Laurence School

Tuesdays (2:10PM - 3:25PM)

Practice the following music for our Spring Concert!

Mr. Jamie's Classes

Piano 2:10

  • Hot Cross Buns
  • HT
  • Knock, Knock
  • Super Mario Bros Loop
  • Piano Tango

Winds 2:45

  • Ode to Joy
  • Super Mario Bros Loop
  • Piano Tango

Ms. Hailey's Classes

Piano 2:10

  • Spring Theme
  • Railroad Crossing
  • Mary’s Big Cha Cha
  • Super Mario Bros Loop
  • Piano Tango

Violins 2:45

  • Lightly Row
  • Buffalo Gals
  • Ode to Joy
  • Super Mario Bros Loop
  • Piano Tango

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What we practiced this week- November 28th

Mr. Jamie’s Classes

 

Piano 2:10

  • We started with Let’s Play Catch and then quickly launched into RH Notes C D E F G
  • We did Hot Cross Buns on the White Keys with fingers 3,2,1,on EDC (as opposed to how we originally learned it)
  • We fast forwarded to pg. 21 #33 and went over LH 1 on G as a class
  • HW is to review CDEFG, #14 French Fries, and #33 Knock, Knock
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Winds 2:45

  • Oliver and Brady were absent
  • Carter and I went over how to apply valve oil and in doing so, how to make sure the valves are lined up correctly, then we went over C and pitch matched to a video
  • HW for Carter is Bumper Cars
  • Hugo primarily used Dreidel Dreidel as a vehicle to work on his embouchure and tonguing
  • We also discovered that if Hugo’s ligature is out of alignment even a little it really messes everything up. So he should be mindful
  • HW for Hugo is to polish and finish Dreidel with proper technique
 

Ms. Hailey’s Classes

 

Piano 2:10

  • Homework: Page 31 – if the students write in the missing note names, they will earn extra stars at next weeks class
 

Violins 2:45

  • Homework: page 18 – if they write in the note names at the bottom of the page, they will earn extra stars. 
    Page 19 and 20 
 

What we practiced this week- November 14th

Mr. Jamie’s Classes

 

Piano 2:10

  • We started by reviewing the notes we’ve learned and glossing over E and F a bit as well. Then we played G Wiz and worked our way through the book from there.
  • Towards the end of class we learned about the dotted half note.
  • HW is to be able to play Let’s Play Catch without help from Jamie, and to start learning about E on page 8. Bonus is Hot Cross Buns on the white keys.
 

Winds 2:45

  • Brady remembers how to assemble and hold the clarinet, and is going to review as many notes as he can for next week.
  • Carter is solidly on Apple for Teacher, he can go a little further but before we start progressing too far with him I want more clarity in his notes and accuracy in his embouchure. 
  • Oliver has gone pretty far in the book, but I encouraged him to double back a bit so he can be sure to learn everything correctly.
  • It was great to see Hugo really take everything we worked on last week into the class this week. HW for him is Mary Had A Little Lamb
 
 

Ms. Hailey’s Classes

 

Piano 2:10

HW: pg 30 and 31
  • Keep up the great work everyone!!
 

Violins 2:45

  • HW. pg 16 and 17
  • Try to play the whole song start to finish without stopping!
 

What we practiced this week- October 31st

Mr. Jamie’s Classes

 

Piano 2:10

  • We started with Bad News Bears and moved forward from there. We got as far as G Wiz. We spent a bunch of time reviewing rests and working on our counting, and of course learning G
  • HW is G Wiz.
 

Winds 2:45

  • Everyone continue to practice Apple for Teacher as well as the fifth note. 
  • Bumper Cars for HW !
 

Ms. Hailey’s Classes

 

Piano 2:10

  • HW- pg 38 “Soccer Champ”
  • Told the students that if they successfully solo the piece in class they will earn themselves a prize 🙂
 

Violins 2:45

  • HW – numbers 40 and 41 in their book 
 

What we practiced this week- October 24th

Mr. Jamie’s Classes

 

Piano 2:10

  • We focused almost entirely on the book this class, combining what we’ve learned about spiderhands, finger #s, and C and D. Some friends are moving onto G and everyone can play Hot Cross Buns.
  • HW is Bad News Bears for most friends, and G wiz for a couple friends who are ahead of the game. HW is also Hot Cross Buns.
 

Winds 2:45

  • We established the goal of being able to play holiday songs, including Dreidel, Dreidel and Jingle Bells, within 2 months. 
  • We also learned (or reviewed) notes from C (thumb and 3 fingers) to G. 

