Hill Middle School Orchestra

Weekly Learning Targets and Homework

for Orchestra


6th Grade Orchestra:

  1. Bowing open string patterns on shoulder and on instrument along with string crossings and tilts

  2. The D major scale, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Ode to Joy, and Boil That Cabbage Down.

  3. Note-reading in the Essential Elements book


*Please practice along with the videos posted on Google Classroom.All music and notes for each song can be found on Google Classroom.


7th Grade Orchestra:

WeeklyPracticeSlide https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1U2P20rBg6KpbGSJb5oNCB-ZRDRsLLt4WJM01l-oERXc/edit?usp=sharing

*All students should be following along with the Practice Room Slides that are posted in Google Classroom each Monday. Students need to submit their flipgrid playing performance each Friday.


8th Grade Orchestra --we are currently working on a review of note-reading, ensemble group playing, and Flat Io compositions. Students have weekly flipgrid assignments for 20 points due every Friday.

Materials and Supplies

Parents and Students: Please make sure that you have these materials for the school year in addition to an instrument! When choosing a rental shop, please choose a shop with a maintenance portion in the contract and a shop that offers loaner instruments during periods of repair. Contact Quinlan & Fabish Music, 1-800-63-SOUSA, District 204’s preferred vendor. Please DO NOT BUY an instrument without consulting one of your teachers.

6th grade: Essential Elements Interactive Book 1 by Allen, Gillespie, and Hayes (publisher Hal Leonard); instruments with rosin, rockstop for cellos (should be included), Everest Shoulder pad to fit your sized instrument for violin and viola students, and a Hamilton folding Music Stand. Cello students must have an armless chair to sit on that is appropriate to their height, so that their feet easily sit flat on the floor.

7th grade: Essential Elements Interactive Book 1 and 2 by Allen, Gillespie, and Hayes (publisher Hal Leonard) instruments with rosin, rockstop for cellos (should be included), Everest Shoulder pad to fit your sized instrument for violin and viola students, and a Hamilton folding Music Stand.

8th grade: Essential Elements Interactive Book 2 by Allen, Gillespie, and Hayes (publisher Hal Leonard), instrument with rosin, rockstop (should be included) for cello, Everest Shoulder pad to fit your sized violin or viola, and a folding music stand.

If your child is having Chromebook issues, please email support@ipsd.org

or call 630-375-3890 and a Tech Support staff member will assist you.

If you need to return or exchange an instrument, please go directly to your music store.

For Quinlan & Fabish service:

630-654-4111

https://www.qandf.com/locations/

A Parent's Perspective.

Why I Make My Children Do Music