Crestdale Strings Updates
The students will need to practice their newfound skills. The general recommendation is to practice the new skills at least four times a week, if not more.
Here is the slideshow with videos and images on how to get proper position. Please feel free to review with your child after this week to help them better understand their instruments!
Students also received forms if they are in need of a school instrument. Those forms need to be filled out and returned before they will be able to take their school instruments home.
7th Grade Orchestra
The 7th grade orchestra is currently working on reviewing last year's material. There is a lot to review and cover over the next couple weeks! The first steps are posture, position, and bow hold. You can find those items above in the 6th Grade section. We will also be reviewing the processes of how to read music and rhythm as well as playing together and in tune.
Each student should be practicing about two hours total a week spread out over multiple days.
All students have been assigned their instruments and they should be able to take them back and forth to school. Let me know if you have any questions!
8th Grade Orchestra
Students have been provided books for practice and should be working about three to four days a week on improving their skills.
Beginning Guitar Classes
Students who needed a school instrument received the loaner forms last week and once they are turned in students will be able to transport the school instruments back and forth.
Again, students should be practicing 3-4 times per week for up to 20-30 minutes each session. Students will need to build the calluses on their fingers gradually, so building up to that length of practice is optimal. Have your child play something for you sometime!
Changes in Concert Dates
More information will be coming in the coming weeks as details are finalized.
Beginning of Year Forms and Fees
A quality working instrument is extremely important to the success of your student. An instrument that does not stay in tune or that has poor tone will not be fun to play or to practice. Please avoid purchasing instruments online...especially from Amazon.com or eBay. I have seen many students bring these instruments to school and quit playing because of frustrations involving an unresponsive instrument. A quality instrument makes all the difference! I always recommend renting or purchasing the best instrument you can afford. Your student will love playing and love to practice if they hear pleasant sounds coming from their instruments. Please let me know if you need any help deciding on an instrument.
These instruments can be found at music stores in the area. I HIGHLY recommend going to a string specialist to purchase/rent your instrument! You can also find these instruments used on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or Reverb.com. Used instruments may need new strings, bridges, pegs, etc. Please feel free to email me if you have questions about a used instrument!
Eastman String instruments
Scherl and Roth
Guitarists will need an acoustic guitar that fits them. I suggest the Yamaha C-40 or Yamaha Folk Guitar Series. Other great brands are Epiphone, Fender, Guild, Gibson, Breedlove, etc. Pretty much anything you can get at a reputable music store listed below.
Please contact me before buying an instrument that you think is a "great deal." These "amazing deal" instruments are usually found on Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, or Ebay and go by the name of Mendini, Cecilio, Lico, Windsor, First Act, etc. In the string world, you really do get what you pay for!!
Local Music Stores
102A S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036
8653 Concord Mills Boulevard, Concord, NC 28027
2112 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 373 - 0551
5533 Westpark Drive,
Charlotte NC 28217
(704) 522 - 9253
10408 Centrum Pkwy, Pineville, NC 28134
8046 Providence Rd C, Charlotte, NC 28277
4209 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 525 - 5073