HSD CLASS NOTES: 2022.11.01

DATE: Tuesday, November 1, 2022


Scripture of the Month: Genesis 9:12-13 – God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living soul that is with you, for everlasting generations: I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be a sign of a covenant between me and the land.” – Genesis 9:12-13

Character Scripture: Hebrews 6:11-12 – We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence to the fullness of hope even to the end, that you won’t be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherited the promises. – Hebrews 6:11-12 World English Bible (WEB)

PRELUDE BAND (Beginner Students)

  • Practice Time: 15+m/5d
  • Method Book 1: Pages 10-11
  • Flute
    • Practice pages 10-12. Make sure to keep practicing breathing and fingering

TRAINING BAND (2nd Year Students or Above)

  • Practice Time: 30+m/5d
  • Method Book 2: Review pages 2-5, Page 40 #3-#16. Work on pages 6 and #29 on page 7. Test #24, #28 and #29
  • Trumpet Trio: Work on trio music and duet music in addition to other classwork

PRELUDE ORCHESTRA (Beginner Students)

  • Practice Time: 30m/5d
    • We’re double practice time now! You’ll be working on new and old skills.
    • Every skill that we have learned builds up to being able to learn new skills. If you find that you are unable to do anything smoothly, please take the time you need to get these down. Some skills will take a few seconds to complete, while others may take more time. If a particular skill is not smooth take a little more time on it during each practice — for example, some people need to work extra on left hand position. Or on the bow hold. Do extra of the things you need more work on.
      Consider making a table of each item where you can check off what you have done or putting each item on a slip of paper then drawing them out of a box. You can number them and roll dice or ask Alexa to pick a number for you. There is an app called DecideNow you can put them in and then spin to see which one to do. You can use a piece of tag board, draw a track for a board game, put an item in each spot and do whichever one you land on when you roll a dice. Or come up with your own way or just go down the list.
  • Cello
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgjRQfXvXDg)
    • Listen to the recordings of the Twinkle variations (https://youtu.be/OPC7G0nvMEg) I’m mostly interested that you listen to the different Rhythms, I’m not as concerned about the theme
      • Up Like a Rocket
      • Grass hoppers
      • Rock’n’roll
      • Small bow stroke (one click)
      • Sound of open strings in “lane 3”
      • *ringing tones* – 2 whole bows per ringing tone.
    • Scale, you may take time placing your fingers down so everything is prepared. Starting on open D: 0, 1, 3, 4 going to the A string same fingering: 0, 1, 3, 4
      Use the rhythms below for the scale:

      • Mississippi Stop Stop
      • Strawberry Pineapple
      • Watermelon Peanut Butter
      • Run pony jump pony
      • Happy, I’m happy
    • Twinkle Variations
    • Good Cello Posture
    • Pluck strings with right hand (thumb on side of fiberboard)
    • Hovering fingers
    • Ski jumps – all fingers, all strings
    • Left hand pizzicato- all fingers all strings
    • Parts of the cello:
      • Scroll, Pegs, Peg box, Nut, Strings, Finger board, Neck, Shoulder bouts, C-bouts, Lower bouts, Front, Back, F holes, Bridge, Fine tuners, Trail piece, Sounds post, Bass bar, End pin
  • Viola
    • Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1dG_Too59c (video of most of what we added this week)
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist (https://youtu.be/BuhoXS51ufI)
    • Observation (3x a week): https://youtu.be/f812BcDblsA (Sonoran Storm Nokthula Ngwenyama)
    • Body Balance Sequence (3X a day): (print attachment)
    • Rest to play position
    • Bow Stuff
      • Bow the Shoulder Rhythms
      • Mrs. Twinkle Stop Stop
      • Zip Twinkle, Zap Twinkle
      • Apricot, Apricot
      • Twinkle Little Baby Brother
      • Twinkle (shh) Pop (do not move on shh)
      • Grandpa, grandpa, grandpa, slow
      • Put bow hand onto bow at least 20X daily.
      • bunny hugs (with bow on shoulder press up with thumb and then release)
      • bunny motions – up like a rocket, wheels on a bus, windshield wipers, fishing, stir the soup or cookies, Bounce off hand, fishing, hook bow to viola pinky. Wave and big bow motions.
    • pulse keeping
    • musical alphabet
    • finger taps w finger numbers
    • viola parts (this is the scroll, pegs, fingerboard, strings, bridge, f-holes, fine tuners, tailpiece)
    • string names while plucking CCC going up to GGG going up to DDD going up to AAA Going down to DDD going down to GGG going down to CCC
    • viola in rest position
    • take a bow w/viola in rest position
    • in rest position hang left thumb on neck
    • in rest position tap top of viola on C string side with left hand
    • shuttle (slide hand up and down fingerboard)
    • slide fingers on left hand one at a time
    • tap fingers one at a time with hand against bout
    • with viola on collarbone (playing position) nod head yes and no, and infinity signs
    • 4 string pluck swing elbow
  • Violin

