MUSICAL STEPS FORWARD

February 22/17
                                                      PARENT NOTES

  • Thank you to Parents and students who wrote comments on their Feb. 11 Rose/Rosebud Orchestra experience. It is interesting to hear how observant some of you are about various aspects you have learned through MATT. ("Some players didn't sit with their feet  flat on the floor- good point- but in fairness,they are not beginners") And it is great to know that you enjoyed it! ("It was an awesome experience!" ) The MATT Concert attendance requirement is meant to ensure that our students and parents realize the potential for our students who progress well!  The NEXT ROSE/ROSE BUD CONCERT is April 29th!!
  • Music stands and method books have now been distributed to all beginners.
  • Next is completion of Inventory. Be prepared to let Yogita check your instrument and accessory number during class. Thanks for you co-operation.
  • REPAIRS: Sadly we have had some costly repairs recently, some paid by parents of students who had accidents with their instrument. Please be extra careful when handling your instrument- they are very fragile, and costly to fix!

IMPORTANT DATES: 
 Feb 27 to March 3 : WEEK 2: REGULAR CLASS, LESSONS/ THEORY 


 Thanks to Dania for this week's STUDENT SHOTS
From Intermediate Class 
    Julia:                                                                                                      Simone - 
         

REMINDERS for calendar: 
                              April 29  NEXT ROSE /ROSE BUD CONCERT  Deadline for order April18
    •           June 7 Dress rehearsal  5 pm
      • June 13:  Final Concert  (4:30 arrival 6pm concert).
                             June 21:  Year End Party  4-to 6 pm

                                             ________________________




HOMEWORK THIS WEEK



PRACTICE  CHARTS REQUIRED FOR START OF ALL CLASSES 


  Beginners: 
 1. NEW -  READING MUSIC!!! All for Strings Method Book (AFS)Review # 1 to 4 
 2.  Long, long ago: 
             We now have learned the whole song see  hand out sheet
                 Can YOU play it without looking at the note names???
  3 D scale- Listen for perfect tuning of notes; checksitting /standing position, bow grip, straight bow, whole bows
       4 . Review Twinkles : Long Bows
                                           Mississippi Hot Dog- middle bow  
                                           Run Pony  full and short bows
                                           Mississippi mississippi

4..THEORY HOMEWORK: Some have not yet learned lines and spaces See below:

HAND OUT from last week !: Lines and spaces. Memorize YOURS, from bottom UP

Violins: 5 lines: Every Good Boy Deserves Fun.  
              4 spaces : F A C E 

Violas: 5 lines:  (FACE +G) OR Fat  American  Cats Eat  Garbage    
             4 spaces: Great Big Dogs Fight

Cellos and  Bass: 5 lines: Great Big Dogs Fight Always
                                 4 spaces: All Cows Eat Grass
                        
       

       Intermediates: 
                         Practice charts required for start of all classes 

       1AFS Book: # 165 - A: violin 1 B: violin 2,  viola and cello 
       2. Scale of G
       3Heart and Soul: NEW to bar 18. Practice UP BOWS after 1/8 rests and correct slurs! 
                                        
       4. MARCH. Pr. of Denmark -Learn to bar #26                                                                                    Practice your melody bars: 
       

       Advanced: 
                       Practice charts required for start of class every week 
       1. NEW: Intermezzo from Cavaliera Rusticana by  Mascagni: Start at 20  to end.
                   LISTEN to this beautiful and famous piece on YOU TUBE

       2.Scale of G - TWO octaves
       3. Besame Mucho - ALL, with correct repeats, Dal Segno and Da Capo-
      Melody line to be checked this week:  Learn to play yours well:
                 Viola bar 1- 11 Violin 2: letter B Cello :bar 24 Violin 1letter A
          Continue perfecting rhythms -triplets, and "accidentals"  added flats or sharps 
       4. Grieg "Holberg Suite": Gavotte 
           Review : ALL, especially Bar 42 on: Learn "staccatos" (.) and tenutos (-)longer notes 
                
                                                    GOOD   PRACTICING to YOU!!!
     “Music is the universal language of mankind.” 
                                                             ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Beginning to READ MUSIC: A NEW and SPECIAL LANGUAGE!

