April-June 2021

Orchestra students are practicing at home on their instruments and checking Canvas for new activities. Students are encouraged to explore any of these listed below:

  1. Create a 5 min video and post to Canvas or submit via email. Due 4th nine wks.
  2. Practice your instrument daily for a goal of 50 minutes.
  3. Create, write a new song using blank notation paper & be sure to add a key signature and time signature. Submit to me via school email.
  4. Listen to VSO Music Learning Lab https://virginiasymphony.org/learninglab and write a review, and submit via school email. (Also visit my “Listening Links” in this blog. Feel free to drop me an email and tell me what music you find inspiring from these selections, ie NYO playing Hoedown!)
  5. Practice Records: all MS and HS students may keep track of their practice on weekly logs. Here’s an online tuner to help with your practice. https://theonlinemetronome.com/free-online-tuner-for-musicians.html
  6. Review your note reading and music theory (key signatures, time signatures, etc) http://www.musictheory.net

New students: Contact your guidance counselor to enroll in class. Reach out to me with any questions about the course. lindahurwitz@spsk12.net

Orchestra is offered in 6th grade at John Yeates MS! 5th graders are encouraged to enroll if you have an interest in learning to play a stringed instrument.

Linda Hurwitz, JYMS/NRHS Orchestra

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NRHS Winter Orchestra Concert

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JYMS Winter Orchestra Concert at NRHS

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JYMS Strings at Norfolk International Airport 12.14.16

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PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

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Lessons have many benefits. If you are considering starting private lessons -at any level- here are some places and teachers to try: 

Angelico Violins 312-8961 for virtual lessons, call to check rates or email angelicoviolins@yahoo.com 

Music and Art: 484-6233 

Recommended  private teachers:

Deborah Ramos-Smiley, Music and Arts

Liz Vonderheide,  374-7209 (offers remote)

Karey Sitzler  642-2339  (offers remote)

Peter Greydanus 639-2491 cello (offers remote)

Weekly lessons are a great way to advance your skill. You will also improve your technique and learn some new music! 🙂

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Books for Orchestra

*Grade 6, Beginning “Essential Elements 2000, book 1” Measures of Success, Sound Innovations

*Grade 7, Intermediate “Essential Elements 2000, book 2” Measures of Success, Sound Innovations

*Grade 8-12:  Advanced  “Essential Technique 2000, book 3” Habits of a Successful String Player

These are the recommended local music stores where you may rent or purchase quality instruments, music and supplies for your child:

Angelico Violins or Music and Arts

Also online: Potters Violins,  Shar Music, and Southwest Strings

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Welcome to Orchestra!

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Welcome to Orchestra at Nansemond River HS and John Yeates Middle School. Read here to find information about class activities as well as other useful information such as listening links, practice information, lessons, and more. Orchestra Notes will be emailed monthly and are especially helpful for students and parents in keeping up with your yearly activities.

My teaching philosophy is based on the idea that all students, regardless of their age, grade in school, or previous skill level share a joy for music and will be able to develop an  insight into their own playing and as learners. It is my role as your instructor to share joy and provide knowledge to allow students to fulfill a desire to be successful and continue to grow beyond the classroom, in an individual or group setting.

If you have any questions, please contact me through school phone or email. I look forward to working with you this year!

Linda Hurwitz, Orchestra Director JYMS/NRHS

Suffolk Public Schools

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How to Join Strings:

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If you are parent of a rising 6th student in Suffolk Public Schools (current 5th grader) and your child is planning to attend John Yeates Middle School, please email the teacher or school guidance counselor regarding sign-up procedures for Orchestra class.
If you are a parent of a rising 7th or 8th grade student in Suffolk Public Schools and your child is planning to enroll in Orchestra, previous experience is required. Please contact the Guidance Office.

If you are a rising 9th -12th grade student in Suffolk Public Schools and your plan to attend Nansemond River HS and enroll in Orchestra, a minimum of 2 years experience is required. Please contact Mr. Woodis or the Guidance Department at NRHS to enroll.

“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music” – Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

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