Wednesday, January 5, 2011

WHAT WE DID TODAY: WEDNESDAY; JANUARY 5, 2011

GENERAL MUSIC PERIODS 2,3,6 
COMPOSER: PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: 


"Hamlet"
video

OBJECTIVE: Violin Left Holding Position: Shoulder Rest/Violin Angle/Left Arm
1. NO QUOTE instead: COMPOSER REPORT ON TCHAIKOVSKY
.....a. Filled in and discussed most of the 3rd section of the report
2. Violin
.....a. Passed out violins and labeled cases so that everyone will play the same instrument every violin session
.....b. Reviewed how to put on a shoulder rest to fit each person's individual body
.....c. Discussed and learned how to determine the proper violin playing angle for each student
.....d. Showed and practiced orchestra etiquette: how violinists all watch the conductor by putting their                           instruments on their necks at the same time, and vice versa.
.....e. Talked about the importance of posture while sitting in a chair and the roll of how important posture is in             obtaining a full tone in violin playing.

BEGINNING VIOLIN PERIOD 5
OBJECTIVE: The keyboard and how it relates to the violin
1. Continued from yesterday...I finished checking all students for their understanding of:
.....a. Locating middle "D" (violin open string "D") on the keyboard
.....b. Applying the musical alphabet concept to the keyboard forward and backwards
.....c. Using the concept of "Perfect 5ths" on the keyboard to easily located all the open string violin notes
.....d. Where all the violin open string notes are located on the keyboard
.....e. Knowledge of names of black keys (sharps and flats) by using the white key note names

ADVANCED VIOLIN PERIOD 4: 
OBJECTIVE: Subdivision of the beat/preparation for syncopated rhythms
1. TUNE
2. New song: "A Year Without Rain"
.....a. Passed out rhythm sheets from the music
.....b. Students reviewed instruction on the concept of subdivision and syncopated or tied notes over barlines
.....c. Students instructed to write in the subdivided counting under the rhythms then underline where the start           of each rhythmic note starts
3. During homeroom we played Boulevard of Broken Dreams