February 15/17
                                                      PARENT NOTES

  • YOUR COMMENTS : Rose Orchestra Concert  February 11, 8pm  Rose Orchestra. Thank you to all students and parents who fill in our "What did you think?" concert survey. It's always great to hear what you noticed, your ideas about the performance, and your suggestions. NEXT ROSE ROSE BUD CONCERT is April 29th!!
  • BEGINNERS:  All beginners need to bring a music stand to class this week as we will begin to read music.
  • MUSIC STANDS ORDER: stands ordered through MATT will arrive Tuesday 
  • SMALL BLACK  MATT T SHIRT? Thank you to the Ragoobar family for providing the small t-shirt for our wall display "shadow box"!


IMPORTANT DATES: 
THIS WEEK  is WEEK 1: REGULAR CLASS, LESSONS, AND THEORY  



 REMINDERS for calendar: 
                              April 29  NEXT ROSE /ROSE BUD CONCERT  Deadline for order April18
    •           June 7 Dress rehearsal  5 pm
      • June 13:  Final Concert  (4:30 arrival 6pm concert).
                             June 21:  Year End Party  4-to 6 pm

                                             ________________________



HOMEWORK THIS WEEK


PRACTICE  CHARTS REQUIRED FOR START OF ALL CLASSES 


  Beginners: 
 1.  Long, long ago: remember LINE 3 
             We now have learned the whole song s seen on hand out sheet

2.THEORY HOMEWORK:

HAND OUT: Lines and spaces. Memorize YOURS, from bottom UP

Violins: 5 lines: Every Good Boy Deserves Fun.  
              4 spaces : F A C E 

Violas: 5 lines:  (FACE +G) OR Fat  American  Cats Eat  Garbage    
             4 spaces: Great Big Dogs Fight

Cellos and  Bass: 5 lines: Great Big Dogs Fight Always
                                 4 spaces: All Cows Eat Grass

       3.  D scale- slowly, with excellent position, bow grip, sitting /standing position
       4 . Review Twinkles : Long Bows

                                           Mississippi Hot Dog- middle bow  
                                           Run Pony  full and short bows
                                           Mississippi mississippi
                       
       

       Intermediates: 
                         Practice charts required for start of all classes 

       1AFS Book: # 165 - A: violin 1 B: violin 2,  viola and cello 
       2. Scale of G
       3Heart and Soul: Good class  work on rhythms this week- practice those special bars with up bow start and correct slurs! 
                                        eg. BAR 8 bowing and counting
                                        Practice from beginning to bar 15
       4. MARCH. Pr. of Denmark -Learn to bar #19                                                                                    Practice your melody bars: 
       CELLO : bar 11 to 14, VIOLIN 2: bar 15 to 18 VIOLA: bar 13 to 16 VIOLIN 1:bar 3 -10


       Advanced: 
                       Practice charts required for start of class every week 

       1.Scale of G - TWO octaves
       2. Besame Mucho - ALL, with correct repeats, Dal Segno and Da Capo-
Melody line to be checked this week:  Learn to play yours well:
                 Viola bar 1- 11 Violin 2: letter B Cello :bar 24 Violin 1letter A
          Continue perfecting rhythms -triplets, and "accidentals"  added flats or sharps 
       3. Grieg "Holberg Suite": Gavotte 
            NEW : Bar 42 to bar 57  Check slurs  
                Review to bar 41

     “Music is the universal language of mankind.” 
                                                             ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

MUSIC STANDS for ALL!

