Eclectic Styles Festival! October 25, 2014

Dear String Project Family,

This weekend we have our Eclectic Styles Festival! For those families who are new to the program, this is a day where the students get to learn and participate in playing different styles of music. This year, the theme is Music from Scotland, and we have a great day planned with not just rehearsing, but also games, activities, and snacks! It will be a great day where everyone can learn a thing or two about Scottish culture. I have attached an info packet put together for you by our Eclectic Styles coordinators to help get a feel for what is in store for this Saturday. Students have been doing awesome work in their group classes to prepare for the big concert at 11:15am which will be in Bates Recital Hall.

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE TO THEIR HOME ROOM BY 8:45AM. I have attached the schedule for this weekend, but please make sure to stop by one of the posted schedules in the morning check for any last minute changes. Take note that classes will NOT change on the hour like regular Saturdays; each activity will be in 30 minute blocks, with 5 minutes to get from class to class.

Eclectic Styles t-shirts will be distributed at your home room to wear for the concert at 11:15, so it is very important that you arrive on time! There is no home game this week for UT football, so traffic and parking should be OK. In addition, those with N/N+ permits will be able to park on campus. For the concert attire, jeans will be acceptable. If you have kilts that your child would like to wear in light of our Scottish theme, that would be great too!

Because this Saturday is such a special day with all sorts of new things happening, please do no hesitate to offer a helping hand when it might be needed throughout the day, whether it be helping teachers watch over the many students, facilitating t-shirt distribution, or aiding with moving these bigger groups from place to place. It will be an exciting, event-filled day!

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,
Matthew

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Saturday, October 4

Dear String Project Family,

Saturday is not only another exciting day of String Project, but also an exciting day for Longhorn fans- there is a home game taking place this Saturday with a 2:30pm kickoff, which means that traffic and parking is going to be bad. Please note that even if you have purchased an N or N+ parking permit, you will NOT be able to park on campus because of the game.

There has been a fair amount of tardiness in the past few weeks, especially in the 9:00 and 10:00 hours. Please keep in mind that in order to maximize instructional time, students must be unpacked and ready to begin class right on the hour. Try to arrive at least five minutes early to the classroom so that your child can get unpacked and ready to go. Because of the game this weekend, I would suggest leaving home much earlier than usual!

The Saturday schedule has been attached. As with last week, still be sure to check for any last minute changes on Saturday morning when you arrive.

That’s all for today; I hope everyone has a wonder rest of the week. See you on Saturday!

Best,
Matthew

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Saturday, September 27

Dear String Project Family,

This week the football game is an away game, so if you have purchased an N/N+ permit you should be able to park on campus. Remember to pay attention to the parking signs on campus to be 100% sure you are legally parked.

Attached is the Saturday schedule. A couple changes are going into effect starting this week: Pre-Ensemble A (PEA) and Pre-Ensemble B (PEB) are going to merge back together. Beginning Guitar Ensembles (BGEA, BGEB, BGEC) will be grouped differently from before as well. BGEA and BGEB will be together, and BGEC will be separate.

That’s all for this week. See everyone on Saturday!

Best,
Matthew Chan

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Saturday, September 20

Dear String Project Family,

This week there is no football game, so if you have purchased an N/N+ permit you should be able to park on campus. Remember to pay attention to the parking signs on campus to be 100% sure you are legally parked.

It is very likely that your student’s classes are meeting in different locations from last week. A Saturday Schedule is attached, but do check the schedule posted on the walls when you arrive Saturday to confirm that there haven’t been last minute changes.

That’s all for this week. As always, do not hesitate to e-mail the office if you have any questions or concerns!

Best,

Matthew Chan

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dear String Project family,

The fall semester is off and running! This Saturday, classes will begin at 9:00; the Saturday schedule is attached. You will see something called “T&R” happening at 9:00- this class is only for students that are enrolled in an orchestra (EO, IO, AO, and CO). Early Childhood Class, Stepping Stones, Junior Cadets, and Beginning Parent Guitar Ensemble will also begin this Saturday. All other ensembles will meet at 10:00. Further, if you were not able to pick up your Convocation folder last week, they will be at the main table on the ground floor of the music building.

It is very likely that your student’s classes are meeting in different locations from last week. Check the schedule posted on the walls, and as always, confirm when you arrive Saturday that there haven’t been last minute changes. If you were not able to attend Convocation this week, please make sure to turn in an absence form at the main table. You can also find this form on our website http://stringproject.music.utexas.edu/ under “forms and documents”.

This week there is no home football game, so if you have purchased an N/N+ permit you should be able to park on campus. Please pay attention to the signs on campus to be 100% sure you are legally parked. If you have not received the e-mail for parking, respond to this e-mail so that I can forward you the parking e-mail as the method to obtain a parking permit has changed this year.

This Saturday, the UT Wind Ensemble is having a recording session, so there will be no classes in Bates Recital Hall or room 2.604. As this is a recording session, please be mindful to keep the noise level to a minimum, especially near the entrances to Bates, whether on the 2nd floor or the 3rd floor. If you see a child becoming disruptive or noisy, we appreciate your help in quieting them down.

I hope everybody has a great rest of the week! As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns. See you Saturday!

