Dear 5th Graders,
I am so impressed with how far you have come since our first strings lessons last year. What is even more impressive is the fact students’ playing usually regresses because they take a break from playing over the summer, but I can tell a lot of you practiced over the summer. Your playing has progressed the last time I heard you before summer vacation started. I remember when you had your first lesson last year, a lot of you had trouble opening up the case, and now you are about halfway finished with Essential Elements Book 1. You are really on the move and I know our concert will be even better than last year. Here are the practice tasks from this past week and this upcoming week.
9/9/19 – 9/15/19 Practice Tasks
Essential Elements #42-44 on page 14: Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Mozart’s Melody and Matthew’s March. All three of these pieces are similar. They all have rests after a quarter note at some point. It is important you remember a quarter note is just one beat and to not hold it for dear life like I demonstrated as I joked in class. Pretend the quarter note towards the end is the shortest note you have ever played in your life.
9/16/19 – 9/21/19 Practice Tasks
Essential Elements #47 and 48. Play both of these first as written.Then play it with the rhythms we worked in class. All eighth notes, then pepperoni pizza rhythm, and then pop chicken nuggets pop. Please practice #48 with the same rhythms as for #47 in addition to the hot coco hot coco and hot coco yum yum rhythms.
Essential Elements #73 Buckeye Salute: Remember Buckeye Salute has the pepperoni pizza we warmed up with in class. Buckeye Salute has notes to finger and not just open strings.
Essential Elements #42 – 44: Continuing working on these three pieces, just play it with the rhythms we learned in class this week. These rhythms are the following: pepperoni pizza, pop chicken nuggets pop, hot coco hot coco, and hot coco yum yum.
All the best,