Dear Parent/Guardian: Grahamwood Elementary
August 20, 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 Mondays and Thursdays, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Students should enter the school at the before-care entrance near the cafeteria (NOT the main office entrance) and come to the music classrooms in the basement. 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 (including last-minute class cancellations), and you can contact me through this service. If you have not yet done so, please enroll in REMIND at “rmd.at/gwstring18” or by texting @gwstring18 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
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.