Hi everyone! All of the groups are focusing on their concert music, and will be for the remainder of the year. Look below for the concert music for each orchestra—if the song has a link, it goes to the practice videos. Beginning Orchestra Rolling Along (p. 8, #19) Lightly Row (p. 9, #22) A Mozart Melody (p. 15, #43) Jingle Bells (p. 14, #41) Old MacDon ...
Hi everyone! We had good rehearsals on Monday—look below if you want to know what we did and what you should practice. Also, I just found out today that we can’t rehearse next Monday, 11/11 due to a scheduling conflict. So our next Orchestra Academy rehearsal will be 11/18. Beginning Orchestra In the Beginning Orchestra, we reviewed the 5 son ...
Hi everyone! Below you will find a review of what we did on Monday. Make sure to be practicing at least 5 days a week! Beginning Orchestra In the Beginning Orchestra, we experimented with a new seating arrangement that I think helped me reach all of the students better. We then worked on learning the lines and spaces of each of the clefs, along wi ...
Hi everyone! We had some great rehearsals on Monday. Look below to see what we did in your orchestra, and what you should practice.
In the Beginning Orchestra, we reviewed the D and A strings and then reviewed how to play E, F#, and G on the D string. A few people are still struggling with those notes, so we will work on those more next Monday.
Then we got out our bows! Look below for information about the bow:
General Bow Information for Everyone:
Bow Hold for Violins and Violas:
Cello Instrument and Bow Hold:
Bass Instrument and Bow Hold:
This week, students should practice the songs on pages 6 and 7 with their bows. If they are looking for more of a challenge, they can go on to pages 8 and 9.
Please note that now that the students are using their bows (and rosin), they will need a cloth to wipe off their instrument when they are done playing. Rosin will leave fine white dust on their instrument which, if left there, will leave a sticky residue. Any old washcloth or even an old sock will work!
In the Intermediate Orchestra, we started with the String Explorer book. This week, I want you to practice #109 again, and to add #108, entitled Minuet. The Minuet combines a lot of tough techniques into one song, so I want to make sure everyone learns it!
We then played Maiden’s Rescue, and we sightread all the way to the end! Students should be practicing all of Maiden’s Rescue at home.
Then we did some work on Funky Fiddles, but it seemed like not many people had practiced it. I have asked that you all practice Funky Fiddles until measure 24, so please make sure to do that this week!
Lastly, we played First Christmas March, but it was a bit rough around the edges. Please practice through measure 40 in this piece.
In the Advanced Orchestra, we began rehearsal with Nightrider, and we almost played the whole thing! Please practice the entire piece at home.
Then we played Sahara Crossing and got to measure 52. Please practice this entire piece at home as well, so we can learn the rest next week.
Lastly, we practiced Variant on an Old English Carol, and I had the students practice the parts where they get the melody. Cello and Violin 2 have the melody in measures 33-48, and Viola and Violin 1 get the melody in measures 49-66. Please practice these sections at home because there are some tricky D#s in there! (Sorry Bella, no melody for you)
We had great rehearsals on Monday! Look below to review what we learned and to know what to practice.
We continued working on pages 16 and 17. Students should really be getting comfortable with reading D through A on the staff and being able to play them. I especially want students to practice both parts of Ode to Joy (#67 on page 17), so look below for videos of me playing both parts on each instrument.
We reviewed music from pages 24 and 25, and especially focused on Minuet (#108 on page 25). Look below for videos of me playing the Minuet on each instrument. You should still be practicing your D major exercises, Impulse, and Dragonhunter as well. Happy Practicing!
I hope you have all been practicing! I gave you a lot of things to practice on Monday. I am hoping that you can practice at least 5 days a week, at least 15 minutes per day. Even a small amount of effort, repeated day in and day out, can create so much progress! Below I have videos indicating what each orchestra should be practicing this week.
Every week I will post “Challenges”–something a little harder for students to try out before our next rehearsal. Doing so will get them ready for what we are learning next.
This is the Challenge Video for the Beginning Violins:
This is the Challenge Video for the Beginning Violas:
This is the Challenge Video for the Beginning Cellos:
And this is the Challenge Video for the Intermediate Orchestra:
Basses (which are only in Intermediate Orchestra), I have been slacking on giving you instruction, so below I have videos about positions, the D major exercises, and about the new string we will be learning this week!
Make sure you’re practicing! See you all on Monday!
This week we worked on the advanced bowings that I had mentioned in last week’s challenge. That video can be found below:
I also want students to work on the D major exercises found on page 20, numbers 90-92.
Here are the exercises on violin:
And on viola:
And on cello:
Basses, I apologize profusely but I didn’t get yours recorded yet! I will do it tomorrow. I’ll get that video to you ASAP!
Please make sure that the students are practicing at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 times a week. More would be great, but these should be considered a minimum. I expect a lot of my Intermediate Orchestra. Thanks so much!