Mrs. Bock's Elementary Orchestra Website

Welcome to the home of the Chatfield Articulation Area Elementary String Orchestras! 

Bookmark this page to stay up to date on important announcements, information on weekly rehearsal schedules, event dates, homework assignments, and important documents.

This page is for the String Orchestras of Bradford K8, CoronadoMortensen, Shaffer, Stony CreekUte Meadows.

Orchestra Educator - Heather Bock

Email is the preferred method of communication :                                         

Please remember to specify your school when emailing Mrs. Bock! I teach in 6 elementary schools!


Make sure you know what songs you are playing!  (find the list HERE)

Bring your instrument to school EVERY orchestra day!!!  (find the schedule HERE)

Trim your fingernails!!!!!!!

Plan ahead for our concerts!! 

Chatfield Area Elementary Orchestra & Band Concert: Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 6:30pm, Falcon Bluffs Middle School Gym 

Assembly Concert Days: 

Bradford: May 15

Coronado: May 14

Mortensen: May 13 

Shaffer: May 21 

Stony Creek: May 15

Ute Meadows: May 9

Keep Calm and Practice your Instrument!

Remember! In class we work on our concert songs together, and Mrs. Bock teaches you new skills, but you have to work on them on your own, where you can hear your own playing more easily!  Only by putting the time in can you improve!  How much should you practice? 20 minutes 3 times a week is a great place to start!


All Elementary Orchestra Classes are canceled but KEEP PRACTICING!

A Note About Grades:

Report cards will INCLUDE grades for orchestra.  

I prefer to use a 4, 3, 2, 1 grading scale.  This is NOT like ABCDF grading!  My expectation for each student is that they are earning a 3 which defines them as "at grade level" .  If your grade is a 4, this means that you are "above grade level".  Earning a 4 is a BIG deal and does not happen very frequently!

Weekly Notes: (Mrs. Bock's thoughts on the week and other important information)

 We are on a JOURNEY to learn how to play our instruments! Sometimes it may feel confusing, and we are not perfect the first time!  Remember that no matter how quickly you travel from one place to another, it is not instantaneous!!  We MUST make some mistakes in order to learn, but as long as we learn from our mistakes, and have patience with ourselves (and those around us) we will have fun and enjoy our journey into learning how to play our new instruments!   Watch this great TedEd video on the benefits of learning a musical instrument!

The book we will be using this year!!

We are using  A Bornoff Primer by Debbie Lyle.  This available online at or from JW Pepper but NOT other online retailers.


String instruments come in different sizes!  It is important to order the correct size instrument!!  Here are helpful charts for measuring your student for violin, viola, cello, or bass! 

All string students need rosin, cleaning cloth and this book. Violins and violas must have a shoulder rest; cellos need a strap style endpin anchor, and basses need a rock stop.