Happy 2nd Semester! We've had quite the weather since coming back from winter break! Hopefully with the days off, we have all been able to enjoy the company of each other, as well as getting some practice time in!
A quick reminder when we have these extra days off school - if school is cancelled or dismissed early on Thursdays, we do NOT have After School Orchestra.
Our return to After School Orchestra has been exciting! The students have gotten their first sheet music. Sheet music is music that is outside of the book and intended for performance. We have split the violins into two sections as well. By the time of our concert in late April, they will be playing in 5 part harmony! I was able to sit within the orchestra at our last rehearsal and heard rumblings of how cool it was to experience harmony for the first time. It was a very special moment indeed to see eyes light up and the pride they felt from accomplishing something so cool. It will be a real treat to hear them in April!
Here are some of the many skills your child is learning right now:
Below is a link to the Quarter 3 Progress Report and what Dr. Thierbach and Mrs. Brueggemann expect students to know by the end of third quarter. THIS HAS NO CONNECTION TO YOUR GRADE. The only reason for these progress reports is to show your parents what skills we have at least been introduced to in the last 8 weeks. You should have numbers all over the place on the page. String players have so many different skills being applied at any one time, so it's very common for one skill to be stronger than another. As you improve on your instrument in the coming years, your numbers will start to become more similar. We will send these to your parents directly via e-mail, but paper copies are available upon request.
Quarter 3 Progress Report
While Dr. Thierbach and Mrs. Brueggemann don't require a certain amount of practice, they firmly believe in the importance of efficient and productive practice. The easiest way to get practice in is to set up a routine. You can get practice done as soon as you're home from school, just before bedtime, or just before dinner. Some students wake up in the morning to get a few minutes in before school! It doesn't matter if you don't have 30 or 45 minutes in a row to practice...break it up! Set a goal, and try to reach it in that time.
Most of the techniques we recommend for home practice are exactly what we teach you in class. Not everyone moves at the same pace, and some people won't need as much repetition as we do in class on each step, and some people will need MORE repetition. Do what works for you. If you have a question about a skill that we go over in class, ASK. It is very important that you understand the concept before doing home practice, even if you're not able to demonstrate it. Remember, you will NEVER be in trouble for not understanding something, and it will never affect your grade. As long as you are giving your 100%, you will always have the teachers on your team. We are all about success, not perfection.
Below is similar to what our practice forms look like. Sometimes, Dr. Thierbach and Mrs. Brueggemann will give you specific skills to place in the skill boxes at the top. Other times, we encourage you to come up with your own goals. You don't have to do every skill every single day. The skills are there to help you remember what was worked on in class and help you focus your practice sessions. BONUS: Every 15 days you practice (it doesn't have to be consecutive!) you can earn a bow buddy! Who doesn't want a class bow buddy zoo??
Don't forget to sign up to chaperone the Pre-teen dances! We need every slot filled by the Friday before the dance in order to hold them each month. Go to the Fundraiser tab and click on the date you are planning to chaperone.
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