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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mr. Van Howe
Music Cycle, Chorus, Film Making - Martino Jr. High

Thank you for everything!!


Sheet Music - Thanks to Mr. Bultman for putting it in Finale!


  • After School Chorus meets after school on Tuesdays until 4:00PM beginning September 6th.
  • If there are conflicts with another sport or activity, accommodations can be made.
  • Chorus lasts all year long.  When you join you make a commitment until the next concert.
  • The first concert is on October 20th!
  • September 6, 13, 20, 27
  • October 4, 11, 25

Concert: Tuesday, October 18th at MARTINO CAFETERIA at 6:30PM (students at 6:10PM)

  • November 1, Monday 7, Tuesday 15, 29
  • December 6
    • Concert: Tuesday, December 13th at MARTINO GYM at 6:30PM (students at 6:10PM)
  • Schedule for 2016 rehearsals and concerts:
  • Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 7, 14
    • Concert: Tuesday, March 21st at MARTINO GYM at 6:30PM (students at 6:10PM)
  • April Monday 3, 11, 18, 25
  • May 2, 9
    • Concert: May 11th at MARTINO CAFETERIA at 6:30PM (students at 6:10PM)

Madrigals will be meeting after school on Thursdays beginning September 22nd from 3:00 – 4:00PM.

Attendance at these rehearsals is mandatory to be in Madrigals. However, if there are conflicts, accommodations can be made.  We allow two missed rehearsals per semester.  Please be sure to let Mr. Van Howe know of any conflicts.

Madrigals is all year long.  When you join, you make a commitment to a semester.

  • September 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17
  • December 1, 8
    • Concert on December 13th at MARTINO GYM at 6:30PM (students there at 6:10PM)
  • Jan. 12, 19, 26
  • Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
  • March 2, 9, 16
    • Concert on March 21st at MARTINO GYM at 6:30PM (students there at 6:10PM)
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27
  • May 4
    • Concert on May 111h at MARTINO CAFETERIA at 6:30PM (students at 6:10PM) @ Martino

General Information


Music Cycle is a general Music Education class in which the students will learn about music through theory, history, and application.


Theory includes the study of musical notes, terms, symbols, and expression.  The students will be able to read music and comprehend the various performance implications of symbols and Italian expressions.  The students will also be able to recognize harmonic intervals visually and audibly, compose their own melodies, and create an entire song with multiple layers using polyphony.


History includes the study of music from the beginning of the ancient time period through the romantic era.  Following along the various theory terms, we explore music’s origin starting in 10,000 BCE.  We also explore the music of America from folk to Rock and Roll.  Historical music is compared to modern music to create an authentic learning experience for the students.


Application is accomplished through technology.  Using iPad apps including piano and guitar, the students will be able to read and play chord structures and simple melodies.  These skills easily translate into any other musical instrument.  Using garageband, students will create an entire song, applying what they learned about form and structure.  Students are exposed to a variety of instruments and technological applications of music through class examples, demonstrations, and various media outlets.

Film Making

Film Making
Teacher: Mr. Van Howe

        The purpose of the Film Making Elective is to give the students a realistic, in-depth look at the field of filmmaking and writing.  Through class projects, they will create their own films and be able to effectively market their product, and their own abilities.  The skills the students learn apply to virtually any career, as it teaches them independence, confidence, and self-marketing.  Students will also benefit from the collaborative work environment.  They will also utilize currently available technologies in the district.

The Film Making Elective will offer the following throughout the year:
•    Academic analysis of the art of filmmaking.
•    Technical information on filmmaking.
•    Practical application of objectives through student projects.

Academic Analysis
    The academic analysis of storytelling and filmmaking as an art form will be covered extensively.  This includes reading scripts of classic film literature. Through analysis, the students will be able to understand the underpinnings of emotions and message, and the subconscious manipulation of the visual language of film.  They will also identify the elements of good writing.

Technical Information
    The technical information of filmmaking as a trade will be covered in the Film Making Elective.  This includes information on lighting, camera equipment, sound, lenses, shooting angles, depth of field, auditions, casting, direction, production, budgeting, funding, modern visual conventions, editing, and software use including imovie and garageband.  A portion of the curriculum is from American Film Institute Screen Education.

Practical Application
    Students will be able to instantly apply their learning through the synthesis of film projects.  Using the video cameras and macbooks, students will shoot, act, direct, edit, produce, and distribute their own films.  We will even cover the current methods of print-on-demand distribution as well as festival submission procedures.