• WELCOME TO 3rd GRADE  AND BEGINNING STRINGS WITH MRS. GROSS! 

    10 REASONS
    This page is designed to share information with the BEGINNING string students and their parents/guardians.   This page is for in school, FLEX, and distant learners. Due to Covid-19, information changes quickly.  I will do my best to keep you updated with any changes.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Gross at any time!  The best way to contact me is by email: 
    grosss@sgasd.org

     

    When contacting Mrs. Gross, please include: 

     

    Student's Name, School, Grade, and Homeroom Teacher.

     

    I look forward to meeting everyone and making music together!

    Mrs. Gross🎻

     
    Please check out this link to find out more about the String Instruments!

    https://www.bepartofthemusic.org/group/index.php?id=3360

     

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    DIGITAL "HANDOUTS" FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE STRING FAMILY OF INSTRUMENTS AND THE  SGASD STRING PROGRAM:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR, I WILL CONTINUE TO USE THIS  TEACHER PAGE IN ADDITION TO SCHOOLOGY.  PLEASE BE PATIENT AS I LEARN THIS NEW PLATFORM 😊

     

    STRING LESSONS WILL BEGIN CYCLE 4 ( 9/18/20).  PLEASE TRY TO HAVE YOUR INSTRUMENT AND YOUR BOOK BY THIS DATE:)

    I WILL BE AT PARADISE EVERY DAY 1

    I WILL BE AT SGE EVERY DAY 2

    I WILL BE AT NEW SALEM EVERY DAY 5

     

     

     

     To make it easy to find information, I put the information into sections:

    SECTION 1= HOW TO GET AN INSTRUMENT, 
                                               Book.....

    SECTION 2=  HOW SCHOOL  GROUP LESSONS WORK.

    SECTION 3= PRACTICING- WHAT TO WORK ON 
                                                AT HOME; HOW TO PRACTICE 

    SECTION 4= CONCERT INFORMATION 

     SECTION 5=. PRIVATE STRING INSTRUCTION 

    SECTION 6= WHAT TO EXPECT THE FIRST YEAR OF STRINGS

    SECTION 7= GRADES

    SECTION 8= OTHER

     

     
     
     
     
     

     
     
     SECTION 1:
    HOW TO GET AN INSTRUMENT, BOOK.....

    BEGINNING STRINGS

    STUDENTS STARTING A STRING INSTRUMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME 😁

     

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

     

    1.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE STRING INSTRUMENTS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:)

    https://www.bepartofthemusic.org/bpoto/index.html

     AND

    https://www.bepartofthemusic.org/group/index.php?id=3360

     

     

    MENCHEY MUSIC FLYER FOR STRING 20 21

     

     

     ****  YOU MAY GET YOUR INSTRUMENT WHERE YOU WISH.  HOWEVER, GETTING AN INSTRUMENT FROM MENCHEY'S GETS YOU A REPAIR PLAN - MEANING IF THE INSTRUMENT BREAKS, GETS RUN OVER BY A CAR ( YES THIS HAPPENS),  IS STOLEN..... MENCHEY'S WILL REPAIR / REPLACE FOR FREE.  IF YOU GET AN INSTRUMENT ONLINE AND SOMETHING HAPPENS TO IT, THE REPAIR/REPLACEMENT COST WILL BE ON THE PARENT/GUARDIAN.  IF YOU DECIDE TO BUY ONLINE, BE CAREFUL OF INSTRUMENTS MADE IN ASIA AS THE QUALITY IS USUALLY NOT GOOD.  ALSO, STRING INSTRUMENTS ARE SIZED TO THE STUDENT.  AS THE STUDENT GROWS, THEY WILL NEED THE NEXT SIZE INSTRUMENT UNTIL THEY GET TO THE FULL SIZE.  MENCHEY'S GIVES YOU 100% OF YOUR MONEY TOWARD THE NEXT SIZE INSTRUMENT.  IF YOU BUY ONLINE AND NEED TO GET THE NEXT SIZE INSTRUMENT, YOU WILL NEED TO BUY IT OUTRIGHT AND TRY TO FIND SOMEONE TO BUY THE SMALLER INSTRUMENT.  JUST SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT AS YOU CONSIDER JOINING THE STRING PROGRAM HERE AT SGASD. 

