Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!
I am glad to be serving as your Orchestra Teacher during 4th Period at Hephzibah High School.
As we work together this year, let's learn to persevere through challenging tasks, appreciate the responsibility of working in concert with others toward a common goal, foster our critical thinking skills, grow more eloquent in expressing ourselves both musically and verbally, and contribute beauty to the world in which we live.
for those of you who need to discuss county instruments, please e-mail or call me. This is done on a case by case basis.
If I haven't heard you play lately, I'd love to hear your progress and help you with any problems!
On this page you will find:
*my contact information, office hours, and a little about me
*pictures of students enjoying playing in our program--maybe even you!
*Pro-tip videos that will help you become a better and more informed player
*music videos that I hope will inspire you
*buttons for your orchestra level containing lots of important information
*a couple of things to tickle your funny bone
*and even a couple of stories for when you are sleepy. :-)
Rachel MisnerEmail:firstname.lastname@example.orgGrade(s): 4-12Subject(s): violin, viola, cello, bassTutoring Hours: Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:00 or by appointment
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Past Due Assignments
Expectations StatementDate Due: 09/07/2022
Major Scales 2/3 OctavesDate Due: 05/24/2023
Minor Scale execution 2/3 octavesDate Due: 05/24/2023
Weekly practiceDate Due: 05/24/2023
*Did you ever hear a duet between a Violin and a Guinea pig?
*Listen to my friend, Vonda, play Dueling Banjos by herself on TWO harps!
*The coolest Bach in the world!
*Way cool performances by YOUR PEERS!
*Here's a Fun Fiddle Video
Can you play it after watching her?
*HERE IS A BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE PIECES. IT WAS PLAYED BY EACH INSTRUMENTALIST WHILE THEY WERE AT HOME. 💚🎻🎼 Milwaukee Symphony playing Nimrod from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar
*MORE VIDS SHOWING THAT HARP ROCKS! SWEET CHILD O'MINE By Vonda Darr
PRO TIP VIDEOS THAT CAN MAKE YOU A SMARTER, BETTER PLAYER
*PRO TIP VIDEO #1: From Huthmaker Violin
*PIRATES, SHIPS, AND PURPLE THUMBS, VIDEO #2: From Huthmaker Violins
*THE BOW HAIRS & HORSES: From Huthmaker Violins
*ALL ABOUT EBONY: From Huthmaker Violins
*A STARTING VIBRATO: From Huthmaker Violins
*BETTER SIGHTREADING: From Huthmaker Violins
*BETTER STRING CROSSINGS: From Huthmaker Violins
*WHY LOOSEN YOUR BOW?: From Huthmaker Violins
*WHALEBONE, SILVER OR SILK?: From Huthmaker Violins
*YOUR BOW--WHAT'S AN EYELET & DOES YOUR FACE HAVE A PLATE?: From Huthmaker Violins
*THE 'INNERDS' OF YOUR FIDDLE: From Huthmaker Violins
*MAKING A VIOLIN, PART 1: From Huthmaker Violins
*HOW TO TUNE YOUR CELLO OR BASS: From Huthmaker Violins
*HOW TO TUNE YOUR VIOLIN OR VIOLA: From Huthmaker Violins
*HOW TO CHANGE A STRING: From Huthmaker Violins
*ROSIN: HOW AND HOW MUCH?: From Huthmaker Violins
*TRICKY WAYS TO PRACTIVE: From Huthmaker Violins
*SHAKEY SHARPS!: From Huthmaker Violins
*FANCY FLATS!: From Huthmaker Violins
*MOILING MINORS!: From Huthmaker Violins
*THE CLAY BALL THEORY: From Huthmaker Violins
*WHY DO THEY DO THAT AT A CONCERT?: From Huthmaker Violins
Story time with Miss Misner and Coda
Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field
The Sugarplum Tree by Eugene Field
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mc Bratney
What's a Misner?
Misner is a girl who grew up in the rolling hills of southern Indiana playing the horn. She went to a small Methodist school called Illinois Wesleyan University. In spite of being a small school, it had a vibrant and active school of music and Misner studied horn performance with Laura Fairfield . After graduating with honors, Misner thought that she might want to teach Music History as well as playing the horn, so she embarked on graduate studies at the University of South Carolina. There she studied music history with Dr. Georgia Cowart and Dr. Daniel Beller-McKenna as well as continuing her studies on horn with Mr. Robert Pruzin. During this time, Misner began playing with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Augusta Symphony, and the Augusta Opera. In a funny turn of events, Misner was looking for horn students to teach privately, but she was asked to teach orchestra to middle school students in the Charlotte-Mecklenberg school system. Misner had taken cello as a minor instrument study in college, but just because she loved the sound of it--not because she thought she would need to know how to teach it. Those first years of teaching orchestra were really hard! Misner had to study string playing and string pedagogy constantly to become a competent teacher, but it was so worth it! Misner loves the kids who choose a string instrument--they are creative, bright, not afraid to be themselves, kind, cheerful and sweet! Misner is a girl who is grateful for string students and all that knowing them and working with them brings to her life. That's what a Misner is!