Westside Neighborhood School

Mondays (2:45PM - 5:00PM)

Practice the following topics this week- November 14th

Blue Book Violin 2:45

Today we:

  • Reviewed guitar position and posture
  • Reviewed the names of the strings
  • Reviewed quarter notes, quarter rests and the music staff
  • Played pg. 6 and pg. 8 #1, #2, #3 in guitar position

 

Homework: Practice opening the case, and playing pg. 6 and pg. 8 in your book. Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

Ukulele 3:15

Today we:

  • Reviewed C7 chord and played “Hokey Pokey” with recording
  • Reviewed Am chord and practiced “Eleanor Rigby” with recording, keeping a steady beat
  • Reviewed measures 1-4 and 7-8 of the melody for “Are You Strumming” and learned m. 5-6.


Homework: Practice pg. 8-11 in book. Experienced students practice the melody of “Are You Strumming”. Remember not to turn the tuning pegs. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday.

Brown Book Violin 3:45

Today we:

  • Reviewed posture and playing position
  • Introduced left hand position and E on the D string
  • Played Old MacDonald pizzicato (Mira)



Homework: Practice holding the instrument in playing position with the new left hand position. Practice songs on pgs. 2-6 in playing position. Practice Old MacDonald with bow (Mira). Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case if you’ve never used it before. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

Brown Book Violin 4:15

Today we:

 

  • Reviewed posture and playing position
  • Introduced left hand position and E on the D string
  • Played Old MacDonald pizzicato (Mira)



Homework: Practice holding the instrument in playing position with the new left hand position. Practice songs on pgs. 2-6 in playing position. Practice Old MacDonald with bow (Mira). Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case if you’ve never used it before. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

Blue Book Winds 4:45

Today we:

  • Reviewed how to sit with good posture and take a deep breath
  • Practiced long tones on mouthpiece/head joint
  • Reviewed how to tongue to start the sound
  • Reviewed quarter notes and played through p. 2 & 3
  • Sizzled and fingered through #49 (Sitara)

 

Homework: Practice making long sounds and tonguing on your mouthpiece/head joint, posture and breathing, playing pg. 2 & 3. Practice pg. 25 #49 & 50 (Sitara). Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

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What we practiced this week- November 7th

  • Blue Book Violin 2:45

    Today we:

     

    • Reviewed guitar position and posture
    • Reviewed the names of the strings
    • Introduced quarter notes, quarter rests and the music staff
    • Played pg. 6 and pg. 8 #1 & #2 in guitar position

     

    Homework: Practice opening the case, and playing pg. 6 and pg. 8 in your book. Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Ukulele 3:15

    Today we:

    • Reviewed switching between the F and C chords
    • Played “Yellow Submarine” with recording
    • Introduced C7 chord and played “Hokey Pokey” with recording
    • Introduced Am chord and practiced “Eleanor Rigby” with and without recording
    • Learned measures 1-4 and 7-8 of the melody for “Are You Strumming” (CDEC CDEC EFG EFG CGC CGC)

     

    Homework: Practice pg. 8-11 in book. Experienced students practice the melody of “Are You Strumming” (CDEC CDEC EFG EFG CGC CGC). Remember not to turn the tuning pegs. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 



     

    Brown Book Violin 3:45

    Today we:

    • Reviewed posture and playing position
    • Played songs on pgs. 3-6 plucking in playing position
    • Played pg 20 with bow lifts and introduced Old McDonald (Mira)
    • Reviewed/Learned bow hold

     

    Homework: Practice holding the instrument in playing position. Practice songs on pgs. 2-6 in playing position. Practice Old McDonald (Mira). Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case if you’ve never used it before. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Brown Book Violin 4:15

    Today we:

    • Reviewed posture and playing position
    • Played songs on pgs. 3-6 plucking in playing position
    • Played pg 20 with bow lifts and introduced Old McDonald (Mira)
    • Reviewed/Learned bow hold

