Welcome to strings class! This is the 7th year I will be teaching strings at Florence and I look forward to working with your young musician. We will have classes on cycle days 3, 5, 8, & 10. Calendars are handed out to each student, and are used for multiple months. Additional calendars are available upon request. Students are expected to bring their instrument and book/music to every class. It would be beneficial for your student to have a music stand at home for practicing, as well as for concerts. Every year the strings students perform at the Winter Program and take advantage of this opportunity to showcase the skills they have learned so far.
4th grade students are expected to have their instrument and book by September 4th. The book we use for both 4th & 5th grade strings is "Sound Innovations - book 1." The cover is blue and be sure to get the correct instrument book. There is an educational DVD & CD in the back of the book that students may use for additional practice. Your best option is to try and rent/purchase an instrument locally. That way maintenance and repair is easier, and the quality is typically better than instruments ordered from the internet. Also consider the size of instrument your student will need. The violin, viola, cello, and bass come in different sizes and music stores can help determine which size your student needs. Rarely does a 4th grader fit a full size (4/4) instrument.
5th grade students are expected to have their instrument and book ready by the second class. As fifth graders, students will have an opportunity to perform at the North Area Concert in the spring. The North Area Concert is held at North High School with a dress rehearsal during the day and the performance in the evening. Additional opportunities for 5th graders include "Prelude Strings" which is a 6 week advanced orchestra that meets on Saturday mornings with a final performance with students from all over the Omaha area.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions at Lisa.Lopez@OPS.org or (531)299-7629.
NORTH AREA CONCERT -- FIFTH GRADE ONLY
Information to come!!!
Are you looking for something musical to do over the summer? Need to keep up with practicing and enjoy playing with a group? Then please check back to see what summer music camps are going on at local OPS schools. They provide a great opportunity to learn new techniques and songs.
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