Winter Greetings from WES Orchestra!
Greetings from Mr. Velsey:
Well, we've made it through January with the cold, dry weather that can be brutal to stringed instruments! Please make sure your child has his/her instrument outside for as short a time as possible, from home to car or bus to Waterloo! Also, make sure the instrument is not stored too close to heaters or air vents in your home, as heat and dry air can cause cracks or open seams. Check out the FAQ page for solutions to one common problem this time of year...the "string explosion!"
Please make sure your child comes prepared for their orchestra classes by having their instrument, all music and accessories (shoulder rest or sponge for violin/viola students and endpin holder for cello students) with them at school.
Copies of the new Schedule were put in Friday folders. The schedules are pink this time. Please go over the dates with your child so he/she is prepared on their lesson days.
The schedule is now posted on this website. Hover over the "More" tab and select "Schedules." You can download a PDF copy of the schedule by scrolling to the bottom of the schedules page.
Should you wish to reach me, my contact information is:
410-313-5014 (Waterloo main office phone)
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!