Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Packets

Summer packet beginning orchestra supplement repertoireOn the last day of small groups, students receive their summer packets.  The first page gives some ideas of how to stay involved with music over the summer, a few dates of orchestra concerts in the area that families could attend, as well as suggested books to check out at local music stores for additional repertoire.  (I've kept the first page pretty blank on these templates so you can customize it for your students.)

Then, the rest of the packet is all music in the public domain.  I was sure to include a few duets and rounds that students could play with their friends when they get together over the summer.  I play Devil's Dream for the beginners and encourage students to try that piece (slowly first!) if they would like a challenge for the summer.  The packet for second-year students includes a few patriotic tunes just in time for the Fourth of July.

Summer packet (for first-year string players):

  1. Morning Song
  2. Alouette
  3. Come Follow Me (round)
  4. Scotland's Burning (round)
  5. A Mountain View
  6. Trumpet Tune
  7. Rondeau
  8. Chopsticks (duet)
  9. Oh! Susanna
  10. The Arkansas Traveler
  11. When the Saints Go Marching In
  12. Les Toreadors
  13. Devil's Dream

Summer packet (for second-year players):

  1. Now Is the Month of Maying
  2. You're a Grand Old Flag
  3. Shalom Chaverim (round)
  4. March
  5. Waltz
  6. This Little Light of Mine (duet)
  7. Ahrirang
  8. America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)
  9. Flop-Eared Mule
  10. Finale from Serenade for Strings
  11. On, Wisconsin!

Enjoy, and happy summer!

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