September 11, 2018
To: Parents of the Grahamwood Elementary String Students
The Strings class at Grahamwood is off to a good start this year. We are currently working on holding the instrument properly and taking care of the instrument. We have just started shaping the left hand on the instrument, which is found on page 6. Students should be practicing a few times a week, 10-15 minutes each time. Please take the time to watch the introductary videos available in the Essential Elements downloads, and experiment with the software on your computer.
At this point in the school year, all strings students need to have an instrument and all of their supplies to fully participate in class. Those who requested a school instrument received the loan application form several weeks ago, and needed to obtain all of the necessary supplies before a school instrument would 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 a few instruments available for loan from the school. Of course, you may still rent or buy an instrument from one of the local music stores.
Thursday, September 20, will be Shoulder Rest Day. Cellists and Bassists will not need to come on Thursday, September 20. All violinists and violists MUST have their shoulder rest that day. The students will learn how to attach, adjust, and care for their shoulder rest. This only affects September 20. Monday is a regular Strings day for everyone.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. REMIND at “rmd.at/gwstring18” or text @gwstring18 to 81010
3. My website is www.drpalmerstrings.weebly.com .
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.