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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Weekly Review 1/13- 1/17

The first graders were super excited to receive their violins this week. For some students, this will be their first instrument. With an exception of a few students, each student was paired up with another student and was assigned to a violin. We learned how to care for the instrument such as how to properly open the violin case, how to carefully take the violin out with two hands, and how to properly put back the violin into it's case. We also reviewed the violin parts from last week. Incase you forgot what some of the parts were, here is a list of the parts to help you. Ask your first grade student if they can name these parts on the violin.

  • Scroll
  • Pegs
  • Peg Box
  • Strings
  • Nut
  • Fingerboard
  • Neck
  • Body
  • Ribs
  • Bridge
  • Sound Post
  • F Holes
  • Tailpiece
  • Chin Rest
  • Button
  • Parts of the bow: frog, stick, tip, grip, screw, hair

In second grade, students were very excited to play the violin again and many can't wait to put their fingers down on the fingerboard to learn and play more notes! We reviewed the parts of the violin and bow. We were so happy that many students remembered the various parts of the violin! We reviewed two positions- rest position (also known as guitar position) and playing position



Some classes even got the chance to play two open strings- G and D. We will continue to review all the open strings next week.

It was an EXCITING week for our third grade students. We went to Cary Hall in Lexington to listen to the Lexington Symphony perform. For many of our students, it was their first time attending a live symphony performance. The students were so thrilled when one of the orchestra members named  "Jobey" came to our section and personally said hello to the students. Here is more information about the concert Lexington Symphony. We hope many of our third grade were inspired by this live performance. Hopefully many more students will join the band or violin program next year!

The fourth and fifth graders began rehearsing their chorus music for the Spring Concert. We are so excited to announce that the theme for our Spring Concert is, "Sounds of the Sea." We started learning "I'se the B'y" which is a fun, upbeat folk song from Newfoundland.  We concluded the rehearsal with a slow, beautiful song called, "Oceanus." It talks about the sounds and animals of the sea. 

The fourth and fifth graders also used tone chimes to add chord accompaniment to the song, "Auld Lang Syne." It was beautiful and we home to use the tone chimes again!

We hope you have a WONDERFUL LONG weekend! Please stay warm!

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