• WOB - October 13

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 10/13/2019 4:00:00 PM
    Good evening students and families!
     

    Below is the WOB for this week.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    Philadelphia Orchestra Trip:  Our 6th Annual Philadelphia Orchestra trip is coming up this Thursday, October 17th.  We had such overwhelming interest that we had to order a second bus and more tickets from the orchestra ... an AWESOME situation to be in :).  We are officially full at this point, but if you turned in a permission form already, you are in!  Some reminders and updates will be coming home with students tomorrow ... stay tuned!

    Supply Donations:  Thank you to those families who have donated some supplies already!  We could still use a few more if you were thinking of sending in a box of tissues or some hand sanitizer.  If you are able and willing, a donated box of tissues or bottle of hand sanitizer for our classrooms would be greatly appreciated!  The MS Music Department thanks you in advance for your generosity!
     
    Have any Instrument Issues?  As a reminder ... if you rent from Music & Arts or Zeswitz, we can take care of any issues right here in school!  Both companies send representatives to GVMS each week, and we can take care of any repairs, switching instrument sizes, etc. through those reps.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions about renting/repairing/purchasing instruments or supplies!
     
    Orchestra Gear:  In each Course Description, you'll find a list of recommended "Orchestra Gear" for students.  This list is not, by any means, a requirement ... but the items listed are what I consider to be "most important" gear for students to be successful.  If you have any questions about what to buy, where to buy it, or what brands may be best, please feel free to reach out! 
     
    Private Lessons:  All middle school students should seriously consider taking private lessons outside of school.  The benefits of private study can be seen in school orchestra/lessons, as well as in improved responsibility, time management, and love for music!  I have a list of local private teachers that I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.  Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions!
     
     
    Orchestra Schedule:  The Orchestra schedule for this week is as follows ......
     
       Monday (Day 2): Symphonic Orchestra 
       Tuesday (Day 3): Chamber Orchestra
       Wednesday (Day 4): Chamber Orchestra
       Thursday (Day 5): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
       Friday (Day 6): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
     
     
    Have a great week!
     
    Best,
    Mr. Cellini
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  • WOB - October 6

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 10/6/2019 4:00:00 PM
    Good evening students and families!
     

    Below is the WOB for this week.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    Supply Donations:  With cold season upon us, the Music Department is in need of some boxes of tissues & hand sanitizer!  If you are able and willing, a donated box of tissues or bottle of hand sanitizer for our classrooms would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you in advance for your generosity!
     
    Have any Instrument Issues?  As a reminder ... if you rent from Music & Arts or Zeswitz, we can take care of any issues right here in school!  Both companies send representatives to GVMS each week, and we can take care of any repairs, switching instrument sizes, etc. through those reps.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions about renting/repairing/purchasing instruments or supplies!
     
    Orchestra Gear:  In each Course Description, you'll find a list of recommended "Orchestra Gear" for students.  This list is not, by any means, a requirement ... but the items listed are what I consider to be "most important" gear for students to be successful.  If you have any questions about what to buy, where to buy it, or what brands may be best, please feel free to reach out! 
     
    Private Lessons:  All middle school students should seriously consider taking private lessons outside of school.  The benefits of private study can be seen in school orchestra/lessons, as well as in improved responsibility, time management, and love for music!  I have a list of local private teachers that I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.  Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions!
     
     
    Orchestra Schedule:  The Orchestra schedule for this week is as follows ......
     
       Monday (Day 4): Chamber Orchestra
       Tuesday (Day 5): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
       Wednesday: No School 
       Thursday (Day 6): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
       Friday (Day 1): Symphonic Orchestra 
     
     
    Have a great week!
     
    Best,
    Mr. Cellini
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  • WOB - September 30

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 9/30/2019 4:00:00 PM
    Good evening students and families!
     

    Below is the WOB for this week.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    Supply Donations:  With cold season upon us, the Music Department is in need of some boxes of tissues & hand sanitizer!  If you are able and willing, a donated box of tissues or bottle of hand sanitizer for our classrooms would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you in advance for your generosity!
     
    Have any Instrument Issues?  As a reminder ... if you rent from Music & Arts or Zeswitz, we can take care of any issues right here in school!  Both companies send representatives to GVMS each week, and we can take care of any repairs, switching instrument sizes, etc. through those reps.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions about renting/repairing/purchasing instruments or supplies!
     
    Orchestra Gear:  In each Course Description, you'll find a list of recommended "Orchestra Gear" for students.  This list is not, by any means, a requirement ... but the items listed are what I consider to be "most important" gear for students to be successful.  If you have any questions about what to buy, where to buy it, or what brands may be best, please feel free to reach out! 
     
    Private Lessons:  All middle school students should seriously consider taking private lessons outside of school.  The benefits of private study can be seen in school orchestra/lessons, as well as in improved responsibility, time management, and love for music!  I have a list of local private teachers that I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.  Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions!
     
