Welcome to Waterloo Orchestra!
Greetings from Mr. Velsey: (updated 1/28/19)
Full Spring Ahead!
Our orchestra students had a great time performing in our Winter Concert and did Waterloo proud! As we move through these chilly days of winter and our thoughts turn to warmer weather returning, it's good to know that there's still a lot for us to do with our instruments.
Starting next week, we will be turning our attention to planning our Spring Concert music and the upcoming 2019 All-County Solo & Ensemble Festival, which will be held on Saturday, March 30th at Long Reach High School. We are especially lucky not to have to drive across the county for this one!
Registration forms are going home with interested students later this week and I am in the process of forming a 5th grade ensemble already. Stay tuned!
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!