Klezmer Clarinets Take 2

As we approach our concert date (June 4th!!), we are getting closer to being “performance ready” on our two pieces, Klezmer Clarinets and Asprire, Achieve.

Here’s the latest recording of Klezmer Clarinets. Enjoy!


Klezmer Clarinets

Check it Out!

Below are two links I shared with the Grade 6 Orchestra students today. GREAT examples of musicianship while playing the USA National Anthem at sporting events.

Final Four (NCAA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jrB9a_fE6w

Juilliard Trombone Choir at Madison Square Garden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XLoFz6fGng

Going Klezmer – Grade 6

Grade 6 is working on the piece “Klezmer Clarinets” to perform in May.


This link is a partial performance from one of the Grade 6 group lessons this week:



It’s a good start. Take your instruments home and practice, kiddos! We have a LONG way to go!

What is Grade 6 Playing in Orchestra?

Check out these links so that you can practice along with a recording at home! Just click on the “Listen” button.

Klezmer Clarinets

Aspire, Achieve

Remember, you need to bring your instrument to school on Tuesday and bring it home with you on Wednesday so that you have it at home till the following Tuesday to practice.

Orchestra Materials

Each student is responsible for the materials they are borrowing from IICS. In addition to the instrument and book they’ve been given, some students will need to provide their own materials.

I recommend going to Dore Muzik in Tunel to purchase any necessary items: www.doremuzik.com.tr


Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone players should have a swab for their instrument. Some cases already included a swab. If it didn’t, please consider purchasing one to keep your instrument clean longer. When students swab their instruments, there is less damage done to the interior resulting in fewer repairs.

Clarinet and Saxophone players will need to purchase their own reeds. Every student should buy a box of ten and have at least 4 working reeds at all times. As soon as the student only has 4 reeds left, they should purchase another box so that they are prepared when they need it. Grade 6 students should be using Vandoren size 2.5.

I also recommend purchasing a reed case. When cared for and rotated properly, reeds last much longer.

Trumpet and Baritone players will need to purchase oil for their valves so that they valves do not get stuck. Valves should be oiled every few days.

Trombone players should purchase glide cream as well as a small spray bottle to keep in their case. After putting cream on the slide, trombone players should spray some water on the slide as well.

Violin players should purchase an extra pack of strings (G, D, A, and E) so that if their strings break, they have a replacement set.

Welcome to Orchestra

Welcome to Orchestra!

All Grade 6 Music students participate in the orchestra on one of the following instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, percussion, or violin.

The majority of students are staying on the instrument they started in Grade 5. This is best for the conceptual understanding and progress of the individual as well as the quality of the performance they put together as an ensemble.

We will begin the year with fundamental review. As we progress, we will rehearse large ensemble music. We will continue to have units of inquiry as well. The students will investigate composition, communication, and performance.

IICS provides an instrument and method book for each student. That said, it is essential that the instruments to cared for throughout the year. They should be cleaned and cased properly after each use.

Each student will need to submit a “borrowing agreement” form will be distributed in band during the second full week of school. The instruments are returned and the teacher will complete an inventory at the end of every academic year.

Following Grade 6, if a student wishes to continue their instrument studies, they should contact a private tutor and purchase their own instrument.

I am looking forward to a wonderful year in orchestra with the Grade 6 students! We hope to see you at our first performance on January 29th!

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