If you're wondering what "housekeeping" information your child received in orchestra class this week, please follow this link or view below to see the same presentation he/she received about orchestra details:
7TH GRADE BEGINS AT SLIDE 25
8TH GRADE BEGINS AT SLIDE 13
HIGH SCHOOL BEGINS AT SLIDE 38
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Helping parents help students practice
As adults, we understand that progress and achievement are the results of effort. Students need to learn this as well, and it is, in fact, one of the most important principles to learn and will help them throughout life. Helping string students to practice on a regular basis at home will not only help them become better musicians, but better citizens as well.
Students need continued encouragement to practice, because practicing takes discipline and effort. Help your child establish a regular time and place for practicing that works in your family’s schedule. Monitor your child’s practice on a regular basis to ensure that it is getting done. Talk with your child about the need for practice, and set up mutually agreed upon goals and rewards. The goals should be clear and attainable. The rewards should be something valuable and enjoyable to your child.
Frequently ask your child to perform for you, demonstrating the skills, knowledge, and new music learned while practicing at home. Praise your child’s practice efforts regularly in front of family members and their peers. It will make them feel good about their efforts and about themselves. It will also encourage them to continue practicing and help deepen their relationship with you.
Point out to your child the progress he/she has made on his her instrument and how many more notes and pieces he/she can play compared to when he/she started, for example. Encourage your child to make up their own music and help your child to remember their past successes as motivators to work toward future successes.
Practicing takes effort, and encouraging students to practice regularly takes effort. However, practice is essential for learning and it helps develop students’ work habits that they can take with them throughout life. Each student should practice 20 minutes daily and complete all SmartMusic assignments on a weekly basis. Please do not hesitate to contact me for additional suggestions.
Please take a moment to read today's letter from Mr. Loos. A paper copy was sent home with students today. Don't forget about our open house performance on Friday morning!
At the end of today's camp session, students should be able to:
1. Define beat, music staff, bar line and measure.
2. Define quarter note and quarter rest.
3. Define pizzicato.
4. Pizzicato open D and A strings while following a line of music.
5. Identify the clef sign for their own instrument.
6. Identify the names of the lines and spaces for their clef.
7. Define and identify time signature, double bar and repeat sign.
8. Demonstrate counting and tapping toes while playing open D and A strings pizzicato.
Please take a few moments to read the letter below. A paper version was sent home today with your child!
After today's camp session, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate how to unpack and pack their instruments.
2. Identify one element of individual instrument history.
3. Identify parts of the instrument.
4. Describe proper care of the instrument.
5. Demonstrate proper instrument position.
6. Identify and pizzicato each open string.
DON'T FOLLOW THIS LINK UNTIL CAMP TIME ON TUESDAY:
Congratulations on enrolling your child in the orchestra! Orchestra is one of the most rewarding and exciting educational opportunities offered by our schools. Your investment will pay tremendous dividend in your child’s life for many years to come.
Music provides students with a wealth of fringe benefits. In addition to obtaining the life long skills needed to become a music performer or consumer, a child learns skills that can be used in every facet of life. Team work, dedication, self discipline and responsibility prepare a child for a successful future in any profession he/she may choose. A variety of research shows that music students are among the academically strongest in their schools and score higher on the SAT than other students. Most colleges and universities now look for more than good grades on a child’s transcript. They want well-rounded students that have been able to accomplish more than just textbook knowledge.
You do not have to know anything about music to assist your child in this new endeavor. Arrange a time and place where practice can be done without interruptions. This practice should become a part of each child’s daily routine. He/She should never merely put in the required time, but should practice with the goal of always improving. Music should be placed at eye level. Please do not allow your child to put the music on a table, bed, etc. This encourages poor playing posture. Remember, practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect, but PERFECT practice does!
Again, I congratulate you on enrolling your child in the orchestra. As the year progresses, I hope you will free to contact me whenever necessary.
Phillip A. Loos
Director of Orchestras
School Town of Highland