Tag Archives: orchestra

New Product: Bowing Bingo!

  In an attempt to make some extra money, I have been designing lesson plans, worksheets, and activities to upload to the TeachersPayTeachers website. TpT is a great website with resources designed by teachers for teachers. You can be sure … Continue reading

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Website: Teachers Pay Teachers

It’s been a while…I am currently teaching two classes of orchestra, two classes of chorus, guitar, and “musical theatre” at a middle school, along with my evening lessons (about 12 students per week). I am sitting in a rehearsal for … Continue reading

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Article: Music Instruction Can Make for a Smarter Teen

An article that follows groups of teenage students, studying the impact of formal music training in school on high school students with no (or limited) prior experience in music. This would be great to send to your principals and administrators. … Continue reading

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Music Curriculum Standards and Pacing Guide

Hi all! I’m currently sitting in a chorus/band summer training institute for teachers and we are discussing music standards, and how to work with them. Some useful websites for planning lessons and exploring standards are: 1. http://www.CPALMS.org, the site for … Continue reading

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Bass Bowing Basics

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Don’t Do That! (Try This Instead!)

By Dr. Matthew McCutcheon This is a list of common pitfalls that many school ensemble directors unknowingly fall into. While directed more toward wind ensembles, these can be applied just as easily to chorus or strings. The basic concepts are … Continue reading

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Orchestral Bowings

Hello all! Long time no write! I have finally landed a position in a school this year, teaching two classes of chorus and one class of orchestra. It has been fun but also very challenging at times. My orchestra class … Continue reading

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Double Bass Basics

Double Bass Basics Photo from http://www.dafmusic.com Based on information given by bassist and orchestra teacher Mauricio Rodriguez, at a strings clinic I attended recently. The bass should be viewed as an extension of your body, it should be very natural … Continue reading

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I am unsure whether I have shared this link previously or not; if this is a redundant post I apologize. I discovered that this link was sitting in my drafts and it was easier to just re-post (on my slow … Continue reading

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Orchestral Strings Tips or “Bag of Tricks”

Some brief tips that I have learned in teaching orchestral strings classes. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but it is a start. Please add your own comments and I will add them to the list. I … Continue reading

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