Orchestra TeleSchool Page (guitar, go here…https://miltonorchestra.com/guitar/)

No new assignments!  Check your grades and complete any necessary make up work.  Read info below.  I look forward to seeing you at the Virtual Banquet Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 pm. Links will be sent/posted.


Everyone should be in one of two categories-

1. If you have 6 completed Infinite Campus grades for TeleSchool assignments and are happy with either your March 12 or current grade (whichever is higher), then you are done with the curricular part of orchestra for the year- congrats (and a huge THANK YOU)! I will still be sending out some info about the banquet, voting, leadership positions, instrument check-outs/returns, etc., so don’t totally tune out, please. Remind is my preferred means of communication for that type of thing, so make sure you are signed up (and get notifications that you will actually see).

2. If you have any incomplete Infinite Campus grades for TeleSchool assignments (6 total), then you still have work to do to receive a grade for this class. If you have not completed at least 70% of the TeleSchool assignments for Orchestra by the time grades are due, then I will have no choice but to enter an INCOMPLETE for the semester, regardless of what IC says your grade is. I do not have complete details as to how that would work going forward, but it will save you a tremendous amount of hassle to complete at least 5 orchestra assignments so that you are eligible for your March 12 grade at minimum. Complete one menu item (below) for every assignment you are missing and submit via email, Flipgrid, etc.

Updated Assignments Menu


Earlier TeleSchool Info:

Wednesdays are designated elective days, so I encourage you to get your work done on those days; however, the due dates will be by 11:59 on Fridays to give you a little more practice time.  My TeleSchool “office hours” are Wednesdays from 11-1, but I’ll respond to Remind and email throughout the week.

Besides your assignments on Microsoft Teams/Flipgrid (details below), you have opportunities to get non-graded/informal feedback and even “perform” for each other through Flipgrid submissions.  There are also video coaching sessions/sectionals available, and I have been uploading weekly video check-ins.

If you feel you are not receiving at least weekly emails or messages from me, please contact me at cummingsas@fultonschools.org .  Make sure you belong to the Remind group for your orchestra (https://miltonorchestra.com/remind/) .


All assignments can be found and turned in at our orchestra Microsoft Teams class- Milton Orchestra (all), which also links to Flipgrid for video assignments.  Everyone has already been added to the Team.

Teams troubleshooting:

  1. Make sure you are logging in through ClassLink like this: Logging in to Teams
  2. Follow the launchpad link from those instructions (https://launchpad.classlink.com/fcs)
  3. Find the Microsoft 365 folder and select Microsoft Teams
  4. Look for our class- Milton Orchestra (all)
  5. If that doesn’t help, try the FCS Remote Learning Hotline:


RESOURCES (partial list, more on our Teams channel)

Orchestra videos/podcasts:

First, a great video of Nicola Benedetti playing the first excerpt from your audition packet (the one that is on both the Sinfonia and Chamber auditions).  Even if you are not a violinist, it’s a great example of how to approach this musically! Our section starts around 2:22 and ends about 3:45.

Her page is also a great general resource for performances and instructional videos.  If you go to “Playlists” and check out the options, you’ll find some good stuff.  The “With Nicky” series includes videos on vibrato and a number of other excellent topics from this world class soloist: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNicolaBenedetti/playlists

The blog of Nathan Cole (with lots of great tips/instructional videos), 1st Associate Concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic: https://www.natesviolin.com/blog/

The Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall is free right now (use promo code by March 31)!  So much good content… https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home

Metropolitan Opera is streaming full HD opera performances for free right now… https://operawire.com/metropolitan-opera-to-offer-up-nightly-met-opera-streams/

Similar thing with Seattle Symphony- free streaming: https://seattlesymphony.org/live

A great podcast series on composers (some really interesting stories): https://www.decomposedshow.org/episodes


Cool Doctor Who article that relates to the arts/artists (SPOILER ALERT): https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/doctor-who-boldly-goes-with-a-choice-that-defines-the-franchise

Interesting copyright law news: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8042979/Musician-uses-computer-algorithm-compose-melody-thats-possible-key-C.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ico=taboola_feed

Current events in the classical music world: https://www.middleclassartist.com/post/the-unsung-heroes-of-covid-19?postId=5e6b76f9cd40840017fdc7a5

Other items of interest:

Excellent free music notation software for composing/arranging: https://musescore.org/en

A friend of mine from college started this company.  Just kind of cool to explore the virtual instruments they have created, including one made by sampling Joshua Bell in their studio! https://www.embertone.com/

More music notation software with a free version: https://www.noteflight.com/