Posted on 5/12/19
Finishing up violin class for the school year has been a whirlwind of excitement! Preludes performances have kept us rather busy. The kids did an amazing job performing at the Safe Kids Fair and at KBay cafe.
We started using real violins in Kindergarten class – the students were ever so proud of themselves and very pleased to be playing music on their instruments. It is delightful to see how much care they take of even their cardboard violins and how they are able to focus even more when we get out the real violins.
It has been a wonderful year of violin at Paul Banks! Thank you to the many volunteers involved with Preludes, both in and out of violin class.
I’m already looking forward to the coming school year!
Preludes has had an eventful semester thus far!
Kindergarten classes have been perfecting basic techniques. We have enjoyed naming our “foxes” (bowhold technique), hiding our shoulders (with violins), from the shoulder monster, and developing other creative violin concepts. It is hard to know who has the most fun in violin class – it is most likely me!
The first grade students have been excelling rapidly! We have been focusing on playing all together as an orchestra. The students are left with a hilarious and lasting impression when given examples of their teachers playing the WRONG version of a song! When they hear just how terrible a piece of music can be, they are especially inspired to work together to create something beautiful! It is a privilege to observe their growth as musicians.
After school programs are a somewhat different style of violin instruction! It is delightful to get to know the students on a more personal level, while we have more time for conversation and interaction. The kids are excited for upcoming performances, and are doing well at both review songs and new pieces that I present regularly. Today I introduced a brand new song that we’d never heard or played, and they were all capable of following along with the melody and playing the piece with excellence! Gabriella (our incredible piano accompanist), and I were impressed and very proud of these kiddos. It is hard to keep playing the violin after a long day of school! They do a great job and I’m so glad to have this after school time with them!
Posted on 2/21/19
2019 has been an exciting time for Preludes. Our after school groups have been rehearsing for a performance at the Elks club. The students are highly motivated by the thought of performing in public, and look forward to the opportunity to show friends and family how hard they have been working!
The first grade classes have been excelling at coming together as an orchestra of violinists! Their ability to focus and watch for cues is impressive. They have been proud of their increasing skills, and so careful and respectful with their instruments in violin class.
Upberry, Downberry Bowing
The Kindergarten classes started in January with their cardboard violins. They have been an attentive and enthusiastic group of students! One little girl mentioned in class that at night time, she dreams about playing violin. We have been working on how to correctly and safely hold our violins, learning new songs that teach about these skills, and playing games that teach rhythm and focus.
Students bow at the beginning of each lesson to show they are “Ready to Learn!” and at the end of each lesson while saying, “Thank you for this lesson.”
First Graders listened to a Chamber Concert performed by a cellist, violinist and pianist.
Posted on 12/28/18