Category Archives: Group Class

Why Group Class?

12115489_1510382669280441_8726356053183715068_nThis past Tuesday marked the 8th of 15 group class meetings for the fall semester of the ’16-’17 school year.  It’s hard to believe how fast the weeks are flying by!  If you’ve been regularly attending group classes – thank you!  We know how hard it can be to make the time to come on a weekday evening.  If you haven’t been coming thus far – start now! Group classes provide a unique and invaluable complement to weekly private lessons.  Here are just a few of the ways that groups benefit your child:

  1. The progress they are making in home practice and private lessons gets to be seen by their peers.  It feels good when your hard work gets noticed, and group classes provide the perfect environment for progress to be noticed and praised.
  2. Likewise, they get to see their peers’ progress.  This is a two-way street.  It’s important for children to learn to be able to identify and praise hard work and developed ability in others.  Simultaneously, seeing others making progress can really motivate children to work hard and see their own progress themselves.
  3. They get stretched beyond their comfort zone.  Home practice is absolutely necessary.  But at home, we can all get in the habit of doing what is comfortable and easy, because things that are comfortable and easy make us feel good.  They make us feel safe.  In group class, we all get stretched a little bit beyond what we’re comfortable with, but in a safe environment.  And there some real growth can happen!
  4. They develop friendships.  Making music together is a uniquely powerful bonding experience, and one that all children deserve the opportunity to enjoy.  When we practice together, we are able to produce something that is “greater than the sum of its parts” in the music we produce.  And in doing that, we produce memories that can last a lifetime.
  5. They learn to play in an ensemble.  Although we can all aspire to, the reality is that most students won’t go on to be the next Itzhak Perlman or Hilary Hahn.  Most us us will do far more playing in groups of various kinds than giving solo recitals.  Therefore, it is important that we all develop the kind of awareness and skills required to actually play well in a group.

So, if you’ve been thinking about coming to group classes, but haven’t committed to doing so yet this school year, it’s never too late to begin!  Come join us on Tuesday nights.  Classes meet from 5:30-8:50 p.m. for all levels of advancement.  Ask your teacher for more information!

Nursery Rhymes & Suzuki Song Words

Chicken on a Fence Post
Chicken on a fence post, can’t dance Josey.
Chicken on a fence post, can’t dance Josey.
Chicken on a fence post, can’t dance Josey.
Hello Susan Brown-i-o.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, teddy bear turn around.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear show your shoe.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear that will do.

Teddy Bear, teddy bear to upstairs.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear turn off the light.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear say good night.

Lightly Row
Lightly row, lightly row, over dancing waves we go.
Lightly rowing, lightly rowing, singing as we row our boat.
Let the wind and water be, mingle with our melody.
Lightly Rowing, lightly rowing, singing as we row our boat.

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain, rocky mountain, rocky mountain high.
When you’re on that rocky mountain, hang your head and cry.
Do, do, do, do, do remember me. Do, do, do, do, do remember me.

Stormy ocean, stormy ocean, stormy ocean blue.
When you’re on that stormy ocean sing it loud and true.
Do, do, do, do, do remember me. Do, do, do, do, do remember me.

Sunny valley, sunny valley, sunny valley low.
When you’re in that sunny valley sing it soft and slow.
Do, do, do, do, do remember me. Do, do, do, do, do remember me.

May Song
Spring will soon come parching in, Hear the happy Chorus.
Lark and wren and thrush they all sing.
Robin, bluebird’s songs they all ring.
Spring will soon come marching in, Hear the Happy Chorus.

To Market, To Market
To market, to market to buy a fat pig.
Home again, home again jiggety jig.
To market, to market to buy a fat hog.
Home again, home again jiggety jog.

Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Go tell Aunt Rhody, tell her quickly now.
Go tell Aunt Rhody, old gray goose is dead.
Goslings are crying, crying sadly now.
Gosling are crying, crying now.
Go tell Aunt Rhody, tell her quickly now.
Go tell Aunt Rhody, old gray goose is dead.

Spring ’16 Group Class Assignments

It was great to see all of you in group class last night!  If you weren’t able to join us, we hope to see you in upcoming weeks.

This semester, we are going to be working on repertoire that we will play on the Spring Festival. For us to do the work that we need to do as a group, we need each of you to be doing your individual work on these pieces at home every week!  Here’s the repertoire list:

Twinkle Variations w/ Stops
Wintertime in Russia

Book 1
Twinkle Theme & Variations
Lightly Row
O Come, Little Children
May Song
Long, Long Ago
Gossec Gavotte

Book 2
Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus
Minuet in G

Book 3
Gavotte in G Minor

Book 4
Vivaldi A Minor, 1st Mov. (violin)
Telemann, 2nd & 4th Mov. (viola)

Book 6
La Folia

Boil ‘Em Cabbage Down
Orange Blossom Special

Also, last night Kirby and I mentioned a talk by Itzhak Perlman in which he talks about some principles of practicing.  We wanted each student to watch this video before group class next week, and be prepared to share their thoughts about it.  Efficient practicing at home and in group will be key to a great Spring Festival this semester!  Here’s the video:

See you in group next week!