Cooper Middle SchoolOrchestril Handbook Kevin Ruy, Orchestra Director         (770) 819-2438    kevin. ray @cobb k 12. o rg
Welcome to the Cooper Middle           Sc krc ol Sf           ring Orches tra                             ProgrAm!   This ...
PRACTICE    Practice is the key to a successful orchestra and musician. lf students wish to master the  instrument, indivi...
Instrument Use and CareRentingIt is strongly recommended and encouraged that students rent an instrument. Many stores offe...
Double Basses and CellosIf you choose to rent           cello, I encourage you to leave the rented instrument at home to  ...
Traditional Concert AttireA good performance is as much   a visual performance as it is an aural one. As we strive to soun...
Student ConductIdeally, the most efficient way to teach an orchestra would be to teach each section separately(violin, vio...
Field Trip Procedures  Students in the Cooper orchestra will very frequently go on field trips throughout the school year....
Cooper Orchestra Virtuosos It is important to set goals and track our progress. Starting at the beginning of the year, stu...
Playing Test Rubric                                        Teacher Name: Mr. Ray                Student Name:  Technique  ...
DATE:                             Notebook Gheck I Participation          Teacher Name: Mr. Ray          Student Name:    ...
Please return completed form by                              ORCHESTRA INFORMATION SHEETStudentNAMEAddressCity            ...
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  1. 1. Cooper Middle SchoolOrchestril Handbook Kevin Ruy, Orchestra Director (770) 819-2438 kevin. ray @cobb k 12. o rg
  2. 2. Welcome to the Cooper Middle Sc krc ol Sf ring Orches tra ProgrAm! This handbook will provide everything you need to know to have a positive and successful experience in the Cooper Middle Schoolorchestra. Please keep this handbook as reference throughout the year. ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLES Sixth Grade Orchestra No musical experience reqrired! All sirth graders are eligible to join this c/ass. All skills ne@ssary in plaging a sting instntment uill be taught.Th.e mainfoans is tecltniqtte aqui.sition, music reading, and performanre! 7ft Grade OrchestraShtdents utill build on tlrc teclmiques acquired in tlrcir 6th grade orch.estra. Sfitdents utill learn seueral pieces of music and reinforce th.eir musicreading skflls. Sfitdents will also perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Large Group Performance Eualuation. Other opporfitnities include tLrc Solo/Ensemble festiual and All Countg and Alt State auditions. 8tr Grade Orchestra Sfiidents will build on tlrc techniques aquired in tlrcir 6th and Vn grade orchestra. Tlrcg uill also perforrt at GMEA and participate inSolo/Ensemble Festiual, All Countg, and All-State auditions. Students will also master aduanred techniqtes for preparation into high school The Cooper Fiddlers An ertra q,uricular group offered to all orc?rcstra members uho utishtoparticipate. Tlrc foctts utill be fiddling htnes, bluegrass, and otlrcr worldmusic stgles! Cooper Fiildlers will meet fipice a month and perform at the Winter and Spring concerts. Att instruments are encouraged to join.
  3. 3. PRACTICE Practice is the key to a successful orchestra and musician. lf students wish to master the instrument, individual practice is required. Violin and viola students are encouraged to take their instruments home throughout the week. Cello students are encouraged to take their instruments home on the weekend as it may be more difficult to transport their instruments. Bass players will have to practice their basses during morning practice. Bass players are also encouraged to take their instruments home over Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks. MORNING PRACTICE 8:15 - 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Students will not be required to document their practice; however they wil! be required to perform playing exams in class. They will be given a two week period in which to practice andwork on their exam. Students will also be encouraged to keep an organized folder of music and exercises. Notebook checks will be taken periodically throughout the nine weeks. Suggested practice session : L. Warm - ups 2. Scales 3. Concert music 4. Something fun !
