6th Grade Orchestra

Rhythm Counting Quiz

posted Nov 16, 2015, 5:48 PM by Susan Goudreau

Thursday: 11/19

  • Be able to write in the counting for quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes, half rests, whole notes, and whole rests. 
  • Be able to draw bar lines to separate measures based on the time signature and write the counting. 
  • Be able to fill in the measures with the missing rhythms to add up to the time signatures. 

Note Name Drill D and A String Notes

posted Sep 27, 2015, 6:56 PM by Susan Goudreau   [ updated Sep 27, 2015, 7:01 PM ]

Complete Note Name Drill# 2A by Friday, 10/2. 

Answer 20 questions with an 90% or higher in order to pass. Print the Page, Type your name, it will create a verification code on the printout. Turn in before or by 10/2. 

Students may access school computers before or after school if they do not have access to the internet at home. My room is available on Monday-Wednesday & Friday mornings, and Monday and Thursday until 5:15 PM. All students that stay after school MUST HAVE A RIDE BY 5:15 PM. 

Orchestra Room Open for Practice

posted Sep 13, 2015, 5:40 PM by Susan Goudreau   [ updated Sep 13, 2015, 5:42 PM ]

The Orchestra Room is open for practice on most mornings beginning at 8:15 AM. Students may practice their instruments during this time. 

This week, the room will be available on Monday and Thursday afternoons until 5:15 PM. 

All students must have a ride at 5:15 PM from school if they practice in the afternoons. 

This week in review:9/8-9/11

posted Sep 13, 2015, 8:06 AM by Susan Goudreau

  1. Review Guitar and Pizzicato Position. Watch the video for proper position from your DVD in your book
  2. Create Flashcards for the following notes: D, E, F#, G, and A. Include on the back your finger     
  3. number, note name, and which string it is located on!
  4. All for Strings Theory Workbook Assignments #18 & 19 need to be completed, as well as #8-14.     theory workbooks will be taken up this week for a grade
  5. Continue working on your Sound Innovations Book exercises # 2 - 17. Remember to say note names, finger numbers, and check posture while playing.

Orchestra T-Shirts

posted Sep 3, 2015, 2:02 PM by Susan Goudreau   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 2:04 PM ]

Students will be wearing the Orchestra T-Shirt as the uniform for all concerts. 

Please submit your payment in a school payment envelope by Friday, Sept. 11th. 

Please make all checks payable to Palmer Middle School. 

Attached is an order form. Print it out or have your child turn in the blue Orchestra T-shirt order form on or before September 11th with their size. 

Google Document

Orchestra FAMILY Fun Day!

posted Sep 3, 2015, 1:59 PM by Susan Goudreau   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 2:07 PM ]

The first Orchestra Fun Day is scheduled for 
Oct. 3rd from 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM.

In order to attend the trip, your child must be with their parent and have turned in the Blanket Field Trip Permission Form. All registration forms and monies are due on Friday, September 11th! 

The cost to attend is $7 per personThis will get everyone 1 hour of unlimited bowling beginning at 10:30 AM, and 1 hour of unlimited video games with no tickets starting at 11:30 AM. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE CONCESSIONS OR ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES AT STARS AND STRIKES!


Left Hand Workouts!

posted Sep 1, 2015, 8:49 AM by Susan Goudreau   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 9:28 AM ]

1. Karate Chop on first tape closest to the scroll
2. Slide to the left (to the nut)
3. Tap thumb tip on first tape
4. Index finger square shape onto first tape
5. Tap your thumb

Guitar Position
1. Shoulder rest to your tummy
2. Scroll at left shoulder
3. Cradle like a doll

Pizzicato/Playing Position
1. Place violin/viola on your left shoulder
2. Make your instrument come to you, not the other way around
3. Extend your right arm out, bring in to make the letter "V"
4. Make the letter "C" with the right hand fingers
5. Place thumb at edge of fingerboard, hooking onto the D or A string over the fingerboard.
6. Stand, and move your body to face your stand. Sit at the edge of your chair.
1. Reach out with left arm
2. Bend at elbow and make letter "C"
3. Place thumb across from 2nd finger
4. Fingers on tapes, starting with 4th
5. Tap your thumb

Pizzicato Position:
1. Place cello on chest or above chest. Place bass on your tummy. 1st tape is eye level.
2. Extend your right arm out, bring in to make the letter "V"
3. Make the letter "C" with the right hand fingers
4. Slide thumb on the side of fingerboard. Stop about 3/4 of the way down. Hook your index finger onto the D or A string over the fingerboard.
5. Sit at the edge of your chair & grow 2 inches.

Pass offs

posted Sep 1, 2015, 8:36 AM by Susan Goudreau

Pass offs are playing assignments where students can take them as many times until they pass them. It is important for students to work on them prior to taking them. Once a student passes the goal, then they are awarded a sticker to place on the sticker chart! How many stickers can you get???

Pass offs this Friday, 9/4
  • Posture Test (Guitar & pizzicato position for violin/viola; Rest and pizzicato position for cello/bass)
  • Instrument Parts Quiz - Study from your All for Strings Theory Workbook 1 or Sound Innovations Book 1.

Practice Assignment

posted Aug 25, 2015, 4:19 PM by Susan Goudreau   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 4:21 PM ]

Students received an assignment on Wednesday, 8/26: Welcome to the 6th Grade! It is our week in review! 

Please have your child go over the assignment with you to help you understand what he/she is learning in orchestra! Download the file if has grown ANT legs and walked away! 

Due: Tuesday, September 1st

Ant Song

The ANT Song

posted Aug 25, 2015, 4:15 PM by Susan Goudreau

We learned our first song today!!!

The ANT Song:

Each, each, each, each, and every

Ant, ant, and, digging in the

Dirt, dirt, dirt, all the way to

Greece, Greece, Greece jumping in the

(C) , Sea, Sea, Sea


1-10 of 15