4th Grade Practice Tasks 12/17/18 – 1/1/19

Dear 4th Grade Families,

Here are the practice tasks for the next few weeks.  I understand some of you are going away and will be unable to practice during the holidays.  However, if you can practice a few minutes a day, before you go away it will make a difference.  For instance, practicing can be taking a look at the notes within the Essential Elements book and making sure you are playing them correctly.   Or it can be playing the notes musically notated on your flashcards and checking on the back of the flashcard if you played the note correctly.

Bow Hold 

Make sure you are holding your bow correctly.  Violins and violas remember the Peter Pan story or pretend your hand is a jelly fish.  Cellos and basses think koalas.  Thumb is bent and the other four fingers hang down curved.


Feet are parallel whether you stand or sit.  Think about a tree in a storm as we have discussed in class.  Scroll is eye level for violins and violas.  Wrist is away from the bout of the instrument.  For cellos the C peg should be by the left ear.  For violins, violas, and cellos when sitting it is important to sit at the edge of the seat with feet flat on the floor.  For basses, make sure the nut is by the top of your forehead and your bass is at a 90 degree angle against your torso.

Essential Elements #28 – 33 

Now we know how to play notes with our first three fingers in first position on the D and A strings.  Keep in mind when you are changing strings and when you are staying on the same string as you play from one note to the next.  Play with the best sound possible by making sure you are using very little pressure with the bow.   If you are confused how to play the notes you can use the flashcards if you have them.

Remember if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me in between 8:00 to 8:15 A.M. from Monday to Thursday or from 2:25 to 3:00 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  I also wish everyone a Happy Holidays!

All the best,

Ms. Waldman