MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS ORCHESTRA PROGRAM
Instruction in Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass

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Jennifer Randle

District Orchestra Specialist

Historic Irving Office (480) 308-7387
39 years teaching experience
Jennifer Randle

Jennifer Randle is the District Orchestra Specialist for Mesa Public Schools. In addition to these responsibilities, she also teaches orchestra at Kino Junior High School. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education with Honors from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master's Degree in Educational Technology with Distinction from Northern Arizona University. Her major instruments are the cello, flute, and piano. She plays regularly with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra and the Sweetwater Strings. [More...]

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Mesa Public Schools has a strong commitment to a total music education program. Therefore, it is not surprising that the MPS orchestra component is recognized as one of our nation's finest. Approximately forty-five outstanding string educators service over 6,600 string students throughout the district. MPS orchestra classes consist of string and full symphony orchestras, as well as numerous chamber and specialty ensembles.

Students can start their string education on violin, viola, cello or bass beginning in fourth grade. Students may use district-owned instruments free of charge. Approximately 5,000 students enroll in fourth, fifth and sixth grade orchestra classes each year. Students meet twice weekly for thirty minutes in mixed groups with a string teacher.

Each year, district-sponsored Performance Evaluations provide elementary orchestra members and teachers an opportunity to receive valuable and helpful feedback from a clinician and from their peers.

Some schools form honor groups, which are designed to expand students' musical possibilities. Such groups often perform for community functions and state conferences. An all-elementary district honor orchestra performs in the spring each year.

Most of the district's eleven junior high schools (grades 7 - 8) have three or more orchestras that are grouped by ability. Classes meet daily for a fifty-minute period during the school day. Approximately 1,200 students participate in the junior high orchestra program each year. The orchestras perform at a high level, receiving highest honors at both state and local festivals. The district sponsors Performance Evaluations for junior high orchestras and teachers. In addition, special ensembles such as fiddle groups and strolling strings are formed to add novelty and enrichment to the musical landscape. A district junior high festival orchestra performs each spring.

High school (grades 9 - 12) orchestras meet as ability-based groups each day for fifty minutes. Each of the six high schools offer three or more ability-based orchestras. Full symphony orchestra is offered at some schools. More than five hundred students are enrolled in the high school orchestra program. These orchestras consistently receive highest honors in state, regional, and national events.

 

CURRICULUM INFORMATION

ELEMENTARY ORCHESTRA

4th Grade Strings

5th Grade Strings

6th Grade Strings

JUNIOR HIGH ORCHESTRA

MU23 Preparatory Orchestra

MU24 Intermediate Orchestra

MU25 Concert Orchestra

MU26 Advanced Orchestra

MU27 Strolling Strings

SENIOR HIGH ORCHESTRA

MU90 Concert Orchestra

MU91 Full Concert Orchestra

MU92 Symphony Orchestra

MU93 Full Symphony Orchestra

MU94 Chamber Orchestra

MU95 String Ensemble

MU96 Symphonic Pops

Taylor JHS Orchestra