Week of June 8-12

I cannot believe that the last week of the school year is finally here. This is definitely not how I anticipated we would end this year. I am beyond proud of each and every one of you and have completely missed you all. 

For this week I have a survey for you all to fill out as your last activity. Some of the questions may not relate since you will not be returning to music, but please fill out the rest of the questions to the best of your ability. 

I will be leaving Flipgrid open over the summer if you want to play anything for me. I would love to hear it. Also, I have posted the Junior Regional Audition and All-County Orchestra music in the FILES section of the orchestra website. You are all eligible to audition for both events next year and now if the best time to start working on the music and scales. 

As I receive information for summer activities I will post them on my website. Check back when you can.

Take care and I anticipate when I will get to see all of you again next school year,

Mrs. Bowers

End-of-Year Survey


Week of June 1-5

Hope you are all doing well. We will have a zoom meeting tomorrow morning at 9:45 AM. And to be honest, it might actually be our last "official" meeting about orchestra and class stuff. We will chat about any last activities, stuff left in my room and other orchestra related things. 

I have missed you all during this time of quarantine and hope that you are keeping music a part of your everyday life.


Week of May 26-29
Happy Memorial Day Orchestra Families, 

Hope this day finds you all well and getting a little needed relaxation. I am sending this today because I will be unable to do so tomorrow.  

First of all, starting tomorrow will be School Supply drop-off. You should have received a notice from Ms. Warner and myself last Friday in regards to the drop off. I am attaching the letter I sent home Friday again in case your missed it. 

Secondly, this week I have 2 activities that will release tomorrow morning: Play Hoop Shoot Rhythms and Play Along with YouTube (choose a song to play along with). If you have already turned your instrument in choose the non-playing activity to complete. 

We will not have a zoom meeting this week and will not have a Gimkit game on Tuesday (as I will be at school receiving school rented instruments back). We will play our Gimkit game on Friday.  Remember that I opened up all of the previous activities and assignments in Teams for you to go back and complete if you have not done so already. Also, continue to check SmartMusic for activities. 

Have a great day and talk with you soon, 
Mrs. Bowers
Instrument Return Letter 20.docx


Return of Marsteller Rented Instrument Info.

Dear Orchestra Parents,

You may have received an email from Ms. Warner about school instrument return next week. If you are currently renting a Marsteller instrument: violin, viola, cello or bass you will need to bring it for return. See the schedule below. 

6thgrade Last Name A-F Tuesday, May 26 11:00am-1:00pm
6thgrade Last Name G-M Tuesday, May 26 1:00pm-3:00pm
6thgrade Last Name N-Z Tuesday, May 26 3:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday, May 26 - Mrs. Bowers will be present for return
7thgrade Last Name A-F Wednesday, May 27 11:00am-1:00pm
7thgrade Last Name G-M Wednesday, May 27 1:00pm-3:00pm
7thgrade Last Name N-Z Wednesday, May 27 3:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday, May 27 - Ms. Fairbank will be present for return
8thgrade Last Name A-F Thursday, May 28 11:00am-1:00pm
8thgrade Last Name G-M Thursday, May 28 1:00pm-3:00pm
8thgrade Last Name N-Z Thursday, May 28 3:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday, May 28 – Ms. Phelan and/or Mr. Keirstead will be present for return

 

Instrument Check-Out

  • Loosen all bows
  • Remove all personal items from instrument case.
  • Take any personal name tags off of the instrument case (inside or out).
  • Assess instrument – check for: 
    • New scratches
    • broken strings
    • bow that doesn’t tighten
    • missing bow hair
    • loose chin rest
    • Cases that don’t zip or close properly
    • etc.
  • Email Mrs. Bowers about any issues with the instrument for repair & general maintenance purposes.
  • On drop-off day – please park at station #2 - get out of your vehicle and place the items on carts or on the ground for the larger instruments.

 

If you have any further questions for concerns about this procedure or returning the school rented instrument, please let me know before Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Thank you for your attention to this message,

Mrs. Bowers



Week of May 18-22

Hope you are all enjoying the weather. I know that I have been enjoying having my windows open and feeling the breeze blow through my house.

