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Mrs. Dusart's
Orchestra Website


Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 can participate in the school orchestra.  
 Please see Mrs. Dusart in school for more information!   

All students use the book Essential Elements 2000.  
Each student receives a weekly half hour lesson. The lesson day is the
same each week.  The lesson time rotates throughout the student's day.

Every student has a practice chart to complete each week. Please mark the days your student has practiced and initial where indicated.

Please help your child to establish a good practice routine. The minimum recommended home practice is 3 days a week, 10 minutes each day. Scheduling a consistent daily time for practice, providing a quiet place in which to practice and praising your child’s efforts and achievements will help in your child’s progress. Please keep in mind that your support is an essential element in your child’s success with music study. Your encouragement will do wonders in helping your child overcome many of the frustrations that some young musicians encounter as they begin to assimilate the skills needed to achieve success on their instrument.  

Practice Tips:
* Frequent Practice for a short time - three or four times per week 
is more valuable than a long period of time on one day.
* Repeat the things that are difficult for you until they become easier.
* Pay attention to your hand position and posture when you play.  Good
habits become second nature the more you remind yourself. 
Bad habits are hard to break. 

Orchestra Rehearsal
Orchestra rehearsal is for 4th and 5th grade students.  We meet on:
Wednesday at 2:40 for Palmer students 
Thursday at 2:40 for Van Buren students. 

Concerts are a wonderful way for our students to show off what they
have accomplished with hard work, practice and dedication.

Palmer 4th and 5th grade Christmas Concert
Wednesday, December 10th 6:30 p.m.Palmer Cafeteria
Meet Mrs. Dusart in the Library at 6:00 p.m.

Van Buren 4th and 5th grade Christmas Concert
Monday, December 15th 6:30 p.m. Van Buren Gymnasium
Meet Mrs. Dusart in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me
at or call me at school.  Thank you!

Mrs. Dusart
String Teacher/Orchestra Director
Palmer Elementary  638-6127
             VanBuren Elementary  638-6121