12/10/18 – 12/17/18 – 5th Grade Practice Tasks

Dear 5th Grade Families,

As May draws closer, students are recommended to practice 15 minutes a day for at least 5 days out of the week.  Practicing is what is going to help a student’s playing improve.  Please practice the following tasks:

Essential Elements #43 on page 15 

This has all the notes on the D string we have learned and two notes on the A string.  I know we read this in September, but when you practice this I assure you will hear a difference within your playing.  Please make sure you are playing at a steady tempo and you are acknowledging rest.

Essential Elements #96 on page 26 

We will be reading A on the G string.  For bass, it’s open A.  Violins, violas, and cellos, the way we play A is 1st finger (pointer finger) goes on the first tape on the G string.  A way you can make sure it is in tune is to play open A and match it with A on the G string.  First, please read all the notes on the page as A even if it says open G, B, and C.   Once you think you have A on the G string really well in tune you can play what’s exactly written on the page.

A Very Short History of Music 

Please continue to polish measures 52 to 65.  In addition, please work on measures 32 to 40.  Make sure you are subdividing eighth notes that way you play with accurate rhythm.  Remember three eighth notes fits into a dotted quarter note.

Caissons Go Rolling Along 

Please work on measures 33 to 39.  The dotted eighth note strikes again for cellos and basses.  Subdivide eighth notes that way you hold the dotted quarter note for the correct length.  Please also listen to the recording I provided on the post labeled 5th Grade Orchestra Concert Recordings, which I posted on November 16th.

Remember if you have any questions on any of these tasks please do not hesitate to ask me to come to my room and ask me in between 8:00 to 8:15 A.M. on Monday to Thursday or from 2:25 to 3:00 P.M. on Wednesdays to Thursdays.  I am happy to help and want everyone to feel confident with their playing.

Thank you,

Ms. Waldman