Beginners' Corner

Beginner Orchestra TFES and MGES

Orchestra Karate is here!

Orchestra Karate is similar to Recorder Karate, but with songs that the students will perform in their spring orchestra concerts. We will be doing a combination of "rote songs" from our First and Second Orchestra Song sheets, as well as songs that require music reading from our method book, Sound Innovations Book 1. Students have been given a copy of the Karate list.

White-Sweetly Sings the Donkey OR Down By The Station

Yellow-Lightly Row AND Song 21 in Book

Orange-Boil Them Cabbage Down(Song 32 in Book).

Green-Minor Duple OR By The Fireside

Purple-Minor Triple OR My Pony Bill

Blue- Song 47 in Book, plus Frere Jacques OR Ode To Joy
Listen to Frere Jacques:Listen to Ode to Joy:

Red-Song 55 in Book AND Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Listen to Go Tell Aunt Rhody: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Listen to Cripple Creek(Song 55): Cripple Creek

Brown-Song 65(Can Can) OR 66(Allegro) in Book
Listen to Can Can: Listen to Allegro: Allegro

Black- Song 87 (Luz de la Mañana) in Book
Luz de la Manana
Listen to Luz de la Mañana:

Beyond Black Belt(BBB):

Bronze-Song 94 (French Folk Song) in BookFrench Folk Song

Silver-Song 103 (Goin’ Up the Line) in BookGoing Up the Line

Gold-Song 107 (Go Tell Aunt Rhody) in Book Go Tell Aunt Rhody G Major, song 107

Orchestra Karate Rubric:

  • Unclear beat.
  • Note lengths do not match the song.
  • Frequent stops and hesitations.
  • Inconsistent beat.
  • Wrong note lengths interfere with the flow of the song.
  • Some stops or hesitations.
  • Clear but not always steady beat.
  • Wrong note length doesn’t affect the song.
  • No stops or hesitations.
  • Clear, steady beat.
  • Correct note length.
  • No stops or
  • hesitations.
  • Most pitches are incorrect.
  • Frequent missing or extra pitches.
  • Some pitches are correct.
  • Some missing or extra pitches.
  • Most pitches are correct.
  • One or two missing or extra pitches.
  • All pitches are correct!
  • No missing or extra pitches.
  • Emerging tone.
  • Finger placement or breath control causing many problems.
  • Recognizable tone.
  • Consistent “squeaks” affect quality of the piece.
  • Clear tone but may be too loud/soft.
  • A few squeaks that may affect hearing some notes.
  • Clear tone, appropriate volume.
  • One or two minor squeaks okay for longer songs.

Getting a 3 or 4 in each category earns you a belt!

In case your child loses his/her practice chart, here is one:

Using the Sound Innovations CDs/DVDs that are located in the inside back cover of the book:

The DVD that comes with the Sound Innovations book should work in a computer, a DVD player, and some gaming consoles like PS2, PS3, and XBox.

The mP3 CD that comes with the book has tracks that correspond with each line number in the book, so students can use their mP3 CDs in a Mac or Windows computer (or newer CD sound system) to play along when practicing at home.
Directions for opening the mP3 CD on a computer:
1. Insert the CD into drive. If a window appears, click on either "SIPlayer.exe", or on "Open Folder to view Files". Skip to step #4
2. If a window does not appear, Click on "My Computer"
3. Right-click on the SI CD/DVD, then choose "Open" or “Open folder”
4. Click on Sound Innovations mP3s
5. Click on abbreviation for your child's instrument:
VN is violin; VA is viola; VC is cello; SB is String Bass
6. The tracks should appear. Click on the number that corresponds with the song number in the Sound Innovations book. Windows media player, iTunes, etc. can store the tracks on your computer, which can then be transferred to a mobile device.

Practicing with the mP3 CD: Two ways:
1. If you use Windows media/iTunes to play the songs, the speed is not variable. Each song is played twice in one track: once with the melody or part that your child’s instrument plays with accompaniment, and then again without the melody/part, and only the accompaniment playing.

2. If you use the SI Player, the tempo of each track can be adjusted to be played faster or slower, for practicing purposes. Slide the toggle bar left for slower and right for faster than 100%, which is the original speed. Don’t forget to hit the Play button!

If you have any questions, let me know!

We will be using E-la to play songs in Minor tonality, such as Minor Duple and Minor Triple. Violin/viola/cello/bass Fingerings 1 has D-Do and G-Do.