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(updated February 26, 2017)  Please scroll all the way down the page because I keep adding things.
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Good luck to all my students as they begin the third quarter of the school year!
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Here is the performing ensemble schedule for this week.

MONDAY, Feb. 27  (Day 6)  Orchestra, Theater Orchestra
TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (Day 1)  Jazz Band, Concert Band
WEDNESDAY. March 1 (Day 2) Symphonic Band, All-City Orchestra
THURSDAY, March 2 (Day 3) Jazz Band, Orchestra
FRIDAY, March 3 (Day 4) Concert Band
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This week, the 6th grade music classes will start recorder, the middle school version, and the 7th grade music classes will start piano.
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Please see the 6th grade and 7th grade packets for the music classes.  They can be found on the left side of the screen, at the bottom.  These packets contain all the information needed for the 6th grade and 7th grade music classes.
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Please visit the individual page for your child's class or ensemble.
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REPORT CARD GRADES will reflect your child's achievement and participation in our rehearsals.  For first term, all members of the band and orchestra got an A.  Starting with the mid-term grade of the current term, this is what they will mean:
A
You are meeting all my expectations for our ensemble.  You demonstrate leadership, you are helpful, you are prepared, you participate fully in rehearsal, you pay attention at all times, and you work hard to play the music to the best of your ability.  Your fundamentals are secure (rhythm, note reading, intonation, articulation, posture, expression, and maintenance of your instrument) and you show a good attitude with solid preparation and home practice.

B
You are meeting most of my expectations for our ensemble.  You practice the music and you participate in our rehearsals, but you need improvement on your fundamentals (rhythm, note reading, intonation, articulation, posture, expression, and maintenance of your instrument).  See me often for extra help, or, sign up for private lessons after school, if you aren't taking lessons now.  Aim for an A on the next report card.

C
Your fundamentals (rhythm, note reading, intonation, articulation, posture, expression, and maintenance of your instrument) need improvement, and your in-class participation and behavior need improvement as well.  See me for extra help; arrive on time for rehearsal; follow carefully; and participate fully.  Don't talk during rehearsal, and don't play out of turn. Take your instrument home and practice your music every day. Aim for an A on the next report card.

D
Your fundamentals (rhythm, note reading, intonation, articulation, posture, expression, and maintenance of your instrument) need a lot of work, and your in-class participation and behavior are poor. See me for extra help; arrive on time for rehearsal; follow carefully; and participate fully.  Don't talk during rehearsal, and don't play out of turn. Take your instrument home and practice your music every day. Aim for an A on the next report card.

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UPCOMING CONCERTS!  (also, please see the Upcoming Concerts page on this site)
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Is your child on the Notereading Honor Roll?  Ask...?
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Each instrument case MUST have a nametag on it!

Each child will be expected to play our ensemble music to the best of their ability. Please help your child set up a good routine as early as possible. Your child will need a metronome, a music stand, and a quiet place in the home for practice. Percussionists will also need a practice pad, and a stickbag for their
drumsticks and mallets.

Please note the concert dates on the Music Department Dates page, and make sure they get written on the family calendar.  Unlike elementary school, your child will receive a report card grade for Band or Orchestra.

DON'T MISS A CONCERT!  Students in band and orchestra receive a report card grade.  The concert is their term assessment.  Excused absences include illness or injury, and urgent family business.  Anything else is considered an unexcused absence.  If a student misses a concert for an unexcused reason, he or she will be called to the music room to play through the program in order to demonstrate preparation for the class, or, the report card grade will drop.
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DRESS CODE for CONCERTS!  Please read this carefully!  Students play better, behave better, and feel better about themselves when they are dressed appropriately for special events.

BOYS: white, long-sleeved dress shirt and tie.  Dark pants and shined shoes.  The shirt must be tucked in.  NO T SHIRTS or SNEAKERS. Long ties, any color.  I have ties and we practice tying them in class.  All-City Orchestra boys wear black bow ties (I have them)

GIRLS: white blouse, any length sleeves.  Dark skirt (no minis!) or slacks.  Dark shoes.

These concert dress items could come from a top designer or a rummage sale; no one would ever know the difference.  The important thing is for your child to fit in with the group.  Musicians must blend in with the ensemble, and it starts before the music with the appearance of the group.
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You can reach Mr. Livingston email- gregory_livingston@newton.k12.ma.us








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