It has been so great to start to get to know the students this year. We have a fabulous group of students in the beginning class. So far, the students have been working on reading, writing, counting, clapping, and pizzing rhythms, correctly identifying the parts of the instrument, beginning note reading, and holding the instrument with good posture and instrument position. We have also just started working on correct bow hold on a pencil. Students need to correctly demonstrate good bow hold on a pencil before we begin working on holding the actual bow.
We have had one note name quiz and one parts of the instrument quiz. The week of 9/14 we will be having our second rhythm quiz and our first note name quiz.
We have begun working in our book. I highly recommend that students practice with the recordings that come free with the book (CD or online). It makes practicing more fun and it also helps students adjust their fingers to play in tune. Every night, students should practice the material we cover in class.
Please make sure students have their nails clipped short, students have a copy of the method book, and all violin and viola players have a shoulder rest.