An educational program of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts

OFFERING EXCEPTIONAL STRINGS MUSIC EDUCATION TO THE YOUTH OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN

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Dorothy Gerber Strings Program

 

800 Bay Harbor Dr.

Bay Harbor, MI 49770

 

Dr. David Reimer, Music Director

616.828.8321

dreimer@greatlakescfa.org

Thank You To Community Partners

The DGSP is grateful to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for their support in providing scholarships for students interested in individual lessons.

© 2020 Dorothy Gerber Strings Program

Train to become a Jedi Master on your

Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass!

To become excellent at playing an instrument, a person needs to practice consistently and learn from a

master teacher. All students of the DGSP will participate in the annual practice challenge. Training begins

on January 27 and ends March 14.  Weekly updates will be posted on the website and Facebook.

Mark your calendar for March 22 when the awards will be announced at the Chamber Music Concert.
Do you have what it takes to become a Jedi Master of Music? We think so!

   

  • Practice time should be recorded by the time that you start and finish your practicing (e.g. 7:30-8:00) and total minutes that you practice each day. If you practice more than once in a day (or take a break between two practice sessions), write your time as 7:30-8:00, 8:55-9:15.

  • Jedi Training practice is defined as time spent alone playing your instrument. Lessons, classes and rehearsals do not count as practice time. Listening to a recording or practicing your bow hold while watching TV may be good exercises, but are not considered practice for this challenge.

 

  • Exercise good sportsmanship by keeping an accurate record of your practice time and have your parent/guardian sign at the bottom of the page.

 

  • The official scoring for Jedi Training combines total minutes practiced AND total days practiced. It is better to practice a little every day than a lot on one day.

 

  • Parents, be sure to support your child's efforts by submitting their practice log by the deadline at the end of each week. See the "Practice Logs" section below for additional details.

  • Check back here in the Scoring section or Facebook to see your progress!  

 
 

   

  • Practice time should be recorded by the time that you start and finish your practicing (e.g. 7:30-8:00) and total minutes that you practice each day. If you practice more than once in a day (or take a break between two practice sessions), write your time as 7:30-8:00, 8:55-9:15. Remember, classes, lessons, listening to a recording, or working on bow hold while watching TV do NOT count towards daily practice.

  • Parents, practice logs may be submitted one of two ways:

    • Students will receive a paper copy of a practice log in class. To submit a paper log, please take a picture and then either text or e-mail to Dr. David Reimer at 616.828.8321 or dreimer@greatlakescfa.org

    • If an electronic method is preferred, fill out the form below and e-mail to dreimer@greatlakescfa.org

  • Practice logs must be submitted by 6:00PM on Saturday at the end of each practice week.
    The first log is due by 6:00PM on Saturday, February 1st.

  • Practice logs should be signed by a parent or guardian.

  • Practice logs should reflect accurate and focused practice. See "Practice Tips" to make sure your practice is valuable.

  • Remember! It is better to practice a little every day than a lot in one day. ​


  

 

   

  • Parents/guardians are vital to this challenge as cheerleaders, in monitoring your child's practice time for accuracy and reporting their hard work in the form of practice logs.

  • For details on submitting practice logs, please see the "Practice Logs" section.

  • Encourage your child to practice to their full potential. Whether practicing with them for younger students, or monitoring their practice time for older students, any support helps. For more information about how your child should be practicing, see "Practice Tips."

  • Be sure you are checking and signing your child's practice log before submitting it by the deadline each week.

  • Help your student check their progress on the leaderboard here on the website, or on Facebook!


  

 

   

Seek help Ask a teacher for help in how to practice and ask a parent for help in
reminding you to get started each day.

Perform When you perfect all the elements of the song, imagine you are performing in a
concert or perform for your friends or family.

Technique Posture (feet, arms, hands, head), Left Hand (straight wrist, accurate and curved fingers),
Right Hand (bow hold, wrist, elbow, shoulder), Special Skills (bow styles, vibrato, shifting).

Divide & Conquer Find sections of your piece that are challenging and practice the specific skill that needs improvement.

Repetition Build a new habit by repeating something correctly 10-20 times.

Plan Find a good time in your schedule to practice every day.

Stretch Gently prepare your fingers, hands, and arms to play.

Note Reading Practice identifying note names and rhythms.

Scale Play a scale to review good technique.


  

Special thanks to the local business who have donated to this year's challenge!

Dorothy Gerber Strings Program

Scholarships to the Summer School of Music 

Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Tickets to a GLCFA Event

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Concert Tickets for a Student and Two Adults

Boyne City Co-Op True Value

One Fishing Kit

Charlevoix Cinema

Movie Tickets

Courtyard by Marriott

One Night Stay

Fresh Air Aviation

Air Tour

Rocking Horse Toy Company

Gift Certificate

Kilwin's (Boyne City)

Free Ice Cream

Stafford's Hospitality

Pool Passes to Crooked River Lodge

Northern Michigan Cinemas: Petoskey

Gift Certificate

Revolution Bike (Charlevoix)

Gift Certificate

B.C. Pizza

Gift Certificate

Mancino's of Petoskey

Gift Certificate

BOYNE | Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark
Four Passes to Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

Know Way Out
Private Experience for up to 8 Players

BC Lanes
Gift Certificate