August 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians in Grades 4-8,

With the new school year fast approaching, I would like to share several important reminders regarding the School’s orchestra program.

Music can be a source of wonder for children, bringing a lifetime of joy and comfort. My goal is to help each student have such a memorable musical journey. Therefore, it is very special when opportunities arise for students to share their musical experience. There will be violin, cello, chamber music, jazz and choral evenings and other musical journeys of interest spread throughout the year. Most importantly are performance dates when students’ attendance is required. The schedule, description and important details will be posted on the school's online calendar soon.

Throughout the year, we will be looking for ways to inspire your child's musical talents with after-school chamber music ensembles and other special group, and class performances. I would also like to share a few important reminders as we look to the year ahead. We will have Ms. Hyunju Ji, who interned with us last year, continue her internship with chamber music on a limited schedule.

  • Please make arrangements to rent your child’s instrument prior to September. Click here for a list of string instrument rental agencies which have been used by our parents in the past.
  • Please make arrangements with your private violin, viola, cello or bass instructor for lessons to be held on a regular basis during school hours.

Hisaichi Shimura vnshimura@hotmail.com, violin
Uli Speth uli.speth@verizon.net, violin
Sandra Billingslea sandib726@yahoo.com violin/viola
Dale Stuckenbruck dstuckenbruck@yahoo.com, violin/viola
Loren Dempster misterdemp@gmail.com, cello/bass
Christine Flannery cflann2@pride.hofstra.edu, flute, woodwinds
Mr. Fallu and Mr. Goble, of our full-time faculty, are available as trumpet teachers as well.

All questions regarding private lessons can be addressed to me and I will be making sure that every student is covered by an instrument teacher. Our School is extremely lucky to have a truly exceptional music teaching faculty who have a love for sharing their devotion to music with young people. Individual lessons cost $35 per half hour lesson, beginning with the second week of the year. Please remember that parents are responsible for paying their child’s instrument teacher directly, including for those days when a lesson is cancelled without prior notice. Payments need to be made without delay. The instrument faculty makes great effort to come to the school. They are some of the finest performers and teachers in the New York City area. It is a privilege to have them at our School.

Students should bring their instruments to School on orchestra and private lesson days. While cellos are available at school for students who cannot bring their instrument on the bus, please remember that a cello is still needed for practice at home. Students will also need a binder for their orchestra music, to be brought to each class.

Click here for a brochure about the Jeanette Resnick Music Lesson Endowment Fund, which provides financial assistance for music lessons to families with need. Please read the brochure for more information about qualifications. As overall funding is limited, I encourage you to complete and submit the enclosed grant application at your earliest convenience.

Throughout the school year, I hope you will feel free to continually communicate with me, and your child’s private teacher, regarding your child’s progress. Your direct involvement means a great deal to your child, their teachers, and the overall quality of the orchestra music program at the Waldorf School of Garden City. You are always welcome to reach me directly at stuckenbruckd@waldorfgarden.org, and cell phone (516) 538-2554 after August 29th.

Sincerely yours,

Dale Stuckenbruck
Orchestra Director
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
Tel: (516) 742-3434
Cell: (516) 538-2554
Fax: (516) 742-3457
Email: stuckenbruckd@waldorfgarden.org

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