All students should be taking home instruments and music after each orchestra class to practice. Cello and Bass players should bring their music folder to each class,
then take it at the end of class.
Violin and viola players have enough time at the end of each day to retrieve instruments from the orchestra classroom. If a student is checking out early, they should take the instrument home before leaving the school.

All students should have the method book "Measures of Success, book 2" for their instrument (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). Books can be purchased online or at any music store. Students will use these books in class and for assigned performance assessments throughout the year. 

What has 7th grade orchestra learned this year? 

Note-reading & Music Theory

Scales & Technique

Ensemble Skills

Method Book


1st Quarter

Review D, G, and C major key signatures and notes (quiz). Learn basic C and E notes. Read first and second endings.

D major, G major, C major.
Posture review. Whole & half bows, up/down, smooth slurs.

Rehearsal readiness: materials, directions, rest/ready/play positions.

Change bows together.

p. 4-5

Simple Square Dance Honor and Glory
Can Can
Medieval Kings (November Concert)

2nd Quarter (sub)

Read and count basic 16th note patterns.
Review first and second endings. Sight-reading look- fors.

D, G, C major scales. Produce deeper tone with bow across strings.

Matching bow technique, unified sound. Recognize melody/harmony dynamically.

p. 6-8

Honor and Glory Sourwood Mountain Appalachian Hymn

Learning At Home: End of 3rd Quarter

-       Try tuning your instrument: use a tuning app! (See website for recommendations)
-       Play through D, G, and C scales: try using different parts of your bow! Can you slur the scale notes?
-       Listen for echoing notes: violin/violas: 3rd finger, cellos: 4th finger, bass: 1st finger
-       Method book: anything up to page 26 (work ahead if you’d like!) Start with good posture, end with a short pause.
-       Check out the new music (available soon) in the “files” section.
-       Watch videos (on website) and practice B-flat, E-flat, and G-sharp.
-       Record yourself playing the new minor scales on Flipgrid! Your code is tnsorch7
-       Try any of the play-along songs (see website!). There’s a new one every week! Email requests to Ms. Henke
-       Play note-reading games: see the orchestra website
Watch performance videos and respond to questions!

What if I don’t have my instrument?

- Watch performance videos (check the orchestra website each week!)
- Play note-reading games
- Write letter names or finger numbers in your music
- Play an air-instrument for a few minutes each day (this seriously helps!)

What if I don’t have a book?

Get one! Here is a link to Amazon, but you can also order from any music store website. Violin viola cello bass