Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
Mr. Lambert's Webex classroom: https://cssd11.webex.com/meet/steven.lambert
First quarter, all instruction will be online using WebEx and Schoology. Rather than meeting in traditional classes, students will receive a weekly 1-on-1 or small group lesson. This will allow us to develop our fundamental skills at a similar rate as a normal year, while also learning additional skills needed for remote learning, such as tuning your own instrument.
Here's what the first few weeks will look like:
Week of August 17
device & supply pickup for the district
instrument selection & orchestra enrollment
Week of August 24
assignment & distribution of school instruments
sign-ups for those who missed last week
Week of August 31
instrument setup for store-rented & personally owned instruments
Week of September 7
first week of orchestra classes
Welcome to string orchestra!
I’m thrilled to have you and your child in class! Music ensembles provide some of the most memorable experiences in a student’s school life.
Family support is pivotal to a positive experience, and I recommend a conscientious balance of involvement and autonomy. Definitely DO ask your child what they’re learning, and help them set up a good practice routine. See the tips page for some advice!
One of the core components of my curriculum is the String Samurai Program, wherein students work at their own pace to learn skills and earn belts. If ever you’re not sure what to practice, you can always work on your next String Samurai belt. This year, I’m working on a video series so that kids who want to get really good, really quickly can move as fast as they want!
Please send me an email whenever you have a thought, concern, question, advice, or anything! There are other ways to communicate, too, but I respond to emails the quickest. Parents are welcome in class at any time, just make sure to sign in at the office.
This year’s going to be great! I can’t wait to begin!
Mr. Steven Lambert
How you can support, praise and promote your child:
Provide a quiet place for practice
Set up a practice schedule (see tips page for advice!)
Remain nearby during practice times as often as possible
Praise your child's efforts and achievements
Never use practice as punishment
Allow your child to perform for the family if he or she is comfortable
Remind your child to bring their instrument and music to school on class days
Attend all of your child's performance events
We are a group of kids who believe art is a vital expression of the human soul. We join together to play awesome music, become expert at our instruments, strengthen the bonds between us, and have fun.
We train our ears to hear what’s around us, our eyes to interpret what’s on the page, and our minds to express what is within us. We train our bodies with healthful technique so we can play with determination and strength from now through old age.
Our motto: Courage, Commitment, Focus.