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Back to music night. For parents of new SFES band and strings students. A little about ms. miller. Expectations for students. Arrive to class on time and ready to learn (3 points per lesson) Complete all practice and homework assignments 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week minimum
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Back to music night For parents of new SFES band and strings students
Expectations for students • Arrive to class on time and ready to learn (3 points per lesson) • Complete all practice and homework assignments • 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week minimum • Practice journals • Attend all mandatory concerts • Make up all work missed while in sectionals
Practicing at home • Provide a quiet, distraction-free space for practice time • Encourage your child to schedule a consistent daily practice time • Avoid criticizing your child’s sound– it will get better! • Practicing is not a punishment; when done correctly and consistently, it brings great rewards! • Get involved! Have them show and tell about what they’ve been practicing.
getting an instrument • See your folder for local music stores. • I recommend that strings students rent, not buy, until they are ready for a full size instrument. • If you are planning on purchasing an instrument, contact me or see the website for appropriate brands. • If the price is too good to be true…
Caring for an instrument • Never, ever, EVER leave the instrument in the car. • Avoid doing your own repairs, cleaning, or tuning your own string instrument. • Encourage your child to treat the instrument as they would their most prized possession- keep it in a safe place, return it to the case between practice sessions, don’t let others play it, don’t rest it where it might fall, etc.
accessories • Students cannot be successful on their instrument without the required accessories. • Students experiencing sticky valves, chipped reeds, or discomfort from the lack of a shoulder rest may become discouraged and quit. • Please see the handout for the accessories your student will need for their instrument!
IMPOrtant dates • September 24th • First day with instruments for new students • November 19th and 20th • Stringapalooza field trip and evening concert • 4th and 5th graders only • January 14th • Winter Concert • May 20th • Spring Concert