• Weekly String Lesson Assignments

    Weeks #1 through Week #30

     

    Keep your musical adventure fun and practice consistently!

    Practice your weekly assignment 15 minutes a day/5 days a week

    Using these materials:

    (Keep all your music at home – there will be copies for you to use at school.)

    • Essential Elements:2000 method book 1
      • Used Week #1 through Week #30 of lessons
      • Keep-up with practicing your method book assignments.
        • We may not get to it each week because of concert preparations.
      • Essential Elements:2000 was given to you in May or June.
      • When assigned, please “read to remember” the important musical information in the dark orange boxes.
    • Flash Cards
      • Divide your flash cards into 8 notes.
      • Learn our 8 notes by sight.
    • Practice Packet (a hand-out, used for orchestra rehearsals)
      • You will receive this packet in the fall.
      • With this packet, you will also receive your lesson schedule and other important information regarding lessons, rehearsals and performances.
      • Mark all concert dates and performances on your family calendars.

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    Week #1: Learning the notes D and A

    • Learn/Practice: Essential Elements:2000 lines 2-9
      • Using pizzicato = to pluck the strings (no bows)
    • Expectations:
      • open your instrument case correctly
      • learn our 3 instrument positions
      • read, play and learn the new notes D and A
        • memorize all note names and locations on the music staff
        • use your flash cards for reinforcement
      • REMEMBER that: You are your own “best teacher!”

    Week #2: Learning the notes F# and G

    • Learn/Practice: Essential Elements:2000 lines 10-12
      • colored tapes (yellow, red and green) will be put on your instrument for correct finger placement
    • Review: Essential Elements:2000 lines 2-9
    • Expectations:
      • demonstrate our 3 instrument positions
      • read, play and learn the new notes F# and G
        • review the notes D and A
        • memorize all note names and locations on the music staff
        • use your flashcards for reinforcement
      • REMEMBER that: You are your own “best teacher!”

    Week #3: Introducing the bow & Learning the note E

    • Learn/Practice: Essential Elements:2000 lines 13-16
    • Review: Essential Elements:2000 lines 10-12
    • Expectations:
      • Introduction to the bow = arco
        • learn how to hold the bow safely (very important)
          • rest position “standing” and
          • rest positing “sitting”
        • tighten the bow hair when playing and loosen the bow hair when finished
    • rosin the bow (north to south)
    • use our correct bow hold – ALWAYS!
    • read, play and review the notes D, E, F#, G and A
      • memorize all note names and locations on the music staff
      • use your flashcards for reinforcement
    • REMEMBER that: You are your own “best teacher!”

    Week #4: Using the bow safely & Learning the notes C# and high D

    • Learn/Practice: Essential Elements:2000 lines 23-26
    • Review: Essential Elements:2000 lines 10-16
    • Expectations:
      • hold the bow correctly – ALWAYS check your bow hold
      • tighten the bow when in use & loosen the bow when you put it away
      • read, play and review all notes learned D, E, F#, G, A, C# and high D
        • memorize all note names and locations on the music staff
        • use your flashcards for reinforcement
      • REMEMBER that: You are your own “best teacher!”

    Week #5: Using the bow, Learning the note B & Previewing our concert pieces

    • Learn/Practice: Essential Elements:2000 lines 28-32
    • Review: Essential Elements:2000 lines 23-26
    • Introducing: Happy Dance (located in the Practice Packet)
    • Expectations:
      • hold the bow safely at our rest positions
      • rosin the bow
      • hold the bow correctly
      • read, play and review the notes D, E, F#, G A, B, C# and high D
        • memorize all note names and locations on the music staff
        • use your flashcards for reinforcement
      • REMEMBER that: You are your own “best teacher!”

    Week #6: Using the bow & Learning our concert pieces

    • Learn/Practice: Happy Dance (located in the Practice Packet)
    • Review: EE:2000 lines 31-32
    • Introducing: Ode to Joy (located in the Practice Packet)
    • Expectations:
      • hold the bow safely at our rest positions
      • rosin the bow
      • hold the bow correctly
      • read, play and review the 8 notes we have learned so far
        • memorize all note names and locations on the music staff
        • use your flashcards for reinforcement
      • REMEMBER that: You are your own “best teacher!”

    Week #7:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 47-48
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #8:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 49-53
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #9:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 54-60
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #10:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 61-65
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #11:

    • Review: EE:2000 54-65
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #12:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 66-71
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #13:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 72-76
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #14:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 77-81
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #15: (around mid-January)

    • Review: EE:2000 54-65
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash card.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #16:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 83-85
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #17:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 87-88
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #18:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 90-91
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #19:

    • Review: EE:2000 lines 54-65
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #20:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 93-96
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #21:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 97-99
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #22:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 100-102
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #23:

    • Review: EE:2000 lines 54-65
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #24:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 109-112
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #25:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 113-115
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #26:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 review 54-65
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #27:

    • Learn/Review: EE:2000 lines 122-124
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #28:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 54-65
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #29:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 126-129
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!

    Week #30:

    • Learn/Practice: EE:2000 lines 130-134
    • Practice our concert music.
    • Review your flash cards.
    • Check your bow hold!