Concert Information, Instrument Care and
Definitions

This page may take some time to load. Be patient. It contains information about taking care of your instrument,
and a booklet of music terms and definitions. The music is "Folk Dance", a piece we will play at this year's spring concert. (Click the play button at the top of the page if the music didn't play automatically.)  Below, you will find the date and time for our 5th Grade Spring Concert.

Concert Information: Our Discrictwide Elementary Instrumental Music Concert
will take place at the Performing Arts Center at the High School on Wednesday, May 23rd.


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Your Instrument

Here are a few tips to help you take care of your instrument. Be kind to your string instrument. If you treat it with a little respect, it will look, sound, and play better.

1. Avoid exposing your instrument to extreme temperatures. Donít store your instrument near a heating vent or leave it in the trunk of your car on a very hot or very cold day. Dry, cold weather can crack your instrument. Extreme heat can melt the varnish. Place a moistened paper towel or piece of sponge in an open ziploc bag in the rosin compartment of your case. This can prevent your instrument from drying out in the winter months.

2. When not playing your instrument during a break in rehearsal, protect it by putting it in its case. If you play cello or bass, set the instrument on its side with the bridge facing away from the path of greatest traffic. Never lean a cello on a chair or leave a violin or viola hanging from a stand by the scroll. This is a recipe for disaster.

3. Store your music in the folder which is provided for this purpose, not in your instrument case where pressure from papers can damage your violin or viola. Your case should hold your instrument, rosin, bow, a rag (to clean your instrument), a pitch pipe for tuning(if you have one) and nothing else.

4. Keep a soft cloth or rag in your case and after playing be sure to wipe off excess rosin from strings, fingerboard, and the top of the instrument where rosin tends to build up.

5. Research has shown that the more an instrument is played, the better it sounds. Practice. Youíll get better and your instrument will too.

THE BOW:

6. Always keep your fingers off the bow hair. Perspiration, oil, and dirt from your skin can collect on the horse hair and ruin it.

7. Rosin your bow often. Moving your bow evenly from frog to tip across the rosin five or six times should do the trick. (Too much rosin gives a gritty sound.)

8. Once you have used your rosin, be sure to return it to the case. (Not your music stand!)

9. Tighten the bow when you are about to play, and LOOSEN THE BOW HAIR WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED PLAYING. Bows left tightened in their case or on a cello or bass rack tend to warp. A warped bow is practically useless when it comes to getting a good sound from your instrument.

10. When you tighten your bow, be sure the stick is arching in slightly toward the bow hair. NEVER tighten a bow until the wood arches away from the hair like a bow and arrow.

11. When not playing your instrument, hold the bow firmly in your right hand or (if seated) place it in your lap. Most important of all, resist the impulse to twirl, swing, juggle, or jiggle it.

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