February 20, 2019
Hello, Parents of the Grahamwood Strings Class. It has been quite a while since the last email update. The class is moving along very well, and we’ve already reached many of the pieces we’ll be performing on our spring concerts.
The students are now playing with the bow for the majority of the class (and should be at home, too). We’ve worked on the steps to take to learn a new piece of music (page 18), and introduced eighth notes (page 20) and half notes (page 22). We played our first “duet,” playing At Pierrot’s Door melody (#78) with the accompaniment (#5). We’ve also learned Ode to Joy (#86) and made six different modifications to the piece to make it more like Beethoven wrote it. We’ve also learned Frere Jacques (#88), and put it in a three part round. The students really are progressing nicely.
We have two performance opportunities coming in the fourth quarter.
1) On May 2nd and 3rd, he Grahamwood Spring Music programs will take place in the cafeteria.
2) On May 9th, we will combine with strings classes from several SCS schools at Colonial Middle School for a Grand Elementary Ensemble performance, which will include a performance by and with the Colonial orchestras.
As you and your students start making decisions about middle school destinations, please feel free to ask if you have any questions. I am also a former Grahamwood parent and current Spartan parent, so I’ve been there.
Dr. Palmer, Strings Specialist
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.