• WELCOME TO ORCHESTRA!

    This is the orchestra page for Gateway Pointe, Chaparral, and Higley Traditional Academy.

    -ORCHESTRA CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS-

    1. Bring your instrument, music, and pencil
    2. Practice your instrument five times each week
    3. Be a team player and take responsibility in your learning

    -HOMEWORK/PRACTICE-

    Students should be practicing regularly and turning in their weekly practice logs, due each Monday. Parents should help their child create a consistent practice schedule and stick to it. Here are the practice requirements for orchestra:

    5th Grade: 10 minutes, 5 times each week
    6th Grade: 15 minutes, 5 times each week

    -ORCHESTRA KARATE-

    We use Orchestra Karate to help students focus on their goals and measure their progress. There are eight belt colors and we will learn about two per quarter. Feel free to ask your child to see their Orchestra Karate Check-off Sheet.

    -PRACTICE PERFORMING IN FRONT OF OTHERS-

    Asking your child to perform for you is one of the best things you can do for them in their musical journey. It helps build their confidence, self-assess what they know and need to work on, and it shows them that you are interested in and proud of what they have learned. Have you asked your child to perform for you recently?

    -CONCERTS-

    Concert attendance is mandatory. Please contact your child’s orchestra teacher if you are unsure of the concert dates that we have scheduled for your school. Performance attire is an Orchestra Polo (we will order around fall break), full length black dress pants or ankle skirts (no capris, shorts, or tights in place of pants), black socks, and black shoes.

    -EXTRA CREDIT-

    Students can receive extra credit for attending other orchestra concerts! This includes concerts at other schools or going to see professional orchestras such as the Phoenix Symphony. Just have your child bring the program in to class to receive credit. You can email your child’s orchestra teacher if you were unable to get a program at the concert.

    Please contact your child’s orchestra teacher if you have any questions at all.

    Emily Asay, Orchestra Teacher

    Higley Unified School District

    Email: emily.asay@husd.org

    Voicemail: 480-279-7786