Dear Parents/Guardians, You are receiving this letter because your child has expressed interest in joining the Pella 5th grade orchestra! On Wednesday, September 9 and Friday, September 11, I visited all the 5th grade general music classes at Jefferson. Students had the chance to see and hear a violin, viola, cello, and bass and learn all about orchestra. Members of the high school orchestra also shared their experiences and performed on their instruments. Through participation in orchestra, your child will have the chance to learn his or her instrument during weekly 20-minute group lessons on Tuesdays, starting in October. In addition to lessons, we will also rehearse as a large group later in the year. There will be one final concert in May at which students will get to show others what they have learned. Please take time to discuss this decision with your child and return the Interest Form to the Jefferson main office by Thursday, September 17. Please note that it is very possible for students to be involved in band and/or choir as well as orchestra. 5th Grade Orchestra Information Night Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm in the Jefferson Gym On Thursday, September 24 at 6:30pm there will be an Orchestra Information Night held in the gym at Jefferson for those interested in joining orchestra. After a short presentation, representatives from Rieman Music in Des Moines and Mattingly Music in Newton will be on hand to give you a chance to rent an instrument, purchase the required method book (Essential Elements 2000 for Strings), and any necessary materials for your child’s instrument. String bass players will not have to rent an instrument but they will need to purchase a book and some supplies. Be sure to bring your checkbooks. Prices are different for each store and for each instrument but rental rates generally range from $20.00-$40.00 per month. More details will be given on September 24. Students should be sure to attend with their parent or guardian. Attending Information Night will give you and your child a chance to meet me, get more information, ask questions, and talk to others who are interested in joining orchestra. It will also help your child have the correct materials to get started off on the right foot. The presentation will last about 20 minutes and then you will have time to set up your rental agreement. If you are not renting an instrument, please come for the presentation at the beginning so you can learn about what 5th grade orchestra entails. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your time and interest! Sincerely, Katherine Bendon email@example.com Pella 5-12 Orchestra Director Jefferson Intermediate: (641) 628-8267 5th Grade Orchestra Interest Form Yes! I want to make beautiful string music with the Pella 5th Grade Orchestra! Student Name _________________________________________________________ Student’s homeroom ___________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Name(s) ______________________________________________ Phone Number _________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Email ________________________________________________ - Instrument Preference - Circle the instrument that is your FIRST choice: Violin Viola Cello Bass Circle the instrument that is your SECOND choice: Violin Viola Cello Bass Circle the instrument that is your THIRD choice: Violin Viola Cello Bass Please return this form to the Jefferson main office by Thursday, September 17. Mark your calendars! It is very important that both you and your child attend 5th Grade Orchestra Information Night on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30pm! If you cannot attend, please contact Mrs. Bendon to make other arrangements.
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