Archive for November, 2011

2B and 3A Combined Rehearsal

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Attention all String Orchestra members in 2B and 3A,

Our combined rehearsal will take place right after school on Tuesday December 6th in the orchestra rehearsal room. The rehearsal will begin at 2:45 and last until 4:oo.

Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal Thursday

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Attention 1A Chamber Orchestra Members,

Thursday evening’s rehearsal (December 1st) will now begin at 6:00pm and end at 8:00pm in the auditorium.

Chamber Orchestra Music and Assignment for Monday

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Hey Chamber Orchestra Members,


As promised, here are the practice parts for the Sailors Dance and the Fantasia.


Violin 1

Violin 2





Sailors Dance

Violin 1

Violin 2





Assignment due Monday

Listen to the recording of today’s rehearsal —> Chamber Rehearsal November 22

On a separate piece of paper (to be handed in at the beginning of Monday’s class), mark 2 specific measures or passages that were successful and why. Do the same for 2 specific measures or passages that were not successful, and what can be done to improve them. You should have responses for Rondo in Blue, and each of the 4 movements of the Britten.

An example of what I am looking for is:

Rondo in Blue:

  • In measures 3-6, the viola entrances were clearly audible and were very well in tune.
  • In measure 24, the cellos sounded great because they played with excellent articulation
  • In the swing section, we weren’t together because the basses were rushing. They should pay more attention to the conductor and follow his amazingly crystal clear conducting patterns.
  • The last measure was good, but the articulations were not uniform between all of the sections. If everyone plays exactly what is written in the music, then it will sound much better.

Repeat this for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th movements of the Britten. You may also refer to specific times in the recording as well. In the end you will have no less than 20 comments to hand in on Monday. Feel free to add more if you would like to. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s Help the Indian Fields Music Department win a grant!

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Hey Everyone,

As you all know, Indian Fields Elementary School is a finalist for a $25,000 grant through Pepsi. Everyone can vote up to 3 times per day, but only 1 time per method. That means 1 text message vote, 1 website vote and 1 facebook vote per day. Do anything you can to help out Mr. Martinho and all of the music students at Indian Fields! Here’s the important info:

Method 1 (Via Pepsi):


STEP 1: Go to

STEP 2: Click “Vote for this idea”

STEP 3: Click “Sign up”

STEP 4: Enter information

STEP 5: Check email for confirmation link and click it

STEP 6: Visit

STEP 7: Click “Vote for this idea”

(Steps 3-5 are only needed the first time you vote)


Method 2 (Via Facebook):


STEP 1: Go to

STEP 2: Click “Vote for this idea”

STEP 3: Click “Login with Facebook”

STEP 4: Enter Facebook info

STEP 5: Visit

STEP 6: Click “Vote for this idea”


Method 3 (Via Text):


STEP 1: Text “109565″ to Pepsi (73774)


Don’t forget to vote every day, and the last day to vote is November 30th!

Evening Rehearsal Cancelled

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Hey everyone,

The evening rehearsal scheduled for Wednesday November 2nd will be cancelled.

-Dr. Gopal