From Mrs. Erika:
Review Violin Hold (see if they can keep it up without their hand holding it). Try to keep it up for 2 Twinkle Variations
Arm Scrubs: Start from elbow and scrub down to the wrist “Dirty Doggy Scrub Scrub”
Review Bow Hold: the ring finger should touch the sticker I put on the frog, and the thumb should touch the metal of the frog. Make sure they are still making a circle with the middle fingers.
Once in a good bow hold, sing the Bow Song, and try to keep the good bow hold while moving around.
Shoulder Bowing: With a good bow hold, put the bow on the left shoulder. The elbow should be at a right angle, creating a “square” with the body.
Guide your students arm by gently supporting the right elbow (we don’t want it to drop) and moving the bow by holding the stick. Make sure you start from the “square” and open the elbow up. The bow should remain on the shoulder.
Use the Mississippi Hot Dog Rhythm. Try to do this at least 8 times in a row once you get the hang of it.
Your Turn My Turn: We did this a couple weeks ago, where we start putting the bow on the violin and helping them move it, and then letting them try on their own. Only attempt this if their violin and bow hold, and shoulder bowing are looking good and not stressing them out.
Each and Every Ant: Work on including the singing with this. If possible try to get them to match the pitch of the strings.
Each Each Each Each and Every
Ant Ant Ant Digging in the
Dirt Dirt Dirt All the way to
Greece Greece Greece
Mississippi Hot Dog on Open A pausing between each one.
Parents check between each attempt:
-violin posture is still good (no slouching and flat violin)
-bow placement (start from “square”, the right angle in the elbow)
-arm is opening up and then returning to square
-bow is between the bridge and fingerboard
-elbow does not sag
-bow is tracking straight. You can do the your turn my turn game to help keep it straight and also make sure there is enough weight in the string
A string Concerto:
8 Mississippi Hot Dogs in a Row without stopping
Preview: E string Concerto.
If your student has played before, they can try the same thing as A string concerto but on the E string.
More Advanced Students: Keep working on the Monkey Song and Pickle Song if they learned it last year
Monkey Song: Sing it first, then try on the violin, pausing before each new finger to give them time to put it down.
Parents that are guiding fingers should be careful that the wrist stays straight (no “pizza man wrist” or “Pancake wrist”) and that the fingers are rounded, creating an arch shape.
Resources For Preludio:
The following link has many pictures of a correct bow hold from many angles for your reference.
Bow Hand Dot Photos: Attached below
Below is your theory homework for the week:
Theory homework: Theory Book One-Page 8_Time Signature