- We will be collecting the Practice Partner worksheets that have been handed out in group class. Please use this week's notes at home, but bring them to turn in next week. If you didn't have notes to turn in this week, please try to find & bring them for next week. Thanks!
- If you weren't able to attend class this week, here is a link to the "Aunt Rhody" letter: http://www.auntrhody.com/images/downloads/Letters-in-pdf/When-is-piece-finished-ready-to-be-performed-full.pdf
- Early class: please continue reviewing the "Eek!/Ants" song (see the Videos page for words and instructions). Pluck your strings gently, and help guide your children in hearing the notes ring after they are plucked. Resonant tone quality does not need to be loud. Please remember to help your child find the fingerboard, and pluck over the fingerboard.
- Later class: please experiment with Contact Point, Bow Speed, and Arm Weight on each of your four strings to find the best bow placement, speed, and weight for YOUR instrument. Parents, please remember that experiments should lead to all different kinds of results, so be prepared to experiment with tone quality with your children. You should be hearing some strange crunches, some whistles, and some clean noises emanating from your child's instrument this week. If you don't hear all kinds of tone qualities, you're not experimenting properly.
On the one hand, tone takes time, but on the other hand, there comes a day when we are still working, yet we are able to share what we are learning with others. Next week - we'll talk about how to receive and share music with each other.
"Put up in a place
where it's easy to see
the cryptic admonishment
'T. T. T.'
When you feel how depressingly
slowly you climb,
It's well to remember that
Things Take Time."
(Or, as a viola teacher I once worked with likes to say when practicing music: Tone Takes Time.)
All the best,
-Jennifer Visick and Kania Gandasetiawan--