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Middle/High School Faculty
Zander, Dr. Maia
mzander@smmusd.org
310-457-6801 x74235
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Performance Calendar
Concert Music
Homework & Playing Tests


Performance Calendar

Orchestra Director

All Science Workbooks are always due on the following Tuesday after they are handed out. Unless otherwise notified.

2/29-3/4
Tuesday-Packets due from previous week
Wednesday-Work on project
Thursday-Present Travel Brochure
Friday-Chapter 10 Earth History Video

Concert Music

On this page, you will find both recordings and sheet music practice parts.  I also have paper copies of all of the music, so if you have trouble downloading or printing the music, just let me know and I will be happy to give you a paper copy!

Click here for a copy of the weekly practice chart.

6th Grade Orchestra Music
(Click on the title of the song to hear a recording)
Russian Sailor's Dance by Reinhold Gliere, arr. Allen
Burst! by Brian Balmages
Moonlight Tango by Richard Meyer
American Fiddle Medley arranged by Bob Phillips

For 6th grade sheet music practice parts, click on the title below:
Russian Sailor's Dance
Burst!
Moonlight Tango
American Fiddle Medley
6th Grade Rhythm Packet

7th/8th Grade Orchestra Music
(Click on the title of the song to hear a recording)
Carpe Diem! by Richard Meyer
Furiant by Elliot del Borgo
A Quiet Music by Douglas E Wagner
Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Dackow

For 7th/8th grade sheet music practice parts, click on the title below:
Carpe Diem!
Furiant
Dance of the Tumblers
A Quiet Music
7th/8th Grade Rhythm Packet

High School Orchestra Music
(Click on the title of the song to hear a recording)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J.S. Bach, arr. Isaac
Andante from Symphony No. 4 by Mendelssohn, arr. Frost
Central Coach Special by Calvin Custer
Finale from Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich, arr. Bulla

For high school practice parts, click on the title below:
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Andante from Symphony No. 4
Central Coach Special
Shostakovich
Telemann Duo, Viola I
Telemann Duo, Viola II
High School Rhythm Packet

High School Stairway Music
(Click on the title of the song to hear a recording)
West Side Story Overture by Leonard Bernstein, arr. Peress
Tangazo by Astor Piazzola
Brahms 1st Symphony (4th movement)

For Stairway practice parts, click on the title below:
Brahms Violin 1
Brahms Violin 2
Brahms Viola
Brahms Cello
Brahms Bass
Tangazo Violin 2
Tangazo Viola
Tangazo Cello
Tangazo Bass
West Side Story Violin 2
West Side Story Viola
West Side Story Cello
West Side Story Bass



Homework and Playing Tests

Current Homework Assignments and Playing Tests

Practice Charts
Weekly practice charts are due every Monday.

Exploratory

5/18, Paragraph #6 Due—Character

Along with revisions to paragraphs 1-5

Please write the following information:

  1. What is the character of the music?  (What is the mood? What emotion is the music trying to convey?)
  2. What aspects of the music convey that character?  (What are the instruments doing/playing that creates the mood?)
  3. Does it stay the same through the whole scene, or does it change? If it changes, describe how/when it changes and why.
  4. Does the character match what you see on the screen, or is it telling you something extra? (Example: scary music in the background of a happy scene tells you something bad is about to happen—that is extra information conveyed by the music.)

5/11, Paragraph #5—Dynamics

Please write the following information:

  1. What dynamics are the musicians playing? (The term "dynamics" refers to how loud or quiet the music is.)
  2. Do the dynamics change through the scene? If so, describe how/when they change and why.
  3. How do the dynamics (the volume of the music) influence how you perceive what is happening in the scene?
Friday, 5/4

Paragraph #4 Due—Rhythm/Tempo

Please write the following information:

  1. What is the tempo of the music in this scene?
  2. Does the tempo stay the same or change during the scene?  If it changes, describe how, when, and why it changes.
  3. Describe any rhythmic patterns you hear.  (Examples of rhythmic patterns include military/march rhythms, dance rhythms, irregular fast rhythms, regular fast rhythms, etc.)
  4. Do all instruments play the same rhythms, or do some of them play different rhythms?  
  5. Is there an ostinato? If so, which instrument(s) play it? Can you describe the ostinato?
  6. How does the rhythm and tempo complement what is happening in the scene?

Friday, 4/27

Paragraph #3 Due - Instrumentation

Please write the following information:

  1. What instruments did you hear?  Use one sentence for each: strings, winds, brass, percussion, other/voice.
  2. Which instruments are in the foreground, and which are in the background?
  3. Does the instrumentation change at any point in the scene? If so, describe how/when it changes and why.
  4. Why did the composer choose this instrumentation?
  5. Was anything else interesting about the instrumentation?

Friday, 4/20--Paragraph 1 and 2 Due (Typed/Double Spaced)

Paragraph #1—Basic Info

  1. Which movie/tv show you choose.
  2. Which scene did you choose?
  3. Write about why you chose this movie/tv show and scene, and why you like it.
  4. Who is the composer?

Paragraph #2—Scene Plot

Describe what happens in this scene.

4/13--Movie Soundtrack Paper Permission Slip Due

Typing.com sign-in page: http://www.typing.com/student/join#5A1CF157C767B

12/22, Final Draft Due and Presentation Day
Add Paragraph #7—Conclusion

In the conclusion, include why you do or do not like this soundtrack.  Include details to support your argument.  Would you listen to this soundtrack, if you weren't watching the movie or TV show?

8/25--Signed Syllabus Due

6th Grade Orchestra Assignments

3/1--Disneyland Paperwork Due
8/25--Orchestra Handbook (last page) AND
Website Challenge due
10/12--Practice Test (Video Assignment) Due
Google Classroom Instructions

7th - 8th Grade Orchestra Assignments

3/7--Optional High School Orchestra Auditions
Auditions will take place during lunch, and are for 7th graders who want to move up to high school orchestra early

Violins: Brandenburg 76-106 and Central Coach coda
Violas: Brandenburg 31-62 and Central Coach coda
Cellos: Brandenburg 54-75 and Central Coach coda

3/1--Disneyland Paperwork Due
2/26--Stairway Permission Slip Due
8/25--Orchestra Handbook (last page) due
8/29--Playing Test #1 due on Google Classroom
Google Classroom Class Code: wcg00my (yes, those are zeros, not the letter O)

High School Orchestra Assignments

8/25--Signed Syllabus Due

6th Grade Orchestra Assignments

3/1--Disneyland Paperwork Due
8/25--Orchestra Handbook (last page) AND
Website Challenge due
10/12--Practice Test (Video Assignment) Due
Google Classroom Instructions

7th - 8th Grade Orchestra Assignments

3/7--Optional High School Orchestra Auditions
Auditions will take place during lunch, and are for 7th graders who want to move up to high school orchestra early

Violins: Brandenburg 76-106 and Central Coach coda
Violas: Brandenburg 31-62 and Central Coach coda
Cellos: Brandenburg 54-75 and Central Coach coda

3/1--Disneyland Paperwork Due
2/26--Stairway Permission Slip Due
8/25--Orchestra Handbook (last page) due
8/29--Playing Test #1 due on Google Classroom
Google Classroom Class Code: wcg00my (yes, those are zeros, not the letter O)

High School Orchestra Assignments


3/1 Disneyland Paperwork Due
2/26--Stairway Permission Slip Due
10/25--Playing Test #1 Due on Google Classroom
(Class code: 6s4dgft)
8/25--Orchestra Handbook (last page) due









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