Dear Parents and Students,

I would this opportunity to welcome you to our school’s orchestra program!  Our success depends on your commitment, attitude, and cooperation.  I am so excited to have you as a member of our musical family!

It is our mission as a music department to help students develop a life-long understanding, appreciation, learning and love of music through exposure and experiences in a variety of instrumental ensembles.  We want our students to feel welcome, happy, motivated, creative, and inspired in the classroom.  We strive to make connections, to encourage and foster relationships, and to prepare our students for the future!



Mr. Sullivan!!

Weekly News & Updates

October  13-17

A day is Monday , Wednesday, Friday

6th graders are NOT CLEARED yet to use the bow on the string, however they are cleared to practice holding it properly.

After school practice this week will be on THURSDAY Oct. 16th until 4:30 PM. Parent pick your child up promptly.

All students should be practicing.

All grades will have a Test this Friday


Welcome parents and students

Listed below are the method books that we will be using in orchestra this year:

6th Grade Orchestra - Essential Elements  Book 1

7th Grade Orchestra -  Essential Elements Book 2

8th Grade Orchestra -  Essential Technique Book 3

These books cost around $10.00 each. Make sure you get the  one that is for your child's instrument (Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass). You can find these books in local music stores in the charlotte area. However, if you can't make it to the store, have you child bring me  $10.00 and I'll get the book. It's not a problem, since I go to the music stores  frequently during the first part of the school year.


After School Tutoring (3:30-4:30 PM)

Thursday, October 16th  

Friday, October 25th 

Thursday, October 30th

Friday, November 7th



CMS Honors Orchestra Auditions

Auditions will be held on November 22nd (Saturday) at South West Middle School.  There is no audition fee.  If you make it, the event will take place on Feb. 6-7, 2015 at Mallard Creek High School.

Please see assignments for grades 6-8 below.

Orchestra Assignments

6th Grade Assignments

Scales C, G, and D major

E.E. pp.32-34

Concert Pieces –

Allegro, Fiddle Song, Fur Elise and Tomahawk


7th Grade Assignments

Scale Bb

E.E. pp. 24-25

Concert Pieces –

Butterflies on the Breeze, Brandenburg Concerto #5, Ode to Joy, and Walking


8th Grade Assignments

Scales-Two octaves D, G major

E.E. pp. 32-33

Concert Pieces-

Night Shift, Toccatina, Summer Stomp, and Telemann Sinfonia