• Instrument care and instrument position


    • Open Case
    • shoulder rest
    • playing (left hand, left side of instrument on your left leg )( pop instrument up and button it under the left ear)
    • Parts and putting away the instrument
    • Write 3 songs using your 4 strings. 
    • Cello, open case, end pin and plucking strings


    • Find your instrument. The instruments are against the back wall.  You can have them get their own instruments look for their tag and have a seat.
    • If instrument isn’t at the school then students will need to get one for next week. They should go to the local music store and rent one.


    • Find instruments with your name on it.   (They should be on the back wall of the string room in the order of their lessons groups.  Show students how to open their case by finding the top and the bottom of your case.)
    • Make sure that the bottom of the case is flat on the floor before you flip the latches. Open the case only when it is flat on the ground
    • Look inside the case and tell me what you see? They should see an instrument and a bow.   (Tell them that we will not touch the bow for a while and when students can play Twinkle twinkle we will start to work with the bow.) 
    • Have the students grab the instrument by the neck. Show students how to put the shoulder rest on. It should make a frowny face if it is attached correctly.
    • If students do not have a shoulder rest you can put a rubber band around the lower edge of the instrument and slide a sponge on the back side of the instrument. 
    • Show students rest position. (Left hand Left side of the instrument on the Left leg, NO SOUND!)
    • Show students how to pop it up into playing position. And then back to rest position. See if students can pop it up into playing position without touching the instrument with their right hand. (there is a small button at the end of the violin and it should be on the side of the Adams apple near left year when you pop it up into playing position.)
    • Practice holding the instrument with your jaw bone.  Students should practice at home over a bed so if the instrument falls then it will not break.
    • Get your right hand ready to pluck the strings or Pizzicato open strings
    • They should curl their fingers into their palm and use their pointer finger. (It should look like a squirt gun)
    • Place the right thumb on the corner of the fingerboard.
    • Have student reach all the way to the other side of the instrument and pluck the lowest string with their pointer finger.
    • Violin- String furthest away G, D, A, E.(Good Dogs Always Eat.)
    • Viola- String furthest away C,G,D,A (Cats Go Down Alley)
    • Cello-  Will pluck the string closet to their right hand C,G,D,A (Cats Go Down Alley)
    • Make up songs Ex. GGDD or GDAA or DADA
    • Show students the parts of the instrument Scroll, pegs, bridge, f-holes....
    • Take the shoulder rest off and show students how to put the instrument back in the case.


    • Remember to bring your instrument back to school on the orchestra day. (Friday)
    • If you have a book at home please bring it to the next lesson.
    Differentiated Instruction:
    Anchor Activities
    Multiple Level of Questions
    Extension activities
    Performance task

Last Modified on September 8, 2016