3rd Grade

Happy New Year!

posted Jan 7, 2018, 1:24 PM by Whitney Tandon

Wowzers!  We survived our first winter concerts and made it through winter break!  Now it's freezing cold and we are ready to start working on our bow!  We started a pencil bow hold last class, but don't worry if you missed it -- we'll focus on the bow next class.  In the meantime, here's what you should REALLY work hard on this week:


    A        B        C#      D
Violin/Viola:    0        1         2         3
Cello:                0        1         3        4

We'll practice these notes using the songs on pages 10 and 11.

Also, we're working on Ode To Joy.  You should have labeled the notes on lines 1 and 3.  If you'd like to check your answers, please see below:

Line 1:    F#  F#   G   A        A   G  F#   E         D  D  E  F#         F#        E 

Line 2:    same as line 1, except for last 2 notes.  Can you figure them out?

Line 3:    E   E  F   D            E   F#G   F#  D       E   F#G  F#  E      D   E   A

Line 4:   same as line 2

Good luck!  Don't worry if it feels hard for now. You'll get it!

Ms. Tandon


posted Nov 17, 2017, 9:33 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello Moynihan Strings!

Today, we:

  • Echoed random patterns of notes between D and B (this was hard -- try doing this at home!  Ask a parent to name a group of three or four notes and see if you can fluently play them!)
  • Reviewed concert behavior
  • Reviewed songs #19, 21 and 22 in the book
  • Learned a new concert song:  Good King Wenceslas, #20
  • Practiced Jingle Bells
The assignment for next time is:
  • Concert music!  #19, 20, 21, 22 and Jingle Bells
It's always important to practice performing in front of someone else!  See how focused you can stay, and how great you can make your position.

Here's someone giving a concert to a donkey.  Do you think the donkey likes the music?  I do!


posted Nov 8, 2017, 11:21 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello Moynihan Strings! 

Today, we:
  • Reviewed the DAD song & Hot Cross Buns - by memory!  And then played them as a duet (both songs at the same time).  Can you play both of these by memory?  
  • Reviewed stepping up and down
  • Reviewed the notes of Jingle Bells, writing them and then singing them
  • Played Jingle Bells!
  • Reviewed which songs are concert songs:  
On pages 8-9: Rolling Along, Seminole Chant, Lightly Row
On page 14: Jingle Bells
On a binder sheet: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

  • Then we played Lightly Row, and looked at "Mozart Melody" in the book on page 15 -- this is actually Twinkle Twinkle!!
Amazing how much we got done with only 30 minutes.  Congratulations!!

The assignment for next week is:
CONCERT MUSIC!  Try to play through ALL of the concert music, as many days in a row as you can.  Then perform for a friend or family member!  You could also try making a video of yourself playing so you can watch!  How is your position?  What can you make even better? :)


posted Nov 3, 2017, 11:18 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 12:10 PM ]

Hello again!

What a fantastic class we had today -- two new songs that are very familiar -- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Jingle Bells!  Yay!!

Here's what we did today:
  • Reviewed the idea of stepping UP and DOWN the musical alphabet.  Can you say it forwards... and backwards?
A    B    C    D    E    F    G     A    G    F    E    D    C    B    A    

  ----- stepping up -----                ---- stepping down ------

  • Stepped up our instruments from D to new note B!! (This is played by first finger on the A string -- on the red tape.)
  • Figured out the notes for Twinkle Twinkle!
  • Reviewed some of the concert songs on pages 8-9.
Remember that these are concert songs on those pages:
Rolling Along
Seminole Chant
Lightly Row
  • Started figuring out the notes for Jingle Bells!
After you've tried to label the notes for Jingle Bells, check your answers  below.  Here's what you should have:

line 1:  F# F# F# (rest)       F#F#F# (rest)    F# A  D  E      F# (rest rest rest)

line 2:  G  G  G   G              G  F# F#F#        F#  E E  F#    E (rest)  A (rest)

line 3:  same as line 1

line 4:  G  G  G  G              G  F#  F#  F#      A  A  G  E       D

This week, practice especially hard on Twinkle and Jingle Bells!

Ms. Tandon


posted Oct 27, 2017, 8:59 AM by Whitney Tandon

WOW!  You just continue to impress me!

Today, we:
  • Reviewed how to play D, E, F#, G
  • worked on LOTS of songs on pages 7-8
  • Reviewed the concept of stepping up on the staff, and stepped all the way up the D and A strings!
  • Played "Name That Tune" with "Rolling Along" in the book - it's really Mary Had a Little Lamb!
  • Reviewed ready positions, playing position, and how to bow
The assignment for next week is:
  • ALL of pages 8-9.  Some of these will be concert songs - Rolling Along, Seminole Chant & Lightly Row!
Keep up the great work!
Here's a cool-looking violin for this time of year (DO NOT do this to yours!!!!):


posted Oct 21, 2017, 10:53 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello Moynihan Strings!

