JO Students and Parents:

There are a LARGE number of JO students who consistently arrive early enough to be ready for our 9:00 downbeat…that’s GREAT!

Please remember: between JO rehearsals, each member should be practicing his or her JO music at least four times for at least 20 minutes per time. If at all possible, practice with a metronome!


We are making a lot of progress on the Chaconne and March! Continue practicing the spots listed below as well as any spot you circled in rehearsal:

Finale: if possible, please take to your teacher for help with the dotted eighth – sixteenth rhythm. Remember that all commas in your part mean to lift the bow back to the frog (near your right hand thumb). It is very important to follow all commas and bowings!

Practice Priorities for the Upcoming Week:

Chaconne and March (see excerpts below; Chaconne at 76 beats per minute; March at 96)

Finale (the entire piece; 112 beats per minute)

Siyahamba (the entire piece; 112 beats per minute)

As always, enjoy the excerpts you can play well, BUT be sure to practice your challenging excerpts MORE

Specifics for Strings

Be sure to SUBDIVIDE when you practice,

Chaconne and March: Review same spots as last week!

m. 57-61

m. 97-113

m. 141-153

m. 163-177

Chaconne at 76 beats per minute; March at 96 beats per minute

Finale: Beginning – all down bows should be played with full, fast speed bows originating at the FROG!

Work with the dotted eighth-sixteenth rhythm with the metronome at 112. Keep in mind that not all the notes are dotted. Some are 2 eighth notes. We will rehearse this more on Saturday.

Siyahamba: Review

Trepak: Start practicing for next week.

Specifics for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

As always, be sure to play with a full, soloist style at all dynamic levels.

Chaconne and March: m. 41-49

m. 61-67

m. 89-120

Chaconne at 76 beats per minute; March at 96 beats per minute

Finale: review the entire piece; 112 beats per minute

be especially careful of the rhythms we changed (to sound more like the original)

Siyahamba: review the entire piece; 112 beats per minute

Trepak: start practicing for next week

And remember: rehearsal can be for clarifying what you have practiced at home, BUT NOT to make up for what you SHOULD HAVE practiced at home (but didn’t)!

Just a reminder that we will NOT be having rehearsals next Saturday 10/08/16 due to APS Fall Break.

NEXT REHEARSAL 10/15/16 (as always): Be sure to arrive at the AYS Building by 8:45

Be sure to have your instrument, music, pencil, and a tuner (if you own one)

Mrs. Robertson and Mr. Austell


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