HSD CLASS NOTES: 2022.11.15

DATE: Tuesday, November 15, 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)
  • 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)
  • Galatians 3:16 – “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He doesn’t say, “To seeds”, as of many, but as of one, “To your seed”, which is Messiah. – Galatians 3:16

PRACTICE RECORDS (For ALL ENSEMBLES – Bands, Orchestras, Recorder, Choirs, Dance)

  • Practice DURING break
  • Prelude Band and Orchestra: Practicing during breaks is especially important for new musicians because it takes time and consistency to make the skills taught become more natural and dependable. Extended breaks are not helpful for individual progression or the group.
  • Be sure to practice the REQUIRED amount of time for the week (noted below for each class). The guides and coaches post what you need to practice for the week.
  • Bring your SIGNED Practice Record to class each week
  • ABSENCES: If you are absent always be sure to look at the Class Notes so you know what to work on that week.

PRELUDE BAND (Beginner Students)

  • Practice Time: 15+m/5d
  • Pages 12-14

TRAINING BAND (2nd Year Students or Above)

  • Practice Time: 30+m/5d
  • Memorize first 5 measures of all scale skills #2, #6, #12, #23, #36. Compose second half of #15. Page 8 and 9.
  • 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
    • In general, Review everything that we have done. Listening video included
    • 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 4 Suzuki (https://youtu.be/JY4QAl9G7OY) This cellist has a few videos out.
      • Up Like a Rocket
      • Grass hoppers
      • Rock’n’roll
      • Sound of open strings in “lane 3”
      • *ringing tones* – 2 whole bows per ringing tone.
    • Scales (D Major Scale, G Major 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/Xcwt0Wjv8KM) jungle book Max Baillie
    • Body Balance Sequence (3X a day): (print attachment)
    • Rest to play position
    • Lots of practice on viola hand shape on the instrument please.
    • Add: rhythms on A string, and 4th finger
    • Bow Stuff
      • Bow rhythms on A string!
      • 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)
      • Land bow on A. Silent A rockets
      • Add Play rhythms on A string
      • 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
    • Add 4th finger with 3 down and 2d finger
  •  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
    • Raindrop Serenade
  •  Cello
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgjRQfXvXDg)
    • 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.
    • May Song
    • Check this cellist. https://youtu.be/L4YqMctCuC8
  • Viola
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist (https://youtu.be/BuhoXS51ufI)
    • Observation (3x a week): (https://youtu.be/Xcwt0Wjv8KM) jungle book Max Baillie
    • D Major Scale and arpeggio
    • 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
    • Preparations: Play pieces on G string
    • Perpetual Motion – use 4th fingers. Also do doubles
    • Add page 16 close 1-2 pattern and page 18 2 octave C major
    • Note Reading: Lesson 19-21 build to tempo of quarter=108
    • Viola Placement Review.
    • Voila Hold review.
    • Say letter names in one piece every day
  •  Violin
    • Listen: Suzuki Playlist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfU-O0JeFbY)
    • 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
    • Sight reading Lesson 4 Rhythm and Lesson 5 pitch

MIDPOINT ORCHESTRA (3rd Year Students or above)

  • Practice Time: 60m/5d
  • Scales/Arpeggios/3rds, different bow technique
    • A Major
    • C Major
  • Hornpipe
  • Aria: m. 1-37
  • Sea Songs – Admiral Benbow rhythms
  • 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 prepare something to play for next week’s class
  • Viola
    • Observation (3x a week): (https://youtu.be/Xcwt0Wjv8KM) jungle book Max Baillie
    • 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
  • Practice the Go to Sleep song on Page 8. Focus mostly on the second line.
  • Clap through Rhythm Chart 2 (page 8), and circle the breath marks with a pencil.
  • On Page 7, Rolling Merrily is missing a few notes. You don’t need to play the song, just fill in the missing notes with a pencil.
  • Look at Excerpt from Symphony No. 7 on Page 8. Play through it.
  • Look over Page 9. Pick one song to practice over the next two weeks.
  • Also, please listen to this recording: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjCrgb-AkHY) This is the song we will be playing for the concert! 🙂
  • This is a lot of options for practice time, so please try to practice 15 minutes a day! Have a great week, and Happy Thanksgiving!
    ~Miss Emily
    P.S. My favorite animals are ducks…I’ll ask you this next lesson to see which of you read these notes 🙂


  • Practice Time: 15m/5d
  • Please work on Chopsticks (John and Shy on top line, Ruth and Titus on bottom line)
  • Pick two different songs to practice, one from Page 6 and one from Page 7. I’m hoping most of you pick the same songs so we can work on them together, but this is just to help us get through our book and start working on our concert song!
  • Speaking of concert song…here is a link to listen! (https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&productID=10041032&type=audio)
  • This is a lot of options for practice time, so please try to practice 15 minutes a day! Have a great week, and Happy Thanksgiving!
    ~Miss Emily
    P.S. My favorite animals are ducks…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. Once you have that down, try starting on a different note!
  • 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.


  • Please bring your materials every week.


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


  • Set camera to P, set ISO to auto, focus point to center of frame.
  • Practice taking photos of objects (like a cube type structure) and take a few shots at each focal length. This will help you understand how the photo looks at different focal lengths. Pick two photos to document in photo journal. Send to Miss Lizzie at jlseds@me.com or print yourself. Unfortunately walgreens has been very unreliable and I have to find another photo print shop.


  • Please research one of the “settings” that your story takes place in. Example: Abraham Lincoln was at 1. a log cabin 2. white house 3. Ford Theatre. Each student should pick one location , find an image to represent it and print a copy to bring to class.


  • Choose a couple activities to do with your little ones every day that are musically involving. Sing and Dance with them. Listen to your CD. If you need ideas the parent handbook is full of them. Repetition is key for early learning. You may tire of activities but at this age your children love it!!!


  • Sing and Dance EveryDay. Listen to your new CD!!! Children can always draw me a picture… Coloring/drawing at this age is important for developing fine motor skills need for writing. Most of their coloring/drawing is representational, not necessarily something that we can identify. When they bring you a drawing or coloring, ask them to tell you about their work, don’t assume that it is something you are to recognize!


  • Listen to your CD and try to dance to some Sky Boat Song and/or Blarney Boys Jig. If you have a piano/keyboard can you play Sea Shell? This is the last formal class of this unit. We might have a tea party next week to celebrate and share with the parents and younger siblings what we have been learning during class.


  • 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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