Newhart Middle School Band, Choir and Orchestra

Mrs. Valerie Petty

Ms. Sara Pedroza



School Starts August 21 (minimum day)

We look forward to seeing all of our returning music panthers and meeting our new panthers as well. Please DO NOT bring instruments for the first day or two, espeically 6th graders. We will be demonstrating and talking with you about your options before we want you to have an instrument. We will let you know when it will be time to bring it in and give you a few days to look for rentals too.


Parent/Guardian - Hints & Suggestions

We want you to be able to help your child with their music learning and to secure information or supplies. PLEASE CLICK HERE to be directed to a parent/guardian helping page.


Ensemble Auditions for 7th & 8th Graders

If you are interested in auditioning for Wind Ensemble or String Ensemeble, whether you have been pre-placed in the group or not. The audition requirements will be given out during the first day of school for those interested. We highly recommend that you start by practicing your scales. The auditions will be done via video on Google Classroom. For those of you auditioning, you will sign-up for the Ensemble level Google Classroom. You can always switch G.C. later if you end up in the Advanced class.



Please sign-up for your Google Classroom and take the Handbook Survey. There will be a small packet passed out at registration that require parent/student signatures and you can attach your donations and clothing orders.

Intermediate Band (Band 6) = 3evwmr

Wind Ensemble = g8eauzy

Intermediate Orchestra (Orchestra 6) = ucr3ed

String Ensemble = 2r4m995

For Mrs. Petty's Classes, CLICK HERE for a printable copy of the Handbook Packet given out at Registration an/or the first day of school (Int. Band, Int. Orch., Wind Ens., & String Ens.).


Fun Note Name Reading Game Websites

Click on the Music Flash cards at the top of the page. Be sure to choose the correct clef for your instrument or treble clef for voice. Staff Wars is fun game that helps with note names in any clef! Look up Music Racer and Music Theory as well.


Information for New Music Panthers

Welcome! We are excited to have your join our music program next year. Click HERE for information and videos from the persentations.

-----Full Length 5 minute video about BAND & ORCHESTRA (with bloopers)

-----Shorter 2 minute video about BAND & ORCHESTRA


String Player Help

Click HERE for Scales Ace (FINGERING CHART SCALES), New Music Books, Instrument Websites and SO MUCH MORE!



If you would to practice your mad music minute, click HERE to generate your own. We will be working on 1 every quarter.



Use "Song Recordings" link at the top to shadow bow, air play and follow your music. Intermedaite players, you may count this on your practice card (up to 4 hours a month can be from using recordings).


MUSIC MENTORS = Free Music Lessons/Tutoring


EVERY THURSDAY - FREE MUSIC LESSONS - CVHS Musical Mentors - Thursday 4-5:30 PM. The Musical Mentors program provides FREE MUSIC LESSONS Thursday afternoons from 4-5:30 pm. All 4th-12th grade students enrolled in Band or Orchestra at their school site are welcome to attend at CVHS. Look for the Mentors near the small gym at the lowest parking lot.



Regular cleaning and maintenance is essential to keeping your instrument in proper working order. It is recommended to have your instrument inspected and serviced by a repair technician during a break in school so you do not miss any rehearsal time. The inspection may not result in any work being needed. However, just like an automobile it is recommended that a repair technician perform a tune-up as necessary to keep your instrument in proper working order.

All instruments should be cleaned on a routine basis - about once a month. See these videos for help.

--Brass Instrument Cleaning Video's

--BAND Instrument Cleaning Video's (Baritone horn & tuba are same as trumpet)

--String Instrument cleaning video



Here are links to use to help you in many different areas of music that are great to use at the beginning of the year! Check them out TODAY! More listed at the music links to the right. And don't forget to use the "Music Flash Cards" linked in the navigation at the top of all pages.

  • How Music Benefits Your Brain
  • DCI - Drum Corps International Summer Program
  • Percussion Basics
  • Ultimate College Marching Band Resource
  • Note Flight (Free Music Writing Software)
  • Practicing Help
  • Music Games, Quizzes, & Help
  • Flash Mob Professional Orchestra
  • Band Instrument Care, Hold, & Embouchure Help
  • 40 Essential Drum Rudiments

    Simply click on the headings below to go to the page listed.

    Calendar of Events - Including details about concerts, events & field trips
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    Honor Band, Orchestra & Choir - CUSD
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    New Student Information
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    Picture Day for Music Groups
    Photos of Rehearsals, Concerts & Field Trips from 2017-18
    Practice Card - Printable
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    Private Teacher List
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    String Orchestra Sheet Music Ideas (New Books Available for Purchase & Practice)
    String Workbook Recordings for Shifting and Key Signature - Gold Section of Workbook
    Supply Lists for Instruments
    Summer Music Ideas
    Teacher & Staff Bio
    Tuner - FREE
    YouTube Music Videos - Teacher Recommended