Villa-Lobos Orchestra Online
Our JQOP online music enrichment is designed to provide distance learning enrichment including music literacy worksheets, music apps to improve home practice sessions, and inspiring videos of professional musicians and ensembles.
Virtual Learning Set-Up
Weekly Learning Objectives
Week of March 23rd: Intonation Week!
I can play through both a 'G' Major and 'e' minor scale. Do I know the key signature? Do I know what the fingerings are?
I can demonstrate how to properly use the InsTuner app while I play, so that I can make sure that I am playing my scales and my songs in tune. (Your private lesson teacher will help you learn how to use the app during your first lesson)
I can identify whether or not the notes I’m playing are spot on, too sharp, or too flat.
Week of March 30th: Rhythm Week!
I can play through both a 'D' Major and 'b' minor scale, and also the "Perpetual Motion" in D Major that is in this week’s packet.
I can demonstrate using the Metronome app while I play to make sure that I am playing all my scales and pieces with the correct rhythm. I will also be able to demonstrate how to clap and sing different rhythms my private teacher asks me to do in my lesson.
I can identify the beats in each measure in all the pieces I am learning, and can clap the big beats while counting the rhythms out loud.
Week of April 6th: Note-Reading Week!
I can play through both a 'F' Major and d minor scale. The three 'd' minor pieces in this week’s packet.
I can demonstrate how to use the tricks that my private teacher taught me when it comes to sight-reading new music. I can list the steps you use when sight-reading a new piece of music.
I can identify all of the note names in all the pieces I’m learning this week without any help. I can also sight-read some of the extra tunes my teacher gave me.
Week of April 13th: Become The Teacher Week!
I can play the melody of my favorite song on my instrument, and be able to perform for my private teacher during next week’s lesson.
I can demonstrate the ability to use all that I have learned about playing my instrument to help teach someone else how to play it. Maybe you can try to teach your parents!
I can identify all the things that need improvement while teaching my private teacher during my lesson. I can also identify things they could use to help fix problems as well.
Week of April 27th: Slurs Week!
I can play through both a C Major and a minor scale. I can also play through one of the pieces in this week's packet.
I can demonstrate how to control my bow while playing slurs. I can also play through a C Major scale or a minor scale using slurs. For example, slurring two notes per bow.
I can identify the correct bowings to use while playing a piece that has slurs. For example, almost always will the beginning of a new measure start with a down bow.
Tuning your Instrument
Tuning the pegs on all string instruments
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How to Rosin a Bow
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Tuners can be used to help ‘tune’ an instrument and produces a sustained sound to use as a tool for playing better ‘in tune’ during home practice.
Metronomes can be used to keep a steady beat while you practice. Here are a few low-cost apps for your mobile device.
Soundbrenner - Free
Pulse - Free
Drum Loops & Metronome - Free drum loops
Below is a list of fun music apps to keep your home practice fun and entertaining while you play your instrument.
Scales and Sight Reading Apps
Scales are the basic language of music and it's important to practice daily. But you can also make it fun!
Serious Music to Watch
Listening to great music is just as important as playing it. Enjoy these iconic string pieces played by the world's top performers!
Itzhak Perlman, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Hilary Hahn, Sibelius Violin Concerto
Yo Yo Ma, The Swan for Cello by Saint-Saens
Jaqueline Du Pre, Elgar Cello Concerto
Nabuko Imai, Schumann Fantasy Pieces for Viola
Molly Carr, Rebecca Clarke Viola Sonata
Edgar Meyer, Bottesini Bass Concerto
Bach Brandenburg Concerto 3 for Strings