HSD CLASS NOTES: 2022.09.27

TO: ALL WONDER HSD MEMBERS
MEMO: HSD CLASS NOTES: 2022.09.27
DATE: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

What a wonderful first day! Below are class notes or practice notes for each class.


PRACTICE RECORDS 

Band/Orchestra/Recorder/Choir/Dance students should have received their yellow Practice Record sheets. Be sure to fill-out the top portion, listing your name, class name (one sheet per class), and instrument.

  • Review Focused Practice Guide Review: https://letswonder.org/focused-practice/
  • Remember to bring your Practice Records filled-out and signed by a parent every week.
  • For this week, complete the second line (9/27) to turn in next week. You’re first line with the sample will be empty (9/13).
  • If you did not receive a Practice Record for a class keep track of your minutes and transfer them to your Practice Record sheet next week.
  • Upon your arrival, please place your practice notes as listed below. Your class Helping Hands will record your minutes and return your Practice Records sheet to you before the end of class.
    • Orchestra: Large island on the 2nd level
    • Band: Large table in the garage (between the Middle and High School rooms) on the 1st level
    • Recorder: Floor near room doors
    • Choir: Counter

PRELUDE BAND (Beginner Students)

  • Practice Time: 10-15m/5d
  • Standard of Excellence Book 1 aka Red Book: p4-6
    • Read and understand all “yellow sections”
    • Work on “excellerator” on page 40
    • Focus on #7 on page 6, our first “medal song”.  Be prepared to play the “medal song” alone to “pass off” for the chart in the back of the book.
  • Bring to class next week: Instrument, “Standard of Excellence book 1”, required music stand, pencil, at least 3 reeds (clarinet, saxophone, oboe)
  • Daily Snacks (mess-free, sugar-free, dye-free, nut-free; a pack of crackers, a cheese stick, some cut up fruit, etc. works well)
  • Remember Practice Record

TRAINING BAND (2nd Year Students or Above)

  • Practice Time: 10m/5d
  • Standard of Excellence Book 2 aka Blue Book: p2
    • Read and understand all “yellow sections”
    • Work on “excellerator” on page 40, #3
    • Focus on #5 on page 2, our first “medal song”.  Be prepared to play the “medal song” alone to “pass off” for the chart in the back of the book.
  • Bring to class next week: Instrument, “Standard of Excellence book 2”, required music stand, pencil, at least 3 reeds (clarinet, saxophone)
  • Daily Snacks (mess-free, sugar-free, dye-free, nut-free; a pack of crackers, a cheese stick, some cut up fruit, etc. works well)
  • Remember Practice Record

PRELUDE ORCHESTRA (Beginner Students)

  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Reminder to Parents & Students:
    1. Listening: Listening is the MOST IMPORTANT exercise of the Suzuki method. As children, we hear words hundreds of times before making our first attempts at speech. Similarly, immersive listening to the repertoire will prepare the student to know the pieces by heart and potentially begin learning to play the pieces on their own. Please play the Suzuki playlist (the respective book) continually, in the car, at home, in the background. If you do not have a cd or mp3 audio, you can listen to the Youtube playlist we’ve linked below.
    2. Standing/ Sitting: Viola and violins spend sectionals standing up. This allows students to practice proper form while minimizing slouching and injury due to improper form. Please practice standing at home, as well. Cellos should be seated forward, closer to the edge of their seat (not laying back) and should not be stiff.
    3. Mirror: Practice in front of a mirror as many times as possible during each week.
    4. Expectations: It is said that Twinkle Twinkle requires the student to learn more than 42 skills. Therefore, we take the majority of the first year to learn Twinkle, breaking down smaller sets of skill into isolated exercises. This means students will not put the bow to the strings (or play their instruments) right away. The exercises they do are important to practice because they help build muscle memory with proper form. Once one has attained a level of mastery on the individual skills, building upon and joining them together becomes much easier. Please be patient and take seriously the exercises in each week’s Class Notes.
    5. Remember Practice Record
  • Cello
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgjRQfXvXDg)
    • Air Bow Rhythms
      • Mississippi Stop Stop
      • Strawberry Pineapple
      • Watermelon Peanut Butter
    • BOW ASSIGNMENT
      • 100 bow holds! Each day, if your house has stairs, practice bow hold on the bottom stair, and go up one stair, do a new bow-hold, shake out hand and take a step.
      • Up Like a Rocket
        • Up like a rocket, down like the rain,
        • Back and forth like a choo choo train.
        • Round and round like a great big drum,
        • Land on your head curved pinky and thumb.
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • BOW ASSIGNMENT
    • 20 bow holds! Each day, if your house has stairs, practice bow hold on the bottom stair, and go up one stair, do a new bow-hold, shake out hand and take a step.
    • Up Like a Rocket

TRAINING ORCHESTRA (2nd Year Students or above)

  • Practice Time: 30m/5d
  • Remember Practice Records
  • Cello
    • Review
      • Twinkle
      • French Folk Song
      • Lightly Row
      • Song of the Wind
    • Please do your best to prepare a piece of your choice to play in class time.
  • Viola
    • Review
      • Twinkle
      • French Folk Song
      • Lightly Row
      • Song of the Wind
  • Violin
    • Review
      • Twinkle
      • French Folk Song
      • Lightly Row
      • Song of the Wind

MIDPOINT ORCHESTRA (3rd Year Students or above)

  • Practice Time: 60m/5d
  • Remember Practice Records
  • Scales
  • Cello
    • Schroeder 40
    • Bach suites
    • Please do your best to prepare a piece of your choice to play in class time.
    • Please bring: Suzuki B7 (for review) and 8 to dive into!

