Welcome to Orchestra at KV!Any student that currently plays the violin, viola, cello, or bass (or who would like to learn how to do so) is encouraged to join! Orchestra is a great way to try something new, challenge yourself, get involved, and meet new friends.Rehearsls: Large group practices are held before school beginning at around 7:40 (or as soon as you can get here.) Mrs. A will be your homeroom teacher on the days you have orchestra and will take attendance. The schedule is as follows:6th grade - Mondays and Wednesdays7th and 8th grade combined- Tuesdays and ThursdaysChamber Orchestra- FridaysLessons: Lessons take place once per week on a rotating basis. A lesson schedule is posted on the bulletin board in Mrs. A's room and copies will be placed in each student's music folder.Concerts:Tuesday 12/11/18 - Winter ConcertTuesday 5/28/19 - Spring ConcertBoth performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and will take place at Keith Valley. Please be here by 6:30 p.m.Additional optional performance opportunites will be communicated to you throughout the year as they are scheduled.Some things we will be working on:- proper posture and bow/instrument technique- blending with sections of the orchestra- new rhythmic patterns- playing notes beyond first position- vibrato- sight-reading- musicality- types of bow articulations- understanding key signatures- becoming great musicians!
Degrees and Certifications:
I started playing the violin in 5th grade at North Dover Elementary School in Toms River, NJ (near the Jersey Shore). I was involved with many school, regional, and state orchestras. I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music Education from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
I have been teaching private lessons on string instruments since I was in high school and I began teaching in public schools in 2007. I taught for one year in Lakewood, New Jersey and am now in my ninth year teaching strings at Keith Valley and Hatboro-Horsham High School. Since I have been here, the KV orchestra has grown from 60 students to over 100 students and the HHHS orchestra has grown from 6 students to 70 students. I really enjoy building the programs up each year to involve more students.
Through being involved in orchestra, I have met many of my best friends and even my husband! Orchestra was a very rewarding experience for me and it is my goal for you to feel the same way!