Welcome to Waterloo Orchestra!
Greetings from Mr. Velsey: (updated 10/10/18)
We're off to a great start!
I'm having a great time meeting all my new 3rd graders and am glad to see everyone is so excited to be learning to play strings! I'm delighted to be working with my 4th and 5th graders in Advanced Orchestra and and can tell we're in for some great music making this year!
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!