 

 

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Getting Ready for 2016-2017 Orchestra

**REVISED**    JULY 20 and 31, 2016      **PLEASE READ**

7th Grade, Welcome!

Thank you to everyone who has replied to the questionnaire I sent out in the mail!  It has been fun hearing back from you!  I now have the instrument choices for 2/3 of us.

So far, we have PLENTY of cellos and about 3/4 of the violins that we need.  We REALLY need some basses, and a few more violas.  If you had cello as your first choice, but would consider bass or viola, please let me know!

It’s not too late to mail your instrument choice and email or cell phone contact information to to RMJH, 4350 W 4800 S, West Haven, 84401  OR  email Mrs. DeGarlais letting her know the instrument you are interested in learning:  madegarlais@wsd.net

Important, regarding school-owned instrument rental:  If you are considering applying for fee waiver status, please do so as soon as possible.  Students on fee waiver have first priority for renting school instruments.  After that, we will have a lottery of sorts.  If you don’t think you will qualify for fee waiver status, but would prefer a school rental, I suggest renting from a local business first, then returning their instrument if you end up using a school rental.  School Rental must be arranged through Mrs. DeGarlais.

For your convenience, 2 store-rental nights are scheduled

Monday, August 15, 2016 at RMJH, 5-7 pm (in conjunction with our band).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Roy High School Commons, 5-7 pm (in conjunction with Roy secondary schools orchestras).

I will be sending an email or text to those for whom I have contact info.  You may also go to the stores at your convenience:

Classical Strings, Harrisville, by appointment, groverstrings@gmail.com, 801-786-1605

Piano Gallery, Riverdale (Bert Murdock affiliate)

Summerhays Music, Layton

Riverton Music, Clearfield

Circe Dopp Violins, Kaysville, by appointment, circe@clytieadams.com, 801-726-8685

(Some stores in our area:   Classical Strings, Harrisville; Music Village (repairs only), Riverdale; Piano Gallery/Riverdale; Riverton Music, Clearfield/Layton; Summerhays Music, Layton & Murray; Circe Dopp Violins, Kaysville; Bountiful Music, Kaysville; Moroz Violins, SLC; Charles Liu, Murray; Adam Day Violins, SLC; Scroggins and Scroggins, SLC; Peter Prier, SLC.)

When you come on registration day, you’ll pay a $15 registration fee for taking orchestra (allows us to buy music, travel, and buy other materials we need), to be paid at registration.

Please use the following list to get the rest of the items you’ll need.  Note that not all are needed right away.  In case you opt to order any of the items through the school, I will have an order form the first day of school, and the money will be due on the first Friday.

These items are needed by the 2nd week of school:

Buy your own method book, ($10 — included with most store rentals) Otherwise, pay the school, and I will order it for you. We have the students buy these because the book is pretty worn out by the time one person has used it.

An instrument.

  • Violins and Violas should be rented from a local music store*.  There is a limited number of instruments for rent through the school–so limited that I must offer them to students who are on fee waiver before any others.  After that, it will be luck of the draw.
  • Cellos and Basses can be rented from the school, but you may need to rent from a store to be able to practice at home if there are not enough to go around.  We will likely have a couple of rental nights where the stores come to Rocky or Roy High, but you are welcome to go to the stores on your own.  All Basses rent from the school.

*Parents may be tempted to buy an inexpensive instrument online, but don’t do it!!  It will need work to make it playable, and it will still be bad.  You won’t know how bad it is for a few months in, when it is really frustrating and your child is not making as much progress as his/her classmates.  A violin or viola should cost around $500 or more. They cost around $20/month to rent.  A cello should cost $1200+.  They rent for around $45-65/month.  If you do buy from a private seller or online seller, make sure you know the history of the instrument, where it was purchased, how much it was retail, etc.. It is usually safer to rent from a local music store.

*If you do decide to buy a lower (not lowest!) priced student instrument, please use the 6-12 months to save for an upgrade/trade-in.

Shoulder rest or sponge or shoulder pad for violin or viola (+/-$20) Buy it when you rent your instrument from the store, or buy online, or pay the school and I will order it for you.  Make sure you have a chance to fit it properly.  There are several sizes and varieties, and they are not “one size fits all”.