     

     

    BEFORE YOU RENT OR BUY A STRING INSTRUMENT, YOU NEED TO KNOW THE SIZE INSTRUMENT YOUR CHILD NEEDS.  WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING, I WILL NEED TO DEPEND ON THE PARENT/GUARDIAN OR MENCHEY MUSIC TO SIZE THE STUDENT.  BELOW IS SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION TO GUIDE YOU IN GETTING THE BEST SIZE INSTRUMENT FOR YOUR CHILD:

     

     

    VIDEO ON HOW TO SIZE YOUR CHILD FOR AN INSTRUMENT - WATCH TILL THE END PLEASE. THANKS!

     

     

    HANDOUTS ON INSTRUMENT SIZING:

    HOW TO MEASURE YOUR CHILD FOR VIOLIN OR VIOLA

    VIOLA SIZING CHART

    HOW TO SIZE YOUR CHILD FOR A CELLO

    CELLO SIZING CHART

    ALL BASS PLAYERS WILL BEGIN ON AN 1/8 SIZE BASS SO IT CAN FIT ON THE BUS:)

     

     

    2. BEGINNING STRING PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION & HOW TO GET A STRING INSTRUMENT FOR YOUR CHILD 2020

     

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM MENCHEY MUSIC ON HOW TO RENT AN INSTRUMENT:

    USE THIS LINK FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR:

    LINK FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

     

     

     

    About the Menchey Music Rental Program

     

     

    How to Rent an Instrument Online 

     

      

     3.  ALL BEGINNING STRING STUDENTS NEED TO HAVE THE BOOK " ALL FOR STRINGS BOOK 1"   FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE INSTRUMENT BY THEIR FIRST STRING LESSON.

     STRING BOOK

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     4.  3RD GRADE/ BEGINNING STRINGS HANDBOOK/GUIDE .

     

     DUE TO COVID-19 AND THE EVER CHANGING INFORMATION, A HANDBOOK/GUIDE WILL NOT BE USEFUL.

     

     

    5. ONCE YOU HAVE DECIDED TO JOIN STRINGS, PLEASE FILL OUT THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION - GOOGLE FORM LINK BELOW:

     

     

     LINK TO BEGINNING STRING REGISTRATION FORM DUE 9/9/20

     

     

    6.  HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT  

     

     PLEASE DO NOT GET YOUR INSTRUMENT OUT OF THE CASE BEFORE THE FIRST LESSON.  THIS WAY EVERYBODY'S INSTRUMENT WILL BE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER FOR THE FIRST LESSON:)

     

    INSTRUMENT CARE

     

     

    VIDEO - HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT :)

     

     

     

     

    SECTION 2:

    HOW SCHOOL STRING LESSONS WORK.

    String School  group lessons/ sectionals are different depending on what school your child attends. All lessons are 30 minutes. String group lessons/ sectionals are by instrument:  violins with violins, viola with violas.... All String lessons students are pulled out of class for string instruction. Students are responsible for working with their classroom teacher with what they missed while at the group string lesson.  The way a lesson works is we work on a concept in the school string group lesson.  The string student should work on the concept/ assignment at home until they find the concept easy to perform.  The string student should come into the next school group lesson with any questions or concerns/ have the concept well prepared so that we can move on to the next concept.  
    Lessons may be rescheduled or canceled due to assemblies, special events, string teacher is absent, field trips, testing- like PSSA- inclement weather......
    What happens when we have school delays/closings?

    ***  WHEN THERE IS A 2 HOUR DELAY, LESSONS MAY BE RESCHEDULED ( SO BRING YOUR INSTRUEMENT AS NORMAL😁).  FOR EARLY DISMISSALS, LESSONS ARE USUALLY CANCELLED FOR THAT DAY😢WHEN WE HAVE A DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL, THE DAY MISSED WILL BE THE NEXT DAY OF SCHOOL.  PLEASE CHANGE ACCORDINGLY😄

     

    Paradise Elementary:   I am at PES  EVERY DAY 1.  String lessons rotate meaning the lesson time changes every cycle.  This was designed so that the student does not miss the same class every cycle for the group string lesson. A String Lesson Schedule will be sent home, will be posted in the school, and a copy will be given to the classroom teacher and school main office.  

