Ms. Daniel

Beginner Orchestra High Strings- What to practice (Week of February 10th)

Hopscotch, Essential Elements p. 8 # 17

Pick TWO bowing exercises from Essential Elements p. 16 & 17 to practice each day

Monkey Song- How to practice is listed below :)

  • Play on the D string
  • Start by singing finger numbers (students pluck once per line while singing)
  • Then sing note names (Students continue to pluck once per line while singing)
  • Then proceed to Pepperoni Pizza rhythm (bowing or plucking)

(D) See a little monkey

(E) Climbing up the ladder

(F#) Climbing up so high to 

(G) Pick a pink banana


(G) See a little monkey

(F#) Climbing down the ladder

(E) Climbing down so low to 

(D) Eat the pink banana 

Intermediate Orchestra- What to practice (week of February 10th)

G string notes- Essential Elements p. 26, # 93-96

G Major Scale- Essential Elements p. 27, #98

Power Rock- Practice measures 1 through 21

Strive to play with big bows with beautiful sound in ALL practice assignments. :) 


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Beginner Orchestra High String- What to practice (Late January through first week of February 2020)

Left Hand Practice 

Essential Elements p. 7, #15 (Walking Song) and p. 8, # 17 (Hop Scotch)

Go through your left hand check list! :) 

  • Thumb on your first finger tape, pointed UP towards the ceiling 
  • Straight wrist
  • Tunnel fingers (place the tips of your fingers on the string) 

At this point students should know all "D string" notes and be able to correctly identity them on the staff. You can find this information on p. 6 of Essential Elements if you need review. 

Bow Practice

Essential Elements p. 16 and 17, # 47-53

Pick three bow exercises (from # 47-53) to practice each day. Watch out for these things when practicing with your bow! 1) Correct bow direction, down and up bows. 2) Make sure the middle of your bow on "the road." 3) Don't forget about good posture! :) Watch your bow move across the string when you're playing. It really helps! 

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Beginner Orchestra High Strings - Week of 1/6

Left hand practice- Essential Elements p. 6-8, exercises #10-15, 17

Go through your left hand check list! :) 

  • Thumb on your first finger tape, pointed UP towards the ceiling 
  • Straight wrist
  • Tunnel fingers (place the tips of your fingers on the string)

Bow practice- Play "pepperoni pizza" and "run pony run pony"  rhythms on the D string

  • Make sure to place the middle of your bow "on the road." 
  • Try to play each rhythm 4 times on the D string with good sound. 

Tally Intermediate - Week of 1/6

  • D Major scale- Play with good posture, straight big bows, and good sound. Listen for accurate pitch! :)
  • Can-Can- Practice both A and B lines with the repeat
  • First Scale March- Focus on the sections that switch between "arco" and "pizz"

Renfroe Orchestra - Week of 1/6

  • Gauntlet- pay extra attention to B flats and F naturals!
  • Apollo Suite- practice with the metronome! Play beyond the notes. Focus on dynamics, articulation, and good sound.