Endpin strap/rock stop for bass or cello ($6-$16) Buy it from the store or pay the school and I will order it for you.  The most dependable kind has a strap.

Rosin ($6) comes with your store rental, or buy some online, or pay the school and I will order it for you.

Cleaning cloth (just an old washcloth from home)

Pencils

Folding Music Stand ($10-$15, stays at home for practicing except for a couple times when it’s needed at school) Order online or buy from a music store.

We usually have folders donated to the school by a store.  I’ll let you know the first week of school whether you need to bring your own pocket folder.  

 

These items are needed by the end of the 4th week of school: 

Smartmusic subscription ($40)  http://smartmusic.com for your iPad, PC or Mac , including Smartmusic clip-on mic ($30) for your instrument, for practice and pass-offs.  USB port required for the mic.  We can do a bulk order from school.  If you don’t have an iPad, PC or Mac, then don’t buy Smartmusic.

Electronic tuner (handheld, clip-on, online site or phone app, combination metronome or not.  Get one with a mic.)

Metronome (handheld, online site or phone app)– not needed so much if you have Smartmusic.

RMJH Orchestra T-Shirt (optional) for wearing on concert days and school spirit days

 

 

 

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Congratulations Beginning Orchestra!

Thanks for all your hard work and concentration.  I am very proud of your performance in Weber School District Beginning Orchestra Festival!  Listen to the recording!

 

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Beginning Orchestra Info

Thank you to all the students!!

We had such great rehearsals today, and I am really excited for you to play at festival! Thanks, and keep working hard!

 

After-school Rehearsals

We will need to have at least one after-school rehearsal in order to let the 2 beginning orchestras rehearse together.

Please plan to come this Thursday, Feb. 11 and the following Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2:35-3:15. Rides should come at 3:20.  If we are really ready and everything goes great on Thursday, we will cancel the Tuesday rehearsal, but I think we need both.

 

Festival Performance

We perform at the District Beginning Orchestra Festival on Thursday, February 18. Parents may come to hear us at Weber High.  Our assigned time is 9:15.  If you can’t make it, a recording will be available later.

 

Parent Permission

Please send an email or written permission for Beginning student to travel on the bus to Weber High, eat lunch there (bring your student ID to buy school lunch, as usual). Students should wear concert attire. This is our concert for the quarter, but if they are not allowed to come, there will be a sub here for them and they can do a make-up assignment.

Thank you!

 

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Advanced Sectional Seating Test

Testing will be ONLY  on RONDO.  See the dates below.  Everyone plays, this is for a grade as well as for seating.

 

Violin I:

Boreas 53-57, 61-74

Amadeus 67-74

Rondo 90-105   (Wed. Feb. 10, video your duet with a Violin II player in class)

Scale Series: Bb

 

Violin II:

Boreas 53-57, 61-65

Amadeus 63-70

Rondo 90-105   (Wed. Feb. 10, video your duet with a Violin I player in class)

Scale Series: Bb

 

Viola:

Boreas 37-46

Amadeus 67-77

Rondo 90-98  (Tuesday, Feb. 9, video in class)

Scale Series: Bb

 

Cello:

Boreas 33-40

Amadeus 40-45, 93-96

Rondo 14-17, 41-45  (Friday, Feb. 12, video in class.)

Scale Series: Bb

 

Bass, and Cellos-playing-Bass part:

Boreas 33-40

Amadeus 93-96, 70-74

Rondo 82-97   (Tuesday, Feb. 9, video in class.)

Bass Scale Series: Bb

Cellos-playing-Bass Scale Series: Bb

 

 

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Happy New Year!

It’s almost the end of 2nd semester!

Be sure you are tracking your 8-week goal! Goal Tracker

Be sure you practice (2) 20-minutes sessions over the break. All other practice sessions are 2-for-1 extra credit you can apply toward absence make-up or practice grade.  Parent signature required. Use the  Power-Practice form

Notice our new music can be sampled on the links in the right collumn:  Listen 2015-2016

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