5th Grade Practice Tasks 2/25/19 to 3/3/19

Dear 5th Grade Families,

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful break.  Here are the practice tasks for this week.  Please keep in mind that our concert is about two months away and it is important to be very consistent with practicing.

Essential Elements #54 – Switching from G to G sharp.  The first and third measures will be played with G naturals, while the second and fourth measures will be played as G sharp (high 3 for violas and violins on the D string past the 3rd tape, high 4 for cellos on the D string past the 3rd tape, and low 1 on the G string for bass below the 1st tape)

A Very Short History of Music – Please make sure you are able to play all the notes in the piece without hesitating and at a steady tempo.  Here are some ideas to help you with this.

  • Warm-up using your flash cards –  This is an excellent way to see which notes you know and which notes you need to work on more.
  • Metronome – Start at a slow tempo.  A nice tempo to start would be quarter note equals 78 or 80 and gradually increase the tempo as you feel comfortable with the speed and notes.  Remember our performance tempo will be quarter note equals 92.  Keep in mind that the piece does switch from 3 to 4 a lot and it would be better to set the metronome to 1 as opposed to 3 or 4.
  • Say the notes and rhythms before you play them – If you can identify all the notes and state how to play them with ease you will be able to play.  You can also clap and say the rhythms before you play, like we do in class.   This allows your brain to focus on one task and not several at once.

Caissons Go Rolling Along (Measures 11 – 16) – Please be mindful about the dotted quarter note.  If you are subdividing into eighth notes (meaning thinking about and internalizing eighth notes) your rhythm will more likely be accurate.  Remember three eighth notes go into a dotted quarter note.  Please also ensure you are able to play the eighth note runs at measures 11 and 12 violins and violas.  Just think of it as a scale with eighth notes.  In fact I would advise playing a D Major scale with a C natural and C# before you work on this section.

If you have any questions, please come see me from 8:00 to 8:15 on Mondays to Thursdays.

All the best,

Ms. Waldman