• 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.


    parent letter for 2019 winter orchestra concert link-  concert letter 

    Welcome to the Mattlin Middle school 5th grade orchestra!

     Your first formal practice assignment has been posted to Google classroom. Please make sure to take a look at it so that you will be prepared for your next lesson

    • Reminders:
    • our concert is on December 5th   
    • There are still some Cellos and Basses waiting to go home! 
    • The drop period for orchestra ends on October 11th. 

    Monday Schedule

    Wednesday Schedule

    Thursday Schedule


    Orchestra rehearsals take place during 9th period on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

    The first rehearsal is on September 16th. Be sure you know your late bus.  


    School owned cellos and basses are available for a small rental fee, which includes an instrument for school and one for home. Information regarding the school instrument rental procedure will be handed out in the first lesson. We will be using "My School Bucks" for the school instrument rental process.  Please click the link for directions   My school bucks online rental process


    Violinists and violists should have an appropriatly sized instrument in good working order.  Please check that your vendor has provided you a bow with full, clean hair. You will also need a quality shoulder rest.  I recommend something along the lins of a Kun or Everest brand that is adjustable. Any shoulder rest is acceptable so long as your child is able to hold up the instrument with no hands easily. 


    Winter Concert date is December 5th,2019          winter


    Spring Concert date is April 30th, 2020               30th music theory  www.musictheory.net  is a website that enables students to practice note reading and rhythms.

    Directions for music theory. net practice: 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. 

    Take good care of your instrument

    Clean the rosin off of the instrument and strings with a dry, soft cloth after each use.

    Never use a detergent or wood polish on your instrument.

    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 will be joining the orchestra class on Google Classroom. Please have your child check weekly for homework assignments and handouts. 

     Homework assignments 
     All homework assignments may be found on Google Classroom The 5th grade class code is 6z3bbv
     Fall lesson schedules may be found on Google Classroom or by following the link below.  Hard copies are on the Orchestra News bulletin board.
     Extra help is available by appointment during the rec part of lunch on Tuesday and Thursday as I am not in the building during period 9. I am here to help :)
     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.