5th Grade

New Music!

posted Mar 15, 2018, 10:14 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Congratulations on a phenomenal String Jamboree!

Here are the new pieces we'll be playing:

RONDEAU (our arrangement):

RONDEAU (as originally written):

Week of 3/5

posted Mar 7, 2018, 11:18 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Happy almost concert!  Here is what we're doing this week:

  • CONCERT!  Making sure everything is solid, particularly bowing and ending of Battlesong, and Cascade 76-end. What are your last remaining trouble spots? Can you make yourself super confident on them?
  • Don't forget to mark all of your great practice on your March Madness calendar!  If you've lost yours, you can print a new one out below.
See you at String Jamboree!
Ms. Tandon

Week of 2/26

posted Feb 26, 2018, 10:14 AM by Whitney Tandon

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful vacation.

Here's what we're doing this week:

  • Reviewing Major/Minor Scales
  • Playing through #127, Shalom Chaverim & #128, the Snake Charmer
  • Reviewing F Major (p. 21) 
  • Cascade Afternoon measures 76-end careful review, and running piece
  • Battlesong - all
The assignment for next week is:
  • Scales - as many as you can do on the scale sheet!
  • NEW in the book: #98, 105, 107
  • ALL String Jamboree music!
Start the March Madness practice challenge on Thursday this week!!

In case you lose your calendar, I'm attaching it below...

Week of 2/12

posted Feb 12, 2018, 10:31 AM by Whitney Tandon

Here's what we're doing this week:

  • Reviewing "Relative" Major and Minor and reading through a scale sheet
  • Looking at page 28 in the book and trying #126 in a 2 and 4-part round
  • Reviewing 57-75 in Battlesong and running whole piece
  • Cascade - working on measure 76 - end
Your assignment for next week is:
  • Page 28 in the book
  • Cascade - 76 - end
  • Battlesong - all!
  • String Jam Twinkle!

Week of 2/5

posted Feb 5, 2018, 10:17 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!  
Here's what we're up to this week:

  • Reviewing RELATIVE MAJOR & MINOR scales
  • Battlesong: 
- finalizing 37-53 

- playing beginning to 57!  If you can't do this yet, you need to practice more please!!

- adding 75 to the end (it's just like 23!)
  • Cascade Afternoon:
- working on G to end

Here is a recording of a symphonic BAND playing Battlesong.  What do you think?



Week of 1/29

posted Feb 1, 2018, 10:52 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello folks!

Here's what we have been doing this week:

  • Reviewing the C, G, D and A Major scales
  • Had "speed showdowns" for "Sitka City" in the book
  • Started working on Relative Minor scales!  To get to a relative minor, start with your MAJOR key signature and go to step 6.  That is the note of your relative minor!  Here's an example:
C Major: no sharps

C  D   E  F  G  A  B  C
1   2   3  4  5   6  7   8

Since A is the 6th step, if you start there and play a scale with no sharps, you will be playing the relative minor scale: A minor.

  • Next we kept working on Battlesong -- most schools can get to measure 53!  Keep working if you're not there yet!
Here is a video we watched of a 7th grade (!) orchestra performing Battlesong.  Please watch it and pay attention to the quality of their sound, their bow control, etc.  Can we sound this good? Let's try!

  • Cascade Afternoon: we continued with C to E.  
The assignment for next week is:  go CRAZY with practicing concert music!!  Master the sections we've worked on together and continue with Battlesong especially. 

See you soon!
Ms. Tandon

Week of 1/15

posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:33 PM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th Graders!

Here's what we did this week:
  • Reviewed scales in the keys of C, G, D and A Major (can you play them all?)
  • Battlesong: reviewed the first few measures for bowing, power & rhythm, and worked together on m. 15-23
  • Cascade Afternoon: reviewed the section we've learned from B-C, working especially on the last four measures before C.
  • Cascade Afternoon: worked a bit on the opening, especially mastering the rhythm for cello/bass, and starting to master the "finger twisters" for violin/viola.
The assignment for next week is:
  • Battlesong: to measure 33!
  • Cascade Afternoon: beginning to C!

Happy New Year!

posted Jan 11, 2018, 10:02 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Congratulations on your excellent winter concert performances!  I hope you are as excited as I am to start our new material!

Please begin your warmups this week with the following scales:

C Major (no sharps)
G Major (1 sharp: F#)
D Major (2 sharps:  F#, C#)
A Major (3 sharps: F#, C#, G#)

Then get right to work on our new orchestra pieces:

Cascade Afternoon - no recording available to put online yet, but we've listened to it together and worked hard on the rhythm at B - work this week on confidently playing from B to C.

Battlesong (click on title for recording) - please be able to confidently play at least to measure 23 for next week.

See you soon,
Ms. Tandon

Week of November 13

posted Nov 15, 2017, 9:59 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Here's what we're doing this week:
  • Reviewing Fiddle Faddle Hoedown: can you keep the tempo CALM and relaxed, with nice loose wrist and elbow motion?  Can you play the melody with confidence, and then stay rhythmically accurate when you are the accompaniment (like in pizz sections)??
  • Working on Legends of Glory: can we play from 1-57, then jump to 87? We'll practice especially hard on measures 33-37.
  • Reviewing Gap of Dunloe and how to really follow a three-beat conducting pattern.
For next time:
  • Make sure you are 100% confident on orchestra music! If not, isolate tricky sections and work through them! You can do it!!
  • And remember, it's always good practice to play in front of someone else...

Week of November 6

posted Nov 7, 2017, 6:42 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Hard to believe we're into November and now only a few weeks away from our winter concert!

This week, please:

  • Review our concert music!  Fiddle Faddle Hoedown, Legends of Glory (hopefully to 69), Gap of Dunloe, and (new) Jingle Bells with 5th Grade Only part.
  • Have someone in your family make a video of you playing at least some of these pieces.  Then watch and listen to your performance.   
Do you know all the notes?  Mark any stumble spots and work on those spots with careful repetition until you KNOW them!

-  Are you playing with a clear, strong sound?  Could you make adjustments in how much bow you're using, or what part of the bow you're using?

- How is your left hand position -- are you reaching notes accurately and keeping your wrist rounded?

- How is your bow hold?  Is your pinky relaxed, or is it locking?

- Do you look and sound confident and relaxed? :)

Be your OWN best teacher this week!  Give a little extra oomph so that you are ready and FEEL GOOD.  Everyone is part of the team!

Ms. Tandon

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