6th Grade Orchestra


Note Name Assignment

posted Jan 18, 2016, 5:11 PM by Susan Goudreau

Complete Note Name Level 2B by Friday, 1/22 to turn in! Make sure you select "Show Progress Report" to type your name and class to receive your verification code. If you have issues, save the page and bring it in on a USB drive to print off in class. 

Practice Journals

posted Jan 12, 2016, 8:53 AM by Susan Goudreau   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 6:49 PM ]

Students should be filling out their Practice Journals everyday in class. These will be checked randomly. Students should be completing the practice reflection column at home explaining how they are achieving the goal of the class each day. 

Pass Offs

posted Dec 9, 2015, 6:14 AM by Susan Goudreau

# 53, 55 are due 12/15! Students may come in before school to play them for me on Mondays and Wednesdays or submit videos to PalmerPantherOrchestra@gmail.com.


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!

ORCHESTRA FAMILY FUN DAY!




Left Hand Workouts!

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

 Violin/Viola
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.
Cello/Bass
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.

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