String Instruments – Some of my string instruments are being returned with damaged zippers. It is VERY important that the zippers are fully opened, all the way round the case before the case is actually opened. When the both the zippers are broken, there is nothing to hold the instrument securely in the case and that instrument can no longer be allowed out on loan.
The Music Clubs filled very quickly and are now closed to new enrollments. Club fees are due – thank you to those parents that have already paid. The fee is a contribution for the Music Department, which will pay for the club t-shirts, club supplies, and music department needs, as well as being put towards smart black concert stands for school performances.
The Schedule for this week:
Monday, September 11 – All Strings to meet 8:00 – 8:45
Monday, September 4 – Recorder Ninjas will not meet due to Minimum day schedule
Wednesday, September 6 – All Strings to meet 8:00 – 8:45
Wednesday, September 6 – Guitar Grooves will not meet due to minimum day schedule
Friday, September 8 – After Fall Break, Adv Strings meet during the school day – time TBD
Afert Fall Break, please note that the morning strings meetings will change a little. Wednesday 8:00 – 8:45, will be an opportunity for any students who need to ‘check-in’ with me on something. The Wednesday Strings meeting will move to a Friday morning, so that any students who are involved in GATE Science can do both.
Monday, October 2 – there is no school for students.
Wednesday, October 4 – Strings can check-in for help if needed 8:00 – 8:45
Wednesday, October 4 – Guitar Grooves 3:30 – 4:40
Friday, October 6 – ALL Strings meet 8:00 – 8:45
Friday, October 6 – Cello & basses meet 9:00 – 9:35
Friday, October 6 – Advanced Orchestra 12:30 – 1:45
If you have not yet signed up for text updates, please subscribe by texting the club code to 81010:
Guitar Grooves please text @wcgui to 81010
String Orchestra please text @wcstr to 81010
Recorder Ninjas please text @wcrec to 81010
Practice: As our young musicians develop their instrumental skill, practice is essential to their progress. You can help stimulate their motivation to practice by allocating a quiet space and time into their routine with gentle but firm reminders! “Come on, it’s 5 o’clock, it’s time for you to practice now!”
Guitar Grooves: Please look in the guitar tab of the blog. Beg – Plucking the individual strings & playing Yellow submarine & Okey Pokey with the chords G7 & C, Get Up Stand Up & Eleanor Rigby. Adv – Ode To Joy.
Beginner Strings: Practice the statue of liberty, posture sequence & the ant song
If you wish you child to borrow an instrument you are required to complete the instrument loan agreement that you can find here and a weekly practice log to confirm that they are practicing – practice means progress. See the Little Monkey & Bow holds – touching bows to string, rock the boat etc.
Instrument loans through school are free of charge from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, all loaned instruments must be returned by 8am Monday morning so that they are available for other students to use.
Please consider renting or purchasing an instrument to enable a daily practice routine, for rentals I am suggesting Harmony Music Company, they are local to Chula Vista and they have a good range of quality student instruments. They are offering a ‘reduced deposit deal’. Informational flyers will be sent home. Please e-mail me to ask if you wish to check on the size of the instrument your child requires.