Dear Parent/Guardian: Belle Forest Elementary September 11, 2018
Welcome! You and your child have expressed an interest in beginning instruction in the Strings Music Education Program. I hope that it will be an exciting experience for your child, both now and in the years to come.
I ask that you agree and commit to participation for the entire school year. There will be challenges that are not automatically solved, times of frustration, and "bumps" in the road. However, these are only minor difficulties when compared to the excitement of the first performance, the sound of applause, and the satisfaction of a job well done.
We all have responsibilities in helping your child succeed in this class. I accept the responsibility for classroom instruction, which will guide the students in both playing the instrument and in reading music. The student's responsibilities include practicing at home and having all of their supplies in class. The parents’ responsibilities include supporting your child in home practice, properly caring for the instrument, and attending your child's concerts and programs.
We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During the first few lessons, we will discuss instrument selection(s) and size(s), the loan procedure for school instruments, and the parts of the instrument.
Instruments may be rented from several music stores in Memphis. The rental fees and agreements vary from store to store, and school policy prohibits me from any specific recommendations. These stores will also carry the instruction books and supplies. I strongly recommend that you do not purchase an instrument from a pawn shop, thrift store, super store, or online sites that are not Strings merchants. The “bargain” instrument you may find will certainly contain inferior parts/strings/bows that will require attention and repairs. If it is necessary to use a school instrument, you must have all supplies for that instrument before one will be issued.
If you need assistance, please feel free to contact me through your school office. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. I use REMIND.com to send occasional updates and reminders, and you can contact me through this service. If you have not yet done so, please enroll in REMIND at “rmd.at/bfstring18” or by texting @bfstring18 to 81010 or 901-881-9447. My website is www.Drpalmerstrings.weebly.com. I’m looking forward to an exciting year of music-making with our strings class.
Dr. Palmer, Strings Specialist
This is a check list for your child's string supplies. Please obtain those supplies which are marked with a check. A “1” indicates the first instrument recommendation, and a “2” indicates the second recommendation.
Every student will need the checked items to participate in class. The instruments are identified as my first and second recommendations. The correct size of the instrument is circled. You do not need to get supplies for both instruments. If you are planning to use a school instrument, you must have supplies for one instrument before a school instrument can be issued. If the available school instrument is your second choice, every effort will be made to make a fair “swap” of supplies in class (i.e., trade your violin book with a viola book).
_____ Essential Elements for Strings, Book I for your instrument.
_____ Rosin for your instrument
_____ Soft Cloth for Cleaning
_____Violin Size: 1/2 3/4 4/4 (full)
_____Viola Size: 12” 13” 14” 15”
_____ Shoulder Rest
(for violins & violas only)
_____ Cello Size: 1/2 3/4 4/4 (full)
_____ Bass Size: 1/2 3/4 4/4 (full)
_____ Rock Stop/ Endpin Holder (for cellos & basses only)
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
Saint Fishy’s 2695 N. Germantown Road, #107 383-6500
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.