March calendar

Hello:

sorry calendar  is a little crooked! : ) its the only way I can get it in here : P
I have sent you copies by email and will bring a couple of copies for those who still need one.

The teacher contact numbers and private class times have been sent to all parents via email, let me know if you did  not receive.

See you all on Tuesdays : )

Claudia P.

March calendar


YOUR PERFECT ATTENDANCE-INFO for the next few weeks

A reminder to students and Parents:
PERFECT ATTENDANCE at classes(ANY kind)
 is your best way to stay on top of learning. (Also for MATT, your way to receive an honours Certificate at the end of June.)
 
AND along with that, in the case of learning to play an instrument,
your consistent practice routine is absolutely necessary.
AT least  FIVE, times a week, review carefully all materials we play in class!
 
 MATT is hiring good substitute teachers, while I am away for two Tuesdays, 
who will keep your learning fresh, and help you move forward. They will be using the HOMEWORK posted on this BLOG as the basis for your classes-
SO KEEP UP!
Claudia will be recording attendance- 
 HELP her and the teachers, as much as you can,
 by arriving on time and paying attention.
Individual Lessons will continue as usual, along with the Theory component.
 
DURING MARCH BREAK THERE ARE NO LESSONS OR CLASSES
 
If I can, I will forward to Claudia, some photos
from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Viet Nam!
 
 
HOMEWORK

BEGINNERS
 
DAILY WARM UP open -1 string cycle:  CHECK for perfect RH and LH
2. Scale of D- long bows and careful tuning
3. TWINKLES:
(a)Long bows . No bow re-takes

(b) Mrssippi hotdog: at middle of bow-R elbow mov't
(c) Run Pony:  LONG short short
(d)  Mrssippi Mrssippi short bow at middle with right elbow movt
 4. LIGHTLY ROW. Review Lines 1 and 2 as shown on hand out sheet
Bring stands to class and new Book "All for Strings"
NEW: You can ADD LINE 3 and then  4 -SAME AS line 2
Follow your line in the note sheet handed out in class:
          LINE 3: E  E  E  E   / E   F#  G__/F# F# F# F# /  F# G A___/
       vln/vla: d1 d1 d1 d1 / d1 d2 d3__/d2 d2 d2 d2/ d2 d3 A0/
     cello:     d1 d1 d1 d1 /d1 d3 d4__/ d3 d3 d3 d3/  d3 d4 A0

LINE 4: Repeat line 2 :A  F# F#F#/   G  E   E    E      / D   F#   A     A / F#F#F#___/ (SAME AS LINE 2)
           A0 d2 d2 d2/ d3 d1 d1 d1/ D0 d2 A0 A0/ d2 d2 d2___//
                                                A0 d3 d3 d3/d4 d1 d1 d1/ D0 d3  A0 A0/d3 d3d d3___/
 
NEW: READING MUSIC: ALL FOR STRINGS Method Book (AFS)
Take good care of the book-you are responsible for keeping it in GOOD condition.
  • All exercises read in class are to be reviewed at home For next week  review # 1 to 3 . You will continue on from there.
  • Bring your stands and books to class every week.

INTERMEDIATE

1.Scales: D and G- special attention  to perfect position and tuning.
2.Review AFS.:#165-There's Music in the Air
3.NEW DUETS #181 practice your part
4. Happy Blues #183:
5. Sahara Crossing - up to bar  34.
6. REVIEW Pomp and CIrcumstance-all- FOLLOW all BOWINGS
 
 
ADVANCED
 
1.Vibrato exercise DAILY slow with even pulses
2.Scales  TWO octave D, and G  Bass-one octave asc. and desc.
3. Bach Air : work carefully on the first section: bars 1-32- NEW this week Bars 25 to 32
4. Continue slow and careful work on Ipanema,
 for sections with accidentals (added sharps /flats- get teacher help)
5. All of MacPherson Vln. 2/vla. work in small quick sections at 37 and 45
6. Fiddle Dance : ALL work in chunks to perfect short difficult parts
7. Review Pomp and Circumstance
ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!!
And Check your e-mails !!

 

MAKING PROGRESS TOGETHER

THANKS TO ALL PARENTS AND STUDENTS
for your feedback on the ROSE CONCERT
Here are a few of your comments:
 
Favorite ROSE ORCH. Piece: FROZEN! (no surprise!)
Favorite ROSEBUD piece: Beethoven 5th

A few nice comments:

"This concert was very enjoyable-most pieces were upbeat and recognizable"

"Loved the show, especially the Frozen piece- perhaps hold the concert a bit earlier when young people play"

"My family enjoyed the whole experience of the Orchestra"

"We had  great time- even my husband enjoyed it!" ahem!

