I have some announcements/reminders, and following that, I've listed the violin group class homework for this week and next week (in addition to any violin assignments your private teacher has given you).
Announcement 1: There is no class next Tuesday. (General rule of thumb: if there is no school on a Tuesday, there is no group class that day. If there is no school on your private lesson day, there is no lesson scheduled for that day).
Announcement 2: Online registration is now up. If you have trouble registering, please let me know! The registration website link is: http://reg125.imperisoft.com/SMES/Search/Registration.aspx
Announcement 3: We are working on creating a practice video "library" on this website, and we hope to add one or two new videos each week. We've started with some of the "basics" and will be adding more advanced videos as well, in the coming weeks. Yes, this means you can now bring me and Mrs. Wie (and, occasionally, Arthur) into your home and pretend that you are in group class while playing or singing along to the videos! ;-)
Announcement 4: If your private teacher has spoken to you about participating in the Suzuki Music Association of California, Los Angeles branch's graduations this Spring, please be sure to go online to www.suzukimusiclosangeles.com and become a member, so that you will be eligible to send in your graduation audition/recording when the time comes in February.
If you have any questions about any of these announcements, please don't hesitate to let us know!
Group Class Homework Assignment #1: Please think of new words to fit the first Twinkle "Variation A" Rhythm (Jelly Doughnut Pan-cake), and be ready to share them in class on January 28th.
In class today were mentioned:
-Peanut butter sand-wich
-AnakinSky walk-er (though it was decided this might better fit the "eat ice cream eat cookies" rhythm instead)
-Chicken on a Fence-post
Hint: Think of this rhythm as four (faster) syllables plus two (slower) syllables. Try to choose words that you don't have to significantly change the way you would ordinarily speak them in order to make them fit the rhythm.
Homework Assignement #2: Please choose a piece of music from the Suzuki Volume 1 to listen to and practice "walking" (no touching anything or anyone!) and "anticipating" the last note of the music by returning to your starting spot when the last not occurs.
Hint: this exercise is most useful if you challenge yourself with a piece that you remember hearing in class, a piece of music that you didn't quite anticipate the ending of as well as you would like to be able to do! Try it a few times in a row, see if you can get better at predicting the last note!
We'll see a few of you for lessons on Friday, and everyone for our next group class on Tuesday January 28th.
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