Information for students and parents of the AMMS Orchestra Program
The AMMS Orchestras are divided by grade level and meet in groups of 30-50 students at a time over the course of 6 periods each day. Our 6th graders are typically considered beginners, 7th graders intermediate, and 8th graders advanced, though we have students of many levels in every grade. Classes meet for 50 minutes, 5 days a week.
Tim Anderson has been the director of orchestras at Autrey Mill Middle School for 19 years. He is active with both ASTA and GMEA as a clinician and has taken groups to perform at state and national conferences. He has been selected as teacher of the year and most recently was presented with the Georgia chapter of the American String Teachers Association educator of the year award.
The last few years have posed many challenges to education as we know it. In the orchestra world we took these challenges as opportunities and marched forward with virtual performances, recorded concerts, and a wealth of new resources that help our students to excel far beyond our expectations. Currently all classes are meeting in person with occasional virtual days as dictated by FCS schools.
All AMMS Orchestra students will need an instrument for use both at home and at school. There are a few available from the school but we highly recommend renting an instrument from one of the many fine shops in the Roswell/Johns Creek area. Cello and bass players can use school instruments during the day and do not need to transport them back and forth except for concerts. If you have any instrument sizing questions please ask Mr. Anderson, talk to the shop you're renting from, or check here.
Even in our newly virtual and largely paperless world there are still a few resources all AMMS Orchestra students will need. All students will be issued an Essential Elements book by the school. 6th grade uses book 1, 7th uses book 2, and 8th uses book 3- also known as "Essential Technique". In addition to these books there is also a folder here that contains pdfs of various paperwork we use on a daily or weekly basis. Feel free to download and print your own, or just ask Mr. Anderson any day before school if things aren't busy!
The "homework" for orchestra is putting in some individual practice time. Remember that practicing at home is how you learn your parts. Rehearsing at school is how you learn everyone else's parts and how it turns into actual MUSIC! Practice records are due each week and are turned in online via this link. Students, please bookmark this link!!!
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