HSD CLASS NOTES: 2022.11.08

DATE: Tuesday, November 8, 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: 2 Corinthians 7:1 – “Having therefore these promises, beloved, let’s cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” – 2 Corinthians 7:1 World English Bible (WEB)

PRELUDE BAND (Beginner Students)

  • Practice Time: 15+m/5d
  • Method Book 1: Review Pages 10-11, page 39 #4-39 Work on page 12 #42 and #43 and all of page #13 Test #43 and #49
  • (French horns work on – For French Horns Only options for all songs and always chose the low notes)
  • Flute
    • Practice pages 13-14. Continue to practice fingering and playing correcting through mouth piece with your breathing.

TRAINING BAND (2nd Year Students or Above)

  • Practice Time: 30+m/5d
  • Memorize first 5 measures of all scale skills #2, #6, #12, #23. Compose second half of #15. Page 6 and 8.
  • Trumpet Trio: “Foundations” book page 6 all options. Work on scales on pages 42-43. Work on Flexible praise music.

PRELUDE ORCHESTRA (Beginner Students)

  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Cello
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgjRQfXvXDg)
    • Listen to the recordings of the Twinkle variations (https://youtu.be/OPC7G0nvMEg)
    • Check out any other videos of yoyo ma: From Vol 6 Suzuki (https://youtu.be/3qrKjywjo7Q)
      • 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): Csardas (https://youtu.be/EsMBiYDONrg)
    • 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.
      • Move bow from pinky to A string, practice string changes.
      • Hand leads going from A – D. Elbow leads going from D – A. (booms)
      • Silent A rockets
    • pulse keeping
    • musical alphabet
    • finger taps w finger numbers
    • hand in playing position, place 3rd finger
    • 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
    • Raindrop Serenade
  •  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.
  • Viola
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist (https://youtu.be/BuhoXS51ufI)
    • Observation (3x a week): Csardas (https://youtu.be/EsMBiYDONrg)
    • Twinkle
    • French Folk Song
    • Lightly Row
    • Song of the Wind
    • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
    • O Come Little Children
    • May Song
    • Long, Long Ago
    • Allegro
      • March while playing
      • Detache, staccato, bow lifts, 1231 pop 2, don’t let 3 go high
    • Preparations: Play pieces on G string
    • Note Reading: Lesson 16-18 build to tempo of quarter=108
    • 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
    • May song

MIDPOINT ORCHESTRA (3rd Year Students or above)

  • Practice Time: 60m/5d
  • Scales/Arpeggios/3rds, different bow technique
    • D Major
    • A Major
  • Hornpipe: m. 40-end
  • Aria: m. 38-end
  • Sea Songs
  • Cello
    • 3-8ve 5 sharps is the next key – try circle of 5ths w/ relative minor, from 0 sharps/flats, adding a flat, until you get to 7 flats (also 5 sharps) C-flat Major = B Major
    • Schroeder 43, page 2
      • G major Bach suite – Please have a look through the Sarabande for next week.
    • Please prepare something to play for next week’s class, Nov 15.
  • Viola
    • Observation (3x a week): Csardas (https://youtu.be/EsMBiYDONrg)
    • 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.
  • Clap through Rhythm Chart 2 (page 8).
  • I really want us all to play these songs together next week!
  • 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. My favorite color is purple…I’ll ask you this next week to see which of you read these notes 🙂


  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Please work on Rockin’ Along, Kum Ba Yah, and This Old Man
  • 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!
  • Work mostly on Lines 2 and 3 of Rockin’ Along.
  • Play all the way through Kum Ba Yah. Listen closely to the video for tempo and follow along in your music.
  • 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. My favorite color is purple…I’ll ask you this next week to see which of you read these notes 🙂




  • 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 – All
  • 1A & 2B: review measures ALL of Daily Do – try to play Daily Do on a piano or your primary instrument
  • 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.


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  • 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. Pick two photos to document in photo journal


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  • Listen to your cd and pick a few activities to do each with your children. Developing a musical routine gives children confidence, builds family togetherness and sets in place a ”practice time when appropriate”


  • Listen to you CD/Recording. Copy your blue cards. One in each box. Turn your paper over and draw me a snail. Children get a sticker if they do their Homework!!! And it will count for points for their teams.


  • *Listen to your CD and pick a few activities to do with the family like: Sea Shells – sing and rock. *Look at the song page and “read it” with your child.
  • *Use the new cards to put the rhythm of the song to the words:
    • Sea Shell, Sea Shell = card w/ circle du du du du
    • Sing a Song to me: square du-di du-di du;
    • sing about the ocean: du-di du-di du du
    • Tell me about the sea: Du-da-di du-di du
  • *Listen to Intro to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten
  • *Copy the cards in any order
  • Students get a sticker when they return “homework” and points for their team!


  • 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!


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