• WOB - December 1

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 12/1/2019 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!

    It's (Almost) Concert Time!:  It's hard to believe, but we are in the final stretch of preparing for our Winter Concert ... each ensemble only has 4 more rehearsals before Winter Break!  As a reminder, our Winter Concert is held here at the Middle School on Thursday, January 9th at 6:30pm.  

    Please be sure to work on challenging spots at home so we are ready to go for our performance!  Parents ... if you could help to encourage at-home practicing as we continue to prepare in school, it would be greatly appreciated!

    Upcoming Assessments:  All Orchestra students have assesments which are due in the next few weeks!  Detailed information is in Canvas, but as a quick reminder ...

    • 6th Grade - Note Reading Quizzes (due 12/6 & 12/13)
    • 7th & 8th Grade - Playing Tests on Concert Music (due 12/13)

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

    Cold Weather Alert!  We've hit that time of year where temperatures are dropping and string players are opening their cases to find woefully out-of-tune instruments!  Please remember that your instruments are extremely sensitive to the cold weather, and you have to make sure they are well taken care of.  Avoid cold rooms, drafty windows, leaving instruments in the car, etc!  Aside from getting out of tune, your instrument could easily develop a crackseam-rip, or worse!

    I'm always happy to tune an instrument, even if it's not a String Tech or Orchestra day ... just drop it off with me in the morning and I'll have it ready for you by the end of the day :).  Also, if you have any questions regarding keeping your instrument safe during the colder months, please let me know!

     

    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 - November 24

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 11/24/2019 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!

    Cold Weather Alert!  We've hit that time of year where temperatures are dropping and string players are opening their cases to find woefully out-of-tune instruments!  Please remember that your instruments are extremely sensitive to the cold weather, and you have to make sure they are well taken care of.  Avoid cold rooms, drafty windows, leaving instruments in the car, etc!  Aside from getting out of tune, your instrument could easily develop a crackseam-rip, or worse!

    I'm always happy to tune an instrument, even if it's not a String Tech or Orchestra day ... just drop it off with me in the morning and I'll have it ready for you by the end of the day :).  Also, if you have any questions regarding keeping your instrument safe during the colder months, please let me know!

    Class Preparation:  As a reminder, students should be coming to all orchestra classes (both String Tech and 8th period rehearsals) prepared for class with:

    1. Instrument
    2. Music Folder (with String Basics book and all Orchestra music)
    3. A pencil

    I have been noticing a significant number of students forgetting to bring their instrument or folder to school, not having a pencil ready to go, etc.  These three items are critical to our success in Orchestra ... please be sure to come to class prepared so we can get right to work! 

    Parents ... if you could help reinforce this at home as well as assist your children with remembering to have instruments on String Tech &  Orchestra days, it would be greatly appreciated!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

    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 6): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
       Tuesday (Day 1): Symphonic Orchestra   
       WednesdayNo School - Thanksgiving Break 
       ThursdayNo School - Thanksgiving Break 
       FridayNo School - Thanksgiving Break 
     
     
    Have a great week!
     
    Best,
    Mr. Cellini
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  • WOB - November 17

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 11/17/2019 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!

    Cold Weather Alert!  We've hit that time of year where temperatures are dropping and string players are opening their cases to find woefully out-of-tune instruments!  Please remember that your instruments are extremely sensitive to the cold weather, and you have to make sure they are well taken care of.  Avoid cold rooms, drafty windows, leaving instruments in the car, etc!  Aside from getting out of tune, your instrument could easily develop a crackseam-rip, or worse!

    I'm always happy to tune an instrument, even if it's not a String Tech or Orchestra day ... just drop it off with me in the morning and I'll have it ready for you by the end of the day :).  Also, if you have any questions regarding keeping your instrument safe during the colder months, please let me know!