     
    Orchestra Schedule:  The Orchestra schedule for this week is as follows ......
     
       Monday: No School 
       Tuesday (Day 6): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
       Wednesday (Day 1): Symphonic Orchestra 
       Thursday (Day 2): Symphonic Orchestra 
       Friday (Day 3): Chamber Orchestra
     
     
    Have a great week!
     
    Best,
    Mr. Cellini
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  • WOB - September 22

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 9/22/2019
    Good evening students and families!
     

    Below is the WOB for this week.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    Supply Donations:  If you are able and willing, a donated box of tissues or bottle of hand sanitizer for the orchestra classroom would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you in advance for your generosity!
     
    Lesson Books:  Thank you to everyone who has gotten their copy of our lesson book!  We've started using them during String Tech classes, so please be sure to put your book in your music folder and have it with you at each class meeting.
     
    Have any Instrument Issues?  Over the next week or so, I'll be giving a once-over to everyone's instruments looking for any issues and checking for instrument sizing.  If you rent from Music & Arts or Zeswitz, we can take care of any issues right here in school!  Both companies send representatives to GVMS each week, and we can take care of any repairs, switching instrument sizes, etc. through those reps.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions about renting/repairing/purchasing instruments or supplies!
     
    Orchestra Gear:  In each Course Description, you'll find a list of recommended "Orchestra Gear" for students.  This list is not, by any means, a requirement ... but the items listed are what I consider to be "most important" gear for students to be successful.  If you have any questions about what to buy, where to buy it, or what brands may be best, please feel free to reach out! 
     
    Private Lessons:  All middle school students should seriously consider taking private lessons outside of school.  The benefits of private study can be seen in school orchestra/lessons, as well as in improved responsibility, time management, and love for music!  I have a list of local private teachers that I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.  Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions!
     
     
    Orchestra Schedule:  The Orchestra schedule for this week is as follows ......
     
       Monday (Day 1): Symphonic Orchestra 
       Tuesday (Day 2): Symphonic Orchestra 
       Wednesday (Day 3): Chamber Orchestra 
       Thursday (Day 4): Chamber Orchestra
       Friday (Day 5): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra 
     
     
    Have a great week!
     
    Best,
    Mr. Cellini
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  • WOB - September 15

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 9/15/2019 4:00:00 PM
    Good evening students and families!
     

    Below is the WOB for this week.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

     
     
    Lesson Books:  We'll be starting to use our lesson books during String Tech this week!  Please be sure to bring your copy of String Basics by Terry Shade with you to String Tech on Thursday
    • 8th grade students should get Book 3 (green)
    • 6th & 7th grade students should get Book 2 (blue). 

    Copies are in-stock at Music & Arts in Exton, or you can purchase a copy online ... whichever you prefer!  

     
    Have any Instrument Issues?  Over the next week or so, I'll be giving a once-over to everyone's instruments looking for any issues and checking for instrument sizing.  If you rent from Music & Arts or Zeswitz, we can take care of any issues right here in school!  Both companies send representatives to GVMS each week, and we can take care of any repairs, switching instrument sizes, etc. through those reps.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions about renting/repairing/purchasing instruments or supplies!
     
    Course Descriptions:  A copy of our Course Description should have made it's way home last week.  If you'd like another copy (or if it did not, in fact, make it home!), you can find another copy on my teacher page!
     
    Orchestra Gear:  In each Course Description, you'll find a list of recommended "Orchestra Gear" for students.  This list is not, by any means, a requirement ... but the items listed are what I consider to be "most important" gear for students to be successful.  If you have any questions about what to buy, where to buy it, or what brands may be best, please feel free to reach out! 
     
    Private Lessons:  All middle school students should seriously consider taking private lessons outside of school.  The benefits of private study can be seen in school orchestra/lessons, as well as in improved responsibility, time management, and love for music!  I have a list of local private teachers that I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.  Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions!
     
     
    Orchestra Schedule:  The Orchestra schedule for this week is as follows ......
     
       Monday (Day 2): Symphonic Orchestra 
       Tuesday (Day 3): Chamber Orchestra 
       Wednesday (Day 4): Chamber Orchestra 
       Thursday (Day 5): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
       Friday (Day 6): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra 
     
     
    Have a great week!
     
    Best,
    Mr. Cellini
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  • WOB - September 8

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 9/8/2019 4:00:00 PM
    Good evening students and families!
     

    I hope everyone is having a smooth transition back to school!  I've really enjoyed getting to know the new faces here in GVMS Orchestras, as well as catching up with the familiar ones ... it looks like we're in for an amazing year!

    Below is the WOB for this week.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    A reminder of our new schedule ...  As a reminder, with our new music schedule, students should be sure to have their instruments for both Ensemble Rehearsals and String Tech classes.  Below is when you will need your instrument:

    Day 1 - 7th & 8th Grade students (Symphonic Orchestra) 
    Day 2 - 7th & 8th Grade students (Symphonic Orchestra) 
    Day 3 - Students in Chamber Orchestra
    Day 4 - Students in Chamber Orchestra
    Day 5 - 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade students (All String Tech Classes & String Orchestra) 
    Day 6 - 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade students (All String Tech Classes & String Orchestra) 

    If you have any questions about how the new schedule works, please feel free to reach out!
     
