ORCHESTRA

Welcome to Mrs. Mackey's Classroom
Skyview High School Orchestra 2017 - 2018
Instructor: Annette Mackey
Email: amackey@nsd131.org
Click here for the Skyview HS Orchestra Facebook page - where you will find regular announcements. 

Classes offered for the 2017 - 2018 calendar are listed below:
Beginning/Intermediate Strings - 3A, does not require audition
Intermediate/Advanced Strings - 2B - requires audition

Supply List:

Instrument, pencil, highlighter, binder to hold all music and materials.

4A Class: Please purchase "Essential Technique For Strings" the Intermediate level, which is green.

2B Class: Please purchase “Essential Technique For Strings” the Intermediate level, which is green AND “Strictly Strings” Book 3 by James Kjelland and Jacquelyn Dillon which is tan. Links have been provided for each book above. Just click on the title to be taken to Amazon.

Optional Supply List: box of tissue - students are under NO obligation to bring in a box of tissue, but any tissue is welcome. (It sure is nice to have tissue in the classroom for when those noses start running.)

If you do not have an instrument, please coordinate with someone to borrow, rent, or buy an instrument. Instruments are “due” in class by Sept 1, 2017 (second week of school). After this date, students will begin losing points for not having their instrument in class.


Skvyiew High School Orchestra Calendar 2017 – 2018

8/23/17 – 9/15/17 ALL STATE AUDITIONS by appointment only (All State is 2/1/18 – 2/3/18 in Moscow, Idaho)

918/17 – 9/22/17 – AUDITIONS FOR CANYON COUNTY HONOR ORCHESTRA – during A-Day intervention or after school

9/29/17 – Hawkfest – open house at Skyview from 6PM – 8PM

10/19/17 – Fall Orchestra Concert, 7:00 PM in the Auditorium

10/16/17 – Canyon County Honor Orchestra Part Checks, 4:00 PM

10/30/17 – Canyon County Honor Orchestra Rehearsal, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

11/6/17 – Canyon County Honor Orchestra Rehearsal, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

11/13/17 AND 11/14/17 – All Day Canyon County Honor Orchestra Rehearsal at NNU College Church, 504 E Dewey Ave, Nampa, ID 83686

11/10/17 – Veteran’s Day Assembly – during school

12/13/17 AND 12/14/17 – Combined Orchestra and choir HOLIDAY Concert, 7:00 PM in the Auditorium

2/1/18 – 2/13/18 – All State in Moscow, Idaho

2/?/18 OR 3/?/18 - Pre-Festival Concert

2/?/18 or 3/?/18 DIII Festival

3/13/18 – tentative date – Solo Ensemble Festival

5/16/18 – End of the Year Concert and Award Night

5/22/18 – Graduation

*Indented dates are optional for auditioned students only.

 

Class Requirements and Expectations

  1. Obtain a class calendar and communicate performance dates to parents, employers, and all other pertinent parties ASAP.

  2. Attendance: Please plan to miss 3 or less class periods per semester. (This is the same as the Skyview HS attendance requirement for class credit.)

  3. Attend all performances. Please see the provided calendar.

  4. Arrive to class on time.

  5. Bring a black 3 ring binder to every class. Keep your music in the binder as well as a pencil and highlighter.

  6. Bring a water bottle to class.

  7. Maintain a positive attitude toward all members of the class.

  8. Be kind. Be kind. Be kind.

Performance Attire:

For Formal Performances

  • Women: ALL black dress with sleeves. Black closed toe shoes.

  • Men: White collar shirt and dark tie. Black pants. Black closed toe shoes.

For Informal Performances

  • All students will wear the orchestra t-shirt and blue jeans for informal performances with closed-toe shoes.

Class Fee: $15: Covers the cost of the t-shirt. No one will be turned away from this class for inability to pay. Please communicate with me privately.

Missed Performances and the Idaho and National Music Standards

Both the Idaho Music Standards and the National Music Standards list performing for an audience as part of Music Ensemble Education. (Idaho Standards: MU:Pr5.1.E.IIa, MU:Pr5.1.E.IIIa, MU:Pr6.1.E.IIb, MU:Pr6.1.E.IIIb, MU:Pr6.1.8, MU:Pr6.1.8.) It is impossible to replicate the concert performance for those who do not attend. Because of this, missed concerts cannot be made up for full credit. However, partial points may be made up by completing the following requirements:

1. Turn in a written parent excuse. (Email is fine: amackey@nsd131.org) Appropriate reasons to miss a performance: death of family member or close friend, vehicle accident, wedding, severe illness.

2. Whenever possible, give at least 2 weeks notice prior to the missed performance.

3. 80% max points may be made up by performing your selected music in front of the class. (This allows the student to partially fulfill the state and national standards.)

4. For students who are fearful of performing alone: 70% of missed concert points may be made up by submitting a written 2 page paper. (Papers are graded upon merit with a maximum of 70% of the points being made up). NOTE: Written papers do not fulfill national or state standards for audience performance. This option is given as a last resort to help students fulfill the missing grade when they are unable to meet the Idaho State and National Standards.


All string students are eligible to audition for All-State. Please see the info below. Auditions will take place ASAP in the fall.

