Dear 4th Grade Families,
We are now less than two weeks away from our big day (Wednesday, May 15th). Now is the time to really practice as much as you can wherever you can. Preparing for a concert is like training for a game or race. It’s really important your child feels confident to play both Olympic Fanfare and Rip Roaring Fiddling. I also wanted to mention the difference between a good musician and a great musician is a good musician will practice until he or she gets it right, while a great musician will practice parts until they never get them wrong. I know all of your children will prove on May 15th they are great musicians and not good musicians. Please consider this when your child is practicing both pieces.
Olympic Fanfare – Make sure your tempo is very steady. Practice with a metronome and without a metronome. Measures 11 to 20 are a crucial spot because each section needs to enter at the right time. Any notes you are having trouble with now is the time to really practice them over and over until you never get them wrong. This piece is really sounding more fanfare and Olympic like. We just have to convince the audience we are confident as gold medalists.
Rip Roaring Fiddling – As I said in class this piece is easier than you think. There are no more than seven notes in the piece for each instrument. That being said, it makes it easier to learn the piece, because you will see how some measures repeat, and you will be able to get the piece under your fingers. Practicing is like training for a sport. In sports, your coach tells you what body parts and/or muscles to use to master a concept. The same concept applies to practicing an instrument you have to know how and when to place your fingers to master all the notes and you have to know when you are using the bow versus plucking the strings.
I know the concert will be great. Please remember to have your child practice whenever and wherever they can.
All the best,