Welcome to Waterloo Orchestra!
Greetings from Mr. Velsey: (updated 12/17/18)
Concerts are coming up!
I've been enjoying working with my orchestra students as they prepare their parts to the Winter Concert music they'll be sharing with everyone on January 14th and 15th. I am especially glad to see such high levels of involvement and critical thinking among our musicians, as we cover topics such as bowing, tone production and use of dynamics to add to a performance.
Monday, January 14th - Winter Orchestra Assembly, 3 pm in the Waterloo E.S. auditorium
Tuesday, January 15th - Winter Orchestra & Band Concert, 6:30 pm at Long Reach H.S.
Please make sure your child is able to make these important dates. All orchestra students are expected to perform on both programs.
We tend to think of orchestra in terms of the concerts themselves, the pre-concert jitters, the exciting performances and thunderous applause from an appreciative audience. But, there's a lot that goes on "backstage" that involves the bringing the instrument to school and the practice and preparation of the music. As a parent, you can play a vital role in the success of your child's orchestra by helping your child with these simple things:
1. Keeping your child mindful of the schedule
2. Remembering to bring the instrument and music folder containing the method book and a pencil
3. Encouraging regular home practice (I expect 10-15 minutes a day, 5 days a week) even if it may not sound like music in the early weeks.
Should you wish to reach me, my contact information is:
410-313-5014 (Waterloo main office phone)
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Congratulations for choosing music and starting on a great journey! Studies have shown that participating in music increases our cognitive and memory skills and gives us a "whole brain" experience, since it involves using both sides of the brain. Music can also be a nice way to take a break or unplug from our busy lives and let our imaginations soar!