United Conservatory of Music September 2018

UNITEDCONSERVATORY NEWS &NOTES FIRSTDAYOF SCHOOL What Nervous Parents ShouldKnow

SEPTEMBER 2018

FROM THE DESK OF Christopher Scherer

Dear UCM Family,

I am delighted to announce that one of our instructors, Emiliano Garduque (clarinet, piano, guitar), has won the position of Assistant Director of Bands at Hoover High School! We celebrate his achievement and are very glad that he will still be teaching limited hours with us. We also welcome back from their long summer trip; Luis Mota (piano, guitar); Christian Cabral (voice, piano); and Ashley Trembley (voice, piano). Luis had a full summer, learning from the best music directors across the United States and finding new teaching techniques to bring back to our students. Christian and Ashley spent their days in Germany, studying with some of the most renowned professors and performers in Europe, all the while soaking in the culture. We are delighted to see them return and impart their newly found wisdom to our students. Lastly, group makeups will be starting soon and will be taking place of private makeups. We will be publishing a list soon with available times and additional details.

Children are constantly reaching new milestones. Whether a child is preparing for their first dance, earning their driver’s license, or heading off to college, success in navigating these events is often determined by the kinds of experiences parents share with their children when they are young. One of the earliest milestones a child encounters is the first day of kindergarten, a sometimes overwhelming event that many parents struggle to navigate. The good news is that parents who have already endured the struggle can offer advice to assuage the fears of newer parents. Teach Them the Basics Everyone knows that the primary purpose of school is to educate, but there are some basic things you should consider teaching your child before their first day. One mother recently wrote to USA Today encouraging fellow parents to teach their kids the ABCs, numbers, and a handful of useful vocabulary words. Additionally, kindergarten teachers encourage parents to make sure their kids know the basic elements of hygiene. One common example is knowing how to use the restroom by themselves. Teaching your child how to properly flush the toilet and wash their hands before they enter the classroom will help ease any fear of going to the bathroom alone, and it will also benefit their teacher. Finally, be sure your child knows how to open all their lunch containers. Children often don’t have a lot of time to eat, so ensuring that your child can open their containers and start devouring their lunch as soon as possible is good practice.

Let’s keep making music!

–Christopher Scherer Director

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