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February 15, 2019 | Beginning

Challenges for 2/11/19

Hi everyone!

Look below for the challenge videos for the week. Please remember to keep practicing! We will NOT be having Orchestra Academy rehearsal next Monday because it is Presidents’ Day. In the videos I reference seeing you on Monday, but I won’t actually see you until Monday, February 25th!

Beginning Orchestra:

For your challenge this week, I want you to look ahead to page 18 where we will be learning the notes on the A string. Below I have posted videos of me explaining the notes on the A string.

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Intermediate Orchestra:

Your challenge for the week includes playing a new string as well! We will start learning to play on the G string for our next rehearsal. (E string for basses!) Check out the videos below!

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

Happy Practicing!

February 13, 2019 | Uncategorized

Orchestra Academy Review 2/11/19

Hi everyone!

We had great rehearsals on Monday! Look below to review what we learned and to know what to practice.

Beginning Orchestra:

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.

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Intermediate Orchestra:

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!

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass:

February 8, 2019 | Uncategorized

What to Work On This Week (2/4/19)

Hi everyone!

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.

Beginning Orchestra:

Intermediate Orchestra:

February 1, 2019 | Uncategorized

Orchestra Academy Challenges for Week 1

Hi everyone!

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!

January 30, 2019 | Uncategorized

Intermediate Orchestra Review: 1/28/19

Hi Intermediate Orchestra!

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!

January 25, 2019 | Uncategorized

Intermediate Orchestra: Pre-rehearsal review

Hi Intermediate Orchestra!

I hope you have all been practicing over the break, but if not, review the songs on page 19 to re-familiarize yourself. If you can play both parts of “Fork and Spoon,” you should be ready! Below are videos of me playing Fork and Spoon on each instrument. See you next Monday!