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Mrs. Ariane Pegler


 
About Me

Mrs. Ariane Pegler, formally O'Brien, is in her fifteenth year at Stargate as the Instrumental Music teacher. Prior to Stargate, she taught band from the fifth through the twelfth grades for three years in the Boulder Valley School District. She has also taught flute in the adult continuing education program at the University of Colorado and she is an active private flute instructor.


Ariane earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a strand in Gifted and Talented from the University of Denver. In addition, she has two years of graduate study in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Colorado and recently completed her Gifted endorsement work towards certification.  

In addition, Ariane is also the former music director of the Longmont Junior Youth Symphony and assistant conductor of the Timberline Symphony. She has also worked with the Longmont Youth Symphony, Musica Sacra, North Metro, and several other orchestras. In addition, Ariane was the Education Assistant at Opera Colorado, Marketing Assistant with the Colorado Music Festival, and performed with the Thornton Community Band in its first year.

Originally from Buffalo, Ariane held principal chairs in several honor orchestras including all country and area all-state festivals. She was co-principal of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, the Western New York Youth Wind Ensemble and the Northeastern Music Festival. She was the recipient of the Eastman School of Music Award and the John Philip Sousa Award in high school. Ariane also placed third in the SUNY Geneseo Young Artist Competition and was a finalist in the Judith Lapple Young Flutist Competition. She has participated in several master classes and summer camps as both a flutist and conductor.

Mrs. Ariane Pegler resides in Centennial with her husband, Stephen Pegler, a Stargate science teacher and her two daughters.  She enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and dog.

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What I Love about Teaching
I love teaching for many reasons, but my primary reason is that I love being part of that musical process of seeing a student learning their first few notes to performing full length pieces well. I feel fortunate to be part of that moment or that spark of when a student “gets it” when they know they found the right instrument for them, or they found a piece of music they love. I draw a lot of my energy, motivation, ideas, and strength from my students. I know that I am incredibly lucky to have been able to teach and continue to teach at such a high level to a wonderful student population.

How to Contact Me

Room - 148, in the Secondary Building
Phone - 303-450-3936, ext. 2148
email - ariane.pegler@stargateschool.org, I prefer to be contacted by email 



Grading:
I keep all grades on Infinite Campus which you can access from the menu.  All other information is on my project pages or my blogs.
 
About the Band and Orchestra Program (6th through 11th grades):

Beginning Ensemble (Band/Orchestra): Click here for class calendar and here for syllabus.

This is an introductory course that allows students to learn the basic techniques and notes of their instruments while getting used to an ensemble setting. Orchestra instruments includes are violin, viola, cello, and double bass. For band instruments included are the flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, and percussion.  This class offers a comfortable environment to see if the instrument and ensemble is a good fit before they play in the middle school band or orchestra. This is a year long class, which has at least three performances throughout the school year.


MS Band (7/8th grades for both semesters): Click here for class calendar and here for syllabus.

The Concert Band is made up of mainly 7th/8th grade students, with the occasional experienced 6th graders who perform on woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments throughout the entire year. The first part of the semester will focus on building our skills through games, and shorter and easier pieces that everyone can play.  We will quickly progress into playing harder pieces and pieces at our own skill level through chamber music in our annual Winterfest Concert.  The second semester will be refining and increasing our skills to prepare for the Elitch Music Festival in May and possibly the CHSAA festival.    


MS Orchestra (7th/8th grades for both semesters): Click here for class calendar and here for syllabus.

The Symphonic Orchestra is made up of all 7th/8th grade students, with the occasional experienced 6th graders who perform on strings, with potentially a limited amount of pianists (must be proficient) throughout the entire year. The first part of the semester will focus on building our skills through games, and shorter and easier pieces that everyone can play.  We will quickly progress into playing harder pieces and pieces at our own skill level through chamber music in our annual Winterfest Concert. The second semester will be refining and increasing our skills to prepare for the Elitch Music Festival in May and possibly the CHSAA festival.  


HS Symphonic Orchestra (9th-11th grade only for both semesters): Click here for class calendar and here for syllabus.

The Symphonic Orchestra is comprised of orchestral strings and advanced piano performing classical, pop, and contemporary.  The repertoire will be challenged and varied, but not overwhelming in quantity. For students who desire more of a challenge, will be enriched with solo, chamber music, independent arrangement/composition projects, and auditions for honor ensembles.  Additional work outside of the class will be expected from those students.  This course will also address technical skills, sight reading, basic music theory, auditioning skills, among others.  Students will perform in about four concerts during the year and compete at an out of school festival in the spring.


HS Concert Band (9th-11th grade only for both semesters): Click here for class calendar and here for syllabus.

The Concert Band is comprised of woodwinds, brass, and percussion performing traditional band repertoire, with some classical, jazz, pop woven in throughout the school year.  The repertoire will be challenged and varied, but not overwhelming in quantity.  Students who desire more of a challenge will be enriched with solo, chamber music, independent arrangement/composition projects, and auditions for honor ensembles.  Additional work outside of the class will be expected from those students.  This course will also address technical skills, sight reading, basic music theory, auditioning skills, among others.  Students will perform in about four concerts during the year and compete at an out of school festival in the spring.  


Music Theory (9-11th grade only, for 2nd semester): Click here for class calendar

This class is designed as an introduction for A.P. Music Theory that will be offered in 2018-2019.  We will be covering general musical knowledge, music notation, chord structure, sight singing, forms and other components necessary for the creation of music.  We will explore this by composing, performing, and a lot of hands on activities. 


Instrument Creation (6th-8th grade version during first semester): Click here for class calendar and here for syllabus.

This is an opportunity for students to study sound in relation to musical instruments.  The first part will study the science behind sound and how it can be musical.  Then we will explore the basic construction of traditional instruments and apply similar principles into making either our own replicas and/or our own creations.  We will be studying all four instrument families, but our focus will be on creating more elaborate and sophisticated percussion and strings.  I am hoping to construct a PVC pipe xylophone, a cardboard harp, among other types of simper woodwind and brass instruments. Students will get familiar with basic tools and other types of constructing methods.