• Fifth Grade Orchestra

    Welcome to orchestra.  I'm looking forward to an excellent year.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


    End of the year logistics for 5th grade orchestra are as follows:

     lessons will take place through Wednesday, June 12th. 
    June 12th is the last full orchestra rehearsal during zero period.  
    All school owned cellos and basses are due back in school by Wednesday, 6/12
    (please be sure to have last names clearly marked on the case)

    Cello and Bass instruments are available for summer study. (Please do not take instruments to camp)

    Please send me an email ASAP if you are interested, so we can set the paperwork in motion. 

    Spring is around the corner and so are NYSSMA, concerts, and other performance opportunities. Below you will find a link to a fun website that will help with note reading. I encourage you to give it a try!


    Spring Concert for 5th Grade Orchestra: May 16th, 2019 at 7PM (Day assembly is periods 2&3) spring concert information lettermusic theory  www.musictheory.net  is a website that enables students to practice note reading                         and rhythms.

    To practice note reading, click on exercises and then note identification. Click on the tools symbol on the top right corner to change to the appropriate clef. Cello uses bass clef, viola uses alto clef and violins use the treble clef. Be sure to turn off any clefs that you do not want. You can also change the range of the notes (high or low) so that you focus on the areas you want to practice. 


    Extreme temperature changes  can cause trouble with wooden instruments.  Please check your instrument for open seams, out of place bridges, and bow hair conditions. If you see something that looks "off" please bring it to my attention so that I can give tell you whether it's something I can address or whether you need to take it to your rental location for repair.  

    The 5th grade orchestra joined the orchestra class on Google Classroom. Please have your child check weekly for homework assignments and handouts. 

    Please see details below regarding the string program schedule 
     Fifth grade orchestra rehearsals take place on Monday and Wednesday during period 9.  
    Students who also participate in chorus will attend rehearsal with Mr. Catalano on Fridays. 
     Homework assignments 
     All homework assignments may be found on Google Classroom 
    Spring lesson schedules may be found on Google Classroom or by following the link below.  Hard copies are on the Orchestra News bulletin board.
    Monday schedule
     Extra help is available by appointment during the beginning of lunch on Tuesday and Thursday as I am not in the building during period 9.
     Grades  Report card grades are determined by participation in lessons and orchestra rehearsals, preparation (instrument and music present ) and periodic assessments of progress. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding grades.

      Orchestra Supplies for a successful experience
                                                                         instrument in good working order
                                                                         shoulder rest ( for violinists and violists)
                                                                         1/2 inch binder or folder
                                                                         cleaning rag
                                                                         spare set of strings 
                                                                         music stand for home practice