4th Grade

Week of 11/13

posted Nov 13, 2018, 6:28 PM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated ]

Hello friends!

This week, here's what we're doing:
  • CONCERT PREP!  Our concerts are in four weeks.  We will start by reviewing Frosty and then will hopefully play through everything.  You should definitely be familiar with all of Dragon and Grasshopper, and working on playing with a straight bow, fingers in tune, strong sound, and steady beat.  Keep working on playing along with the recordings I have put on here.
  • Making a change to Grasshopper:  when we do the D.S. (dal segno -- return to the "sign"), I have decided that instead of returning to measure 5, we will return to measure 30.  We'll practice this together.
The assignment for next week is:
  • The practice schedule is super important this week!  Take a look at it and you'll see why!  You can print it out below.  Can't wait to see what you do with it!  Please do make an extra effort to fill in the blanks.

If you'd like to try playing along with recordings of a professional orchestra playing our pieces, click on the titles below!

All my best,
Ms. Tandon

Week of 11/5

posted Nov 6, 2018, 10:58 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 11:45 AM ]

Hello 4th graders!

Here's what we're doing this week:

  • Starting Frosty the Snowman!
  • Working on all of our concert music -- trying to get the whole way through!
The assignment for next week is:
  • Concert music!  Try to get to the end of everything (including Frosty).  I am including recordings of each part of each piece (except Frosty) below, and I'll also try to put them on EEi.  Try playing along with your part and see where you stumble. See if you can play with the recording by your next lesson!
See below for recordings, and also the practice schedule is attached below.
Ms. Tandon

Week of 10/29

posted Oct 29, 2018, 10:24 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Oct 30, 2018, 9:24 AM ]

Hello 4th graders!

Here's what we're doing this week:
  • Practicing as much as we can of both of our orchestra pieces.
  • Listening to some of each other's compositions!
  • Meeting a new friend:  SPIFFY THE SPIDER :)

The assignment for next week is:
  • Dragon Slayer -  m. 37-53 -- which will mean you have learned the whole piece!  There are SO MANY repeated measures in this section -- can you find them??
  • Grasshopper - m. 13-21 

For both:  try to label as LITTLE as possible!  Instead, look for patterns, practice small groups of measures, notice if notes step up or down, etc.  Please at least try not to label your D's and A's -- you should be now very confident with the notes from last year, and feeling great about our "new" (not new anymore) notes!!!  If you're still feeling uneasy about note-reading, please practice with flash cards every day! 

  • And - RECORD #116 (Song for ...) on EEi and send it to me! :)  You can use any accompaniment you like, or none at all.  Have fun!!!  

Week of 10/22

posted Oct 22, 2018, 9:26 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 10:01 AM ]

Hello 4th graders!

This week, we'll:

  • Review /echo patterns in slurs
  • Review Song for Maria (#116 in the book) from last week
  • Work on writing our own song.  Here are the rules!
1. It has to start on LOW A.
2. The first two measures should be basically the SAME as the last two measures, though you can change them very slightly if you want.  
3. It has to END on LOW A.

I encourage you to try to make your middle two measures something DIFFERENT from the first two -- change the rhythm?  Add a slur? Make it have long, slow notes if you've been using mostly fast? Or the opposite?  Maybe add some dynamics (louds and softs)?   Use some repeated notes or lots of rests?  

Once you have it all written, try playing through it and see what it makes you think of.  Then give it a title! 
THEN RECORD IT ON EEI!!  Go to "music studio," then "all recordings" and do it there.  Submit it to me so I can hear it!

The assignment for next week is:
  • Review Song for Maria again until you can play it seamlessly.
  • Work on your own song.


Week of 10/15

posted Oct 16, 2018, 6:10 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 7:25 PM ]

Hello 4th graders!

We are really getting the hand of our new notes and our new friend the SLUR!  Great job!

This week we have only ONE new piece in the book: #116.  In class we changed the title to dedicate it to someone we care about ("Song For Mom,"  "Song For Fluffy," "Song for Grandpa Joe", etc.).  Your goal is to play it for this person (or pet, etc.) at the end of this week!  It is only 8 measures long, and the first two measures of each line are the same.  So, altogether you are learning 6 new measures of music.  That is definitely do-able for everyone who makes the time to practice!

I'm also asking you to please review the measures you've been asked to work on in Orchestra so far.  Use this week as a catch-up if you've fallen behind, or to really become a master and leader if you're feeling comfortable (maybe even erase some labeled notes so you can pay attention to rhythm, dynamics, etc!).   

The practice schedule is attached below and will be very helpful to see what to do with the Orchestra music this week!!
Also, a recording of #116 in the book is attached below.  Please listen!  And -- try it on EEi!

All my best,
Ms. Tandon

Week of 10/9

posted Oct 10, 2018, 5:59 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 4th graders!

This week in lessons (may vary a bit from school to school):
  • We will review slurs and have a contest to see who can slur the most notes!
  • We will play a scale slurring 2, 4 and 8 notes!
  • We will review #109-112
  • We will add slurs to #106 and play this familiar song with a new twist!
  • I will introduce the concept of slurring across strings.
In orchestra our goal is:
  • Review measures 11-27 in Dragon Slayer
  • Review measures 5-13 in Grasshopper, and notice that 21-30 are almost exactly the same!

  • #113-115 in the book
  • Grasshopper: 21-30
  • Dragon: 1-11  


posted Oct 1, 2018, 1:01 PM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 4th graders!

BIG NEWS THIS WEEK -- we are not doing Strings Royale for the winter concert!  I've decided to postpone it until the next concert.  Instead, I'll be handing out this week music for our new piece:  At The Grasshopper Ball.  

This week in lessons:
  • We'll do a "section showdown" to see who can name our new notes in 8 seconds or less!
  • We'll review Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • We'll learn a new concept : slurs! 

A slur connects more than one note in the same bow.  How many notes can you slur together?

In orchestra we'll play This Old Man (from the book), do some new note reading review, and start working on Dragon Slayer and At the Grasshopper Ball.

The assignment for next week is:
  • Page 11 in the book - Slurs!
  • Dragon Slayer and Grasshopper Ball -- see practice schedule for specific measures

Week of 9/24

posted Sep 24, 2018, 9:47 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 4th graders!

Here's what we're doing in lessons this week:
  • Reviewing the new notes G, A, B and C and echoing them in patterns.
  • Playing #98, the G Major scale.
  • Sightreading #99 by looking at the first note and the direction the notes are moving in!
  • Reviewing Baa Baa Black Sheep and This Old Man.
In orchestra, we'll get some good work done on Strings Royale and we'll start Dragon Slayer!  

(Strings Royale recording: scroll down a few posts.)

The assignment for next week is:
  • Book #119-121
  • Orchestra music- measures as indicated on Practice Schedule (handed out in class and attached below -- USE IT! It will help!!)

Week of 9/17

posted Sep 18, 2018, 5:40 PM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 4th graders!

This week we are working on training our eyes and ears.   In orchestra, we will work on following a conductor, breathing as we play, feeling a 4-beat pattern, starting and stopping together, and beginning work on Strings Royale.

In lessons:
  • Students will receive flashcards practicing the new notes on page 26!  These notes make the bottom of the G Major scale.
  • We will play through the exercises on page 26
  • If time, we'll work on #97-99.
The assignment for next time is:
  • Book: #100-102
  • Start Strings Royale!
Practice schedule is attached below.  Have a great week!

Welcome to 4th Grade!

posted Sep 16, 2018, 8:33 PM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 4th graders!

I am so excited to be working with you!  

Here are recordings of two of our pieces for this year's winter concert.  Click on the titles to listen.

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