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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fox Hollow Night August 26

Wednesday, Aug 26, is Fox Hollow back to school night. 
If you are looking to rent instruments through KC strings, upgrade, or return instruments to  KC strings, I will be able to help you with that, on Wednesday evening, from 6:00-7:30.  

There will only be string instruments there that night.  I will also be there helping answer questions about the band and orchestra program and class options that you may have. There will be a rental fair with  both band and orchestra instruments later, on Sept 3, at High Plains, and Sept 8 at trails West.  Go to for more information. Remember, you can register and pay  class tuition there as well. 

We will also hand out Kolacny contact info on 
Wednesday night, if there are band people looking for instruments. This is open, of course to all Fox Hollow students.  Students from other schools, particularly strings, if it is a convenient night for you, are welcome to come as well. 

We do not start classes until the week of Sept 14, so all is well! 

Looking forward to making music with you soon. Hope I see a lot of past second years in my third year program, likewise, looking forward to seeing last year's beginners over at Laredo or Campus for a second year class this year. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Classes start Sept 14

Welcome to August! Welcom to time to think about orchestra again!  

CCEIM classes will start the week of Sept 4th.  

You are free to register and pay for tuition by going to CCEIM.ORG. 

If  you are going into your second year of orchestra, you will either take the Monday/Wednesday classes from me, at Laredo Middle school from 6:55-7:45 PM, or take from Mr.McClaury at Campus Middle School, on Tuesday/Thursday nights, same time.

If you are thinking about joining my third level orchestra, be sure you come in knowing your D major scale, your G major scale( 2 octaves on that for violins) and your C major scale. ). Also be able to sight read at level of first half of second year book.  We will start by reviewing some of that, and go from there. I will provide sheet music and check out other music books as needed. If you are in doubt about your ability to do those things, feel free to schedule an afternoon or weekend time to play for me on your instrument, so we can decide which class would be the best fit for you. 

Third level orchestra will be meeting at Fox Hollow Elementary School, Monday/Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:20.  Feel free to email me at gjstrings@ gmail .com if you have questions. 

For other string classes, band classes, and other registration needs, go to 

Thanks!   Looking forward to another year of making music with you!  

Thursday, May 21, 2015


This huge over-sized base, is used to show how strings, and sound waves work. Take a look at this!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Last classes on Monday

Great job at the concert on Wednesday! So proud of you all!  

Monday is the last day for all of my orchestra students. Bring your instruments and snacks to share IF you want to. We will play a little bit, and talk about next year and summer. 

See you Monday!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Third Year Students only.

               Third year orchestra

I have turned my mind inside and out,  debating whether we should take a part of us to Parker Assisted Living. In the end there were several factors making me decide this was not a good time to do it. About half the class cannot make it. We are all tired, at the end of our season, and all finishing up other activities for the end of the academic year. We really do not have enough playing time ready to warrant taking a few down there. Last year, this prospect dove-tailed nicely, a little earlier before everyone was done.  We had extra time to work on more music, and I was also able to take several of my private students downtown fill up an hour of entertainment for people.  None of my private students can make this date either. 

So, because of all the above reasons, and some personal things I'm trying to get in order, and out of town company coming in, I am going to cancel May 16, the Parker Assisted Living  date. You're. Off the hook, just in case you were hanging in there.  I would have loved to, but I don't think it's in the group's or my best interest at that time. 

Please email me if any of you are interested in summer lessons, or summer ensemble opportunities. 

I have loved working with each one of you this year.  You are all very special people to me, and it's been awesome to do music with you this year. Regardless of what you do this summer and next year, always feel free to come and say hi,  


Monday, May 18th, will be our last class day. 

No regular classes on Wednesday. No morning or afternoon. All students go to Liberty Middle School by 6:30 PM. Concert begins at 7:00. 

Attire for students: black and white. 

See you !

Last day of classes is Monday, May 18. Bring your instruments, and snacks to share if you like. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Monday And Wednesday Classes plus may 18

Monday, May 11, a busy day!

Peakview -meet for morning class 6:30 PM rehearsal at Liberty Middle School. 

Fox  Hollow Beginners. Go to regular afternoon class.  See you Monday afternoon, and 6:30 PM for Liberty Middle School rehearsal. 

Third year class. GREAT job last Thursday night!  so proud of you!   Yes!   Let's meet Monday, usual class time, and do some more stuff for Parker Assisted Living performance prep. 


All beginners from all schools, go to Liberty Middle School for 6:30 PM rehearsal.  

Map Link:
Liberty Middle School

My second years, please come for a short rehearsal at Liberty at 7:30 PM.  Nicely done, last Thursday night!  I am proud of what you have been able to push through the last couple weeks.  Maybe we can get through the Rondo?   This would require you looking at it more this weekend.  The west side is ready. They would love to be able for us to do it with them.   We'll take a look at it Monday night together at Liberty. 

Last classes for everyone will be on Monday May 18.  a wrap up.  Feel free to bring snacks to share.  We will enjoy playing some of your favorites and talking about next year options, and summer options.