5th Grade


Week of 5/13

posted May 20, 2018, 12:14 PM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated May 20, 2018, 12:23 PM ]

Hello 5th Graders!


This week we're working on fine-tuning our concert music, and at most schools I handed out some options for demo music (if you didn't get it, you'll get it on Monday).  Please be sure to look it all over and start thinking about what you want to do for the demos as well as being sure you can play all of the concert music without hesitation.  If you can't yet, it's time to kick up your practicing!  Do your part as a member of the team!

See you soon,
Ms. Tandon

Week of May 7

posted May 7, 2018, 12:57 PM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated May 10, 2018, 6:27 PM ]

Hello 4th Graders!

This week I am handing out our grand finale for Spring String Thing, "When the Saints go Marching in."  Learn it this week!
Here's a little video to inspire you :)


And here's one with no words, but super fabulous!



Please be sure you can play to the end of all of our orchestra pieces this week. Focus especially on the 2nd half of Rhythms of Africa and Jericho Journey.   Also, start to think of pieces you enjoy playing and might want to use for a demo.  We'll start working on this together soon!

Finally, if you'd like to hear/play along with the version of When the Saints go Marching in that we'll be playing in the concert with grades 3-5 combined, please click on the MP3 file below.

See you soon,

Ms. Tandon

Happy May!

posted May 6, 2018, 6:47 PM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th grade!
Sorry I haven't posted in a while! We've been working hard on the concert music and then had Spring break.   Great job with the auditions for Rondeau as well!

In our orchestra music, please be sure you're working on 37-55 in Jericho Journey, and starting around measure 38 in Rondeau.  In Rhythms of Africa, you should work especially around the key change.

This week - practice as many major/minor scales as you can, and all pieces the whole way through.

How about practicing your note reading this week: click HERE to play Name that Note!

See you soon,
Ms. Tandon

Week of April 2

posted Apr 2, 2018, 7:35 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Apr 4, 2018, 10:30 AM ]

Hello 5th graders!

Here's what we're doing this week:
- Reviewing the F major and D minor scales and arpeggios at the end of the book
- Reviewing last week's book assignment, "In the Bleak Midwinter," part A.
- Working on Jericho Journey to measure 31

- Other orchestra music!  Let's see how much we can add to Rondeau and Rhythms of Africa.

As I mentioned... here is "Rondeau" in the opening theme from Masterpiece Theater:

And here is Monsterpiece Theater :)


FOR NEXT WEEK -- keep going with orchestra music AND learn "In the Bleak Midwinter" part B.  See you soon!


Week of 3/26

posted Mar 26, 2018, 9:32 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 10:27 AM ]

Hi folks!


Here's what we're doing this week:

In lessons:
  • Reviewing Chromatic Scales
  • Reviewing F major and D minor (B flat in key signature)
  • Working on Jericho Journey.  
  • Book: Adding E flat, reviewing the practice challenge from last week, 
In orchestra:
  • Working on Rondeau and Rhythms of Africa!
The assignment for next week is:
  • Scale sheet - as many as you can do!  And chromatic scale.
  • Rondeau - to m. 28
  • Jericho - to m. 28
  • Africa - to m. 33
  • Book - #160, part A

Here are two fun -- and totally different --  recordings of  the song, "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho," that our Jericho Journey is based on:





Practice hard - it's the last week of the March Madness practice challenge!  
See you soon!
Ms. Tandon

Week of 3/19

posted Mar 22, 2018, 8:26 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

We are off to a great start with our new music!   See last week's post for recordings, and be sure to listen to them.  Be sure to get a good start on practicing them this week!

This week, please review your scale sheet.
In the book, please review the FLAT pages to be sure you understand how to play flats.
Work on #114 -- see how fast you can get it!  Remember BOTH flats!

Ms. Tandon

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!

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