    Lesson Books:  Please work on purchasing a copy of our lesson book for this year, String Basics by Terry Shade.  8th grade students should get Book 3 (green), 6th & 7th grade students should get Book 2 (blue).  They are in-stock at Music & Arts in Exton, or you can purchase a copy online ... whichever you prefer!  
     
    Have any Instrument Issues?  Over the next week or so, I'll be giving a once-over to everyone's instruments looking for any issues and checking for instrument sizing.  If you rent from Music & Arts or Zeswitz, we can take care of any issues right here in school!  Both companies send representatives to GVMS each week, and we can take care of any repairs, switching instrument sizes, etc. through those reps.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions about renting/repairing/purchasing instruments or supplies!
     
    Course Descriptions:  A copy of our Course Description should have made it's way home last week.  If you'd like another copy (or if it did not, in fact, make it home!), you can find another copy on my teacher page!
     
    Orchestra Gear:  In each Course Description, you'll find a list of recommended "Orchestra Gear" for students.  This list is not, by any means, a requirement ... but the items listed are what I consider to be "most important" gear for students to be successful.  If you have any questions about what to buy, where to buy it, or what brands may be best, please feel free to reach out! 
     
    Private Lessons:  All middle school students should seriously consider taking private lessons outside of school.  The benefits of private study can be seen in school orchestra/lessons, as well as in improved responsibility, time management, and love for music!  I have a list of local private teachers that I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.  Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions!
     
     
    Orchestra Schedule:  The Orchestra schedule for this week is as follows ......
     
       Monday (Day 3): Chamber Orchestra 
       Tuesday (Day 4): Chamber Orchestra 
       Wednesday (Day 5): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
       Thursday (Day 6):  String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra 
       Friday (Day 1): Symphonic Orchestra 
     
     
    Have a great week!
     
    Best,
    Mr. Cellini
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  • WOB - September 2

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 9/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
    Good evening students and families!
     

    Below is the first Weekly Orchestra Blog (WOB) of the 2019-2020 school year.  For any family new to GVMS Orchestras, I will send out the WOB every Sunday night (or, in this case, Monday ... the night before our next school day!).  In it, you will find news, updates, and important information for the upcoming week.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    GVMS Music Program Update:  There are a lot of exciting changes in the GVMS music department for this year!  More detailed information will be coming home with students tomorrow, but as a quick preview:

    All students in the GVMS Orchestra program are enrolled in two separate courses:

    1. Ensemble Rehearsals: These are our 8th period rehearsals that meet two days per cycle. These are the exact same as they have been in years past!
      • All 7th & 8th grade students are enrolled in Symphonic Orchestra, which meets Days 1/2.
      • All 6th grade students are enrolled in String Orchestra, which meets Days 5/6.
    2. General Music – Orchestra Concentration (aka String Tech): This is a new course offered this year that will combine elements of General Music class and what used to be our pull-out lessons.
      • All Orchestra students are scheduled for their String Tech class on Days 5/6 during one of their Special Areas rotations (it should be listed as “General Music” with me as the teacher).

     

    6th Grade Orchestra Members:  Just a reminder, our first String Tech class and 8th period rehearsal are tomorrow ... I'm looking forward to working with all of you!  You do not need your instrument tomorrow, but we will play on Wednesday.   Lots of information will be coming home tomorrow afternoon ... stay tuned!

     
    7th & 8th Grade Orchestra Members:  Our first String Tech class is tomorrow, as well!  Please be sure to bring your instrument to school tomorrow ... We'll be giving them all a once-over to check for any issues, check to see if your instrument is the correct size, and more!
     
    Back to School Night (Thurs. 9/5): We will have an opportunitiy to meet briefly on Thursday evening, but unfortunately the BTSN schedule doesn't give us much time to meet as a group.  I will be available before Back to School Night to talk with anyone who may be interested.  Please feel free to come down to the instrumental room (Room 158) between 6:30 and 7:00 with any questions you may have or if you just want to say hello! 
     
    Private Lessons:  All middle school students should seriously consider taking private lessons outside of school.  The benefits of private study can be seen in school orchestra/lessons, as well as in improved responsibility, time management, and love for music!  I have a list of local private teachers that I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.  Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions!
     
     
    Orchestra Schedule:  The Orchestra schedule for this week is as follows ......
     
       MondayNo School ... Labor Day
       Tuesday (Day 5): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra 
       Wednesday (Day 6): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
       Thursday (Day 1):  Symphonic Orchestra 
       Friday (Day 2): Symphonic Orchestra 
     
     
    Have a great week!
     
    Best,
    Mr. Cellini
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