6th Grade Orchestra

Solo Auditions!

posted Apr 23, 2015, 5:20 PM by Susan Goudreau

Want to audition for the solo part for the Boogie-Man Blues? 

Audition on either of the solo lines on Thursday, April 30th in class! 

Tracy Silverman Bio

posted Apr 23, 2015, 2:00 PM by Susan Goudreau

Redefining the role of the violin in contemporary music, Tracy Silverman has
contributed significantly to the development and repertoire for the electric 6-
string violin and what he calls “21st century violin playing”. “String playing must
reflect our popular musical culture or risk becoming old-fashioned and
irrelevant,” says Silverman. The foremost concert electric violinist and the
subject of new electric violin concertos commissioned specifically for him by
John Adams, Terry Riley, Nico Muhly, Kenji Bunch, himself and upcoming by
Daniel Bernard Roumain, Silverman was formerly first violinist with the groundbreaking
Turtle Island String Quartet. Currently touring internationally as a
soloist with orchestras, (LAPhilharmonic, BBC Symphony, Detroit Symphony,
Montreal Symphony, Adelaide Festival Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival; conductors
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Neeme Jarvi, Giancarlo Guerrero, Leon
Botstein among many others,) with his solo performances and as a collaborator
with other artists and ensembles. A busy composer, ‘15-16 includes
performances of Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto, a return to Carnegie
Hall to premier Nico Muhly’s “Seeing Is Believing” with the American
Symphony, as well as the publication of his instructional method “Strum
Bowing”. A long-standing advocate for music education, Silverman is an indemand
clinician and on faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.


Tuning Test

posted Mar 20, 2015, 9:03 AM by Susan Goudreau

Friday: March 27th

Be able to Tune your A and D strings with your tuner correctly! 

Make sure that it is GREEN all the way!!!! NO RED IN BETWEEN!!!! 

String Jamboree

posted Mar 9, 2015, 5:15 PM by Susan Goudreau   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 5:16 PM ]

The String Jamboree is Thursday, March 12th at Daniell Middle School. Students will stay after school before we go over to Daniell Middle School for a rehearsal and performance  Students WILL NOT be returning to Palmer after the concert. Please make sure everyone has a ride at Daniell Middle School after the performance.

4:15-5:00 PM                        Eat Pizza, Load instruments
5:15 PM:                                 Load Buses
5:45 PM                                  Arrive at Daniell MS
6:15 - 7:15 PM:                      Rehearsal with all Middle schools
7:30 PM:                                 Concert

Daniell Middle School
2900 Scott RdMariettaGA 30066

JAM Sessions!

posted Feb 6, 2015, 3:24 PM by Susan Goudreau

Any 6th grader is invited to come and JAM out on their instruments on Thursday mornings at 8:15 starting next week, 2/12 - 3/12. We will be playing our Jamboree music during this time! This is an excellent way to become better musicians!!!!  I hope to see a lot of you there!!!

Online Practice Records

posted Jan 25, 2015, 6:14 PM by Susan Goudreau

Students will submit ONLINE PRACTICE RECORDS from now on. If your child does not have access to a computer or device without internet service, the media center is open at the beginning of the school day or they may fill it out during the first 5 minutes of class with one of the classroom computers. 

Students should select: PRACTICE RECORDS on the Navigation Bar, then the 6th Grade Practice Record. Students will fill out the form completely and submit. 

The first ONLINE PRACTICE RECORD is due Tuesday, Feb. 3rd! 

Pass Offs

posted Jan 25, 2015, 5:44 PM by Susan Goudreau

Due: Friday, 2/20

#112, 123, 141, 144, 146 (#146 will need to be airbowed & counted and played on the D string)

Students may submit videos to PalmerPantherOrchestra@gmail.com, come in on before school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday before school to take pass offs, or be called on in class. Students who pass off all pass offs will replace HOT SEAT students!!!!

New Skills!

posted Jan 13, 2015, 2:46 PM by Susan Goudreau

We have been learning many skills this past week! Have your child review the new skills over the next few weeks with you. If there is an icon for a DVD, refer to the DVD to refresh your child's memory! 

  • New note names on their G string (E & A for bass)
  • Slurs
  • Ties
  • Hooked Bowings/Slurred Staccato
  • F-Natural
  • C-Natural
  • 3/4 time signatures vs. 4/4 time signatures
  • dotted half notes

Pass Offs!

posted Nov 5, 2014, 5:50 AM by Susan Goudreau   [ updated Nov 16, 2014, 5:30 AM ]

Make sure you have passed your first 4 pass offs! There are 3 ways to pass them: play them in class and pass, come in on Monday and Thursday before school, or send videos to PalmerPantherOrchestra@gmail.com.
Old Pass Offs: 27, 31, 32, 34 (all pizzicato)
New Pass offs: #55, 62, 64, 66, 68, Rhythm Worksheet #1 Lines B & D - These are due by 12/12

Great Job!

posted Nov 3, 2014, 6:03 AM by Susan Goudreau

Great job on your first performance! It was amazing! I am very proud of you and what you have accomplished in just a short time! 

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