Hopefully some of you were able to go back and work on some of the previous assignments and activities I have put up since March 13. Everyone should now have access in Teams. Those items are also doubled in flipgrid. There are also a few new items for folks in SmartMusic this week. Go take a look. And for SmartMusic I have seen the practice time increase since our last zoom meeting when I showed you all how to do so. So, before you submit any activity in SmartMusic, I do ask that you practice first. 

Tomorrow, we will do another short Zoom check-in. We will talk a little about the activities online for you as well as the previous activities that still need to be completed. Also, during our Zoom meeting we will be playing a game or 2 where I will be able to share my screen in order to play the game. Which means, we will NOT have a Gimkit game tomorrow afternoon. We will still have a game on Friday.

I do want to talk about the online games for a moment. For the first time since March 17 when I started hosting the music games we had a student enter an inappropriate name. I had to turn the game off as I could not kick that student out of the game (they kept popping back in). If we had a problem again with students entering inappropriate names I will not be able to host live games anymore. I will send out a link where you can play the game on your own, by yourself. So, please be mindful also that this is still a school sanctioned activity even though you are at home. I appreciate your cooperation to ensure we can continue to have a little fun while learning.

I will send out the Zoom information this afternoon for tomorrow meeting and will put it in Teams.

I cannot wait to see everyone tomorrow morning for our quick check-in and tour. I hope you are all doing well.

Have a great Monday,

Mrs. Bowers

Zoom Meeting Times
6th Orchestra - 9:45-10:05 a.m.




Week of May 11-15

I hope you are all well this week. Last week I put up a "May the 4th Be With You" chrome lab activity. I heard some really awesome renditions of the Star Wars Theme & Imperial March. And, I put up a playing review activity from music we previously played this year.

Today I have updated all of the assignments and activities in Teams that have been assigned since March 14, 2020. If you did not get the chance to work on those assignments you now can go back and complete them. Let me know if I can help at all.

This week students will also have a fun activity to find poor instrument stock pictures online and to correct them by taking their own picture. It will post tomorrow, May 12, 2020. 

I also wanted to remind 6th & 7th grade students and parents that if you have not chosen your elective choice for next year you need to do so. Mrs. Wark from the counseling office let me know that there were a large number of students that have not chosen yet. So, below I have a link you can click to fill out the selection form. If you have done so already, thank you.

We will not zoom meet this week. But, we will play a Gimkit Friday only @ 1:30 this week. No Tuesday Gimkit.

Have a great week ahead,

Mrs. Bowers

Rising 8th Grade Course Request Form Link

Rising 7th Grade Course Request Form Link
 



Week of May 4-8

May the 4th Be With You! For this week there will be a few items students can work on. Of course they can all make sure they have completed the activities that have been assigned up to this point. Remember that assignments are being posted in Teams (I also included the same assignments in Flipgrid). I also have some activities in SmartMusic. Watch out tomorrow for a fantastically creative Star Wars activity. I can't wait to hear what some of you come up with. Also, tomorrow we will travel back to the first 9 weeks with an activity we completed back then.

Tomorrow, we will do another short Zoom check-in. It will be the same times as last time, listed below. Remember that these check-ins are optional and not required. But it is a great time to let me know how the activities are going. During this zoom I will be showing students how to navigate through SmartMusic and Teams. I will post the invites this afternoon in Teams & email for the morning. 

Now that the 3rd nine week grades are complete if a student would like to try to improve their overall grade, students may choose to retake or improve their playing assessments from throughout the year. The work students complete will be taken into account to help do so. I have reopened old flipgrid assignments for students to post their retakes. I will also post a Flipgrid for any student who would like to play something and have me give them feedback. 

I cannot wait to see everyone tomorrow morning for our quick check-in and tour. I hope you are all doing well.

Have a great Monday,

Mrs. Bowers

Zoom Meeting Time
6th Orchestra - 9:45-10:05 a.m.


