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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mr. Torbett
Spencer Crossing, Bentley and Martino Jr. High

SmartMusic Subscription

Here is a option to consider while we are "Sheltering-in-Place." SmartMusic is an app that puts our concert music on your computer or tablet screen so you can play along with an orchestra or even change the tempo. If you want to be included (we have access to the upgraded version for free), you'll need to click on the link above (it will open a new tab), then copy & paste the code: KREQ3-26EKH and add your email address. Once you do that, send me an email and I can upgrade the account so you can choose any music from their library to download and practice.

About Orchestra at Martino

The Martino Viking Orchestra is the curricular string group at Martino Junior High. We meet every other day for one class block, current Block 14 on Gold days. 

Students typically have 3 school performances each year (October, December & May), have a combined concert with Liberty, Manhattan, LWC & LWW orchestras (Step-up Concert), and perform as a large group in the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) contest (March). Some students also choose to participate in IGSMA's February Solo & Ensemble Contest.


Sectionals for junior high students occur during school on Mondays. We use these as small group lessons to work on specific spots in orchestra music and improve our overall technique. Sectional times are on Mondays. 

Sectional Schedule


Sectional Make-up Sheet - complete this if you miss a sectional


E-Learning & Google Classroom

I hope your visit here finds you well and looking for things to practice. Here are links to access our classroom materials at home.

The e-learning practice checklist is here: 2020_MJH_Orchestra_E-learning_practice_checklist.pdf

My Google Classroom code for Junior High Orchestra is: ykvpcw2 (copy and paste the code before you click the link)

School YouTube channel: bit.ly/Torbett-YouTube


Cellos Ole: mp3 Cellos_Ole_Meyer.mp3

YouTube Video or  YouTube Cello Tutorial

Celtic Fiddle Tune: mp3 Celtic_Fiddle_Tune_Del_Borgo.mp3

The Code: mp3  Code_Silva.mp3

Iowa Spring: mp3 Iowa_Spring_Seitz.mp3 

YouTube recording YouTube performance

YouTube video: Stand By Me 

Concert Music PDFs

Violin (1st & 2nd) 2020_MJH_Violin_Spring_Concert_Songs.pdf

Viola 2020_MJH_Viola_Spring_Concert_Songs.pdf

Cello 2020_MJH_Cello_Spring_Concert_Songs.pdf

Bass 2020_MJH_Bass_Spring_Concert_Songs.pdf

Private Lessons

If any students are interested in taking lessons with a private teacher, here is a list of a few local private string teachers.