"Good experience- need to do more often"

Thank you for taking the time to tell us your opinion. These will be passed on to the Rose Board-they love to get feed-back!

Better late than never: I found some photos from 
 "Christmas with Santa" at the TOWERS see below:


HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

Intermediates : Scales of D and G- listen for excellent tuning
Sahara Crossing up to 18,   Pomp & Circumstance
AFS: 171, 179, 183 Happy Blues

Beginners: Scale of D, Twinkles long bows, and  3 rhythms, Lightly Row first                                                                        2 lines, short short long
 
Advanced :
WORK ON LONG SMOOTH BOWS in your pieces
VIBRATO, in rhythms
Scales- 2 octaves D and G
FIDDLE DANCE- up to concert tempo-drill small bits up to speed
MacPherson- smooth and long bows on melodies-drill tricky bars
Bach Air- solid timing in first section eighth notes learned thoroughly and in tune.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!
 

The LANGUAGE of MUSIC

 
HERE's the EXCITING NEWS for our BEGINNERS!
 
Reading MUSIC is actually the study of a new language-the really good news  though is that, while one must learn many different languages to speak any where else in the world, with music there IS only one universal language-
You can use it EVERYWHERE that you play!
SO BEGINNERS , you are about to join in to this universal club of musicians!
 
AT this time of year I look around our Beginner class and see some very lovely positions and listen to some lovely and harmonious sounds
Those who are maintaining their practice routine
 are moving forward beautifully!
 
HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
ADVANCED
DON"T FORGET!!! Vibrato exercise DAILY -slow and with even pulses
2.Scales  TWO octave D, and G  Bass-one octave asc. and desc.
3. Bach Air : counting evenly continue to work carefully on the first section: bars 1-12
4.  Ipanema:Continue slow and careful work, with teacher help 
 
5. All of MacPherson -drill yourself slowly on hard parts. FULL sound on melody parts
6. Fiddle Dance : ALL continue to perfect perfect short difficult parts

INTERMEDIATE
Scales: D and G- special attention  to perfect position and tuning.
Review AFS. :165,168,171,176, 177
NEW:#183: Happy Blues
Review Sahara Crossing -up to bar 118
 
BEGINNERS
 
1. DAILY WARM UP open -1 string cycle:  CHECK for perfect RH and LH
 
2. Scale of D- long bows and careful tuning
3. TWINKLES:
(a)Long bows 
 
(b) Mrssippi hotdog: at middle of bow-R elbow mov't
(c) Run Pony:  LONG short short
(d)  Mrssippi Mrssippi short bow at middle with right elbow movt
 4. LIGHTLY ROW. Follow your line in the note sheet handed out in class
 
See you at the ROSE CONCERT SATURDAY NIGHT!
Meet me in the lobby at Intermission!
 
Wish upon your star!
Have a WONDERFUl MUSIC WEEK EVERYONE!


WORKING TOGETHER

 
WORKING TOGETHER "IN HARMONY"
Thanks to all parents who have connected with me upon receiving an update letter. Please know that we are working hard to balance all aspects of your program for the best possible outcomes.
I do welcome your input on any issues which are yet to be resolved and if  action was requested in your letter, please do so as soon as possible.
 
THIS WEEK"S HOMEWORK
 
BEGINNERS
 
1. DAILY WARM UP open -1 string cycle 
                                 CHECK for perfect RH and LH position
2. Scale of D- long bows and careful tuning
3. TWINKLES: 1.Long bows, Mrssippi hotdog: at middle of bow-R elbow mov't
                         2.Run Pony:  LONG shot short
              NEW  3. Mrssippi Mrssippi short bow at middle with right elbow movt
 

NEW SONG

LIGHTLY ROW :  NOTES for lines 1 and 2:
 
LINE 1:          A  F# F#__/ G     E   E__ / D   E   F#   G / A A A __ /
 
Violin/viola  A0 d2 d2__/ d3 d1 d1__/D0 d1 d2 d3/  0 0 0 __/
Cello   A0  d3 d3__/d4 d21 d1__/ D0 d1 d3 d4 /A0 A0 A0__
LINE 2:  A  F#  F# F# / G   E   E   E  / D  F#  A  A /  F#  F#  F#___/
             A0 d2 d2 d2/ d3 d1 d1 d1/D0 d2 A0A0/ d2 d2  d2___
.             A0 d3 d3 d3/d4 d1 d1 d1/ D0 d3  A0 A0/d3 d3d d3___/
NB The long line beside letters means hold the note for 2 counts and a full bow. Eg , Line 1 / first bar / is short short long etc.
 

