4th Grade Practice Tasks for 2/4/19 to 2/10/19

Dear Families,

Here are the practice tasks for this upcoming week.  As we have discussed in class it is essential for children to practice at least 50 minutes a week.  This can be accomplished in multiple ways.  Your child can practice 10 minutes a day for 5 days or they can practice 20 minutes 1 day, 10 minutes another day,  10 minutes for a third day, and 10 minutes for another day.   If you really want to see progress I recommend practicing 15 to 20 minutes each day everyday.

Rhythms – Practice the different rhythms we learned in class with exercises #29 and #30 in the Essential Elements book.  If you are struggling with the notes play the rhythms on open strings first.

Essential Elements #34 and 36 – Remember to keep your fingers down when you see a bracket.  Work backwards.  If using the bow is challenging for you, you can pluck the songs first.  Then add the bow

Essential Elements #37 – 39 – Practice down bows and up bows.  Remember a down bow means we start from the frog or bottom of the bow and go towards the tip.  An up bow means we start from the tip or top of the bow and go towards the bottom of the bow. Practice this on a block of rosin that way you don’t have to worry about how it sounds.  

Olympic Fanfare measures 40 – 45 – Clap and say the rhythm of these measures to ensure you are steady.  Use a metronome to assist you with this. You can google metronome or download a metronome app if you don’t have a metronome.   Our performance tempo is quarter note equals 84 – 88 beats per minute (bpm), which isn’t that fast.  I advise you start to practice at quarter note equals 70 – 74 beats per minute (bpm) and gradually work your way towards the performance tempo.  


All the best,

Ms. Waldman