     

    Homework: Practice holding the instrument in playing position. Practice songs on pgs. 2-6 in playing position. Practice Old McDonald (Mira). Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case if you’ve never used it before. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Blue Book Winds 4:45

    Today we:

    • Reviewed how to sit with good posture and take a deep breath
    • Practiced long tones on mouthpiece/head joint
    • Learned how to tongue to start the sound
    • Played #4 on pg. 1
    • Introduced quarter notes and played m. 1 & 2 of #5 (pg. 2)
    • Played through “Polly Wolly Doodle” and #48 (Sitara)

     

    Homework: Practice making long sounds on your mouthpiece/head joint, posture and breathing, putting together and holding your instrument, playing #1-5 on pg. 1 & 2. Practice pg. 25 #49 & 50 (Sitara). Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

What we practiced this week- October 17th

  • Blue Book Violin 2:45

    Today we:

    • Reviewed how to open the case correctly and get safely into rest position
    • Reviewed how to sit when we play (edge of the chair, heels under knees, back straight)
    • Reviewed guitar position and plucked our strings (GDAE)

    Homework: Practice opening the case, handling the instrument carefully, and plucking the strings in guitar position. Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Ukulele 3:15

    Today we:

    • Reviewed the C and F chords by playing  “Are You Strumming” and “Strum the Uke” with the recording
    • Practiced switching between the F and C chords
    • Played “Yellow Submarine” with recording
    • Experienced students learned the first two measures of the melody for “Are You Strumming” (CDEC CDEC)
     

    Brown Book Violin 3:45

    Today we:

     

    • Reviewed how to take care of our instruments and open the case correctly
    • Reviewed the parts of the violin
    • Reviewed posture, rest and guitar position
    • Plucked our strings (GDAE) in guitar position
    • Reviewed/learned how to hold the violin in playing position and pluck the strings
    • Played Line 1 in the book pg 2
    • Reviewed symbols for up bow and down bow, learned how to do a bow lift (Mira)

     

    Homework: Practice opening the case and plucking strings in guitar position and playing position. Practice Line 1 in the book (pg. 2). Practice bow lifts on pg. 20 (Mira). Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case if you’ve never used it before. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Brown Book Violin 4:15

    • Reviewed posture and rest position
    • Reviewed/learned how to hold the violin in playing position and pluck the strings
    • Played Lines 1, 2 and 3 in the book pg 2
    • Played #50 on pg 20 with bow lifts (Mira)

     

    Homework: Practice holding the instrument in playing position. Practice Lines 1, 2, 3 & 4 in the book (pg. 2). Practice bow lifts on pg. 20 (Mira). Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case if you’ve never used it before. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Blue Book Winds 4:45

    Today we:

    • Reviewed how to sit with good posture and take a deep breath
    • Reviewed how to hold the flute with the home keys and play D
    • Learned how to play Eb and F and practiced switching between notes (flute)
    • Learned how to oil our valves (trumpets)
    • Reviewed whole notes and quarter rests
    • Played #1, 2 & 3 on pg. 1
    • Reviewed eighth note rhythms, learned fingering for Bb and sight read through Polly Wolly Doodle (Sitara)

     

    Homework: Practice making long sounds on your mouthpiece/head joint, posture and breathing, putting together and holding your instrument, playing #1-4 on pg. 1. Practice Polly Wolly Doodle pg. 22 (Sitara). Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

What we practiced this week- October 10th

  • Blue Book Violin 2:45

    Today we:

    • Reviewed how to take care of our instruments and open the case correctly
    • Named the parts of the violin
    • Reviewed rest position
    • Learned how to sit when we play (edge of the chair, heels under knees, back straight)

    Homework: Practice opening the case and handling the instrument carefully. Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Ukulele 3:15

    Today we:

