Overland Elementary School

Thursdays (2:40PM - 5:00PM)

Practice the following topics this week- November 16th

Mr. Chris' Classes

Ukulele 4:00

Today we:
-reviewed all chords
-practiced the G major chord
-played along to Yellow Submarine 
-played red light green light at the end, you’re too good at this game!!

Beginning Winds 4:30

Today we:
-Discussed proper breathing and breath support from the Diaphragm!
-Worked on getting a great sound from our instruments
-Flutes reviewed the notes D-Eb- and C
Trumpets reviewed the notes- C-D-E-F-G
-Practice all of your notes to get better at making them sound correct!
-Try to play with the videos below.

Mrs. Lauren's Classes

Beginning Piano 2:40

Today we:
-Reviewed our hand position: 1-2-3-4-5 on C-D-E-F-G
-Learned the first half of Mary Had a Little Lamb
 
*Some of us were quite disruptive today. Running around the auditorium, calling out, banging on the large piano, and not following directions. We hope to have a productive orchestra class every week!

Beginning Violins and Cellos 3:20

Today we:
-Reviewed Open Strings,
-Reviewed bow holds
-Discussed our Bow Wrists and how to warm up by bouncing back and forth between the Frog and Tip of the bow on the strings.
-played Mary had a Little Lamb together
-then we divided into 3 groups of 2 and each group only played one note (either D, E, or F#).
-Great job today!

Beginning Piano 3:55

Today we:
-reviewed our right hand position: 1-2-3-4-5 / C-D-E-F-G
-played twinkle twinkle together as a piano orchestra
-try downloading a Metronome app or searching Google for a Metronome and play along with it!
-kept a steady beat with a conductor
-had a little fun adding our left hand to twinkle twinkle by playing a C in the left hand every time our right hand plays a note from the song!
-Everyone was able to play with two hands, AMAZING JOB TODAY!

Strings 4:25

Today we:
-practiced the D major scale
-worked more on the Twinkle Twinkle melody and tried to line everything up together.
-try to play the D major scale without looking at your fingers on the finger board. If you close your eyes, you can HEAR if you are playing the correct note 🙂
-Great job today, keep up the great work!

Helpful Videos:

Previous Weeks:

What we practiced this week- November 10th

Ukulele 4:00

Today we:
– Tuned instruments and warmed up on yellow submarine
– Worked on single notes A, B, C pg 15-17
– Played Eleanor Rigby pg. 11
– Please review all chords we’ve done C, F, G, Am, C7
 

Beginning Winds 4:30

Today we:
– Assembled instruments reviewed conducting patterns
– Played through pages 5-6 in our blue book
– Worked on clapping in music and staying in time
– Please practice “Bumper Cars” pg. 6

Beginning Piano 2:40

SUMMARY: 
– fill in the ladders with the CDEFG
– Practiced Hot Cross Buns
– NEW SONG: French Fries
– We worked on not just using one finger, but the correct fingers for Mary Had a Little Lamb
HOMEWORK: 
– Practice Mary Had a Little Lamb!
 

Beginning Violins and Cellos 3:20

SUMMARY: 
– pillow bow holds: make sure there’s enough space between your fingers while holding the bow
– Practiced Mary Had a Little Lamb
HOMEWORK: Mary Had a Little Lamb. Play your instrument every day!
 

Beginning Piano 3:55

SUMMARY: 
– Fill in the Ladders with CDEFG
– Played the Cabbage and Lettuce song together as a duet
– Practiced Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
– our goal was to use the correct fingers for each note
HOMEWORK: Practice Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
 

Strings 4:25

SUMMARY: 
– pillow bow holds: make sure there is enough space between your fingers while holding the bow
– we took a video of the song but I had to sing for some of it to get them together, but I’ll send it!
– practiced Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the D string with the duet
HOMEWORK: practice Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or another piece for a solo next week.

What we practiced this week- November 3rd

Ukulele 4:00

Today we:
– Tuned instruments
– Learned the G chord
– Started learning single note melodies 
– Please practice single notes on pg. 15-16
 

Beginning Winds 4:30

Today we:
– Assembled instruments and discussed practicing techniques
– worked through pages 3-5 in our blue book
– Reviewed basic music theory to identifying notes
– Please practice pgs 4-5

Beginning Piano 2:40

SUMMARY:
– musical alphabet fill in
– firming up my fingers on C D E F G
     – we talked about what firm means (no noodle fingers on the piano and no claws, but firm fingers)
– tried to learn Hot Cross Buns
HOMEWORK: play Hot Cross Buns on page 8
 

Beginning Violins and Cellos 3:20

– C for cello and V for violin songs to learn left hand
– learned E (1 finger on D string) and F# (2 fingers on D String)
HOMEWORK: page 8 and 9 have songs with first and second fingers on D string
 

Beginning Piano 3:55

– musical alphabet fill in
– firming up my fingers: talked about playing on the tips of our fingers. Playing the piano is like bounding a basketball, your fingers can’t be too stiff or too loose, but firm enough to bounce on the keys
– cabbage song and Lettuce song – we tried the duet today! Next week we will do it again
– learned Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and talked about different ways to play it with different fingers
HOMEWORK: 
– cabbage and lettuce songs
– twinkle twinkle little star
 

Strings 4:25

SUMMARY
– learned Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with a turkey sandwich
– gave the harmony part to some students
Homework: practice twinkle twinkle little star

What we practiced this week- October 27th

Ukulele 4:00

Today we:
– Tuned instruments and reviewed strumming
– Worked on pages 8-11
– Played Yellow Submarine, Hokey Pokey, and Eleanor Rigby
– Please practice switching from the F chord to A minor
 

Beginning Winds 4:30

Today we:
– Assembled instruments and reviewed some basics to counting in music
– Played through pages 2-4 in our blue book
– Worked on proper breathing practice and producing a good sound
– Please practice pages 3-4 and review the fingering chart for any notes you don’t know

Beginning Piano 2:40

Halloween song Black Cat
– learned G and E and F (all 5 fingers starting with C)
– played games with Halloween song
Homework: songs with G in the book
 

Beginning Violins and Cellos 3:20

Halloween song Black Cat
– games together
Homework: happy Halloween!
 

