To: Parents of the Belle Forest String Students: September 30, 2018
The Strings class at Belle Forest is off to a good start this year. The students have learned how to hold the instrument properly and take care of it. They have learned the open D and A strings, and have started shaping the left hand on the instrument, which is found on page 6 and 7 in our method book. Students should be practicing a few times a week, 10-15 minutes each time. This will reinforce the information taught in each lesson. Please take the time to watch the introductary videos available in the Essential Elements downloads, and experiment with the software on your computer.
Since the students are coming from multiple classrooms for Strings, I will be at the upstairs elevator to gather the students at 10:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Strings. I will not be going room to room to pull them out one at a time. Please make sure your student remembers to meet me with their instrument and supplies at the elevator.
When we come back from Fall Break, all strings students must have an instrument and all of their supplies to participate in class. Those who requested a school instrument received the loan application form several weeks ago (it’s also available on the website). They also need to obtain all of the necessary supplies before a school instrument can be issued. The supplies include: Essential Elements- Book I, rosin, a cleaning rag, a pencil, and a shoulder rest (violin & viola) or rock stop (cello & bass). There are still instruments available for loan from the school. Of course, you may still rent or buy an instrument from one of the local music stores (listed below).
I will be sending updates throughout the year concerning concerts and programs, schedule updates, and other necessary information. Last minute changes and reminders will be sent through REMIND. Please sign up for this service! Thank you for your support of the strings program at your school.
Here is my contact information:
1. My e-mail address is: email@example.com.
2. REMIND at “rmd.at/bfstring18” or text @bfstring18 to 81010
3. My website is www.drpalmerstrings.weebly.com .
Dr. Palmer, Strings Specialist
MUSIC STORES THAT CARRY STRING INSTRUMENTS & SUPPLIES
Amro Music 2918 Poplar 323-8888
Bartlett Music Academy 7505 Highway 64 Suite 107 213-4262
Circle Music Center 5124 Poplar Ave. 937-8484
Lane Music 9309 Poplar, Germantown 755-5025
Baroque Violin Shop baroqueviolinshop.com 866-846-5469
Connolly Music connollymusic.com 800-644-5268
Southwest Strings swstrings.com 800-723-6900
Shar Music sharmusic.com 800-248-SHAR
Williams Fine Violins Williamsfineviolins.com 888-791-4208
Dr. Andrew Palmer teaches Fifth Grade Beginning Strings at four Elementary Schools, directs the Honors Orchestras at White Station High School, and travels throughout the school district as a Double Bass Specialist.