Week of April 27-May 1

Hope you all are still doing well. Reminder that we will not be doing a Zoom meeting tomorrow. New activities will be posted tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The M-U-S-I-C bingo is due today. I hope some of you had the chance to do a few of those boxes. Even if you didn't complete the whole thing, send to me how many items you finished. I have loved what I have seen already.

All classes will be able to play a game called "Music Racer". You can choose to play identifying "Note names", "Fingerings" or "Music Terms 101". (Guitar students please choose treble clef for note names and it unfortunately does not have guitar fingerings). Try to see how far you can get in to game. and report in Teams your highest score.  

All classes - please visit SmartMusic for the most recent playing activities. I am going to publish another tutorial video this week showing you how to move around SmartMusic WITHOUT completing an assignment. There are so many things you can do in SmartMusic that does not require you to complete an assignment and I will show you how. 

Many of the activities in SmartMusic have passed date. I am going to reassign many of those so you can keep working on them if you didn't finish them. If you completed it, you can move on to the other activities.

6th Gr. Orchestra - The activities in SmartMusic actually come from the old Essential Elements book (as SmartMusic doesn't have songs from our Artistry in Strings Book). These songs should just be note review from the A & D string. There is also a scale activity.

Did anyone create a Gimkit? If you did let me know. We will play 1 game (because you have other classes, too) tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 if you want to participate. I will send the code out in MS Teams for all students shortly before the games starts. So log on and be ready to play. If no one made up a game it will just be music terminology.

Thank you for all you have done so far. I miss all of you and hope you are all doing well. Let me know if you need anything or any help.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Bowers



Week of April 20-24

Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21, 2020) I am hosting 20-minute check ins with all of my classes. You will get your specific class code this evening for tomorrow morning. Below (and attached) are a couple of rules to remember with our meeting. First and foremost, this is meant to be a quick informational meeting. We can chat for a few minutes and then I will let you know how to access all of the class information and how to turn in work. This is not time to ask a ton of questions as I have allotted 20 minutes for each of my sections. If you have a question I was not able to answer, please put a post here, a DM here in Teams or email me. I will get back to you pretty quick. Also, remember that any work due before March 13 will be due this Friday, April 24, 2020. So please check StudentVue for the most up-to-date information regarding your grade. As you send me your assignments I am inputting them as quick as I can. 
Also, don't forget about SmartMusic. I am happy to give students this opportunity to use a great online program. The program has your songs and assignments loaded into the program. You even have the option to explore other songs that you may not have had the opportunity to play, yet but have always wanted to. Go to Teams or the Files section of the orchestra/guitar website to get started.
Remember, if you record an assignment in flipgrid, SmartMusic or Teams, you do not have to re-record in another location. I will find it and evaluate it from those locations.
I will release your new assignments for each week on Tuesday morning. Check in Teams in the "Assignments" tab. If you are unable to access Teams, I have also been placing the same material on the Orchestra/guitar website in the Files section for quick access. But if you do the work from the website you will need to email me with the completed work. 
Also, remember that your mental health is the most important thing right now. All of these assignments after March 13 are optional. So, don't feel pressured to do the work. Do what you can when you can. And remember that I am a message or email away. Let me know what you need and I will see what I can do to help you. (Office hours are Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:00). 
Thank you and I hope everyone is staying safe during this time,
Mrs. Bowers


Please view this video on how to navigate Microsoft Teams for orchestra.
How to Navigate TEAMS.mp4



Week of April 14-17

Hello 6th Grade orchestra. So, this week we start our virtual classroom. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride. This first week back will be a tutorial week. Remember that I will be using Teams to put up your work to complete. But, this first week back I just want you all to become familiar with the programs we will be using; TEAMS, SmartMusic, Class Notebook and Flipgrid. Flipgrid you already know how to use but the others you may not have gotten into them, yet. 

In TEAMS I have put up what your first assignment will be for this week. You are to get yourself registered for "SmartMusic", if you have not done so yet. There are assignments already scheduled in SmartMusic for you to work on. I will be putting up other tutorial videos and instructions later this week to show you how to use SmartMusic and Class Notebook. Be on the lookout for the update soon.