Today, we:
  • reviewed playing and ready positions
  • reviewed names of the fingers on the left hand
  • reviewed how to play the notes E, F# and G on the D string
  • reviewed exercises on page 5
  • learned about the musical staff
  • learned how to read the notes D, E, F# & G on the staff
  • practiced writing the notes D, E, F# & G on the staff!
  • started working on page 6!
  • reviewed Hot Cross Buns and Mary Had a Little Lamb

The assignment for next week is:
  • songs #13-17 in the book
Keep up the great work!
Ms. Tandon


posted Oct 13, 2017, 12:02 PM by Whitney Tandon

Happy Friday the 13th!

Today we reviewed the notes on the D string.  PLEASE REVIEW LAST WEEK'S POST (BELOW)!! There are helpful photos!

We reviewed proper ready and playing position, as well as these notes on the D string: D, E (red), F# (yellow).  We also used the power of alphabetical thinking to realize that the next line (blue) would be called G!  So, the notes we can play on the D string are D, E, F# and G.  

We worked on the songs Hot Cross Buns and Mary Had a Little Lamb.  

This week's assignment is to review Hot Cross Buns & Mary Had a Little Lamb.
If you are feeling like those make sense to you, you can go ahead and look at page 6 in the book!

Want to do some baking this weekend?  Here's a RECIPE for Hot Cross Buns!!

All my best,
Mrs. Tandon


posted Oct 5, 2017, 10:58 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 9:25 AM ]

Hello Moynihan strings!

What an exciting day!  
Here's what we did today:
  • Reviewed proper ready and playing positions
  • Reviewed reading pages 4 & 5, including clef, time signature, and bar lines.  Can you explain each of these to your families?
  • Worked on reading & writing open D and open A on the staff.   Then students wrote (or started to write) their own D & A songs, and some performed them for the class!
  • Finally, we started to learn two new notes on the D string:  E and F#.   
is the red tape.  Put 1st finger (pointer) on the D string.

F# ("F sharp") is the yellow tape.  This is played as follows:
Violin/viola: 2 fingers on D string
Cello: 3 fingers on D string


This is the correct shape of the violin/viola hand position.  Notice that her thumb is just peeking over the side of the fingerboard and is sitting next to the first tape, (which is red on your instruments).

Notice also that the wrist is down and relaxed. 


This (on the left) is the correct position 
for cello.  
Notice that her thumb is hidden on the back of the neck.

            Now compare it to the incorrect position below.  See the difference?        

We did this VERY quickly, so if it felt confusing, DON'T WORRY!  We will spend the whole class on this next week.  Just experiment with these new notes this week, and if you feel ready, you can try our new songs (see below).  If not, you can keep reviewing pages 4 & 5 and finish writing your D & A song.

The assignment for next week is:
  • Finish the "Writing D and A" worksheet.
  • Try to practice the new page in the binder using our new notes:  Hot Cross Buns and Mary Had a Little Lamb (front/back of same sheet).  If you don't feel ready, review pages 4 & 5 and just experiment with playing our new notes.

See you soon!



posted Sep 29, 2017, 9:20 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello Moynihan strings!

GREAT job today!  

Here's what we did:
  • Reviewed the quiet signal, and ready position: instrument forward (on left knee for violins/violas), left hand around neck, body sitting up tall and mouth closed.
  • Reviewed playing position!  How professional can you look? Try to teach your family ready and playing positions.
  • Played the Ant Song as a class.  Then, we made up a "Food Song" to name the strings a different way!
  • Reviewed quarter notes and quarter rests.  Be sure to FEEL a beat on the rest -- bend your knees, bop your head, something -- rests have feelings too! 
  • Played the DAD Song as a class.
  • Started page 4 in the book.
The assignment for next time is:
  • Pages 4 and 5 in the book.  Check off in the practice chart each day you practice!  4 or more gets a sticker.

Here is a very silly video of an orchestra plucking a famous piece of music called "Plink, Plank, Plunk!"

Welcome to Strings!

posted Sep 15, 2017, 9:30 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Sep 17, 2017, 3:46 AM ]

We will be using Essential Elements Interactive, an online tool that connects with your child's book.  Stay tuned (ha ha) for more information on that program once we get it up and running!

For now, here are some fun videos to inspire you as you start your journey with your instrument:





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