• Coeur d’Alene High School 2019-2020
    Course Objective
    String Orchestra, 4th Period
    MONDAY 11:20-12:10
    TUESDAY-FRIDAY 10:50-11:50

    Jim Phillips, Director


    1. Syllabus of the year – Performances (more may be added)
    See website calendar for most up to date performance schedule 

    2. Literature
    We will play a variety of music throughout the course of the year, focusing on the goals and standards set by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).


    National Standards for Music Education

    The Core Music Standards are all about Music Literacy. The standards emphasize conceptual understanding in areas that reflect the actual processes in which musicians engage. The standards cultivate a student’s ability to carry out the three Artistic Processes of

    • Creating,
    • Performing, and
    • Responding.

    These are the processes that musicians have followed for generations, even as they connect through music to their selves and their societies. And isn’t competence in Creating, Performing, and Responding what we really want for our students?

    Students need to have experience in creating, to be successful musicians and to be successful 21st century citizens.

    Students need to perform – as singers, as instrumentalists, and in their lives and careers.

    Students need to respond to music, as well as to their culture, their community, and their colleagues.

    These standards provide teachers with frameworks that closely match the unique goals of their specialized classes. The standards are presented in a grade-by-grade sequence from pre-K through grade 8, and discrete strands address common high-school music classes, such as Ensemblesand Music Composition/Theory. The standards are provided in “strands” that represent the principal ways music instruction is delivered in the United States.

    We will also be adhering to the Idaho and National Content Standards for Humanities: Music.  You can see those standards here

    3. Additional materials
    Each student will be required to bring with them to class: an instrument, either their own or one the school is supplying for them; music which they have prepared for the rehearsal in a rehearsal folder; a #2 pencil for marking the music; instrument specific supplies i.e. rosin, extra strings, mutes, etc.

    4. Listening Experience 2019-2020 (Idaho Standard MU:Re7.1.E.Ia)

    There will be an assignment EACH WEEK accessible through SKYWARD STUDENT ACCESS.  You will need to log in through YOUR student skyward account: username and password to access the assignments.  They will be assigned on Mondayof each week and due for a grade three times each semester. If you do not receive a perfect score, you may re-take the assignment until you are happy with the score - up until the due date.

    I will provide the list of pieces. We will be studying specific recordings by specific performers, so be sure you are listening to the right person if you go to you tube or iTunes. We will listening to and studying each piece together in class. You will have to log in to SKYWARD to access each weekly assignment (you can do this during class with either you own device or a school Chromebook, when available). There will be ten questions each week.  Selections from these 15 pieces will be on the semester final exam.

    Click on the links below to access the slideshows we view in class:

    Orchestra Listening Experience 2019-2020

    A. Idiophones
    1. Concussion (Castanets) Zorongo
    2. Shaken (sleigh bells) Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson
    3. Stamping (tap shoes) Juke Box Dance
    4. Plucked (jaw harp/mouth harp) Morsing Trio
    5. Percussion (marimba) Bach Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude

    B. Membranophones
    6. Tubular drums (congas) Poncho Sanchez - Watermelon Man
    7. Kettle drums (timpani) Marche de Timbales, Philidor
    8. Frame drums (Bodhran) Riverdance: Bodhran Dance
    9. Friction drums (Cuica) Cantiga de Zambi
    10. Mirlitons (Kazoo) Super Mario Bros. Theme

    C. Chordophones
    11. Harp (celtic harp) Carolan's Dream
    12. Lute (banjo) Steve Martin The Crow 
    13. Lyre (greek lyre) Glory of the Parthenon
    14. zither (Harpsichord) JS Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D minor
    15. Bow (african musical bow - kalumbu) Saansa Cisanse

    D. Aerophones
    16. Whistle (recorder) Handel Recorder Sonata in A minor
    17. Blowhole (pan flute) Gheorghe Zamfir - The Lonely Shepherd
    18. Reed (saxophone) Branford Marsalis - Pavane - Gabriel Faure
    19. Cup (brass instruments) Mnozil Brass William Tell Overture 
    20. Free-reed (accordion) Frank Yankovic "You Are My Sunshine"

    E. Electrophones
    21. Eletric organ The Happy Organ by Dave "Baby" Cortez
    22. Synthesizer; Beatles, Here Comes The Sun
    23. Theremin; Clara Rockmore plays "The Swan" by Saint-Saens
    24. Octapad (drum machine) Yellow Magic Orchestra, Firecracker
    25. Ondes Martenot; Radiohead, How to Disappear Completely

    F. Name The Category
    26. Trumpet (Aerophone) Alison Balsom (solo trumpet) Bach,Gigue from Suite no 2 
    27. Membranophone; Tabla - Malfuf
    28. Electric Guitar (Electrophone/Chordophone) Les Paul How High The Moon 
    29. Violin (Necked Box Lute - Chordophone) Paganini Caprice #24
    30. Glass Harmonica (Idiophone - friction vessel) Mozart Adagio for Glass harmonica

    5. Scales

    We will be testing on scales on a regular schedule - four scales each month.

    • Semester one is Major Scales/Arpeggios + Chromatic Scale
    • Semester two is Minor Scales/Arpeggios

    You will need to submit these assignments electronically by video submission, using either a school-supplied iPad or your own video capable device.

    These are worth 20 points each and if you are not happy with your score, you may re-submit for full credit until the due date.

    We will be using GOOGLE DRIVE for this assignment. You will be given a code to join the class. 

    Each scale/arpeggio will be a separate video.

    Please meet deadlines!

    • Semester one - Four Scales due Oct, Nov, Dec (I will assign which scales)
    • Semester two - Four Scales due Feb, Mar, Apr (I will assign which scales)

    6. Traveling
    Each student in this ensemble will sign a form stating that they will adhere to the School District Policies regarding their behavior while traveling anywhere off school grounds as a representative of Cd'A HS. These policies will be enforced to their full extent. Each student in this ensemble is requested to pay the $25 transportation fee to the Activities Secretary.

    7. Dress Standards
    For this ensemble, ladies will wear a black skirt or pants, and a white LONG SLEEVE blouse. Men will wear a white LONG SLEEVE dress shirt (with a collar and buttons), black pants, black socks, and black shoes

    8. Grading
    Grades for this ensemble will be broken up into three categories;
    1. Performances/Exams (40% - Summative Assessment)
    2. Listening Experiences/Scales (30% - Formative Assessment)
    3. Daily Rehearsal (30% - Daily Work)

    Music Currently In Our Folders (Reference Recordings)