Dear 4th Grade Families,
We have 6 classes left until our concert in May. I think we are doing pretty well. We just have to keep practicing for the concert. Here are the practice tasks for this week.
Essential Elements #43: Mozart’s Melody – Please ensure you are able to read the notes and play them with fluidity. You should be able to play this without any hesitation. It’s better to start at a slow tempo than at the performance tempo. If you are able to play Mozart’s Melody without any hesitation, then you can change the rhythm. For instance, you can make the second beat and fourth beats into eighth notes and keep the first and third beats as quarter notes. This will help you prepare for Olympic Fanfare and Rip Roaring Fiddling. Both of these pieces have this rhythm.
Olympic Fanfare Measures 11 to 18 – This piece is really coming along. We just need to sound very confident with our playing. Within measures 11 to 18 it’s important to know when you are resting versus when you are playing. You really got to count to make sure you come in and rest at the right times. This is when listening to the recording helps. You will hear which part is playing and which part is not. Here is the recording of the piece on JW Pepper, in case anyone is having trouble finding the recording I provided. https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/search.jsp?keywords=olympic+fanfare.
Rip Roaring Fiddling Measures 39 to 62 – You have already learned measures 55 to 62. Please ensure you are able to play the rhythm accurately. It is best to clap the rhythm before you play it. In addition, if you are struggling to play the notes work on 2 or 4 measures at a time going backwards and you will be able to play this section in no time. Remember to be patient with yourself. Violins and violas, if you are playing both notes notated (double stops) you can finger the notes notated on the bottom, while you are playing the notes notated on the top. You can do the reverse as well. Cellos and basses it’s important to be very steady with your quarter notes to ensure the violins and violas do not rush.
All the best,