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    About the Fairmount and Serene Lake/Picnic Point Orchestras

    Mr. H teaches fifth grade orchestra for these three schools. Fifth graders have the opportunity to learn the violin, viola, or cello.

    New members are welcome! No prior music ability needed. 
    Please talk with Mr. H first.
    Come and join in the fun!  

    Rehearsal information:
    Orchestra meets every scheduled day when school starts at the normal time.
    If schools have a late start due to weather conditions, we will not have Orchestra class that day.
    The Fairmount Orchestra meets in the Fairmount Elementary Music Room on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45-8:30.
    The Serene Lake/Picnic Point Orchestra meets in the Picnic Point Elementary Music Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45-8:30. A bus will return the Serene Lake students back to their school for the day. 
    The book we use is titled String Basics. It can be bought online or at a local music store. Be sure to get the book specific to your instrument.
    Image result for string basics book 1  Image result for string basics book 1  String Basics Book 1 - Cello 

    Concert information:
    Wear white tops and black bottoms (including shoes). We usually have 3 concerts each year, though dates for the second concert have not been finalized yet. 

    • Winter concert is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th at 5:15PM, in the PI Music Room/Gym (This is for the FA, SL, and PI orchestra students.)
    • The orchestra’s second performance will be a combined concert at Kamiak High School on Wednesday, April 17th. We will be playing with other Mukilteo School District string players from local elementary schools, middle schools, and Kamiak High School. Elementary musicians should arrive at 5:30pm to get tuned and seated. A big rehearsal will go from 6:00 – 6:40pm and then students will have a short break. The concert start time is 7:00pm.
    • Our End-of-year concert is scheduled for Thursday, June 6th at 6:30PM, in the FA Music Room/Gym (This is for the FA, SL, and PI orchestra students.)

    Have a question? Please email me at hodgsonbe@mukilteo.wednet.edu.

    Check out these great online sites for young musicians!
    Why play in Orchestra?
    Here is a presentation of many of the benefits received from learning an orchestra instrument!
    Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    There are videos to watch, files to listen to, articles to read, and it's all geared towards kids!
    Classics for Kids
    Listen to music, compose music, work on activity sheets, or become a music explorer... it's all here!
    Happy Cellist
    Registration for orchestra is done through ParentSquare. If families are having difficulty finding where to register in ParentSquare, maybe  this Google form is easier. Please feel free to email Judy Heminger at hemingerjl@mukilteo.wednet.edu for additional assistance. Also, each school's music teacher should have information and can help. 
    Need an instrument? Families are invited to rent an instrument from a strings specialty store like Hammond Ashley or Bischofberger Violins. They have similar prices and often have higher quality instruments that are easier and more fun to play. Local stores such as Kennelly Keys, or Music & Arts have online instrument rentals.
    Mukilteo School District wants everyone to be able to participate and has some instruments that are available for families to borrow on a first come-first served basis. Requesting a free instrument is done on the registration form.
    More questions about starting orchestra?
    Registration questions can be directed to Judy Heminger at hemingerjl@mukilteo.wednet.edu
    Any orchestra program questions can go to Mr. H at hodgsonbe@mukilteo.wednet.edu