4th and 5th Grade Families Please Read!

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 11.39.44 AM Dear Orchestra Families,

This has been such an exciting year for the orchestra, and it’s only getting better! While I realize this is a busy time for everyone, it is important for students to find a few minutes a day to pick up his or her instrument and play. Having your child practice for 15 minutes to half an hour daily will help strengthen his or her technique and note reading. In addition, studies have shown that students who play an instrument do better overall on tests.

Below I have listed some tips on how to make practicing easier for your child:

  1. Pick a small section that you find difficult. If it is more than two measures, break it up. Work on notes first. Have your fingers get used to the motions. Second, work on the rhythms (you can count, use ta’s and ti-ti’s, clap, etc.). For rhythms, pick an open string and practice on that before adding in the notes. Finally, when you feel comfortable with both, put the two together.
  2. Practice SLOWLY at first. It may be tempting to go faster, but it will take you longer to learn the section if you do. Remember: Slow and steady wins the race!
  3. Find a time of day that works for you. For example, if you are a morning person, try to fit a few minutes in before heading to school. If you do better after dinner, practice for a bit before going to sleep.
  4. Remember!! If you are struggling with a section, try again the following day. Sometimes we need to let information sink in before it becomes available.


In addition, we have a date for our concert. Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Further details will follow as the date approaches. Below you can find what students should wear to the concert. This is a formal occasion, so please NO SNEAKERS OR JEANS.

Boys                                                                                 Girls

Nice white shirt                                                             Solid white top

Black pants                                                                     Black pants OR

Black shoes and socks                                               Black skirt (MUST be knee length or below)

                                                                                        Black shoes             

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at

cdolgon@lowerlab.org. Once again, thank you all for your support!


Musically yours,

Carol Dolgon