All in One Place

In the DOCUMENTS section below please find a direct link to your students Microsoft Teams page. Students will need to use their Office 365 login from school. If students already know how to get to their email then they can click on the "waffle" in the upper left hand corner and choose TEAMS from that menu, as well. Students can find activities and assignments posted there. 

If anyone is having trouble accessing their Office 365 account, please visit the PWCS PASSWORD SELF-SERVICEpage.

If you still have any issues, please let me know and I will see what I can do to help.
Mrs. Bowers


Instrumental Music SOL's Covered and Worked On
Music SOL's are not the same as core subjects. We are working on multiple strands on a daily basis. Mastery in these SOL's is also ongoing and students progressing toward mastery.

1st Quarter
MIB.1 The student will echo, read, and notate music, including 

1. identifying, defining, and using basic notation for pitch, rhythm, meter, articulation, dynamics, and other elements of music; and

MIB.2 The student will echo, read, and perform rhythms and rhythmic patterns, including whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, 

dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes, and corresponding rests. MIB.4 The student will identify, read, and perform music in simple meters MIB.9 The student will define and apply music terminology found in the music literature being studied. MIB.10 The student will demonstrate preparatory instrumental basics and playing procedures, including 

1. identification and selection of an appropriate instrument; 2. identification of the parts of the instrument; 3. procedures for care of the instrument; 4. proper playing posture and instrument position; 6. string student—bow hold and left-hand position; and MIB.11 The student will demonstrate proper instrumental techniques, including 

1. finger/slide placement, using finger/slide patterns and fingerings/positions; 2. matching pitches and beginning to make adjustments to facilitate correct intonation; 3. production of tones that are clear, free of tension, and sustained; 5. string student—proper bow placement, weight, angle, and speed; contrasting articulations (pizzicato, legato, staccato, two-note slurs); and 

MIB.15 The student will perform simple rhythmic examples in call-and-response styles. MIB.17 The student will demonstrate musicianship and personal engagement by 

1. identifying the characteristic sound of the instrument being studied; 2. monitoring individual practice through the use of practice records or journals that identify specific musical goals; 3. participating in school performances and local, district, or regional events, as appropriate to level, ability, and interest; and 4. describing and demonstrating rehearsal and concert etiquette as a performer (e.g., using critical aural skills, following conducting gestures, 

maintaining attention in rest position).  2nd Quarter MIB.1 The student will echo, read, and notate music, including 

1. identifying, defining, and using basic standard notation for pitch, rhythm, meter, articulation, dynamics, and other elements of music; and 2. singing selected lines from music being studied. MIB.2 The student will echo, read, and perform rhythms and rhythmic patterns, including whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, 

dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes, and corresponding rests. MIB.3 The student will identify and demonstrate half-step and whole-step patterns. MIB.4 The student will identify, read, and perform music in simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, C). MIB.6 The student will read, notate, and perform scales, including 

2. string student—one-octave ascending and descending G and D major scales and a D harmonic minor scale. MIB.7 The student will identify and perform music written in binary form. MIB.9 The student will define and apply music terminology found in the music literature being studied. MIB.10 The student will demonstrate preparatory instrumental basics and playing procedures, including 

1. identification and selection of an appropriate instrument; 2. identification of the parts of the instrument; 3. procedures for care of the instrument; 4. proper playing posture and instrument position; 6. string student—bow hold and left-hand position; and MIB.11 The student will demonstrate proper instrumental techniques, including  

1. finger/slide placement, using finger/slide patterns and fingerings/positions; 2. matching pitches and beginning to make adjustments to facilitate correct intonation; 3. production of tones that are clear, free of tension, and sustained; 5. string student—proper bow placement, weight, angle, and speed; contrasting articulations (pizzicato, legato, staccato, two-note slurs); and MIB.12 The student will demonstrate ensemble skills at a beginning level, including 

