• ORCHESTRA NOTES

      We offer 30 minute group rotating pull out lessons once per cycle. They typically have 3-4 students per lesson and rotate so they don’t miss the same class two weeks in a row. They are pulled out of their normal class schedule during the school day for lessons.

       

      Some notes on our lessons:

      Beginners should be practicing about 10 minutes/day for about 5-6 days a week.

      2nd year students should be practicing about 15 minutes/day for 5-6 days a week.

      3rd and 4th year students should be practicing about 20 minutes/day for 5-6 days a week.

      I STRONGLY recommend your child playing along with the Orchestral Expressions CD that you have purchased. In case you don't have access to a CD player, here's a link to all the songs online:

      Learning how to play the violin, viola, cello or bass is a combination of physical and mental skills. 

      The physical portion includes learning to hold/draw the bow and holding the instrument. We teach using a combination of verbal and hands-on-hands modeling. Although we don't draw on the students hands to help them hold the bow, this video made by a Suzukli violin school is similiar to how we teach holding the bow:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_ZvuNP1658

      Here's a common question: What size violin should I have for my child? 

      http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/instruments/violin/violinsizingguide/

       

      HOW TO HOLD A BOW

      I love this explanation of how to hold a bow by internationally famous violinist/teacher Pinkas Zukerman

      https://youtu.be/OroI9QctWQk?t=529

       

      Attendance Policy

      We understand if students have more than four unexcused* absences from lessons prior to a concert, they will not be prepared for the concert and therefore will not be able to participate in their school’s orchestra or band for said concert.

      *Excused absences from school will not affect lesson attendance and will not count as missed lessons

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Looking foward to an awesome year!

    • CONCERTS
       
      East Vincent and North Coventry Senior Orchestra and EVES Chorus Winter Concert
      Wednesday, December 8th at 7 pm at East Vincent Elementary
      Orchestra students should report to the EVES Music Room at 6:30 pm
        
       
      REHEARSALS

      Parents are responsible for providing transportation home from their elementary school at the conclusion of rehearsal. Students are allowed 1 unexcused absence. If your child must miss more than this, they will be unprepared and therefore will be unable to perform in the concert.

      North Coventry and East Vincent Senior Orchestra Rehearsals:

      The two after school practices for the Senior Orchestra will be on November 17th and December 1st (both Wednesdays) at East Vincent Elementary School from 3:15-5:15 pm. Parents are responsible for providing transportation home from East Vincent at the conclusion of the rehearsal. Students are allowed 1 unexcused absence. If your child must miss more than this, they will be unprepared and therefore will be unable to perform in the concert. North Coventry Students will be bussed to East Vincent Elementary School at the end of the school day.

      The Winter Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th at East Vincent Elementary School at 7 pm.

      Concert Attire:  Girls & Boys: Dress clothes & dress shoes, any colors.

      Please make sure you send your child to the after school rehearsal with a snack, their instrument and music.

      Parents, please read through the permission form and verify your child's participation by completing the online permission form response.

     

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