Welcome to the page of
Mrs. McPike

Director of Orchestras

Music Teacher of: guitar class, music history, music theory, and special needs music


Bio:  Mrs. McPike graduated in 1989 with honors in Music Education from Butler University.  She received her Masters of Music Education from Indiana University in 2001.  She is a board member of the Linda Luebke Strings Festival and a committee member of the Repertoire and Guest Artist Committee for the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.



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Below is the list of materials needed for my courses.  Please look under your course heading and have the appropriate items for class and bring them with you every day.

Performances Classes (Orchestra and Guitar)

  • Pencil
  • Technique Book/Music
  • Pocket Folder
  • Chromebook
  • Instrument
  • Spare Strings
  • Nail Clippers, Music Stand , and Tuner for at home
  • Guitarists must also have a shoulder strap and/or foot stool
  • Orchestra students also need a shoulder rest for upper strings and rock stops for lower strings, a wipe off cloth, metronome, mute, and rosin
Music History and Music Theory

  • Writing Tool – (M.T. needs a pencil)
  • Textbook
  • Paper
  • Chromebook
  • Pocket Folder

Each member will…

  • make musical progress in class every day by improving…
    • intonation (playing in tune)
    • tone quality (sound/bowing)
    • technique
    • musicianship (style, dynamics, etc.)
    • posture and position
    • sight reading ability (a first read through of a piece of music)
  • be attentive and make rehearsals productive every day by…
    • being in your seat on time, with instrument, music, and necessary supplies (pencil, rosin, etc.) On time = 3 minutes after the start of class bell rings
    • being ready to play together without unnecessary delays
    • not studying other subjects during class
    • not talking or playing instruments when the director is talking
    • being quiet during tuning
    • being aware of the importance of your part at any given moment in relation to others (balance)
    • practicing your orchestra music outside of class time until it can be played without mistakes
    • keeping your fingernails trimmed
    • staying in your seat during the rehearsal and not putting instrument away until dismissed by the director
  • have a positive attitude and…
    • not bring gum, candy, food, or beverages into the rehearsal room
    • turn in forms and fees when they are due
    • clean up after yourself
    • leave things that belong to others alone (including pianos and percussion)
    • know the importance of private lessons and study privately, if possible
    • participate in extra-curricular music organizations (solo-ensemble contest, youth orchestra, etc.)
    • take part in special music activities (festivals, camps, All-State Orchestra, workshops, etc.)
    • participate in orchestra fund-raising activities
    • take part in orchestra social events
    • not make negative statements or noises which will detract from the concentration of the group


      • have great pride in your Terre Haute South High School Orchestras!
Weekly Schedule

Monday: SRT – Information provided

Tuesday: SRT – Makeup tests and tutoring

Wednesday: SRT – Clubs

Thursday: SRT – Makeup tests and tutoring

Friday: SRT – Makeup tests and tutoring

Daily Schedule

8:10-8:55:  First Hour

9:00-9:45:  Second Hour

9:50-10:20:  SRT

10:25-11:10:  Third Hour 

11:15-12:45:  Fourth Hour & Lunch Periods 

     A   11:15-11:45  Lunch 

           11:50-12:45  Class

     B   11:15-11:43  Class

           11:45-12:15  Lunch 

           12:20-12:45  Class

     C   11:15-12:13  Class 

           12:15-12:45  Lunch

12:50-1:35:  Fifth Hour 

1:40-2:25:  Sixth Hour

2:30-3:15:  Seventh Hour

Two Hour Delay Schedule

10:10-10:40:  First Hour

10:45-12:15:  Fourth Hour & Lunch Periods

     A   10:45-11:15  Lunch 

           11:20-12:15  Class

     B   10:45-11:13  Class

           11:15-11:45  Lunch 

           11:50-12:15  Class

     C   10:45-11:43  Class 

           11:45-12:15  Lunch

12:20-12:50:  Second Hour

12:55-1:25:  Third Hour 

1:30-2:00:  Fifth Hour 

2:05-2:35:  Sixth Hour

2:40-3:15:  Seventh Hour

(Announcements at 3:10-3:15)