• 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Orchestra
    Welcome to 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Orchestra!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or concerns.

     School owned cellos and basses will be available for a small fee, which includes an instrument for home and one for school.  Details will be given during the first lesson. We will continue to use "My School Bucks" for this purpose. Click link for directions for School Bucks   Online rental form 
    The rehearsal schedule for 6,7,8 orchestra is Tue, Thur, and Fri during zero period. The first orchestra rehearsal for the 2019-20 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 10th, during zero period.                                                                                    Students who also participate in chorus will attend rehearsal with Mr. Catalano or Mr. Lombardo acording to a schedule to be determined. We are happy you are motivated to participate in both ensembles. 
    Click links for lesson schedules       Tuesday Schedule        Thursday Schedule     Friday Schedule
    • Winter concert date is December 5, 2019                                       snow
    • Extreme changes in temperature can cause damage to wooden instruments.  Please check your instrument for cracks, open seams, and bow hair condition.  Let me know if something look like it's been damaged and we can look to see if it's something I can fix or if it needs to be sent out for repair.  
    • Spring concert date is April 30th, 2020      2020
     Homework assignments 
     All homework assignments may be found on Google Classroom 
    6th,7th &8th grade Google Classroom Code is 1kzkv4
     Homework  is assigned each week.  The selections will be reviewed in class and used as assessment material. Please encourage your child to practice at home 4-5 times a week as they will be required to play the homework for a grade in class the next week.  Practice logs will be checked each week. 
    Extra help is available by appointment at the beginning of lunch on Mon, Wed, and Fri.  as I am not in the building period 9 on Tue or Thurs.  I am happy to help!
    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.
    Additional Resources: 
    sharp circle of fifths. For each interval of a fifth that you count upwards from C, you add one sharp.  That sharp is the leading tone(second to last note of the scale).
    C Major- no sharps or flats
    G Major- one sharp, F#
    D Major- two sharps, F# C#
    A Major- three sharps, F#C#G# 
    E Major- four sharps, F#C#G#D#
    B Major-five sharps, F#C#G#D#A#
    F# Major- six sharps, F#C#G#D#A#E#
    C# Major-seven sharps, F#C#G#D#A#E#B#
    flat circle of fifths. For each interval of a fifth that you count downwards from C, you add one flat.  That flat is the subdominant (fourth note) of the scale.  
    F Major- one flat, Bb
    Bb Major- two flats, BbEb
    Eb Major- three flats BbEbAb
    Ab Major- four flats BbEbAbDb 
    Db Major- five flats BbEbAbDbGb 
    Gb Major-six flats  BbEbAbDbGbCb
    Cb Major-seven flats BbEbAbDbGbCbFb 
    Rubrics: Each homework assignment gives details regarding what to focus on however, please check to make sure you are working to your best ability by checking the rubric.  Each practice session should bring you farther along on the rubric.   performance rubrics
    For an online metronome click the following link: 
    For recording of Blue Rhythmico click the following link:
    For recording of Sleigh Bells Jingling, click the following link:
       Orchestra Supplies for a Successful Orchestra Experience
    • instrument in good working
    • shoulder rest ( for violinists and violists)
    • rosin
    • 1/2 inch binder or folder
    • pencil
    • cleaning rag
    • spare set of strings 
    • music stand for home practice