Happy 1st Quarter! It has been so lovely to come back to some normalcy this year after 2020! We have very much enjoyed meeting lots of new students and teaching them to love to to play!
A quick reminder as we move into the holiday season/winter. If school is cancelled or dismissed early on Thursdays, we do NOT have After School Orchestra.
Our start to After School Orchestra has been exciting! The students have just started using their bows. Using the bow is an earned skill once we start to see proficiency in note reading. It makes a LOT of fun sounds at the start, but it is so exciting for them to experience it!
Here are some of the many skills your child is learning right now:
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.
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