August 22- FCYO Auditions, 5-6:45PM- AHS
September 5- All State Applications Due
September 7- Talent Show Auditions, 4-6PM
September 14- Talent Show, 6:30 PM
October 3- JCHS Orchestra Fall Concert, 7PM
October 14- All-State District Auditions-Centennial HS
October 19- 7th/8th Grade Fall Orchestra Concert, 6:30PM
November 10-11- AMMS Musical
November 15- FCYO Concert @ AHS, 7PM
November 16 - 6th Grade Orchestra Fall Concert, 6:30PM
November 30- JCHS Orchestra Winter Concert, 7PM
December 14- Combined Winter Concertx2 (7th/8th Grade)
December 15- JCHS Midwest Preview Concert, JCHS, 7PM
January 6- Final All-State Auditions
February 8- AMMS Orchestra Pre-LGPE Concert, 7PM
February 13-15- LGPE- Chattahoochee HS
March 1-3- All State @ Athens
March 9- 8th Grade Performs at National Orchestra Fest!
March 28- FCYO Concert @ AHS, 7PM
March 29- Chamber Concert Night- 5:30PM
April 24- JCHS Orchestra Concert 7PM
April 27-28- Spring Play
May 14- Final Orchestra Concert- 6:30
May 16- In school pops concerts- all grades
Dear Orchestra Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year in the Autrey Mill Middle School Music Program. My name is Tim Anderson and after 15 fantastic years I am very pleased to again be back with the orchestra. We accomplished a great deal last year including performances where we received straight superior ratings for the 7th and 8th grade orchestras at our performance evaluations and our 8th grade orchestra receiving the Division Champion Award at the Southern Star Music Festival! I’m looking forward to even bigger and better things this year including a performance at the American String Teachers Association National Conference!
This handbook is a starting point for all you’ll need to know for a great year in the orchestra. Our objectives and goals are listed here, as well as our expectations of students in terms of classroom behavior, rehearsal guidelines, attendance, equipment requirements, concert attire, and grading procedures.
If you have any questions regarding any of this please do not hesitate to contact me at any time by email at:
Thank you for your time and effort in reading this and in supporting the students in our fine music department. I’m looking forward to a fantastic year and hope to meet and hear from many of you soon.
Tim Anderson, Orchestra Director
How it all Works
Instrumental music classes meet every day for about 47 minutes. Each grade level will have its own performing orchestra. These individual groups will have many opportunities to perform at a variety of functions throughout the school year.
In addition to our daily work on our instruments (tone production, articulation, bowing proficiency, scales, and rhythms to name a few aspects) we also have a few additional educational opportunities for students. The first of these is the “Artist of the Day” program. Two days a week a musical selection (it could be anything!) will be presented in class. Students will be asked to listen critically for a few minutes and then analyze what they heard. Students who are able to correctly identify the artist (or make a good educated guess and back it up) earn extra credit.
Another weekly program is the “Student Warm-up”. For this opportunity students rotate to the podium to conduct a warm-up with the orchestra. A good warm-up helps prepare both the physical and mental aspects of performing. Students will be coached through this leadership opportunity and will present 2-5 times a year depending on the size of their class.
Students will have many small group and individual performing opportunities throughout the year such as “Solo and Ensemble Festival” as well as smaller chamber music recitals which will coincide with our chamber music work in the class room. Be sure to check your Autrey Mill news letters for upcoming dates and times.
Extra credit will be available to make up for missed quizzes, poor performance on tests, or to supplement lacking daily grades. Assignments are noted periodically throughout the year or by request from Mr. Anderson.
1. The instant the director steps on the podium (usually 3-4 minutes after the tardy bell) and addresses the orchestra, the rehearsal has started. If you’re not there or not ready in any of the following ways, you are considered late and will be graded accordingly. Attendance will be taken daily.
Objectives and Goals
The mission of the Fulton County Public is to educate students to be responsible, productive citizens.
At AMMS the goal is to:
Prepare Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Challenges
In the music program we do this in the following ways:
1. We serve the school and the community in both leading and supporting roles.
Classroom Guidelines/Teacher Philosophy
There is really just one big word here: Respect.
Respect yourself, Respect your teacher, Respect your fellow students, Respect your instrument... The list could go on.
The attitude of a true musician should be one of striving for continuous progress. There is always something that can be improved upon, no matter how good you are at what you are doing. Having the self respect and self discipline to do this is a great challenge, one that we should all strive to meet. 90% is not enough in the Orchestra. We need 100% all the time!
Seating will be random for the first few weeks and will later be decided by audition and quiz results.
Attendance is mandatory at all rehearsals and concerts unless there is an emergency or your absence has been previously cleared with Mr. Anderson. Students with unexcused absences will be given one week to request and complete an alternate assignment.
It is recommended that all middle school orchestra students acquire their own instruments. We do have a limited number of instruments available for use here at school on a first come first served basis. All instruments should be kept in good playing condition (which WILL require purchasing a few spare strings since they do wear out and break occasionally) and at all times should be marked with a name tag and slot number on the case. Large instruments (cello, bass) will be provided for use during the school year on a limited basis for a one time maintenance/repair fee. There are many locations from which to rent or buy instruments and I would be happy to advise you on them and assist in selection if you choose to buy.
Sheet music will be furnished to each student. Any student missing parts should immediately write a note to Mr. Anderson and leave it on his desk. Parts will be numbered and students will sign off that they have received parts. Any parts lost or damaged will be paid for by the student at a flat replacement rate just as a text book or any other school material would be.
The orchestra has two different sets of concert dress for different performing opportunities. For informal performances, students will wear jeans and an orchestra polo shirt which will be available soon. For formal performances the same shirt with the orchestra logo and a pair of khaki pants will be required.
What do I do with this?
Students and Parents, please sign and date this page,
fill out the back of this page, cut it out of the handbook, and return
it to Mr. Anderson no later than August 31st. Students, this
handbook is to be kept in your music folder at all times. It is
considered a piece of your required daily equipment, just like your
music, your instrument, or your pencil. Its presence may be checked for
I have read and agree to all of the rules and guidelines outlined in this handbook.
Student Name: (please print)
Student Signature: ______________________________
Parent Names: (please print)
How You Can
Help and Bonus Information:
Student Grade Level: __________ Instrument: _____________
Student Email Address: (please print clearly)
Parent Email Addresses:
__ I’d like to volunteer to help!
Things You’ll Need:
Instrument in working order
Essential Elements Book
Orchestra Web Site:
AMMS Web Site:
For an A you will:
For a B you will:
Diminishment in any of the above categories will result in a lower grade. There will be opportunities for extra credit throughout the year. Students maintaining less than a C average will be asked to attend a conference with their parents regarding their future in the music program. Your grade point average will be broken down as follows.
(performance and written)
10% Rehearsal/Performance Attendance