    New Salem:   I am at NSE EVERY DAY 5.  String lessons are the same time each cycle.  A String Lesson Schedule will be sent home, will be posted in the school, and a copy will be given to the classroom teacher and school main office.  

    SGE:  I am at SGE EVERY DAY 2.  String lessons are the same time each cycle. A String Lesson Schedule will be sent home, will be posted in the school, and a copy will be given to the classroom teacher and school main office.  

     

     ****  DUE TO COVID, THIS YEAR ALL LESSONS K-6 WILL BE AT THE SAME TIME EVERY WEEK.

     

     

    SECTION 3:

    PRACTICING - WHAT TO WORK ON AT HOME.

     Play( practice) at home to fit your family's schedule.   A little bit every day is best. If practice at home becomes a struggle, talk to Mrs. Gross and your child before taking any drastic measures like quitting.  ( This is very normal) With different family schedules, we might need to think outside the box to come up with a practice plan that works for you.  One example could be taking your string lesson book with you in the car on your way to a sports/ dance practice - without the instrument- and looking at the music, or "air" playing- this is  still considered practicing. Be creative and keep playing.  PRACTICE MAKES PROGESS!

    ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE POSTED TO SCHOOLOGY FOR DISTANCE LEARNERS & IN SCHOOL STUDENTS :)

     

     

    String students should be working in their "All For Strings" lesson books, String Packet(s), concert music( Orchestra Karate), and any online activities found on this website. 

     

    3rd GRADE STRINGS  PLAY AT HOME ASSIGNMENT  FOR CYCLE_______:

    All For Strings page(s):

    Packet page(s):

    Orchestra Karate:

    Website:

    Other:

    Students are responsible for marking their lesson books, packets.... during in school group string lessons in case this website is not updated in time.

     

     Practice Tips


    SECTION 4=
    CONCERT INFORMATION 

    DUE TO COVID-19, ALL CONCERTS ARE CANCELLED TILL FURTHER NOTICE:(  HOWEVER, WE ARE WORKING HARD TO HAVE A VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE.  PLEASE STAY TUNED!)

    There is a FIRST PERFORMANCE NIGHT in  NOVEMBER.  DATES AND TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED.

    The Spring Concert is held in MAY  at the Spring Grove High School Auditorium beginning at 7 pm.  

    For all concerts/ performances, information will be sent home closer to the concert dates.

     


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     INCASE OF BAD WEATHER, PLEASE CHECK THE DISTRICT WEBSITE.  USUALLY WHEN SCHOOL IS CANCELLED, ALL EVENING EVENTS ARE CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED.  USUALLY WHEN SCHOOL IS DISMISSED EARLY FOR BAD WEATHER, EVENING EVENTS ARE CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED. 

     
     
     
     
     
    SECTION 5=
    PRIVATE OUT OF SCHOOL STRING INSTRUCTION 
     
     
     Since I only see your child for lessons one time every 6 days for 30 minutes in a group setting, I don't always get to give personal instruction like I would like.  Sometimes students need to be challenged or are needing more help.  This is where outside of school Private String Instruction might be beneficial.  One on one instruction is a great way to keep students working on harder concepts or to reinforce what is being taught in school group lessons.  Private String Lessons is a personal choice.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
     
     
     
     

    SECTION 6=
     

    WHAT TO EXPECT IN STRINGS?
    The hope in the SGASD String Program is that the string student will continue to play through high school. Each year of string instruction leads into the next year.  The string program for grades 3 -8 follows this plan (keeping in mind that students may join at any time!😄):
    3rd = Care of instrument; open strings; using fingers
    4th = review previous instruction; music reading
    5th= review previous instruction; music reading w/o assistance;ensemble playing.
    6th = review previous instruction;positions; advanced techniques.
    7th= review previous instruction; vibrato; more advanced techniques.
    8th = review previous instruction; prepare for high school Orchestra.
     
    SECTION 7=
    GRADES
     At this time, we do not give a grade for strings on the official report card.  However, I do send home a progress report ✏️
     
    SECTION 8=
    OTHER
    Good article for parents/ guardians 😃
    What to do if my child wants to quit their instrument.
     
     
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