Sixth grade has hit the ground running this year. Last year was atypical, and these kids didn't get the chance to perform sheet music outside of their books. We introduced music in one of our first After School Orchestra rehearsals, and they are really bringing it together! December 15, they will get to perform for an actual concert for their winter concert! Write the date down in your calendar!
Dr. Thierbach and I will be sending home progress reports virtually again this year. We're not yet sure of the timing of sending them home, but we do plan to keep parents up to date on what their child is learning and how they can improve at home.
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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