TRAINING ORCHESTRA (2nd Year Students or above)

  • Practice Time: 30m/5d
  • Scales (3x each)
    • G Major
    • D Major
  • Repertoire (say notes, clap, play 3x each using different bow styles)
    • Amazing Grace
    • Oh When the Saints
  •  Cello
    • C Major scale 2-8ves – use 2nd finger on D and A strings, not 3rd finger
    • Twinkle
    • French Folk Song
    • Lightly Row
    • Song of the Wind
    • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
    • O Come Little Children* up-bow start!
    • *allegro – fast whole bow at the start. Smooth bow on 3rd line.
    • Please prepare a performance piece to play for the class for next week, Nov 8.
  • Viola
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist (https://youtu.be/BuhoXS51ufI)
    • Watch: The preparation videos and how to play videos for the pieces are on my youtube channel Violin and Viola lessons with Laura. It is too much to link each video individually for Twinkle through Go Tell Aunt Rhody plus the bowing video for O Come Little Children.
    • Observation (3x a week): https://youtu.be/f812BcDblsA (Sonoran Storm Nokthula Ngwenyama)
    • Twinkle
    • French Folk Song
    • Lightly Row
    • Song of the Wind
    • Go Tell Aunt Rhody*
    • O Come Little Children
    • May Song
    • Long, Long Ago
      • March while playing
    • Preparations: Play pieces on G string
    • I can read music Lesson 15-17
    • Viola Placement Review.
    • Voila Hold review.
    • Say letter names in one piece every day
  •  Violin
    • Twinkle
    • Lightly Row
    • Song of the Wind
    • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
    • Climb monkey with fourth finger taps
    • Practice moving your thumb from the outside to inside the bow with bunny to bow grip exercise
    • O Come Little Children

MIDPOINT ORCHESTRA (3rd Year Students or above)

  • Practice Time: 60m/5d
  • Scales/Arpeggios/3rds, different bow technique
    • D Major
    • A Major
  • Amazing Grace – all
  • America the Beautiful
  • Hornpipe: m. 40-end
  • Aria: m. 38-end
  • Brandenburg
  • Cello
    • 3-8ve scales up to 6 flats – slur 2, 3, and 4 with turn around
    • Schroeder 43
      • G major Bach suite – Please have a look through the Sarabande for next week.
    • Suzuki B7 (for review) and 8 to dive into!
  • Viola
    • Observation (3x a week): https://youtu.be/f812BcDblsA (Sonoran Storm Nokthula Ngwenyama)
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist: Book 3 or 5 whichever book working in
    • Suzuki Book: 3 Martini Gavotte
    • Scales: C,G,D,A, G major arpeggio GBD
    • Suzuki Review: First 4 pieces in book 3
    • Shifting exercise
    • Vibrato
    • Viola placement, finger taps, finger slides, have line on finger above fingerboard. Shuttle.
  • Violin
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist
    • Scales: G Major
    • Suzuki Review


