Students and Parents of the Grahamwood Strings Class: October 23, 2018
The Strings Class at Grahamwood Elementary School is preparing for a December program performance. This year, the Strings class will have two performances on Monday, December 17, at 9:00 a.m. (for parents) and at 1:00 p.m. (for Grahamwood students). The program will feature all of the Fifth Grade performing ensembles, including the Strings class.
We will be performing Rolling Along, Dreidel, Jingle Bells, and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and Twas the Night Before Christmas for Strings and Narrator. Proper concert attire for the Strings class will be nice school uniform (please, no school t-shirts). If the student is also in another part of the program, that uniform/costume will be acceptable, as long as they can play their instrument correctly. Holiday accessories are permitted.
We will be using the bow for some, if not all, of these pieces. In class, we have found the balance point and learned the parts of the bow. In the next few weeks, I will teach the students how to tighten and loosen the hair, rosin the hair, and correctly place the bow on the string for the best sound.
Please complete the information slip and return it to me as soon as you are able. We will have Strings class on December 17, prior to the performance. After the semester break, we will resume our classes on Monday, January 7, 2019.
If you have any questions regarding this performance or anything else concerning the Strings program, please feel free to send a note with your child or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time and your support of the strings program at Grahamwood.
Dr. Palmer, Strings Specialist
1. Now that the weather is cooling off, it is important to remember that changing temperatures affect the tuning of the instruments. Please do not leave your instrument outside for long periods of time, especially in the car overnight!
2. Our REMIND code is @gwstring18. Text it to 81010 to get REMIND updates!
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Please Cut and Return this portion to Dr. Palmer by Thursday, December 6, 2018.
I am aware that my child (fill in name) ____________________________
will be performing on the holiday programs at Grahamwood Elementary on Monday, December 17, and will make sure that he/she has the instrument and all necessary supplies at school on that day.
Parent Signature __________________________ Date _________
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.