    • Reviewed how to take care of our instruments
    • Reviewed the names of the strings
    • Strummed patterns with our open strings (GCEA)
    • Learned how to read a chord chart
    • Learned how to play C and F chords
    • Played “Are You Strumming” and “Strum the Uke” with the recording

    Homework: Memorize the names of the strings and make up your own patterns to play. Practice “Are You Strumming” and “Strum the Uke”. Remember not to turn the tuning pegs. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Brown Book Violin 3:45

    Today we:

    • Reviewed how to take care of our instruments and open the case correctly
    • Reviewed the parts of the violin
    • Reviewed posture, rest and guitar position
    • Plucked our strings (GDAE) in guitar position
    • Reviewed/learned how to hold the violin in playing position and pluck the strings
    • Played Line 1 in the book pg 2
    • Reviewed symbols for up bow and down bow, learned how to do a bow lift (Mira)

    Homework: Practice opening the case and plucking strings in guitar position and playing position. Practice Line 1 in the book (pg. 2). Practice bow lifts on pg. 20 (Mira). Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case if you’ve never used it before. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Brown Book Violin 4:15

    • Reviewed how to take care of our instruments and open the case correctly
    • Reviewed the parts of the violin
    • Reviewed posture, rest and guitar position
    • Plucked our strings (GDAE) in guitar position
    • Reviewed/learned how to hold the violin in playing position and pluck the strings
    • Played Line 1 in the book pg 2
    • Reviewed symbols for up bow and down bow, learned how to do a bow lift (Mira)

     

    Homework: Practice opening the case and plucking strings in guitar position and playing position. Practice Line 1 in the book (pg. 2). Practice bow lifts on pg. 20 (Mira). Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case if you’ve never used it before. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

    Blue Book Winds 4:45

    Today we:

    • Reviewed how to take care of our instruments and open the case correctly
    • Practiced making long steady sounds on our mouthpieces/head joint
    • Reviewed how to put our instruments together
    • Learned how to sit with good posture and take a deep breath
    • Reviewed how to hold the trumpet and play our first note C
    • Learned how to hold the flute with the home keys and play D
    • Learned how to play E (Trumpets)
    • Learned about whole notes and quarter rests
    • Played Line 1 on pg. 1
    • Reviewed “Ode to Joy” (Sitara)

    Homework: Practice making long sounds on your mouthpiece/head joint, posture and breathing, putting together and holding your instrument, playing your first notes C & E (trumpets), D (Flute). Review eighth notes on pg. 12 (Sitara). Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

What we practiced this week- October 3rd

  • K-1st Violin: All present

     

    • Learned how to take care of our instruments and open the case correctly
    • Named the parts of the violin
    • Learned rest and guitar position
    • Plucked our strings (GDAE) in guitar position

     

    Homework: Practice opening the case and plucking strings in guitar position. Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Ukulele: All present

     

    • Learned how to take care of our instruments
    • Named the parts of the ukulele
    • Learned how to hold the ukulele
    • Strummed patterns with our open strings (GCEA)

     

    Homework: Memorize the names of the strings and make up your own patterns to play. Remember not to turn the tuning pegs. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    2nd/4th Violin: All present

     

    • Reviewed how to take care of our instruments and open the case correctly
    • Reviewed the parts of the violin
    • Reviewed rest and guitar position
    • Plucked our strings (GDAE) in guitar position

     

    Homework: Practice opening the case and plucking strings in guitar position. Remember not to turn the tuning pegs or take the bow out of the case if you’ve never used it before. Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday. 

     

    Winds: All present

     

    • Learned how to take care of our instruments and open the case correctly
    • Named the parts of our instruments
    • Learned how to make a sound on our mouthpieces/head joint
    • Learned how to put our instruments together
    • Learned how to hold the trumpet and play our first note C

     

    Homework: Practice opening the case, making sounds on your mouthpiece/head joint, putting your instrument together, playing your first note C (trumpets). Remember to bring your instrument and book every Monday.