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. Please refer to the "homework" section below this letter
Phillip A. Loos
Director of Orchestras
School Town of Highland
SUMMER CAMP DAY 1 "HOMEWORK"