RECORDERS 1

  • Hey students! I thought you all did a great job during the first class. Here are a couple notes for practice this week, as well as some things to remember for next week’s class:
  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Remember Practice Records
  • During your practice, please work on:
    • Posture
    • Setting up your stand (if you don’t have a stand, please try to get one within the next couple weeks)
    • Reading Music (REMEMBER: FACE = SPACE, and Every Good Boy Does Fine [E, G, B, D, F]. Always spell up the music staff.) To practice this, look through your method book and find some songs to read.
    • Fingering for the B note
    • Instrument Care: Don’t forget to “blow” out your recorder after every practice section! One time this week, please rinse it with warm water and make sure it dries.
  • Next week, don’t forget to bring:
    – your recorder
    – your recorder book
    – a pencil
    – your stand, if you have one
    Again, great job this week! I can’t wait to keep learning, playing music, and wondering with you all!
    ~Miss Emily

RECORDERS 2

  • Hey students! I thought you all did a great job during the first class. Sorry about the mix up between Recorder 1 and 2 start times…we worked it all out, so next week I know what’s going on 🙂 Here are a couple notes for practice this week, as well as some things to remember for next week’s class:
  • Remember Practice Records
  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Posture
  • Setting up your stand (if you don’t have a stand, please try to get one within the next couple weeks)
  • Reading Music (REMEMBER: FACE = SPACE, and Every Good Boy Does Fine [E, G, B, D, F]. Always spell up the music staff.) To practice this, look through your method book and find some songs to read.
  • Fingering (try to practice from Low C all the way up to High E; if you need it, there is a fingering chart in the back of your method book)
  • Instrument Care: Don’t forget to “blow” out your recorder after every practice section! One time this week, please rinse it with warm water and make sure it dries.
  • Next week, don’t forget to bring:
    – your recorder
    – your recorder book
    – a pencil
    – your stand, if you have one
    Again, great job this week! I can’t wait to keep learning, playing music, and wondering with you all!
    ~Miss Emily

JUNIOR/SENIOR CHOIR

  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Remember Practice Records
  • Practice for this week is an “as you go” approach. Meaning, at theater practice, at worship, at home. Take note of your singing and count it! We will start more formal practice regimen next week.

PRIME CHOIR

  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Remember Practice Records
  • Practice for this week is an “as you go” approach. Meaning, at theater practice, at worship, at home. Take note of your singing and count it! We will start more formal practice regimen next week.

SIGNS AND WONDERS: ASL SIGNING CHOIR

  • Parents & Students:
    • This week, we spent class time evaluating students in the Music Foundations class so we could place them in the 1st or 2nd part of the their respective blocks. Next week, their schedules will be updated to show either ASL Choir and Music Foundations/Open Gym/Student Volunteer (Junior Helper) or visa versa.

MUSIC FOUNDATIONS

  • Parents & Students:
    • This week, we spent class time evaluating students so we can place them in the 1st or 2nd part of the their respective blocks. Next week, their schedules will be updated to show either Music Foundation and ASL Choir/Open Gym, Student Volunteer (Junior Helper) or visa versa.

DANCE

  • Practice Time: 10m/5d
  • Review Focused Practice Guide Review: https://letswonder.org/focused-practice/
  • Remember Practice Records
  • Stretch! Stretching will help you to become more flexible and get your muscles ready to dance!
  • Foot positions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th)
  • Arm positions (preparation, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th)

OPEN GYM

  • No class notes for this week.

ART (DRAWING & WATERCOLOR)

  • No class notes for this week.

ART (TEXTILES – EMBROIDERY)

  • No class notes for this week.

ART (PHOTOGRAPHY)

  • Great first day of photography! I enjoyed getting to know all the students and their desire to learn more about photography.
  • Parents, please make sure your child has all needed equipment to complete course. Many students didn’t have the correct equipment or no equipment. Equipment is needed for next class. Thank you!
    • Required Equipment
      • DSLR or mirrorless camera (some bridge cameras are also fine)*
      • Standard Kit Lens (the most common kit lens is the 18-55mm)
      • Camera Bag
      • Camera Memory Card
      • Camera Tripod

*You will need a camera that has manual settings. An easy way to tell if your camera is suitable for our Photography class is to look at the top and see if the camera has a dial with the letter ‘M’ (for manual).


THEATER

  • No class notes for this week.

MUSIC MAKERS 1 & 2

  • No class notes for this week.

LITTLE MOVERS & LITTLE SHAKERS & LITTLE CYCLES

  • No class notes for this week.

DISCOVERY

  • Please bring socks for next week. While in the class students will not wear shoes.
  • Check-in: Please be sure to check your student in at GYM A doors at the end of lunch
  • Check-out: Please be sure to quietly check your student out in room 209 (or Middle School room for those who are doing Littles Dance)
  • Dance
    • No Practice Records required
    • See if you can remember the foot positions we learned (1st, 2nd, 5th)
    • Practice skipping and leaping!

PLAYROOM WITH GUIDE FOR STAFF AND HELPING HANDS

  • After Lunch Check-in: Please be sure to check your student in room 212
  • Please be sure to check out your student out with the Playroom Staff or Helping Hands

LAB


STUDY HALL

  • No class notes for this week.

JUNIOR HELPERS (STUDENT VOLUNTEER)

  • Please check-in at the Welcome Table at the beginning of your schedule
  • Thank you! You all were very helpful this week! The first day of Wonder is very different than what the rest of the year will look like.  As this is our first year having official Junior Helpers, we’ll work with you to find the best ways to have you learn and assist. Assignments are based on program needs and the student’s maturity, capabilities, listen skills, and character. Assignments may vary from week to week. Students should arrive ready to serve as requested with a good attitude, respect, cheerfulness, and perfect effort.

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