Best,

Matthew Chan
Assistant Director
UT String Project

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Convocation this Saturday

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Dear String Project Family,

We hope you enjoyed a restful and happy summer. We are excited to begin another String Project year this coming Saturday, September 6th. Our fall Convocation will start at 9:00am in Bates Recital Hall at the Butler School of Music followed by regular classes from 10:00-12:00pm.

Attached you will find this Saturday’s schedule of classes and rooms. Please note that ECE, Stepping Stones, Junior Cadets (group classes only), and Beginning Parent Guitar Ensemble will not be meeting this Saturday. Dr. Scott will be in the answering any questions related to ECE & Stepping Stones between 10:00-11:00am in the Mirror Room, and we request that NEW parents to the instrumental program (parents of Junior Cadets, new Saturday-only students) attend Parent Info Meeting with Dr. Scott at 11:00am (also in the Mirror Room).

Schedules and maps will be posted on the walls as you walk into the music building and you will receive a copy with your personalized Convocation folder.

When you arrive on Saturday, report to the main lobby of the music building and pick up your Convocation folder. We ask that you and your children please report to Bates Auditorium inside the Butler School of Music by 8:50am. Our program will start promptly at 9:00am. We will begin with a performance by the String Project Faculty Orchestra followed by an informative session on activities and schedules for the 2014-2015 year.

Once Convocation has ended, around 9:50, we will dismiss students to attend classes. Parents will have the chance to walk their students to their classrooms.

Parents who are interested in joining Beginning Parent Orchestra should report to 2.118 at 11:00 to sit in and listen to the Returning Parent Orchestra plus a short info session with Aurora Zenfell.

If you need to make a payment, please see our office manager, Mikaila Powers, between 8:00-8:50am or 11:00-noon at the main table on the ground floor. If you do not make it during this time please see her the following Saturday or mail your payment to the String Project office.

The UT Football game is a HOME game this weekend, so parking will be extremely limited. This means that even if you have purchased one of the N or N+ parking permits, you will NOT be able to park on campus. If you are new to our program, you will want to leave exceedingly early on days with home games; parking on campus is prohibited and even driving is problematic. Fortunately, the game doesn’t start until 6:30pm, so there should be reasonable street parking available.

Full time students, your teachers are in the process of scheduling lessons for the fall. Your lessons will commence the week of September 8.

Thanks everyone! I look forward to seeing you on Saturday and beginning another fantastic year.

Best,

Matthew Chan

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Convocation on September 6th

Dear parents and guardians,

Welcome back! I hope that you have had an enjoyable and restful summer. I would like to give a warm welcome to the new families joining us this fall, we are excited to have you join the String Project family! You can find the 2014-2015 String Project calendar of events here: String Project Calendar 2014-2015

If you have not yet registered with us for the fall, please e-mail the String Project office to request a form. To avoid a long line at Convocation on September 7th, please fill out this form and send it back to the String Project office with a $100.00 non-refundable deposit at your earliest convenience. We will be set up at the concessions table on the 2nd floor taking tuition payments that morning.

Our first day kicks off with Convocation on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9:00-10:00am followed by regular classes from 10:00am-12:00pm. Convocation will be held in Bates Recital Hall at the Butler School of Music on UT Campus. There will be maps posted on the walls as you walk into the music school as well as friendly teachers waiting to help direct you to your classes. Make sure to stop by the main table on the ground floor to pick up your personalized String Project folder! We ask that you please report to Bates shortly BEFORE 9:00 with your children. Our program will start promptly at that time. We will begin our Convocation with a performance by the String Project Faculty Orchestra followed by an informative session on activities and schedules for the 2014-2015 year.

At 10:00, we will dismiss students to attend classes. Parents will have the chance to walk their students to their respective classrooms. As we get closer to this date, we will send out a Saturday schedule. New families will be expected to attend a parent education session with Dr. Scott at this time.

Monday, September 8th will be the first week of Private Lessons. Parents will be contacted near the end of August by their child’s private teacher to schedule weekly lessons at the Butler School of Music, be looking out for their email or phone call!

As we get closer to our start date, we will be sending you more details regarding Convocation. If you have any questions about the information above, and if you did not receive an e-mail with the above information, please contact the String Project office at: string_project@mail.music.utexas.edu.

Again, welcome to the new families joining String Project this fall and welcome back returning families! We are looking forward to a great String Project year!

Best,
Matthew

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Fritzie is a “Master Musician”

Fritzie Schwentker

Fritzie Schwentker

Fritzie was named a master musician for her grade at her elementary school.  Congratulations Fritzie on your accomplishment!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday is another exciting day of String Project!   We are delighted to let you know that cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, the “Low and Lower“, cello/bass duo, will be visiting String Project this Saturday. They will be working will some of our students during to 9:00 & 10:00 o’clock as indicated on the attached schedule.  The duo will have a great concert during our11:00 hour!  All students will be escorted to Bates Recital Hall by their 10:00 teachers for the concert.  For more information on Low and Lower, please visit their website: http://www.getlowandlower.com/home
 
That is all for now, see you on Saturday!
 
Best, 
Jordan
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String Project Classes Resume Week of March 17th

I hope everyone has had a safe and restful spring break.  This is a reminder that private lessons will resume starting Monday, March 17th and Saturday classes on March 22nd.

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