String Audition Requirements for All-State

Feb 1 – 3, 2018 in Moscow, Idaho

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR STRING APPLICANTS

  1. Prepare the audition material listed here. The key is preparation. You may use a metronome to set tempo, but may not use it while playing. PLAY YOUR AUDITION AS CLOSE TO THE INDICATED METRONOME SPEEDS AS POSSIBLE. Points are deducted for going faster or slower than indicated.
  2. There is a $5.00 fee to audition. Pay this to your teacher. Each teacher will send in one check for all their students' auditions.
  3. Fill out the Student Audition Information Sheet and give it to your teacher.
  4. Record your auditions. Name and save the recordings to your hard drive. Each exercise must be recorded as a separate file.
  5. If you have any questions contact: Jim Phillips
  6. All auditions must be completed by 9/22/17. This will allow Mrs. Mackey to get them uploaded before the deadline of 9/30/17.

STRING AUDITION MATERIALS

VIOLIN

Seventy-Five Melodious and Progressive Studies, Op. 36, Book 1 (Mazas, pub. G. Schirmer)

  1. Three-octave A Major scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur eight notes per bow. (Quarter note = 108) Listen to an example
  2. Three-octave A melodic minor scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 92) Listen to an example
  3. Exercise 26: Play from the beginning to the key change at the end of line 8. (Quarter note = 90) Listen to an example
  4. Exercise 18: Play 3 lines plus one measure (20 measures total). (Eighth note = 86) Listen to an example
  5. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

 

VIOLA

Etudes Speciales for the Viola, Op. 36, Book 1 (Mazas, pub. G. Schirmer)

  1. Three-octave D Major scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur eight notes per bow. (Quarter note = 108) Listen to an example
  2. Three-octave D melodic minor scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 92) Listen to an example
  3. Exercise 26: Play from the beginning to the key change in the middle of line 10. (Quarter note = 90) Listen to an example
  4. Exercise 18: Play the first 5 lines, until the key change (20 measures total). (Eighth note = 86) Listen to an example
  5. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

 

 

 

CELLO

Violoncello Method (Kummer, pub. G. Schirmer)

  1. Three-octave D Major scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur eight notes per bow. (Quarter note = 88) Listen to an example
  2. Three-octave E melodic minor scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, detaché. (Quarter note = 72) Listen to an example
  3. Exercise 70, page 78: Play top part. (Quarter note = 72) Listen to an example
  4. Exercise 79, page 86: Play top part. (Eighth Note = 100) Listen to an example
  5. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

 

DOUBLE BASS

Double Bass Studies (Felipe Libon, public domain. IMSLPUpdated for 2015

  1. Two-octave F Major scale: Play sixteenth notes ascending and descending, slur four notes per bow. (Quarter note = 88) Listen to an example
  2. Two-octave E melodic minor scale: Play eighth notes ascending and descending, detaché bowing. (Quarter note = 72) Listen to an example
  3. Exercise 1, Allegro, page 2. Measures 1 through 9. (Quarter note = 90) Listen to an example
  4. Exercise 12, Allegretto, page 14. Measure 1 through beat 1 of measure 14. (Quarter note = 80)Listen to an example
  5. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

 

HARP

Exercices et etudes pour la harpe, Op. 9 (Edmond Larivlere, public domain.) IMSLP

  1. No. 2, page 3. (Quarter note = 120)
  2. No. 14, page 7. (Quarter note = 85)
  3. No. 80, page 24. Measures 1 through 17. (Quarter note = 120)
  4. Choose and play a one-minute excerpt from your solo literature.

For questions or for more information, contact the orchestra chairman: TBD

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Skyview HS Orchestra Concert Attendance:
Both the Idaho Music Standards and the National Music Standards list performing for an audience as part of Music Ensemble Education.  
Idaho Standards: MU:Pr5.1.E.IIa, MU:Pr5.1.E.IIIa, MU:Pr6.1.E.IIb, MU:Pr6.1.E.IIIb, MU:Pr6.1.8, MU:Pr6.1.8.

1. Regular concert performances are part of the education standards. 
2. Every students’ performance affects the students around him/her. 
3. Missing students cause a negative effect upon the performance of other students. 
4. Performing in a concert cannot be replicated.
5. Being part of a choir means that students are acting as a "team." Everyone has a vital role to fulfill. 

It is impossible to replicate the concert performance for those who do not attend. Because of this, missed concerts cannot be made up for full credit. However, partial points may be made up by completing the following requirements:
1. Turn in a written parent excuse.
2. Give at least 2 weeks notice in order to make up points. 
3. 80% max points may be made up by performing your selected music in front of the class. This allows the student to partially fulfill the state and national standards. 
4. For students who are fearful of performing alone: 70% of missed concert points may be made up by submitting a written 2 page paper. (Papers are graded upon merit with a maximum of 70% of the points being made up). NOTE: Written papers do not fulfill national or state standards for audience performance. This option is given as a last resort to help students fulfill the missing grade when they are unable to meet the Idaho State and National Standards.

Click here to see the Idaho Music Standards:


Helpful Documents:
Practice Record.docx
Class Participation Record.docx

Helpful links:
Essential Technique for Strings - Violin
Essential Technique for Strings - viola
Essential Technique for Strings - Cello
Essential Technique for Strings - Double Bass
Orchestra Supply List: 

Orchestra Make Up Work:
Missed quizzes are made up phone. Call the number below. State your name, the class you are in, and what you will be playing. Then play your quiz over the phone.
(208) 391-3289

Participation and Practice:
Practice and participation forms are graded. Keep these forms with you during orchestra class – in your binder. Keep all orchestra materials and music in your binder, including a pencil and highlighter.









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