HH Elementary Strings

October 5, 2016
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Why Students Really Quit Their Musical Instrument (and How Parents Can Prevent It)

Reposted from http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/02/17/students-really-quit-musical-instrument-parents-can-prevent/#comment-5774 by Toni Mazzocchi

Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument through their school’s music program (if a program exists).  One or two years later, more than 50% of students quit; unable to enjoy all that music education has to offer for the rest of their K-12 schooling, if not beyond.

During my time as an educator and administrator, parents and students have shared with me several reasons why the child quit their musical instrument, including:

  • The student is not musically talented (or at least thought they weren’t).
  • The student is too busy with other activities.
  • The student hates practicing (or the parents grow weary of begging the child to practice).
  • The student doesn’t like their teacher.

…and there’s more…

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Welcome Back!

September 7, 2016 by hh | 0 comments

String Schedule for 2016-2017:

Monday: Blair Mill

Tuesday:  Pennypack

Wednesday: Simmons – 5th Grade

Thursday: Simmons – 4th Grade

Friday: Hallowell and Crooked Billet


Beginners Meeting for Parents and Students – TUESDAY SEPT. 13, 2016 @ 7pm AT SIMMONS

Demonstrations of all the string Instruments will take place in each school this week.

May 3, 2016
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Today’s string players forget they are telling a story, says cellist Raphael Wallfisch

Pauline Harding investigates why singers and instrumentalists can benefit hugely from listening to and working with each other

February 23, 2016

Raphael Wallfisch London 20 March 2013

Raphael Wallfisch
London 20 March 2013

The following is an extract from The Strad’s feature on strings and the voice, published in the March 2016 issue – download on desktop computer or through The Strad App.

‘The biggest problem with today’s playing is that people want to sound smooth and nice; everything is ironed out flat,’ says cellist Raphael Wallfisch. ‘Because instrumentalists make sounds without words, we often forget about telling a story. We get so bogged down with technical aspects of playing that we forget to give that big, open, direct message, which a singer does much more naturally.

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March 25, 2016
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2016 HH Strings Bootcamp

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When: August 22-26 2016, 9am – 12pm

Where: Simmons Elementary

Activities:

  • Music Theory
  • String Sectionals
  • Elementary Ensemble
  • Advanced Ensemble

Cost: $150

Included in this camp is a “PLAY-IN” once every week for all string students who can attend. A PLAY-IN is one hour of playing and having fun with new and familiar music. We will all play together. PLAY-INs WILL BEGIN July 6 and continue every Wednesday, 4-5 PM for the next 6 weeks until the beginning of Boot Camp on August 22.

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An epic solution for saving school music programs

March 25, 2016 by hh | 0 comments

3d Printed Violins – reprinted article from UPWORTHY

http://www.upworthy.com/an-epic-solution-for-saving-our-quickly-disappearing-school-music-programs?c=ufb1

Imagine a high school bus stop around 7:30 a.m.

You’d see maybe eight teenagers: three holding sports duffle bags; one reading a library book; another holding a large art portfolio. The last three might be holding instrument cases shaped like guitars, violins, and trombones.

But what if those instruments disappeared? Unfortunately, that’s the reality for many K-12 students across the country.

These days, most American K-12 schools are focusing heavily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, but performing arts programs are getting left behind. When extracurricular budgets are tight, music programs are often the first to go.

As it turns out, STEM programs could actually save music programs.

That’s Kaitlyn Hova’s great idea.

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February 21, 2016
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Cavani Quartet – coming soon!

CAVANI STRING QUARTET ~ BIOGRAPHY. Described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant” , the Cavani String Quartet’s performances embody a natural empathy and passion, which continue to electrify and inspire audiences across the country. Winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award and Musical America Magazine Young Artist of the Year, they were appointed Quartet in Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music in 1988. The Cavani Quartet most recently earned this accolade: ” a true musical tour-de-force. astonishingly beautiful and technically superb , chamber music at it’s best.”

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March 26, 2015
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HH Elementary Strings Bootcamp!

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When: August 17-21 2015, 9am – 12pm

Where: Simmons Elementary

Activities:

  • Music Theory
  • String Sectionals
  • Elementary Ensemble
  • Advanced Ensemble

Cost: $150

Included in this camp is a “PLAY-IN” once every week for all string students who can attend. A PLAY-IN is one hour of playing and having fun with new and familiar music. We will all play together. PLAY-INs WILL BEGIN July 8 and continue every Wednesday, 4-5 PM for the next 6 weeks until the beginning of Boot Camp on August 17.

Download and print pdf Registration Form