  4. 4. Instrument Use and CareRentingIt is strongly recommended and encouraged that students rent an instrument. Many stores offer a"Rent-To-Own" agreement where each monthly rental fee is put towards financing theinstrument if you wish to purchase it in the future. String instruments are investrnents thatactually gain value with age and proper care.School InstrumentsSchool instruments are limited and reserved for those with difficult financial situations. There isno charge for using these instruments; however they should be exceptionally cared for. It is aprivilege that Cooper Middle School is blessed with school string instruments. Please help meensure that future students will have instruments that are in good working condition. If a schoolinstrument is damaged or destroyed, fees will be applied to repair or replace the instrument. Noschool instrument will be distributed without a signed contract from parent/guardian.Use/CareI)o not attempt to do home repairs on a string instrument. They must be taken to a "luthier,"or a qualified string repairman. These individuals have apprenticed or studied for years in the artof making and repairing string instruments. Before taking an instrument to the repair shop, pleaseinform me of the problem. I am available for very basic repairs that may occur throughoutthe year at absolutely no charge to you.Here is a list of things to consider when caring for a string instrument:I. DO NOT PUT STICKERS ON A STRING INSTRUMENT. It damages the varnish which helps the violin produce a good tone.2.DO NOT LEAVE YOUR STRING INSTRUMENT IN EXTREME TEMPERATURES. This is especially true with heat. The glues are made in a way that pushes and pulls in regards to the instruments environment. Ojlen times, the results of extreme temperatures are cracks, the warping of wood, and the melting of adhesives. All of which are very costly repairs.3. LOOSEN THE BOW HAIR AFTER PRACTICING OR PERFORMING. The bows are designedwith ayery specific curve. If the tension of a bow is not released it can result in the loss of these curve. This is also a very costly repair.4. WIPE OFF ROSIN RESIDUE THAT IS ON STRINGS AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK. This helps the strings last longer and resonate more. Also, wipe offthe rosin residue that mayfall on the body of the instrument. This will also help maintain the varnish.
  5. 5. Double Basses and CellosIf you choose to rent cello, I encourage you to leave the rented instrument at home to a bass orpractice on. Your child can use an instrument at the school for rehearsal each day (Students mustsign a contract for use at school). Please bring your childs personal instrument the day of theconcert. Please also consider that because these instruments are larger in size, a vehicle largeenough to transport a bass will be needed.If you have not rented a cello or bass I will try and havea bass or cello available for your child totake home (under contract) and one to use during class. Again, it is important that adequateffansportation be procured.Yiolins and ViolasStudents should bring their instruments to school in the morning before home-room. Lockers willbe distributed only for those students who bring their own instrument to school each day.Instruments should be taken with them at the end of class. It is the students discretion to retrievetheir instrument at the end of the day. They should do this as quickly as possible due to facultymeetings or other engagements that I am obligated to attend after school.AccessoriesAccessories include the following; rosin, shoulder rests, rock stop, books, music, and strings. Ifyou do not wish to rent an instrument, I ask that you provide the accessories needed for yourchild.Daily Equipment CheclcsI expect the students to be prepared each day within the first two minutes of class. This givesthem ample time to retrieve their instrument, set up and get seated, and begin the warm-up. I willcheck each day that the students come prepared with the following; instrument/bow, shoulderrest/rock stop, pencil, and music. This will be part of their participation grade.