1. balancing instrumental timbres; 2. making adjustments to facilitate correct intonation; 3. matching dynamic levels and playing style; 4. responding to conducting patterns and gestures; and 5. maintaining a steady beat at various tempos in the music literature being studied. MIB.13 The student will read and interpret standard music notation while performing music of varying styles and levels of difficulty, in accordance 

with VBODA Levels 1 and 2. MIB.15 The student will perform simple rhythmic and melodic examples in call-and-response styles.  3rd Quarter MIB.1 The student will echo, read, and notate music, including 

1. identifying, defining, and using basic standard notation for pitch, rhythm, meter, articulation, dynamics, and other elements of music; and 2. singing selected lines from music being studied. MIB.2 The student will echo, read, and perform rhythms and rhythmic patterns, including whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes, dotted quarter notes, and corresponding rests. MIB.3 The student will identify and demonstrate half-step and whole-step patterns. MIB.4 The student will identify, read, and perform music in simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, C). MIB.5 The student will identify and notate key signatures of scales and literature being performed. MIB.6 The student will read, notate, and perform scales, including 

1. wind/mallet student—one-octave ascending and descending concert F, B-flat, E-flat, and A-flat major scales and small chromatic patterns; 

and 2. string student—one-octave ascending and descending G and D major scales and a D harmonic minor scale. MIB.7 The student will identify and perform music written in binary form.  MIB.8 The student will use music composition as a means of expression by 

1. composing a four-measure rhythmic-melodic variation; and 2. notating the composition in standard notation, using contemporary technology. MIB.9 The student will define and apply music terminology found in the music literature being studied. MIB.10 The student will demonstrate preparatory instrumental basics and playing procedures, including 

1. identification and selection of an appropriate instrument; 2. identification of the parts of the instrument; 3. procedures for care of the instrument; 4. proper playing posture and instrument position; 

6. string student—bow hold and left-hand position; and MIB.11 The student will demonstrate proper instrumental techniques, including 1. finger/slide placement, using finger/slide patterns and fingerings/positions; 2. matching pitches and beginning to make adjustments to facilitate correct intonation; 3. production of tones that are clear, free of tension, and sustained; 5. string student—proper bow placement, weight, angle, and speed; contrasting articulations (pizzicato, legato, staccato, two-note slurs); and

MIB.12 The student will demonstrate ensemble skills at a beginning level, including 

1. balancing instrumental timbres; 2. making adjustments to facilitate correct intonation; 3. matching dynamic levels and playing style; 4. responding to conducting patterns and gestures; and 5. maintaining a steady beat at various tempos in the music literature being studied. MIB.13 The student will read and interpret standard music notation while performing music of varying styles and levels of difficulty, in accordance 

with VBODA Levels 1 and 2. MIB.14 The student will begin to use articulations, dynamic contrasts, and phrasing as means of expression. MIB.15 The student will perform simple rhythmic and melodic examples in call-and-response styles.  MIB.17 The student will demonstrate musicianship and personal engagement by 

1. identifying the characteristic sound of the instrument being studied; 2. monitoring individual practice through the use of practice records or journals that identify specific musical goals; 3. participating in school performances and local, district, or regional events, as appropriate to level, ability, and interest; and 4. describing and demonstrating rehearsal and concert etiquette as a performer (e.g., using critical aural skills, following conducting gestures, maintaining attention in rest position).

MIB.18 The student will sight-read music of varying styles and levels of difficulty, in accordance with VBODA Levels 0 and 1. MIB.19 The student will explore historical and cultural aspects of music by 

1. identifying the cultures, musical styles, composers, and historical periods associated with the music literature being studied; 2. describing ways in which culture and technology influence the development of instruments, instrumental music, and instrumental music styles;

3. describing the relationship of instrumental music to the other fine arts and other fields of knowledge; 4. describing career options in music;  

5. describing ethical standards as applied to the use of social media and copyrighted materials; and 6. demonstrating concert etiquette as an active listener.  



Do you Have any work you still need to complete or turn in? (This includes flipgrid or the last playing quiz.)

If you have any practice charts or work you still have not turned, please make sure I get those soon. I want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to be up-to-date. 

Go on over to Microsoft Teams and get those items turned in. Come ask any questions, if you need. StudentVue should be up-to-date except for any charts turned in today.

