T. Schor Orchestra Handbook

T. Schor Middle School

 Orchestra Handbook

2017 - 2018




Orchestra class is part of the student’s schedule.  Prompt arrival and preparation is a requirement.  There is a “zero-tolerance” lateness policy.  Students that arrive late to class  without a pass may serve a lunch detention. 



Attendance at the Winter and Spring concerts is Mandatory. Please see reverse side for concert dates. Concert dates are also posted on my school website.



Concert Attire


Winter Concert – Boys must wear black pants, a nice black shirt, and black shoes and socks.  Girls must wear black pants/skirt and a nice black top with black shoes.

Spring Concert – All students will wear Schor Music T-shirts with black pants/skirt and black shoes.

No jeans or sneakers are allowed.  Students who do not adhere to the school dress code will not be permitted to perform.





Students must demonstrate excellent conduct in rehearsals and performances.  When at a performance opportunity away from school, students must represent the school appropriately.



Black 1-inch Binder


Students are responsible to get a black 1-inch binder.  This black binder will be utilized to organize orchestra music.  I will provide clear sheet protectors to hold the music in the binder.



Curriculum and Repertoire


Students will be exposed to music from different time periods and cultures.  By the time students graduate from 8th grade, they will be well prepared to participate in the orchestral program at Piscataway High School.





Orchestra is a graded class.  Students will be graded and assessed in the following ways:


  • Attendance – Students must attend all in class rehearsals and small lesson groups.  Students must be on time and prepared for class with instruments and music.
  • Participation – Students must participate fully in each class period.  That means students must have instruments and music ready for each orchestra period on A days and play their instruments during class time.
  • Playing quizzes – Students will need to perform in multiple playing quizzes each marking period.  They will be graded base on performances of the music they have learned. This will be done by recording/emailing through Schoology.
  • Written quizzes – Students will have written quizzes in music knowledge, theory and terminology throughout the school year. Some quizzes will be administered through the utilization of the Ipad.
  • Practice over the weekend – Students are expected to take their instruments home over the weekend to practice. Adequate practice will help students achieve high marks in their playing quizzes.



Small Group Lessons

Students will receive small group lessons on a rotating lesson schedule in addition to regular orchestra classes.  Students will acquire a great deal of technical and musical skills during these small group lessons that will help to prepare them to participate in high school orchestra. Small group lessons are mandatory and is graded based on attendance.


At Home Practice

Practicing at home is essential for success in Orchestra.  Students are expected to practice their orchestra music and the assigned lesson material at home, a minimum of 5 days a week for at least 20-30 minutes a day.  This will ensure student progress and success in orchestra class. Adequate practice will help students achieve high marks in their playing quizzes.



Orchestra Trip(s)


We are planning for a trip to the State Theater in April, 2018.  Details will be forthcoming. Students who do not meet school’s behavior requirements will not be permitted to attend the trip. If a student’s behavior causes him/her to be excluded from a trip, a refund will not be granted.



Important Dates


Winter Concert        

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7PM

T. Schor Auditorium

Spring Concert         

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7PM

 T. Schor Auditorium


Feel free to contact me at any time.  The best way to reach me is by e-mail. 


Grace Lee

732-752-4457 x5286                                                  

Orchestra Teacher