  6. 6. Traditional Concert AttireA good performance is as much a visual performance as it is an aural one. As we strive to soundas one ensemble, so should be look as one. Sfudents must come to concerts dressed appropriatelyto receive full credit for affending.YOUNG MEN must have on black dress shoes, black dress pants, black socks, a black belt,and a white buttoned-down collared shirt. Shirts must be tucked in!YOUNG LADIES must have on black dress shoes, a plain black dress (pants/skirt are alsoacceptable) and a plain white blouse or buttoned-down collared shirt. Only ladiesperforming on a violin or viola may choose to wear a skirt. Skirts must fall below the kneesto be considered acceptable.Anybody who is not properly dressed wilt be sent home to change. If proper attire is not acquiredbefore the start of the performance, he/she will not be allowed to perform. Concert and Attendance PolicvParticipation is crucial to the success of the orchestra as a whole. If a student misses more thanten rehearsals (two weeks of school) he/she will not be allowed to participate in concert. This isalso grounds for expulsion of the program. If there is a family illness, death, or concern thatinhibits the students attendance in orchestra please do not hesitate to call or leave a signed notewith a phone number to be reached at.Students will receive l00Yo of their performance grade by performing in a concert with properconcert attire and concert etiquette.Performance Make Up - Excused: In the event of a death, illness, or medical emergency in thefamily, an excused absence during the performance will be permitted. However, sfudent mustperform concert music for me before school the following school day. Please do not hesitate tocall when able to following an incident. A signed note or phone call from a parent/guardian isrequired for excuse.Performance Make Up - Un-excused: In any other circumstance other than that listed above,the performance absence will be un-excused. The student will be required to perform the concertmusic for the class the following day. They will be graded for each error and mistake madethroughout the performarrce. It is much easier to get the full credit by showing up!
  7. 7. Student ConductIdeally, the most efficient way to teach an orchestra would be to teach each section separately(violin, viola, cello and bass) and then combine the entire orchestra. Unfortunately, this notpossible when teaching in a public school setting. Therefore, student conduct will play a crucialrole in ensuring that each individual will receive the instruction and attention needed to becomesuccessful on there given instrument.Behaviors subject to disciplinary steps include: excessive talking, inappropriate use of instruments, tardiness, unseatedwithout permission, not ready to play, running/horseplay in orchestra roorn. THREE STRIKES POLICY!When asked three times to perform a specific task or to correct a behavior listed above, a studentwill receive an automatic detention. Class time is limited and every second of instruction is vital to the success of the student and the program. The behaviors listed about are disruptive and slows down the pace of the entire class. Guidelines for Good Conduct 1. RESPECT of each other, equipment and of the instructor will be the most valued attribute of the students. Students will regularly perform in front of the entire class for graded assessments and also for examples of proper execution of technique. Sfudents who disrespect others after an individual performance will be reprimanded immediately and parents will be contacted. 2. RAISE YOUR HAIID before speaking! 3. BE PREPARED as quickly as possible. You only have two minutes! 4. NO FOOD, DRINKS, CANDY, GUM, or COSMETIC PRODUCTS will be permitted during instruction. 5. PLAY ONLY ON YOUR ASSIGNED INSTRUMENT. 6. REMEMBER THE THREE STRIKE POLICY!
  8. 8. Field Trip Procedures Students in the Cooper orchestra will very frequently go on field trips throughout the school year. Here are some very important procedures and expectations of behavior for the duration of the field trip. L. Field trip forms must be signed bv a parent or guardian two davs prior to the event. 2. Please ensure a safe bus ride bv keepine the noise level down while in transit to event. No horseplav will be tolerated and will result in disciplinarv actions when back at school (administrative referral. parent contact) 3. Stav with the group. This is a safetv and security concern. Anv student who leaves the sroup will be subiect to an administrative referral. 4. Please follow the instructions of anv adult (teacher. chaperone. etc.) while on the field trip. 5. Parents/suardians who would like to attend the event/performance but is not a chaperone. please make sure to communicate that vou will be checkins vour child out at the event/performance. This can be done throueh a short note on the field trip form. phone call. or email. lt is important that I have this information so that I can take an accurate roll call when departing the event.Field trips are great opportunities for students to get out of the school and serve thecommunity; however they are very stressful. Please review these policies and procedurescarefully so we can all have a fun and positive experience on field trips!