  • HW is Apple for Teacher, and if necessary students can go backwards or forwards in the book from that point.
 

Ms. Hailey’s Classes

 

Piano 2:10

  • Piano – pg 38 “Soccer Champ”
  • -Their goal is to play the whole piece with both hands and mark where they have both LH and RH notes at the same time to further hone that both hands can have tandem musical events. 
 

Violins 2:45

  • Violin – pg 12 “French Fries and Karate Chop”
  • Learn both pieces for EXTRA stars!

What we practiced this week- October 17th

Piano 2:10

  • We had fun learning how to play Hot Cross Buns with our LH, this time.
  • We are still reviewing C and D,I want to make sure everyone understands how to play C and D with fingers 1 and 2 in the right hand, before we move on.
  • For next class see if you remember how to play Hot Cross Buns with the LH and maybe even hands together if you’re up for a challenge! Try to get to pg. 2 in the book and report back.
 

Winds 2:45

  • Brass players are still working out their embouchures so that we really get the right notes, and are getting closer.
  • We did Catch that Note and Keep on Blowin as a class.
  • Take a look at Hot Cross Buns if you can play it!

Piano 2:10

  • We are moving forward in the book and working on number 54 in the book.
  • Please practice playing both hands at the same time 🙂
 

Violins 2:45

  • Please practice Mary this week!
    • I’m very impressed with how far you’ve all come!
  • You will be receiving bonus stars if you can play the piece in front of the class 🙂 

What we practiced this week- October 10th

Piano 2:10

  • Today we played a few songs from our books! Everyone got a chance to play something they worked on before we selected a song to work on together.
  • Homework- read ahead in your book to find a song you like for next week to share!
 

Winds 2:45

  • Today we played a few songs from our books!
  • Everyone got a chance to play something they worked on before we selected a song to work on together.
  • Homework- read ahead in your book to find a song you like for next week to share!

Piano 2:10

  • The students did very well today!
  • We played number 52 in their books and have moved on to #53 “High Jump”.
  • We talked a lot about developing good practice habits and my goal for them is to practice 10 minutes daily and to see how that goes 
 

Violins 2:45

  • Once again I am very pleased with how they did today!
  • For homework please practice #28-#30

What we practiced this week- October 3rd

Piano 2:10

  • We warmed up by playing black keys
  • Then we went straight into Hot Cross Buns.
  • Penny played for us a bit then went into the first couple pages of the books.
  • I recommend practicing Hot Cross Buns and pgs. 1 and 2 of the book.
 

Winds 2:45

  • For  Brady (Trombone) we worked on embouchure/getting a proper sound.
  • For Carter (trumpet) work on comfortably holding the instrument correctly, especially pressing valves properly.
  • We all played A Funny Pair which sounded great!
  • HW for them is to pick a song towards the beginning of the book and prepare it for next class.

Piano 2:10

  • We reviewed C position and HW will be pg. 36 in their books, No. 52 “Finger Fun”.
  • Next week we will be playing entire piece together 
 

Violins 2:45

  • We reviewed the D major scale
  • HW is No. 22 and 23 in their books, reviewing the D and A strings and integrating first finger E on the notation staff 
 

What we practiced this week- September 27th

Piano 2:10

  • spiderhands – what that means, how to play separate notes.
  • Playing the twosies separately.
  • Listened to and played Hot Cross Buns
 

Winds 2:45

  • Review of the first class, and really rubbing in how to care for and be careful with these instruments. For clarinet we were able to play GABC.
  • For Trumpet we played G A and B but are focusing more on how to adjust the embouchure to play C

Piano 2:10

  • we learned twinkle twinkle little star with both hands separate and together 
 

Violins 2:45

  • we learned the d major scale and practiced more whistle at the stars!
 

What we practiced this week- September 20th

Piano 2:10

  • spiderhands – what that means, how to play separate notes.
  • Playing the twosies separately.
  • Listened to and played Hot Cross Buns
 

Winds 2:45

  • Review of the first class, and really rubbing in how to care for and be careful with these instruments. For clarinet we were able to play GABC.
  • For Trumpet we played G A and B but are focusing more on how to adjust the embouchure to play C

Piano 2:10

  • We learned “C position” for both hands
  • Played CDEFG with left and right hands 
  • Great Job!!
 

Violins 2:45

  • We learned the first finger bites of each string
  • Played “Whistle at the Stars” – you did AWESOME with it!