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Hello! Ms. Larrabee here! I am one of the third grade teachers here at Harrison! We departmentalize, and I teach Mathematics, Science, and Writing. Please reach out via Classdojo, or email if you have any questions or concerns. 

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Harrison Strings Activity-Lesson Plans 

May 11 to May 15, 2020

 

My joke of the week is hidden on this page.  Can you find it?

 

Earn THREE EXTRA JOKES

Watch:  The 1812 Overture - then answer FIVE QUESTIONS

https://classicalmusiconly.com/work/pyotr-ilyich-tchaikovsky/1812-overture-op-49-rg26/tv (you may need to copay and paste the link)

Peter Illich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer.

The 1812 Overture is about a war.

There are actual canon shots in this music!

It begins with a quiet part, indicating people praying before the war.

It soon gets much faster and loud, indicating the fighting in the war.

If you send me an email with your answers to these five questions, I’ll send you THREE EXTRA JOKES!  Be sure to CC (copy) one of your parents on the email.

 

1.    Canon shots are actually part of the written orchestra music!  In this performance, are the canon shots played by a bsss drum, a shotgun shooting into a trash can, or real canons?

2.    Does this orchestra have more violins, or cellos?

3.    During the performance, an extra group of musicians appears.  They are in army uniforms playing along with the orchestra.  Are they on the floor or up in the balcony?

4.    Is the extra group in the balcony playing string or brass instruments?

5.    After the orchestra music ends, then do you hear church bells, or a choir singing, or a rifle shot? SEND ME AN EMAIL WITH YOUR FIVE ANSWERS.  I’LL REPLY WITH THREE NEW JOKES!

 TUNING 

If your instrument sounds OK, don’t adjust the tuning.

If it sounds out-of-tune:

·        Adjust the fine-tuner screws.

·        If that does not help, find a parent or older person who plays a string instrument.  If you bring someone to your house to help you tune, be sure to keep your distance from them and make sure you’re not sharing viruses (see precautions above).

·        I do not recommend students tuning the pegs.  You are likely to break strings.  Just finger-practice with the left hand until your instrument can be tuned by a string player.

 


Joke:

Have you ever tried to eat a clock? Its time-consuming.

 

4TH GRADE DEMO VIDEO (you may need to copy and paste the link)

https://omahaps-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/erothej651_ops_org/EevH_PVFCXdElkNEMeZqiJYBWNcRA5ZtE1eftdKiEny-Ag?e=Chl7Bt

 

5TH GRADE DEMO VIDEO (you may need to copy and paste the link)

https://omahaps-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/erothej651_ops_org/EYVBcPaKia9CpKDdDAfSeWwBGOAnkcb__2FiYC8w-3bLzg?e=sX0K1z

 

6TH GRADE DEMO VIDEO (you may need to copy and paste the link)

https://omahaps-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/erothej651_ops_org/ETPWIRP7j11DlRcX1oNXdDQB7XEFWtdh17Huc9m0z7HyNg?e=TxuR36

 

JOKE: VIOLIN AND TROMBONE (you may need to copy and paste the link)

https://omahaps-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/erothej651_ops_org/ET7KgcOIiR5GqFVpOYFzIKMB6px1IH-F_K8LZruFQNnQSw?e=N1egSN

 

Week of: May 11, 2020 

4TH GRADE 

4o GRADO

May 11-15  Learning Goal:  I Play Notes on the G String!

1.     REVIEW: Sound Innovations, Exercise 64.  There are only three notes, but be careful to count all the notes correctly!

2.     Exercise 89 These notes are on your lowest string!  The G has no fingers.  The notes are very easy, but try to count accurately.  2 minutes daily.

3.     Exercise 90 As you can see in the picture, the C note has three fingers.  Try it guitar-style, pizzicato, and also arco (with a bow).  2 minutes daily.

4.     Exercise 92 The B is played with two fingers. 2 minutes daily .

5.     Exercise 94 This is the low A with one finger.  1 minute daily.

6.     Exercise 96 combines all the new notes!  3 minutes daily. 

7.     Wipe off rosin with a cloth, loosen your bow, and put instrument in the case so it is safe from younger children. -1 minute daily.

5TH GRADE

5o GRADO

 

 

May 11-15 Learning Goal:  I Can Play Low Notes Accurately! 

1.     REVIEW: Sound Innovations, Exercise 112.  This is a review of slurs while crossing strings.  Be sure to follow all the Down and Up bows correctly.   2 minutes daily.

2.     Exercise 156 For violas and cellos, these are new notes.  Your lowest note on your lowest string!  Low C.  For violins, these are C’s with three fingers.  Look at the picture on page 25.  3 minutes daily. 

3.      Exercise 157 is the Low F for violas and cellos.  On viola it has three fingers.  On cello, it has four fingers.  On violin, play the F wih Low 2 position.    2 minutes daily.

4.      Exercise 158 starts with E’s.  Again, look at the fingering picture.  2 minutes daily.

5.      Exercise 159 starts with D’s.  Again, look at the fingering picture.  2 minutes daily.

6.     Exercise 160 combines all the notes you’ve had on this page. Be careful to play the first measure exactly right.  After that the rest is easy!  2 minutes daily.

7.     Exercise 161 is another way to play all these notes.  Take it slow but it should be easy.  2 minutes daily.

8.      Exercise 162 is one more exercise using the same notes.  After you play this page a few times, you will be an expert on these notes!  3 minutes daily.

9.     Wipe off rosin with a cloth, loosen your bow, and put instrument in the case so it is safe from younger children. -1 minute daily.

 

6TH GRADE

6o GRADO

 

May 11-15 Learning Goal:  I Can Play Music with Two Flats!

1.     REVIEW: Sound Innovations, Exercise 109.  The first note is your usual D.  then you have C in low 2 position, and B Flat in low.  See if you can play it fast enough to sound like Hot Cross Buns.  4 minutes daily.

2.     Exercise 125 has a new note!  Look carefully at the picture.  The 4th finger is in Low4 position.  This exercise is harder than it looks to get all the fingers in the right position.  5 minutes daily.

3.     Exercise 130  This is another B Flat scale.  The key signature has automatic B Flats, and automatic E Flats.  5 minutes daily.

4.     If you have extra time, go back and play a song of your own choosing for fun.  4 minutes daily. 

5.      Wipe off rosin with a cloth, loosen your bow, and put instrument in the case so it is safe from younger children. -1 minute. 

 

 

4TH AND 5TH GRADERS! You can play with play-along at home!  You can even adjust the speed!

Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, Bk 1 (blue book)

Go to:

https://sionline.alfred.com/play/147496

Enter product code: 34593

 

6TH GRADERS! You can play along at home!  You can even adjust the speed!

Online accompaniments are at:

https://sionline.alfred.com/play/147496

Enter product code: 34599

 


If you have any questions about practicing at home, please email me at any time: 

jeffrey.james@ops.org 

~Mr. James 

 

Mr. James' Favorite Music Websites 

 

This is a site with a lot of string quartet recordings:

https://classicalmusiconly.com/lists/works/chamber-music/string-quartet 

  

Other good websites 

Omaha Performing Arts 

Omaha Symphony 

New York Philharmonic 

 

 

Contact Info


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School #: 531-299-1540

Email: 

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