PRACTICE, please!

Now is a great time to spend some hours with your instrument and making music.

Here are my best ideas for helping you move forward:
Play the old, easy, familiar pieces.
Tackle a new piece when you feel “brushed up” on technique.
Share your products with family members.
Play along with recordings of every type:
https://blogs.pennmanor.net/jalmoney/listening-examples/
Our text books have recordings/videos/online versions
https://www.alfred.com/sound-innovations/si-online/
https://www.halleonard.com/ee/interactive/
String Basics Books 1, 2, 3
Some digital versions are available for $1.99 – on screen music/attached audio. Maybe buy book 2 or 3?
String students can find some Vamoosh information in Google Classroom: String Info 2019-2020. Class code: vhxsrw2
Band students may find some links or other information in Google Classroom: Band Info 2019-2020. Class code: ulabh57
If you have the freedom to try SmartMusic, it is free until June 30, 2020. Normally there is an annual subscription fee.
Making music is a great, safe, free way to express your feelings…DO IT!
MP3s are always welcome in my email or google classroom.

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Spring concerts!

Please look carefully at this schedule for dates and times! All students will need to be preset before the concert starts. Times are start times. Family and friends are invited to all performances starting after 4 PM.

April 6 – Strings at Marticville Middle School – 4:30 PM
April 7 – Central Manor – 2:15 PM and 7:00 PM
Band, 5/6 Strings, Chorus, 1st Grade

May 11 – Conestoga – 9:30 AM and 6:00 PM
Band, Strings, Chorus
May 12 – Martic – 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Band, 5th Strings, Chorus
May 14 – Letort – AM and 6:00 PM
Band, 5/6 Strings, Chorus
May 20 – Hambright – times TBD
Band, Strings, Chorus
May 21 – Eshleman – 9:30 AM and 6:00 PM
Band, Instrumental solos/duets, Strings, Chorus

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Band and String Schedules

Early Dismissal: schedules will remain as consistent as possible, crunched to have everyone play that day.
Odd week:
Thu 4/9 – Eshleman Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Band
Even week:
Mon 4/13 – Conestoga Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Band
Tue 4/14 – Martic Band Instruments
Wed 4/15 – Martic String/Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Strings
Thu 4/16 – Letort String/Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Strings
Fri 4/17 – Letort Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Band
Odd week:
Mon 4/20 – Hambright Band Instruments
Tue 4/21 – Central Manor String Instruments – 8:00 AM Strings
Wed 4/22 – Central Manor Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Band
Thu 4/23 – Eshleman Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Band
Fri 4/24 – Eshleman String/Band Instruments – Extra Early Dismissal
Even week:
Mon 4/27 – Conestoga Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Band
Tue 4/28 – Martic Band Instruments
Wed 4/29 – Martic String/Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Strings
Thu 4/30 – Letort String/Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Strings
Fri 5/1 – Letort Band Instruments – 8:00 AM Band

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All Elementary Orchestra

After-school Orchestra (2nd & 3rd year string players) continues on March 30 at Pequea!
PMEF awarded a Venture Grant for PM Elementary Orchestra to host Artist/Author-in-Residence, Mrs. Lavender, in 2020!
On March 30 Mrs. Lavender will lead part of rehearsal and participate in the ensemble learning process with our musicians. Please make every effort to consistently attend rehearsals and experience all of the sequential progress that we are pursuing.

Please register online with this form: Orchestra Registration 2019-2020
We ask that you seriously consider carpooling to or from the rehearsal school so that as many students as possible can participate in our advanced group!

PM Elementary Orchestra Concert/Fest
April 6, 2020
Marticville MS arrive 4:00 PM, concert begins 4:30 PM

Please read the PDF for dates, times, and who may participate. If you are only a member of your school’s String Ensemble, MS Orchestra, or HS Orchestra, then please register to participate. Here is the link to the Google Form for registration: https://forms.gle/gbVAwfg8xLvgnYS6A

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Sound Innovations audio and video available!

Beginning musicians often enjoy playing along with an ensemble or accompaniment. If you are using Sound Innovations as your lesson book, then please try the Alfred Publishing site to hear your exercises. You simply need to type in your product number. https://sionline.alfred.com/activate

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SmartMusic is a great practice “friend!”

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