Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 14, 2024Ford MS Orchestra Concerts – Ford MS Gym

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Ereckson MS Orchestra Concerts – Ereckson MS cafeteria

Thursday, May 16, 2024Curtis MS Orchestra Concerts – Curtis MS Gym

Audio – Music backing tracks
Rustic Dance

French Folk Song


6th grade online information & t-shirt form – Due with payment by 8/25/2023
– Due 8/25/2023 (payment receipts are posted in Financial section of your Charms account: http://allenorchestra.org/charms/)

REGISTER AND PAY FOR TMEA ALL-REGION ENTRY (for those who wish to audition – optional)
TMEA All-Region MS Orchestra Fee Payment – Due 10/6/2023


Orchestra Handbook for Allen ISD


Essential Elements 2000 – Book 1 (for your instrument)  Available for home practice on the iPad!  Audio Files can be downloaded here!

Wire Stand

Shoulder Rest for Violins and Violas (Everest or Kun shoulder rest)

Tuner – Violin/Viola – PC1 Korg Pitch Clip On Tuner
Tuner – Cello/Bass – Korg CA-1 Tuner and Intelli Microphone

Rock Stop for Cello and Bass

Rosin for your instrument

Clean Cloth to help keep instrument clean

Please consider renting online at instrument stores rather than going in person.  Stores are not allowing large numbers of people in their buildings to help with social distancing.  (i.e to go to www.dallasstrings.com online and choose “ school delivery” and not “Dallas Strings”)

Renting an instrument from Dallas Strings – flyer

Choosing an instrument with sizing

Dallas Strings rental information

Instrument rentals and materials available from Local Instrument Shops

Online Class Links

Using Essential Elements Interactive Youtube video help!

Creating your Essential Elements Interactive account – click here for instructions!

The Essential Elements Interactive website for practice

  • Students will activate their account from the EEi home page by clicking on the “Students” logo Student Logo and clicking “Enroll in Your Class.”
  • Students will need the school code (allenorchestra) and their student ID (Allen ISD school ID# or your Charms password)
  • Students will need their book with them to activate their account.

Essential Elements Audio Files can be downloaded here!



Practice your note reading skills for YOUR instrument!

Violin Fingerings   Viola Fingerings   Cello Fingerings   Bass Fingerings

Note naming help and reviewing online:

Violin (D and A string notes)   Viola (D and A string notes)   Cello (D and A string notes)   Bass (notes of the D scale)

More Note Naming Skill Building!

Violin.    Viola.    Cello.    Bass.  


String Instruments taught in orchestra

The Violin The Viola The Cello The String Bass