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Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 10, 2021 – 5th grade Instrument SelectionAllen HS – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 17, 20216th Grade Orchestra “Living Room” Concert – 6:30pm
Featuring Tuesday/Thursday Classes: Anderson, Bolin, Boyd, Cheatham, Green, Marion, Norton, Olson, and Story Elementaries

Monday, May 17, 20216th Grade Orchestra “Living Room” Concert – 7:30pm
Featuring Wednesday/Friday Classes: Boon, Chandler, Evans, Kerr, Lindsey, Preston, Reed, Rountree, and Vaughan Elementaries

Audio File – French Folk Song backing track

Audio File – French Folk Song backing track at slower rehearsal tempo

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!


6th grade forms – Due with payment by 8/28/2020

6th Grade Forms ONLINE

SCHOOLPAY – Due 8/28/2020  Online payments are preferred!



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 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


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)


String Instruments taught in orchestra

The Violin The Viola The Cello The String Bass