  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Listen to these recordings as part of your practice:
  • Make sure you follow along closely with tempo – don’t go too fast. You can slow down the video if you need to.
  • Focus mostly on Page 7, but if you have time…
  • Clap through Rhythm Chart 2.
  • Take a look at the Go to Sleep song after Rhythm chart 2. See if you can clap it out, or even start playing it!
  • This is a lot of options for practice time, so please try to practice 15 minutes a day! Have a great week!
    ~Miss Emily
    P.S. Thank you for practicing attentiveness this week! See how much we accomplished?? Very proud of you all 🙂


  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Please work on Winter Goodbye, Rockin’ Along, and Kum Ba Yah
  • Here is a video for Kum Ba Yah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1JFokOSSNo
    • This is just so you know what the song sounds like and to get the beat. The notes are different in your music.
  • Keep working on This Old Man (Titus and John: top line; Ruth and Shy; bottom line). I’d like to play it with everyone!
  • This is a lot of options for practice time, so please try to practice 15 minutes a day! Have a great week!
    ~Miss Emily
    P.S. You all had an AWESOME lesson! Very proud of you 🙂




  • Practice the vocabulary we’ve introduced in YOUR class. You can use the ASL Dictionary as a resource to remember the signs.
  • ASL Dictionary  (https://www.signasl.org/)
  • Revelation 19 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eKCFqhUll0)


  • 1B & 2A: review measures 1-8 of Daily Do – Those ready for a challenge, watch the whole video and see how much you can learn!
  • 1A & 2B: review measures ALL of Daily Do – For a challenge, sing it while omitting “mi” or a different syllable.
  • Solfege Video
  • Those with theory books: you may work on them at home if you wish, but you don’t have to for now. Please remember to bring them to class along with a pencil.


  • Practice Time: 10m/5d
  • 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)
  • Balancing in 1st position Releve. The more you practice, the better your balance will become.
  • Plie combination: 1st Position, 2 plie, 2 grande plie, stretch forward. 2nd Position, 2 plie, 2 grande plie, stretch side. 5th Position, 2 plie, 2 grande plie, stretch back.
  • Tendu combination: 1st position, 4 tendu front, 4 tendu side, 4 tendu back, 4 tendu side. Repeat. Balance in 1st position Releve.
  • Dega Je #1: 1st position. 4 dega je front, 4 side, 4 back, 4 side. 2 dega je front, 2 side, 2 back, 2 side. 1 dega ja front, 1 side, 1 back, 1 side. Balance.
  • Dega Je #2: 1st position. 2 dega je front, 2 quick taps, close. repeat side, back, side. Repeat all. Balance.
  • Rond de Jambe a terre: 1st position. 2 slow front, 3 quick front, plie. 2 slow back, 3 quick back, plie. stretch front. stretch side. stretch back. Balance in Passe.
  • Grand Battement: 1st position. 4 front, 4 side, 4 back, 4 side.
  • Reverence.


  • No class notes for this week.


  • No class notes for this week.


  • Continue practicing stitching and stitches learned on blank fabric you cut out in class.


  • Practice composition by arranging visual elements in the frame. Try different angles, lighting, subjects and backgrounds. Pick two photos to document in photo journal and email to Mrs. Lizzie at jlseds@me.com by Friday or print yourself for next week.


  • No class notes for this week.


  • Pick a few activities from the CD that we did in class and play and sing them together with your family. Use your finger cymbals to play along on the Boat Song.


  • Ask children to show you their worksheets. Have them vocalize the different blue graphic notation cards. Listen to: “The Tree in the Wood” and move to “Tree Home Soundscape” Copy your blue cards in any order!


  • Tell your family the story of “the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lithy” Draw a picture of it; Show your parents your song pages. Locate the “do” Signature. How many “do’s” can you find? Listen and Dance to My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean. Do you remember the story that the song tells?


  • Dance
    • See if you can remember what we learned
    • Foot positions we learned (1st, 2nd, 5th)
    • Arm positions (1st, 2nd, 5th)
    • Plie and Grande Plie
    • Tendu
    • Walking, Marching, Skipping and Leaping!


  • No class notes for this week.


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