  9. 9. Cooper Orchestra Virtuosos It is important to set goals and track our progress. Starting at the beginning of the year, students canparticipate in the Cooper Orchestra Virtuosos. All students begin below the rank of amateur and must strive to achieve the highest rank of virtuoso. ln order to successfully become a "virtuoso," studentsmust complete the following challenges listed below by the end of the year. Those students who have become "virtuosos" will participate in a pizza and ice cream party at the end of the year. lcE CREAM IPIZZA PARTY: Friday, May 1L,2OL2 RANK 6th GRADE 7th GRADE 8th GRADE Essentia I Elements Essential Elements Sca les Book 1 Book 2 Ylrluoso! # 193 Minuet Sight Reading C major two octaves Challenge (back of book) #L82 Surprise #I3zThe Hanukkah D major two octaves Symphony Theme Song 6"t"int #166 Academic Festiva! # 118 Row, row, row A major two octaves Overture your boat #139 Russian Folk Tune #LA7 Ayn Kaylokaynu G major two octavesGoNCEBffi #IOzThis Old Man #91 Tom Dooley G minor #86 Ode to Joy #63 A major scale D minor Professional #76 For Petes Sake #55 A Song for Anne Bb maior #64 The D major scale #47 Rondeau F major Amateur #22 Lightly Row #36 Jesse James A major Correct Bow hold and #29 Oh ! Susannah C major correct left hand Challenges can be played before school during morning practice or on select after school practice days.
  10. 10. Playing Test Rubric Teacher Name: Mr. Ray Student Name: Technique Demonstrates the Demonstrates three Demonstrates two of Demonstrates one of following areas: (1) of the four aspects of the four aspects of the four aspects of proper posture, (2) technique. technique. technique. correct bow hold, (3) bow stroke, and (4) correct placement of instrument.Note Accuracy Notes are An occasional A few inaccurate Wrong notes consistently inaccurate note is notes are played, consistently detract accurate. played, but does not detracting somewhat from the detract from overall from the overall performance. performance. performance. Attention in Student is focused Student is usually i Student is Student is rarely Glass and attentive focused and { sometimes focused focused and throughout class and attentive during { and attentive during attentive during follows directions to class, but sometimes Iclass, but is easily class. Sometimes the best of his/her is distracted by f distracted by others disruptive to rest of ability. others. I and sometimes class. Tone Quality Tone is consistently Tone is focused, Tone is often The tone is often not focused, clear, and clear and centered focused, clear and focused, clear or centered throughout through the normal centered, but center regardless of the range of the playing range of the sometimes the tone the range being instrument. Tone has instrument. Extremes is uncontrolled in the played, significantly professional quality. in range sometimes normal playing detracting from the cause tone to be less range. Extremes in overall performance. controlled. Tone range are usually quality typically does uncontrolled. not detract from the Occasionally the performance. tone quality detracts from overall performance.TOTAL POINTS:
  11. 11. DATE: Notebook Gheck I Participation Teacher Name: Mr. Ray Student Name: CATEGORY 2 Points 1 Point 0 Points Prepared On time for class, has On time for class, Has ls late for class, not book, folder, pencil, most supplies needed for prepared for class, leaves planner, has taken class classroom continually restroom/drink break.jNeatness Notebook is neat and Notebook is a neat and Notebook is disorganized.il organized. organized with a fewIai exceptions.]Ii1IIiiI1I1 Gompletion of Student keeps up with the Students keeps up with Assignments are Assignments completion of worksheets most assignments and has incomplete and music has and music is marked put a few markings in the not been marked. (fingerings, etc.) music. Discussion Participates in discussion Sometimes participates in Does not participate in without shouting, listens to discussion or shouts discussion, does not listen others speak, pays during discussion, to others or pay attention attention to sometimes listens and to teacher/presenter teacher/presenter pays attention COMMENTS: TOTAL POINTS:
  12. 12. Please return completed form by ORCHESTRA INFORMATION SHEETStudentNAMEAddressCity Zip CodeHome Phone Parent E-MAILMotherNAME Work PhoneFatherNAME Work PhoneWould you consider chaperoning / volunteering? YES _ NOI recommend parents list any instrument they rent or purchase on their homeowners / rentalinsurance policy.Student lives with (circle one) Mother Father Mother & Father OtherInstrument Brand Serial #Name of Music Store (if renting/purchasing)Grade Team Home Room TeacherI have read and understand the information included in the Cooper Middle School OrchestraHandbook.Parent Signature DateStudent Signature Date

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