• The concert is coming!!! Time to get excited not stressed!!!!!

    Posted by Daniel Belski at 10/14/2016 4:00:00 PM

    !!!!This weeks moment of orchestra zen!!!! 

    (And it's oh so appropriate)



    Just a reminder that our first concert is about celebrating some of our first big steps in music. Some of the kiddos might get a little stressed but remind them that its all about doing our best. If you don't know one song super well try to get as practiced as possible and remember that music is one step at a time! Enjoy!!!!!


    Below is a link to the classroom YouTube channel where students and parents can find all the videos. There are too many to list individually in on this blog. You'll see that I've started I have a violin/viola video for each concert song, a cello video for each song, and a bass video for each song!!!!!! Try them out they will certainly help!!!!


    !!!!!!!!!!!!  YOU TUBE LINK !!!!!!!!!!!


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  • UPDATE 10/03/2016 - 10/07/2016 PLAY ALONG VIDEOS

    Posted by Daniel Belski at 10/4/2016 6:00:00 PM

    !!!!!!Alrighty!!!!A Moment of Orchestra Zen


    Due to a three day weekend last week (Monday off) many classes are still working towards finishing Hot Cross Buns, Burnt Cross Buns, I'm A Little Monkey and I'm an Evil Monkey. Because these first couple tunes can be tough I've made specific lesson videos for the kiddos. See below for each video and guitar play along video. Have fun and I hope they make use of these videos! 


    Hot Cross Buns Lesson -

    Burnt Cross Buns Lesson -

    I'm A Little Monkey Lesson -

    I'm an Evil Monkey Lesson -

    Hot Cross Buns Guitar Play Along -

    Burnt Cross Buns Play Along -

    I'm A Little Monkey Play Along -

    I'm Evil Monkey Play Along -


    !!!!Good luck and remember to have fun!!!!!!

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  • !!!! Orchestra Update 9/26/16 - 9/30/16 - Using those left hands!!!!

    Posted by Daniel Belski at 9/26/2016 4:00:00 PM

    This weeks moment of orchestra zen!





    Who's excited for another fun filled orchestra week??? I Know I am!!! Here we go with left hands. Now that we've spent some time getting the bow moving and exploring pizzicato technique we are ready to get our left hand fingers involved in changing pitches. Here is a little video to help you stay up to date with what the kids are tackling at school! Thanks for watching and I hope you recieved my weekly update email. If not please let me know at and I'll add you to the list!



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  • Orchestra Update 9/19/16 -9/23/16

    Posted by Daniel Belski at 9/18/2016 11:35:00 AM

    Hello Hello Orchestra Parents!



    (Couldn't figure out how to make the picture a link to weekly update please click below!)


    Just a quick little video to help keep you informed about some of the techniques and ideas that we are covering weekly in class. All the support and help that you can offer at home goes a long way.

    Please be advised that October 27th at Lewis and Clark Elementary the 5th Grade Orchestra will be holding its first performance! See you there!


    Mr. Belski

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  • Welcome to the 2016-2017 Band/Orchestra Year

    Posted by Daniel Belski at 9/9/2016 8:15:00 AM

    Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Mr. Belski and Mr. Aston can't wait to get this year up and running! Stay tuned for video and picture documentation of our instrument demonstrations and expos!!!!

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  • The Missoula County Public School 5th Grade Instrumental Program is dedicated to building a lasting love of music through teaching the basic fundamentals and techniques that will prepare students to tackle musical challenges in the years to come. Mr. Aston (Band) and Mr. Belski (Orchestra) are strong believers in music's magical ability to transform lives for the better through a well designed and implemented curriculumn. Students in the instrumental program work in group settings that help to accelerate individual learning through a team oriented atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you at a fifth grade performance soon!