I miss you all and hope you are all staying healthy in all of this. Come chat, if you need.
Mrs.Bowers



Distant Learning Update

Hello 6th grade orchestra families. I am sure you have all read all the updates that were sent out last week. You will also know that teachers are not to assign any new assignments but try to help reinforce what was previously taught and assigned. 

So, each student needs to log into Microsoft Teams (though office 365) as I am currently working on putting suggested assignments. These assignments will not be graded, instead I will send feedback. 

As for "SmartMusic", I had to take a step back from implementing this program just yet. Students who are under the age of 13 need parental consent to open an account. I thank you for your patience as this is worked out with the school administration on getting parental consent. In the meantime, we will continue to use "Flipgrid" for assignments that require playing feedback.

At-Home Concert that I previously assigned before we initially went to this COVID-19 break will also be an optional assignment. The link to the assignment can be found in the DOCUMENTS section below. 

In the DOCUMENTS section below in this website you will also find some links to games, YouTube video to help with peg tuning, music theory website with activities and an online metronome that also plays a 440 A (to help with tuning). Go check them out to see what you can use.

Last week, we also played a few games online. Some were just fun and few were music related. I did get the feeling the students REALLY enjoyed this. We will plan on playing a few games this week, as well. It will start Tuesday (to give me a little time to either make up some new quizzes or find some new ones). 

Thank you for your patience in this time. I really miss all of you and hope you are all doing well.

Take care and come onto Teams tomorrow to chat, if you want. I will be there.
Mrs. Bowers

 
Video of Mrs. Bowers playing all the parts to "The Abandoned Funhouse" you can play along with to practice.


Visit Mrs. Bowers Youtube Channel for more videos you can play along with.



At-Home Concert Link is now Available
This is not required to be completed at the moment, but if students or parents are looking for things to do, you can start working on the pyramid concert music. 

This assignment will not be due until Friday, March 27. You can also access all the music we were using for the concert, except for "The Abandoned Funhouse". 

I am also working on possibly using a program called "Smart Music" in which I can assign students to practice and complete playing assignments. In this time of Distance Learning they have offered a free educator subscription that I am working on. 

Stay tuned for more information about using this program.

Continue to stay safe and healthy and I will talk with you all soon.
Mrs. Bowers

P.S. - I tried starting to use Microsoft Teams. Check out our page when you get a chance.

Working on Distant Learning Activities
I am sure many of you are not sure of what "distant learning" will entail, yet. To be honest, neither do I just yet. But, I am currently working on what that means for the performing class such as orchestra.

I will be sending out email updates but also posting items on this site weekly. Practicing should not stop just because we are out. Students will still have the ability to submit their practice charts online just as they have been able to do all year long. We will try to use Flipgrid for those families that have internet access. 

Those students that left their instruments at school we I will work on figuring out how you can still participate (as there were many instruments left in the building on Friday afternoon).

Everyone needs to take care of themselves and I really cannot wait to see you all on April 14. 
Mrs. Bowers

Online Practice Chart Submission


6th Grade Pyramid Concert

 

 


March 13, 2020

Hello 6th Grade Orchestra Families,

This is Mrs. Bowers from Marsteller. I received word last night that any remaining Pyramid Concerts in Prince William County will be canceled. 

I want to commend the 6th graders on all the hard work that have put in to learn all of the music I have given them (and I gave them a lot). They worked hard to learn all of the music and I know they would have been more than ready for our even on March 26. 

In lieu of the pyramid concert, students will be assigned to give an at-home concert. This will be a summative assessment. Students will be asked to perform a few selections from their pyramid concert music for their families. Families will then be asked to evaluate their performance and students will be asked to complete a self-evaluation, as well. Then you will send back the feedback for their grade. 

This will be sent home next week in person or through a message just like this.

I am also encouraging all students to take their violins and violas home (as some students forget them when they leave the building).

Thank you for your attention to this message and have a great day,

Mrs. Bowers




 

End of 2nd Grading Period
As we come to an end of the 2nd grading period I want to remind all students that their practice charts are all due by no later than Friday, January 24, 2020. The online practice chart will be turned off Saturday, January 25 through Monday January 27. No late charts will be accepted after the above date.

