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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newer students.

One more thing....

If you were not in class last Monday, or Wednesday, please make sure that you come up to see if you're in my roster. I don't want to leave anyone out!

Also, particularly 2nd, and 3rd year students, make sure you are registered on the website @.  

First Week Done!

Hey all!

It was a great, if somewhat chaotic first week.  Always is!  Thanks for your patience during class as we continue to get organized, become acquainted with our instruments, each other, and learn how to team up to make a good effective, and fun class.

Some reminders:

Come in
Unpack in back.  Instruments only, not bows, though we will be talking bows this week

Be sure you look at names of instruments

Practice 'concert rest' and 'playing position"  practice going back and forth between these two positions.

Look at pages 4-5.  See if you can play these.

Remember,  D looks lower, D sounds lower.   A looks highter, A sounds higher.  

Be ready to give me feed back on what makes good playing position.

Yay!  I'm excited to have all of you!!!!  

Now go make some pizzicato music.  Bows will come soon.

Monday, September 8, 2014

dropped notes

Hello Orchestra Students!

Happy Orchestra start-up! If you're brand new to this site, feel free to book-mark it, or sign up for it to come directly to your mailbox

The first week is always crazy.  We must get rosters and info logged in for me, as your classroom teacher.

Beginners:  We are learning names of strings, and parts of the violin/viola/cello this week.  We are working on learning to hold your instrument.  Page two, in your book, has the names of your instrument.

2nd Years.  Bring first year book to class.   We will be starting the 2nd year book in a couple weeks.   you can purchase books at a music store,  or i will try to have those on hand this week. You can pay for them as you get them, or next class time.

Third Years:  Bring in second year books.  We will be reviewing scales and some music.  I will be also handing out sheet music shortly.  

That's all for now!  Stay tuned.   

Mrs. Jorgensen

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hey!  We're visiting some back to school nights etc.  If any of you are interested in doing east duets and songs from first year book over next several days, or just once, email me. Might be fun!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CCEIM Registration

classical violin

Hey!  Yay!  You can register AND pay for classes online now!  I love easy, don't you? We will still have the little payment books if that is easier for you.  We will be coming through schools handing out information etc in the next few weeks.  But, I wanted to give you a heads up, in case you're going into the second year program, and want to get a jump start, or, you know of people who'd like to sign up as beginners.

Classes will start the week of Sept. 8

You can access MORE info by going to

Thanks!  Hope to see you soon.  Last year's 2nd level...I just posted info on third  level in my last post.'

Third Year Strings

Dancing Music Notes

Hey! Hope you've all had a wonderful summer.  I hope you've enjoyed music either through your instrument, another instrument, or enjoying someone else's music through live performances, or recordings, etc.

Orchestra is around the corner!!!! Classes start the week of Sept. 8.

Many of you have asked about auditions for 3rd year.  

To be in third year, you must have been through 2 years of CCEIM classes, or the equivalent of lessons or classes in another place.  Be familiar with, and have memorized the D, G, C ,F, and Bb,  scales. These can all be found in your purple-banded Essential Elements Book 2.  The sight reading challenges on page 38 of that book, would be a good few pages to look at, at brush up on your skills.  A few of you, I have heard over the summer, and feel confident you will do well in 3rd year orchestra.  If you have not seen me over the summer, let's get together, so i can hear you play some of these things.

If you would prepare "In the Bleak Midwinter" to play for me, on page 36, in the second year book, that would be great.  It is in the key of F, which may take some review in your book. It also has bow and rhythm patterns, that I'd like you to be familiar with, and that we use a lot at this level. It is neither the easiest, or the hardest thing we will do this year, but will give me a general grasp of where you are.

Some of you, may not be comfortable with all that, and for a variety of reasons, would do well to be with me in the 2nd year program again at Laredo on Monday/Wednesday nights.  These reasons may be anything from schedule predicaments, to just needing to firm up your skills more, at a comfortable rate and pace.  

Third year strings, will meet Mon/Wed at 4:30 at Fox Hollow Elementary.  You are usually out by 5:20.

Please schedule a time to get together with me if you are interested in 3rd year class.  Many of you who played last year at Laredo or Campus 2nd year strings, would be eligible for this class. if you have concerns or questions, email me as well.   Email me at 

Thanks!  Now, go make some music!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Session invite

Hey!  I know summer is crazy sometimes, but sometimes it's lazy too.  So if you have time, come join us at Red Hawk Ridge Elementary on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, at 3:30 just during the month of July.  Today was our first day.  All elementary people who've had at least a year of orchestra welcome,  I'm tailoring it to multi-levels.  We will also be playing an arrangement of the 1812 Overture with the band. You will be done by 5:20. We will have a snack and break about halfway through every day, and a concert at Tagawa Gardens at the end of July...mmmm maybe 2nd of August.  That was under discussion.  

If you want to jump on board, go to or email me at
whatever you do, enjoy your summer, and go make some music!