Welcome to the Orchestra Website!!  This website is designed to encourage you to explore the world of music and help you practice at home.  Included are study and practice guides, links to videos and soundtracks, educational games and other interesting links and ideas to keep you inspired and informed.
Please take the time to read the links below then take the time to explore this site:

Ms. Ingram

If you are signing up for orchestra for next year, please click on the following link:  www.bandandorchestra.wikispaces.com

Lesson Schedules:  Be sure to scroll down to see both Ben Franklin and Lincoln Schedules.

Student orchestra Schedule 2016017

If you got a shirt and have not paid for your shirt please do so now. If you would like to purchase one, bring you money and see either Ms. Ingram or Mr. Lopez.  We have some in our room.

T-shirts are our sign of unity and membership of our music departments.  These T-shirts are worn for all concerts and field trips.  Be sure to order your department T-Shirt by October 31.  $5.00 each 
XLarge sizes $7.00. Please contact Illusion Engraved illusionengravedorders@gmail.com
. Be sure to let them know which school you              
are affiliated with, Your name & your size.  You will pay for the shirt directly to Illusion Engraved.

                       Below are samples of the styles:

             Lincoln                            Ben Franklin
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End of Year Band and Orchestra Procedures

Checking your bow holds:

Holding the instrument:

Advanced students only:  Shifting

How to prevent squeeky and scratchy sounds:

Handling and care of your instrument:

String instruments can last forever but are easily damaged. To protect your instrument, be sure to follow these guidelines:

  1. Avoid touching the bow hair with your hands
  2. Protect your instrument from extreme heat, cold, and quick temperature changes...NEVER leave it in the car for any period of time
  3. Wipe any rosin off your instrument with a soft dry cloth, free of chemicals. A baby towel or old, clean t-shirt will work
  4. Place a cloth over your violin or viola before closing your case. BE SURE TO LATCH YOUR CASE.
  5. Loosen the bow hair after every use. Tighten it the same amount every time before playing.
  6. Keep your instrument away from those who do not know how to properly care for it.
  7. Do not attempt to repair your instrument. Let your me know right away. Bring it to class so your I can look at it - I may be able to fix it! If I cannot fix it,  I will tell you what you need to do to get it repaired.  The following are links to a few of the many reliable companies for repairs, purchases or rentals:

The following are links to a few of the many reliable companies for repairs, purchases or rentals:

On Practicing:

Practicing Tips on the web..

Be sure to use the CD that is provided in your lesson book:

  1. Listen to the recording while looking at your music being sure you count the measures properly including rests.
  2. Listen, practice on your own slowly at first, then try to play it with the recording.
  3. If you don't keep up, practice again without the recording.
  4. Be a detective: find the spot that is giving you a hard time, fix it very slowly and carefully.
  5. After it is fixed, begin to work the piece up to the recording speed without the recording.
  6. Then, play it along with the recording.

Private Teacher List

Games for Learning Music:

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Just want to practice your reading skills with your friends and family?

AnchorChoose your instrument. Click on the links below to see some note flash cards!

So Cool! 
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Sticky Business: How Rosin Is Made  from  "Strings" Magazine

In a humble shop in California, a craftsman cooks up a product no violinist can do without

By Paul Kotapish posted November/December 2001

 Picture this: A rustic wedding in a California wilderness. As the guests arrive, an old-time string band tunes up-except that the fiddler is having trouble getting sound from his instrument. He rummages in his case, then freezes. "Can't believe it," he mutters. "I left my rosin at the last gig."

It might have been the start of a horrible day but for an inspired move by the banjo player, who walked to a nearby pine, pried off a lump of congealed sap, and handed it over. Brows furrowed as the fiddler pulled the horse hairs across the amber clod, then touched bow to strings. Sound! Music! And in fact the giddy newlyweds did get to dance their first waltz-though the fiddler later said he had to pick a few mummified bugs out of his bow.

But a question lingered: Could any violinist rosin up with raw pine sap? What is rosin, anyway? As it turns out, the answer lay several hours down the road in Escondido, a short way from San Diego, at the headquarters of Dodson's Manufacturing, maker of Sherman's rosins.

 Jim Early runs the company now, but the outfit was started in the late 1930s, up the road in Lancaster, by his wife's grandfather, Grandpa Dodson. Dodson's buddy Pop Sherman was the local concert violinist, who for years had been making violin rosin from a recipe of his own. Sherman urged Dodson to learn the process and develop his rosin as a commercial product. The enterprise bloomed into a business capable of sustaining the family and has now been passed down through two generations. Early describes Sherman's products as "middle-grade" rosins favored by students; and many American violinists first rosined their bows with a cake of Sherman's in its familiar wooden case. The company offers a complete line for all bowed instruments, from the light amber violin product to the darker, stickier cakes for bassists.

Pine sap is indeed the key ingredient in violin rosin, and it is derived from pines grown for paper pulp on big southern plantations. A mash of pulverized trees and liquid is heated in giant "digesters" that separate the wood fibers from byproducts rich in aromatic compounds known as oleoresins. Turpentine is distilled from this mix, while the remaining "black liquor" is refined into a product called "tall oil" comprising pitch, fatty acids, and rosin-in a crude form that needs further processing before it's ready for your bow. (The same material turns up in adhesives, printing ink, rubber, and even chewing gum.) Sherman's popular cakes are made from a particular variety of unrefined rosin called Sylvaros PR R that is hard, stable, and very sticky.

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Here is the definition of a metronome that is given on this website:
metronome is a practice tool that produces a steady pulse (or beat) to help musicians play rhythms accurately. The pulses are measured in beats-per-minute (BPM). Most metronomes are capable of playing beats from 35 to 250 BPM. Common uses of the metronome are helping you to maintain an established tempo while practicing, and learning difficult passages.

The first step in metronome use is to understand time signatures. Time signatures are found at the beginning of a musical piece, after the clef and the key signature. Time signatures (also called meter signatures) consist of two numbers. The top number indicates the number of beats in a measure, while the bottom number corresponds to the value of the beat. Most often, you will see 2, 3, 4 or 6 beats per measure. Beats are commonly half notes (the bottom number of the meter signature is “2”) or quarter notes (“4”) (the bottom number of the meter signature is “4”).

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