From Hyunju’s violin class:
Monday’s violin class was busy preparing for the next week’s little performance.
Through working hard on their instruments, 10 future violin virtuosi have learned respect and consideration for each other. From helping friends when they miss what teacher said to sharing food with students who forgot to bring their snack, learning music together is helping the students grow up!
From Melanie’s viola class:
My viola class began learning about dynamics this week, so as a fun task, I assigned them the theme from “Jaws.” It helped them to better understand how dynamics are represented in a piece. Jose was really excited to learn “Jaws” and he wanted to play it for the class. It was a fun piece to learn and everyone enjoyed playing it.
On St. Patrick’s Day, the viola class enjoyed our own parade while listening to Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite” and other Irish folk music. We paraded around the room while playing different rhythms on the viola. We are also continuing to learn “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and Kiara in my class thought it was really cool that you can play “Twinkle, Twinkle” in different rhythms and started to create her own rhythms. Generally, the class had a lot of fun playing the piece with different rhythms.
From Tori’s violin class:
This week, we learned A string notes. We put together all the D string notes and A string notes to learn the D Major Scale. Students filled out worksheets with all the D Major scale notes and learned how to draw a treble clef. A fun game introduced this week was “Poison Rhythm.” It is the exact same concept as “Simon Says,” except played by clapping rhythms. If a student claps the “Poison Rhythm,” they are out. The final person standing is declared the winner!