 
 
INTERMEDIATES

Annalies

-two MATT newbies-
nice work

                                Graeme


1.DAILY WARM UP : Scales  of D and G with perfect RH and LH positions,
excellent tuning and sound
 
2.AFS - NEW #176 Practice carefully with good sound and long bows,all exercises up to #182
NEW Sahara Crossing: Work slowly and carefully with correct counting. Learn well up to bar 18.Watch for low C's and added FLATS
3.REVIEW: #167 and #165
4.Continue with work on Pomp and Circumstance
 
 
 
Riley- cool bass playing
 








                  Ali on violin-SWEET


 
ADVANCED  HOMEWORK

1.Vibrato exercise DAILY -slow and with even pulses
2.Scales  TWO octave D, and G  Bass-one octave asc. and desc.
3. NEW PIECE Bach Air : work carefully on the first section: bars 1-12
4. Continue slow and careful work on Ipanema,
 for sections with accidentals (added sharps /flats- get teacher help)
5. All of MacPherson Vln. 2/vla. work in small quick sections at 37 and 45
6. Fiddle Dance : ALL work in chunks to perfect short difficult parts

HOW TO ACHIEVE PERFECTION : find the problems, figure out how to fix them, then practice (REPEAT) them
until you can  play them with EASE and BEAUTY

HOW MANY PASSAGES OF MUSIC CAN YOU "PERFECT" THIS WEEK?
HAVE A GOOD ONE!



SUPPORTING PROGRESS

 
PARENT MEETINGS
 
RE CAP: This week's meetings helped review some of the ways to support your child's learning. It was a pleasure to meet with all parents who made themselves available .Your thoughts are always welcome, and your help is encouraged in any way you feel you can help!
 
IF YOU MISSED YOUR MEETING:
Pick up the handout and BE SURE read it carefully.

NOTICE about LESSON CHANGE REQUESTS BY PARENTS:
 
Please note that from now until the end of June, NO CHANGES will be made to private lessons schedule. Since other parents and students must be affected to do so, it is both impossible and unfair to make any changes until next fall.
Rest assured that the very best effort was made in September to meet your needs as you stated them. Many hours were spent putting together a lesson schedule based on these requirements.
 
ALSO do not ask for alterations to the Private lesson ABSENCE POLICY . Please keep this document handy and use it to understand what is required, in order to continue to receive private lessons.
 
No further comments / requests on either of the two topics above are to be handled by Claudia this year.
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FYI We are now about to advertise for a new Admin Assistant for next fall. If you or someone you know has the qualifications, and lives nearby, please let then know we will be posting an application in the near future. We will want to provide some training through Claudia this spring.
Claudia has done an amazing job- she will be very hard to replace. BUT she will be returning to her previous work next fall
and hopes to continue with us as a supportive parent!
 
HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
 
Beginners:
 
BRING PRACTICE CHART TO CLASS: 4 to 5 x 20 min practice sessions
 
1.LONG BOWS-straight bows on open strings 
2.0-1 String cycle with beautiful sound and in-tune first finger
3.Scale of D
4.TWINKLE- long bows
5. Mississippi hot dog on each note of Twinkle- start at MIDDLE of bow
6. Run Pony : LONG short short, LONG short short, once  each Twinkle note
7. Mississippi, Mississippi : short short short short, short short short short on   EACH note (eight bow strokes on each note of Twinkle)  HOW?
Start at MIDDLE of bow, use elbow motion start DOWN BOW(to the right)
 
8. New Song starting next class
 
Intermediates:
 
 1. BRING PRACTICE CHART TO CLASS:  5 x 20 - 30 min practice sessions
 
2. Theory quiz- will be reviewed next class
3. Each student will be given a Suzuki Song book on loan for private lessons-within the next couple of weeks. You are to practice your song very thoroughly for each lesson- you have two weeks to perfect your assignment. Also ask your teacher to help you with one or two SHORT parts of your class work
4.AFS Review all sections between #167 and 171.
5. Work on 2 lines of  Pomp and Circumstance every day.
6. NEXT WEEK- a beautiful new piece of music!
 
 
Advanced:
 
Practice Guides to be carefully filled in and brought to class

1. VIBRATO: practice exercise only. To prevent developing bad habits later, please do not use it in music until approved.
 

2. Girl from Ipanema- new challenging section: 
                                 melody at D-cello/viola
                                 for violin1: melody at G.
                                 for violin 2:tune at G for 8 bars-Ab and Ab and G#
                                 Bass:  sharps and flats at C and D
                                Careful work on precise rhythm changes 5 after D
 
3. Fiddle Dance learn well: 6 bars before 3 one bar and
                                           7 bars after 3-one bar perfectly in tune
                                           Review all of the piece.
 
4, Macpherson: Review all up to bar 29-learn YOUR melody part well,
                                                          so it  sounds beea  --  uu  --  tiful!
 
5.Review :Beethoven and Pomp
 
                                          We are making progress!
NEW MUSIC COMING SOON!!