    Class Preparation:  As a reminder, students should be coming to all orchestra classes (both String Tech and 8th period rehearsals) prepared for class with:

    1. Instrument
    2. Music Folder (with String Basics book and all Orchestra music)
    3. A pencil

    I have been noticing a significant number of students forgetting to bring their instrument or folder to school, not having a pencil ready to go, etc.  These three items are critical to our success in Orchestra ... please be sure to come to class prepared so we can get right to work! 

    Parents ... if you could help reinforce this at home as well as assist your children with remembering to have instruments on String Tech &  Orchestra days, it would be greatly appreciated!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

    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 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 - November 10

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 11/10/2019 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!

    Class Preparation:  As a reminder, students should be coming to all orchestra classes (both String Tech and 8th period rehearsals) prepared for class with:

    1. Instrument
    2. Music Folder (with String Basics book and all Orchestra music)
    3. A pencil

    I have been noticing a significant number of students forgetting to bring their instrument or folder to school, not having a pencil ready to go, etc.  These three items are critical to our success in Orchestra ... please be sure to come to class prepared so we can get right to work! 

    Parents ... if you could help reinforce this at home as well as assist your children with remembering to have instruments on String Tech &  Orchestra days, it would be greatly appreciated!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

    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 - November 5

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 11/5/2019 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!

    Class Preparation:  As a reminder, students should be coming to all orchestra classes (both String Tech and 8th period rehearsals) prepared for class with:

    1. Instrument
    2. Music Folder (with String Basics book and all Orchestra music)
    3. A pencil

    I have been noticing a significant number of students forgetting to bring their instrument or folder to school, not having a pencil ready to go, etc.  These three items are critical to our success in Orchestra ... please be sure to come to class prepared so we can get right to work! 

    Parents ... if you could help reinforce this at home as well as assist your children with remembering to have instruments on String Tech &  Orchestra days, it would be greatly appreciated!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

    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 ......
     
       MondayNo School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
       TuesdayNo School - Parent/Teacher Conferences 
       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 - October 27

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 10/27/2019 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!

    Class Preparation:  As a reminder, students should be coming to all orchestra classes (both String Tech and 8th period rehearsals) prepared for class with:

    1. Instrument
    2. Music Folder (with String Basics book and all Orchestra music)
    3. A pencil

    I have been noticing a significant number of students forgetting to bring their instrument or folder to school, not having a pencil ready to go, etc.  These three items are critical to our success in Orchestra ... please be sure to come to class prepared so we can get right to work! 

    Parents ... if you could help reinforce this at home as well as assist your children with remembering to have instruments on String Tech &  Orchestra days, it would be greatly appreciated!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

    End of the 1st Marking Period It's hard to believe the 1st Marking Period is already coming to an end!  As we finish up the marking period, please take a look at Skyward and take care of any missing assignments.  If you have any questions, please be sure to see me early in the week so we can get everything done before the marking period closes on Thursday.

    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 6): String Tech (6/7/8) & String Orchestra
       Tuesday (Day 1): Symphonic Orchestra 
       Wednesday (Day 2): Symphonic Orchestra 
       Thursday (Day 3): Chamber Orchestra
       Friday (Day 4): Chamber Orchestra
     
     
    Have a great week!
     
    Best,
    Mr. Cellini
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  • WOB - October 20

    Posted by Mark Cellini on 10/20/2019 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!

     

    A note about Parent/Teacher Conferences ...  Parents, a quick note about the upcoming Nov. 4/5 Parent Teacher Conferences.  On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Music Department will be hosting the PMEA Fall In-Service here at GVMS.  This is an awesome professional development day for around 200 music educators in Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties, and we're proud to be this year's host!

    Because we are hosting, we will have limited availability for conferences on the 4th & 5th.  If you would like to meet with me but are unable to find a time because of this limited availability, please feel free to reach out and we'll make other arrangements to meet or schedule a phone conference.  Thank you for your understanding!

    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!
     
    Supply Donations:  Thank you to those families who have donated some supplies already!  At this point, we are pretty well stocked ... I'll be sure to reach out again in the future if that changes :).
     
    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 - 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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