3570 Timpview Dr. Provo, Utah 84604 Phone: (801)221-9720 Fax: (801)224-4210

Orchestra Disclosure 2017-2018

Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement

Welcome to THS Orchestras!

 

Director: Dr. Marcel Bowman:  MarcelB@provo.edu

Email is my preferred method of communication.

Learning Expectations

Students will learn:

  • Rudiments of reading music: notes (pitches), rhythms, dynamics, tempos, meter, key
  • String technique: posture, scales, shifting, vibrato, tone
  • Aural Skills: ensemble playing, tuning, balance,
  • Musicality, phrasing, and appropriate style
  • A broad repertoire of music in a variety of styles and from various time periods

Grades

Class instruction is based on the state core curriculum. Grades are competency and performance based, as well as based on participation and attitude. 10 points daily in class will be given for participation and attitude/effort.

 

Grade Calculation

CATEGORY POINTS
Sectionals (1-4/term) 50
Performances/Concerts 200
Dress Rehearsals 50
Playing Tests 50
Concert Reports 100
Participation 5/day
Attitude/Effort 5/day

 

Concert Reports

Two orchestra concert reports must be completed per year (one during Term 1 and one during Term 3). The report format will be given shortly. Here is a list of eligible performances:

  • Orchestra concerts (high school level or above). I highly recommend Utah Symphony concerts.
  • Musical Theater, Ballet, Opera (must have a live orchestra). I highly recommend Pioneer Theatre, Ballet West, and Utah Opera.
  • Solo String Instrument Recitals

All performances must be high school level or (preferably) above. Occasionally, a video about an orchestra, a composer, a famous performer or a composition may be viewed for half credit, with the director’s approval. Students may choose to write a report on the video subject as an alternate activity.

 

Extra Credit

Up to 100 points may be earned in the following ways:

  • Solo or group performances outside of class (a short report must be turned in, 50 points)
  • Solo or group performances for the class (30 points)
  • Writing a composition (70 points)
  • 15-minute oral report about a composer or a time period of music (100 points)

Assessment of Progress

Playing Tests

Playing tests will be given several times per term on scales and various excerpts from the music we are learning. All students are required to learn and pass off the music that is presented for study and performance. Students should always plan on passing the music off on the due date. If they are not successful on the first attempt, they may make arrangements for a subsequent pass off time with no points lost. This is only possible if they attempt the pass off by or on the original due date. Points will be docked from the grade for late work, otherwise students can retry until the performance date of the term.

 

Course Materials

Materials needed

  • Instrument in good repair
  • Set of spare strings (they always break at inopportune times!)
  • Rosin
  • Shoulder rest (violin/viola)
  • Rock stop (cello/bass)
  • Music stand for home practice
  • Metronome for home practice

Instrument Rentals

Instruments may be rented if available from the school at the following rates:

  • $50 – full-year, instrument rental, school only
  • $100 – full-year, instrument rental, home and school

Please pay the financial office.

NOTE: Those who share instruments at school will need to be prepared to bring their home instrument for dress rehearsals and concerts at the request of the director.

 

Classroom Procedures

Attendance

Timpview High School attendance, integrity, and dress policies as well as procedures will govern daily class participation. Attendance is required at all dress rehearsals and concerts. A concert is your final exam for the term and should never be missed unless there is an emergency. The teacher will determine what is an emergency. Dress rehearsals will generally be held during the final class period prior to the performance, or after school rehearsal(s) prior to the concert. In addition, since each class period is also considered an important rehearsal, students who miss more than 4-5 class periods in a term will have their participation grades docked, and may not be permitted to perform in a concert if absences are excessive.

 

Participation

Students are expected to behave professionally in class. Excessive talking/disrupting will result in lowered or lost participation points for the day. Disrespectful attitudes or lack of effort have the same result.

Concert Dress

Students are expected to dress modestly and conservatively, so that the focus of performance can stay on the music, without distraction. NOTE: Black means solid black, without designs, pinstripes, polka dots, etc. Also, black is not gray, charcoal gray or navy blue. Please follow the guidelines below:

WOMEN
PHILHARMONIC AND SINFONIA ORCHESTRAS
Wear

Black long dress or skirt (length below the knee while sitting), OR

Black dress pants

Black top (at least ¾ sleeve)

Black stockings or leggings, black dress shoes

Exception:

Women Cellists

Wear

Black dress pants

Black top (at least ¾ sleeve)

Black dress shoes (stockings optional)

NOTE Please Note

Leggings are not dress pants

Mini skirts are not appropriate

WOMEN CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Wear

Black long dress or skirt (length below the knee while sitting), OR

Black dress pants

White top (at least ¾ sleeve)

Black stockings or leggings, black dress shoes

Exception:

Women Cellists

Wear

Black dress pants

White top (at least ¾ sleeve)

Black dress shoes

NOTE Please Note:

Leggings are not dress pants

Mini skirts are not appropriate

MEN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Wear

Black tuxedo or black suit

Long-sleeved, collared white shirt with black bow tie

Black dress shoes and black socks

MEN SINFONIA ORCHESTRA
Wear

Black dress pants

Long-sleeved, collared black shirt with black bow tie

Black dress shoes and black socks

MEN CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Wear

Black dress pants

Long-sleeved, collared white shirt with black bow tie

Black dress shoes and black socks

Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments

Orchestra calendar link:  http://tinyurl.com/THSorch2017

This contains all the performances and other events for the year.

Progress Reports and Report Cards

Connecting Home to School

Email Addresses

Please make sure I have your correct email address. I send several emails home per term to announce field trips, concerts and playing tests.

Remind.com

I will be using Remind as a method of communication between me and the Philharmonic Orchestra class. Please sign up using the information below. You may also download the Remind app for your smartphone.

Philharmonic: text @7d3b3 to 81010 or phone browser to rmd.at/7d3b3

Sinfonia: text @d287b to 81010 or phone browser to rmd.at/d287b

Concert: text @abkd9 to 81010 or phone browser to rmd.at/abkd9

Personal Statement and other items (optional)