Hopkins School Instrumental Music

Welcome to the Hopkins School Instrumental Music Program! Here you can find information about lessons, rehearsals, performances, practice assignments and strategies, and much more. Always feel free to contact me via email with questions and concerns at cmacdonald@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.

I am looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. MacDonald

Upcoming Events

Band rehearses every Tuesday from 1:20-2:15

Orchestra rehearses every Thursday from 1:35-2:20

Our next concert is March 12th. Concert Dress is white on top, black on the bottom, nice clothes.

Percussion Schedule

Students are expected to bring all materials to both lessons and band, including folders and books!

Great concert, everyone!

Current Practice Assignments

Wind Instruments: Page 10 in the red book, Frere Jacques.

Percussion: Lesson 3 in the white book (including writing exercises), Page 10 in the red book, all parts, Frere Jacques.

Orchestra: Page 13, focus on Cripple Creek; pages 16-17; Frere Jacques.


Mrs. O'Toole, the middle school orchestra director, did a clinic and taught the students Baby Shark this week!

For percussionists: Gorilla Glue works for repairing runaway mallet heads!

Important Reminders

Students are expected to bring their instruments back and forth to school for each lesson and ensemble rehearsal, with the exception of percussion and orchestra members with lessons on Wednesdays.

Students who forget their instruments are still required to come to ensemble rehearsals. They will be asked to complete a writing assignment and help with set-up and clean-up.

The clarinets treated the school to Jingle Bells at our last Whole School meeting!

Concert Dates: December 5th, March 12th, June 3rd

*Please note: All concerts are mandatory.*

About our Karate Belt Program:

Students in band and orchestra are invited to participate in our karate belt program, where they prepare a pre-selected song and perform it for me in order to earn a karate belt. The songs increase in technical difficulty as the year progresses, and students are often given suggestions on what to improve and practice methods before earning the belt. This gives me a chance to hear them play individually and assess their progress.

Here is a YouTube clip on how to tune a violin with a Snark (can be ordered through French Music or online). This video applies to a viola also, with the strings being C-G-D-A from lowest to highest.

Instruments We Teach At The Hopkins School

Band Instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Percussion

Orchestra Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello

Check out Alan Smith's demonstrations on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC74fTkZdG26Nrr5W6KRPqVw