Beginning Piano 3:55

Halloween song Black Cat
– games with the song
 

Strings 4:25

Halloween song Black Cat
– games with the song

What we practiced this week- October 20th

Ukulele 4:00

Today we:
– Tuned ukuleles
– Reviewed some chords and learned new strumming patterns
– Played Simon says to review parts of the ukulele
– Please practice new strumming patterns and try playing “Yellow Submarine”
 

Beginning Violins 4:30

Today we:
– Assembled instruments and passed out books
– Learned basic music theory on how to read notes (E,G,B,D,F & F,A,C,E)
– Played through pages 1-2 in Blue book
– Please practice pgs 1-2 and longtones on your instrument

Beginning Piano 2:40

SUMMARY
Halloween witches brew review
-played a bunch of songs together and learned a new song! 
Copy Cat: copied notes and rhythms
HOMEWORK:
Practice Funny Pair for next week
 

Beginning Violins and Cellos 3:20

SUMMARY
Bow hold fishing Review
– took turns “fishing” with our bow holds and reviewed our songs and even learned a new song!
 

Beginning Piano 3:55

SUMMARY
Halloween witches brew review
-played a bunch of songs together and learned a new song! 
Copy Cat: copied notes and rhythms
HOMEWORK:
Practice Mary had a little lamb, hot cross buns, and French fries
 

Strings 4:25

SUMMARY
Bow hold fishing Review
– took turns “fishing” with our bow holds and reviewed our songs and even learned a new song!

What we practiced this week- October 13th

Ukulele 4:00

Today we:
– Welcomed new students and reviewed tuning notes
– Discussed proper posture and worked through beginning few pages in book
– Practiced different strumming techniques and reviewed chords C, F, and A minor
-Please practice tuning ukulele and attempting new strumming patterns on these chords
 

Beginning Violins 4:30

Today we:
– Assembled instruments and produced sound with mouthpieces
– Reviewed last week’s notes and discussed instrument maintenance
– Learned Hot Cross Buns 
– Please practice Hot Cross Buns
Notes for Flute: D,C,Bb  D,C,Bb  Bb,Bb,Bb,C,C,C  D,C,Bb
Notes for Trumpet: E,D,C  E,D,C  C,C,C,D,D,D  E,D,C

Beginning Piano 2:40

SUMMARY

– musical alphabet game – ABCDEFG, CDEFGAB
– Learned 2 new songs: Our First Song, Notes and Rests
HOMEWORK
– Play the songs we practiced in class!

Let’s all remember that in music class we listen for instructions and always play together! We can all have fun when we are mindful of our keyboard sounds.

 

Beginning Violins and Cellos 3:20

SUMMARY

– Performances
– we practiced playing a few songs together 
– Started Back and Forth. It’s tricky! We have 6 D & A’s then three D’s at the end. 
– practiced Bow Holds
– Spider races
HOMEWORK
– practice Back and Forth at home!
 

Beginning Piano 3:55

SUMMARY

– musical alphabet game
– reviewed Mary Had a Little Lamb
– Some learned the next page with 8th notes
– Clapping/meowing game: tried to stay in tempo going around the room clapping or meowing
HOMEWORK: work on either Mary Had a Little Lamb or a new piece
 

Strings 4:25

SUMMARY
– Performances for each other
– Reviewed our song from last week.
– Learned Lightly Row
– practiced playing together
HOMEWORK
– Practice Lightly Row for next week!

What we practiced this week- October 6th

Ukulele 4:00

Today we:
-Worked on tuning and remembering our 4 tuning notes (G,C,E,A)
-Talked about basic strumming patterns
-Started learning 1-finger chords C and A minor
-Practice: Tuning your ukulele and playing C and A Minor chords
 

Beginning Violins 4:30

Today we:
-Discussed instrument safety and how to assemble
-Talked about proper breathing technique
-Started producing our first notes
-Practice: Carefully putting your instrument together and producing your first few notes

Beginning Piano 2:40

Today we:

  • Learned how to find C
  • Learned the difference between playing and resting
  • Learned our finger numbers for the right hand

Let’s all remember that in music class we listen for instructions and always play together! We can all have fun when we are mindful of our keyboard sounds.

 

Beginning Violin 3:10

Today we:

-learned about the parts of the violin

-how to hold our violins,

-how to hold the bow

-learned the Ants song and DAD song!

 

Beginning Piano 3:45

Today we:

– Learned our finger numbers, C D E F G, “Blooming” fingers
– Practiced Mary Had a Little Lamb on page 10.
 

Brown Book Strings 4:15

Today we:
– Learned how to hold instruments
– Parts of the violin and cello
– Ants song all together with violins and cellos
– bow holds on straws