Thank you for your attention to this message. Remember that I do take late practice charts, but be sure to get them in on time.
Mrs. Bowers


Online Practice Chart Submission


GREAT CONCERT LAST NIGHT
The 6th grade orchestra should be very proud of their performance because I know that I am very proud of them. I cannot wait to hear what they can play at the pyramid concert and then the end of the year.

If any parents have pictures of the concert your would be willing to share, they may be showcased in the yearbook.

Also, if any parent videotaped the concert and would not mind sharing, I would greatly appreciate it. We would be using it in class for critique purposes.

Thank you again for an absolutely enjoyable evening and see you all soon,
Mrs. Bowers




All-County Orchestra Results

Congratulations to the following students who made all-county orchestra this year:

Honors Group
Annette Lee (Violin 2)
Macy Moore (Violin 2)
Shirley Melaragno (Viola)

Director's Group
Sophia Curlee (Violin 1)
William Tantau (Bass)
Logan Lee (Viola)
Addis Ngo (Violin alternate)

Way to go. We are so proud of you.

 



Instruments for Home

This is a friendly reminder to all violin and viola students that all instruments are to go home regularly, especially the weekend. The total number of students leaving their instruments in the building over the weekend is increasing. I do check lockers every Friday before I leave for the weekend. This past 4 day weekend was no different, we had 20 instruments here. 

I know a few students say that they have 2 instruments (1 at home and 1 at school). If this pertains to your student, please send me a quick note telling me so and I will mark it for future reference. 

All other instruments need to go home on a regular basis. Practice is essential for learning any instruments, let alone any skill. 

Thank you for your attention to this message.
Mrs. Bowers

 


VIRGINIA DINER MUSIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER
What a fantastic job Mrs. Bowers classes did in the fundraiser this year. Congratulations for such a wonderful amount of participation among all classes. Winning class for the pizza party is still being calculated as the online sales totals come in as well as the student who won Ernest (our large class mascot bear). Donations were amazing, too.

Remember that all orders that will be delivered to the school will not arrive for 4-5 weeks after the sale was over (approximately 1st week of December). When there is a firm date, all families will be notified for pick-up.

If orders were placed online and were to be shipped, they will probably arrive much earlier.

Thank you again for your participation.


Virginia Diner 19.pptx



Practice Chart Link - Online Submission
Below you will find the link to the online practice chart submission. It is created like a survey. Once the student submits the chart it will be delivered to a spreadsheet that i will grade from.

Online Practice Chart Submission

Students will be completing their first practice chart starting September 16 and it will be due on Monday, September 23 OR Tuesday, September 24 (whichever day your student has class with me). 

Here's to a great year in orchestra. 


 


Welcome to Marsteller Orchestra
Big welcome to all the new Marsteller Orchestra students. We are just starting to get to know each other. I have asked what instrument they all know, or if they are beginners and we got to play BINGO.

On Wednesday/Thursday, all classes will be going over the handbook for the class which has all the information you will need for the year. Please pay close attention to the section about instrument rental. Marsteller does not own enough instruments for everyone who requests a rental. Once I am out of instruments students and parents will need to provide an instrument from an outside source. If you would like suggestions or flyers, please feel free to ask me.

Students will not bring their instruments to school this week. Students will start bringing them next week. 

I am looking forward to meeting all of you at back-to-school night on September 10 @ 7PM.

Have a great week,
Mrs. Bowers


Note Reading Games Weblinks
The students have been working hard at really learning to read their notes on the staff. They will be having a quiz on notes on the D & A strings (bass on the D & G string). So, if they would like to practice before their quiz, they may visit the webpages below and play some games which will be fun and help at the same time.

Violin, Cello & Bass - www.musictechteacher.com - click on quizzes and choose a game according to what notes you need to read (violin - treble clef, cello/bass - bass clef).
Viola - Viola Note Names Game



Book for Orchestra this year: Artistry in Strings - Book 1 (green cover)
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