Orchestra – 7 ESSENTIAL PRACTICE TIPS

Dear 4th and 5th grade parents,

Since we have started our string classes,  I would like to share some essential practice tips for your child.  It is important to teach them that learning to play an instrument is a commitment!  Please help your child understand the importance of time management, and setting and achieving goals.  To ensure success in our music class, I suggest the following practice tips:IMG-1481

  1. 15 minutes at a time is sufficient. Please do not push young children (beginner students) into long practice sessions.
  2. ALWAYS practice with good position! Playing with poor posture develops habits that will hinder your child’s progress.
  3. Please do not treat practice as punishment. Your child may start to see it as a chore.
  4. You may want to write down your assignments in a notebook or practice sheet. It helps them to stay on task during a practice session.
  5. Practice slowly, if possible, with a metronome. Your child’s playing will not improve by practicing the music over and over with the same errors.  If you do not own a metronome there are several free mobile apps available. You can also visit www.metronomeonline.com.
  6. If your child is struggling on a particular passage, focus only on that section. Do not automatically start at the beginning of the piece. Your child will see more results and progress faster if they focus on difficult passages.
  7. Utilize a practice plan that includes a warm-up (usually scales), new material–working on the challenging parts first–and ending with a piece they have mastered and enjoy playing.

Music Request – 3rd Grade students ONLY

Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 2.29.41 PM.pngDon’t forget submit your money for the purchase of the student’s recorders!

Submit your $4.00 by this Friday. In an envelope to your teacher and mark child’s name and class and the words RECORDER on the sealed envelope.

We are still missing about 13 envelopes with payment!

If you are sending a check make it out to PS77.

Thanks for your continued support.

 

Music – Lower Lab Orchestra

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Dear 4th and 5th grade parents and students,

Welcome to a new school year!  It is with great excitement that I welcome all of you to our orchestral music program.  Orchestra instruments include: violin, viola, cello, and bass.  This can be the beginning of a very rewarding experience lasting throughout the school years in the Lower Lab and beyond.

Please read the following carefully for answers to frequently asked questions.

When will Ardsley deliver an instrument? – Ardsley will make a first delivery on Wednesday, September 14th.  Ardsley comes to Lower Lab every Wednesday for delivery, pick-up for repair and etc.  If you have not submitted the paper work to Ardsley, the instrument will not be at school.  By the end of September, all students should have the instruments. 

When do orchestra students need to bring their instrument to school?

4th grade students will be split into two groups and receive music instruction once a week as follows:

Violins and Bass: Every Monday starting on Sep. 18th (viola and cello students have PE)

Violas and Cellos: Every Tuesday starting on Sep. 19th (violin and bass students have PE)

5th grade students will receive music instruction twice a week, both small group rehearsal, and the whole class rehearsal:

ALL: Monday starting on Sep. 18th

Violins and Bass: Wednesday starting on Sep. 13th (viola and cello students have ART)

Violas and Cellos: Thursday starting on Sept. 14th (violin and bass students have ART)

How do I care for a string instrument?

  1. Find a safe place in your house to store your instrument. It should be away from pets, siblings, and direct sunlight. 

  2. Cello and bass should be stored on the side only, not on the back – students will learn how to store their instrument in class.
  3. Please do not leave an instrument in extreme temperatures. 

  4. The ONLY one who should be playing the instrument is the student. 

  5. Develop a plan for safely transporting the instrument to and from school. 

  6. Please do not attempt to tune the instrument yourself. I will gladly tune an instrument any day when I am in school.

What if my child’s instrument or string breaks? – In most cases an instrument with minor problems or string replacement can be repaired by me.  All other major repairs should be taken to the rental company.  I highly recommend you to get a damage/instrument replacement protection or insurance.

As parents, you play a vital role in the musical education of your child.  Please help them develop a healthy practice routine at home, and I will assist you along the way.  I will ensure that our orchestra students receive the best music education this year.

And, thank you for giving your child the gift of music!

Ms. Kim, Music Teacher

jkim@lowerlab.org 

Music – Lower Lab Orchestra

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Broken Violin (2012), M.E. Ologeanu

 

Dear 4th and 5th grade parents:

Bravo to our outstanding musicians for their hard work this year! As our school year winds down, please pay particular attention to Rental Renewal Invoices coming from the Ardsley Musical Instrument Service, Ltd.  

If you rented an instrument with the Ardsley company and are planning to return the rented instrument, especially for most 5th grade students:

  1. Have your child bring the Rental Renewal Invoice to school
  2. Place it in the instrument case 
  3. Leave the instrument in the music classroom BEFORE the pickup date at our school (If you never received the Rental Renewal Invoice from Ardsley, you can still leave the instrument for the pickup date)

Music

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Dear Third Grade Parents,

Happy Spring!

Throughout this school year, 3rd grade students have been learning choir singing, tonality/meter identification, rhythmic/note recognition, and world music history and appreciation. In the month of March, we focused upon learning two-part choir singing for the upcoming Spring Concert.  Part of the 3rd grade music curriculum is playing the recorder.  All 3rd grade students will resume learning to play the recorder after the Spring Concert this Friday.