February 8, 2017,

PARENT NOTES


  • Special NOTE:  Thanks to Parent Carol Taylor for our new streamlined BLOG look!
  • Beginners Private Lessons: Well, we've gotten through the first run of Beginners' lessons, found some glitches and hopefully are in place now to go forward with less trepidation n everyone's part! ! Practice is the not- so-secret  " secret ingredient" for success, as you know, so be consistent with this- and with attendance at classes and lessons. You'll  see clear results in both skill and confidence!
  • Rose Orchestra Concert  February 11, 8pm  Rose Orchestra. If you missed your chance to get tickets, you can still attend. Our MATT rates are gone for this time, but call the box office 905-874 2800 and ask for "Friends 50" discount OR buy an adult ticket and get one free kid's seat . If you do attend, listen for "Palladio"- this is MATT"S Finale piece for this year's June Concert- ALL students will be playing it!
  • MUSIC STANDS ORDER: All Beginners will need to have a music stand to bring to class and for home practice, within the next two weeks. You are free to buy our own, but we are offering a very good stand at abut $10 off regular price. MATT does NOT make money on this- it is just for parents' convenience. We have had a slight change in our offer from our source- it is now $34.00 (incl tax) for a German made strong silver- colored stand with a carry bag. It should last a lifetime! Please place your order by next Tuesday/Wednesday so we can bring them in for the next week.
  • SMALL BLACK  MATT T SHIRT? If anyone has a size SMALL (or smaller) t shirt - not the current purple one, would you mind letting us have it for a  " shadow box"  in our hallway? If you might , would you please have a look around just in case. THANKS SO MUCH Andrea
                                                                                                                                 
                                                    ________________________

    IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP:

    CALENDAR NOTE: Classes  continue but NO private lessons or Theory next week.
                       
                   June 7, 5pm. dress rehearsal at concert venue: Holland Christian Homes
      • June 13:  Final Concert  (4:30 arrival 6pm concert).
      • June 21:  Year End Party  4-to 6 pm

    ________________________


    HOMEWORK THIS WEEK


    PRACTICE  CHARTS REQUIRED FOR START OF ALL CLASSES 


           Beginners: 
           1.    NEW Long, long ago: LINE 3 We now have learned all ALL lines 
           2. THEORY- Rhythm counting HAND OUT homework
                               -  NEW: Lines and spaces. Memorize YOURS, from bottom UP

    Violins: 5 lines: Every Good Boy Deserves Fun.  4 spaces : F A C E 

    Violas: 5 lines: F A C E + G    4 spaces: Great Big Dogs Fight

    Cellos and  Bass: 5 lines: Great Big Dogs Fight Always 4 spaces: All Cows Eat Grass

           3.  D scale- slowly, with excellent position, bow grip, sitting /standing position
           4 . Review Twinkles : Long Bows

                                               Mississippi Hot Dog- middle bow  
                                               Run Pony  full and short bows
                                               Mississippi mississippi
                           
           

           Intermediates: Practice charts required for start of all classes 

           1. AFS Book: # 165 - A: violin 1 B: violin 2,  viola and cello 
           2. Scale of G
           3. Heart and Soul: Work to perfect your special "P for Practice" bars- 
                                            eg. BAR 8 bowing and counting
                                            Practice from beginning to bar 15
           4. MARCH. Pr. of Denmark -MILITARY STYLE-"CLEAR" RHYTHMS                                                                    PERFECT to bar 10!!


           Advanced: Practice charts required for start of class every week 

           Good work this week-remember to LISTEN and BALANCE with others in ORCHESTRA

           1. Scale of G - TWO octaves
           2. Besame Mucho - ALL, with correct repeats, Dal Segno and Da Capo-
               WORK eighth note and triplet parts carefully.  
           3. Grieg "Holberg Suite": Gavotte to bar 41
           4. Palladio- to bar 14

    DID YOU KNOW? You are learning the universal language...
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    “Music is the universal language of mankind.” 
                                                                 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow