Dear MATT Families,

It seems like a long haul but we have FINALLY arrived now at the end of

  • Instrument maintenance checks

  • re-allocation and rental of instruments

  • private lesson scheduling

  • small ensemble scheduling

  • music collection and assignment


  • BEGINNERS: T-shirt order-name and size needed - DUE OCT see class Admin person

  • ADVANCED CLASS PERFORMANCE SIGN UP Saturday afternoon Nov 9: 5oth Anniversary Celebration at Shoppers World :TIME arrive 1:30 pm PLAY “ onstage” 2 to 2::30 pm

    LOCATION: Southside Court (Playathon area- south end)

    BRING: Music stands, music, instruments

    WEAR : MATT t-shirts, black/dark pants (no blue jeans please)

    INFO to follow: where to tune/warm-up, Repertoire list and order


    MATT receives a special ticket price (we do not make any profit on this, btw!)

    PRICES: Adult :$20 plus for up to 4 children inclusive $10.00

For a series of THREE Rose/Rosebud concerts : family price with one adult :$70. For two adults the total is $110. PAY in advance to Yogita, or class Admin person


We would appreciate receiving your class photos by email, to post here in the Blog and also to keep for the Year-end Showcase power point display. When taking photos try to zero in close on one or a few students at a time, avoiding open space in the foreground please, (Also.I can only post those with perfect instrument positions, and hope for smiles as well! ) Please send send your favorite ones to andrea@musicatthetowers.ca. THANK YOU!!



BEGINNERS: Arrive 10 min ahead to be tuned. while chart is checked

NEW. 1 .PIZZICATO: correct position to pluck strings

Bow held in fist index finger and thumb extended. Pluck string over fingerboard

2. STRING CYCLE: pluck strings in 4 even counts on each string, from lowest to highest and back


1. MUSIC ALPHABET! Has SEVEN LETTERS A to G then repeat:


2. NAME your STRINGS from lowest(thickest) to highest (thinnest)

Start with the lowest string and count up a fifth to the next string

eg cello/viola thickest/lowest string is C count up 5 including C: CDEFG

violin thickest lowest is G count up 5 including G: GABCD

3. PLACING BOW ON STRINGS , using your arm weight.

START with correct sitting position, instrument position and bow grip.

  • Lift right arm and bow above your top string .

  • Let weight of your arm drop onto the string at the frog of the bow. Relax whole arm / hand

  • Pull bow 3 inches along the string. down then up. Repeat 10 times

    BOW GAMES 1. “windshield wiper”, 2. Twinkle eraser game, 3.Monkey Crawl, 4. Elevator/moving sidewalk

    BOW GRIP : .RIGHT HAND RH: bow grip position

    How to hold instrument: ALL sit on front of chair with back straight.

    Violin/viola: Lift violin/viola to top of shoulder, turn head to sit on chin rest. Let weight of head rest on chins rest- carefully take away left hand

    Cello: Sit on front of chair, both feet flat on the floor. pull instrument towards you till two knees and chest are touching. Knees are grabbing the instrument so it cannot wobble.. Cello is tilted towards right. Lowest peg at left ear

  • Practice Charts handed out. RH = bow grip (“bunny” Review all of above and bow grip (RH) info 5 repetitions every day for 4 days each week, at your “special” practice time.


Review G scale and D scale vln.1 Start on G on D string

                             REVIEW: Strictly Strings:: p 19 #1-5

NEW Mozart Serenade Write in note names p.20 #2

Cellos, Violas: TOP LINE Violins: LOWER LINE

LEARN TO PLAY: both lines!

There’s music in the Air: REVIEW : line 1. Violins read TOP line . Viola/cello learn LOWER line.

NEW: Write in note names bars 9 to 16. PLAY bars 9 to 16

                        Long Long Ago: REVIEW  Bow division  


INTERMEDIATE II: (5:15 class)

Review G and D scales- TWO octaves

  Vivaldi :- NEW : WRITE in NOTE names bars 13-21, Play bars 13-21

REVIEW: with dynamic markings (f-forte and p-piano) bars 1-12

      A La Media Noce: bars 1-12! REVIEW- VIOLINS: work on BARS 1,2, 5, 8

VIOLA: work on bars 1, 4 5, 7 CELLO/BASS: work on bars 1, 2 4 (cello),, 7

NEW: Sahara Crossing: CELLO BASS_ CLEAR pizzicato

VIOLIN/VIOLA- Eb bar 3, 7and 9!

REVIEW: How to play in an orchestra book: March by Corelli to FIRST ENDING


  1. “ treat” for students who play bar 1 TANGO in class!

2. CONCERT COMING Nov 9th! Wedding Song, Sheep may safely graze, Danny Boy, Pirates, Rondeau, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

2. NEW: Scale of F :

Vivaldi Conc for 2 Cellos ALL Learn rhythms and notes/ accidentals bars 1-15 violins : work on shifting- bar 13, 14

TANGO : ALSO in KEY of F! Work on all to bar 52 .CELLOS/VIOLAS-slo mo practice bars 11, 12, 13. write in note names/fingerings.

Sheep May Safely Graze Bach: Review to bar 40 lots of viola melodies! Add “echo dynamics” throughout

CELLOS: with Mr Brown: prepare fingerings bar 64 to 70

quick tempo!!

NEW Work on learning notes to bar 64 to the end : bar 121

Country Wedding Dance, Smetana: ALL, add correct articulations (short notes, separate slurred pairs)

REVIEW fade in/fade out dynamic markings

MacPherson’s Lament :cello melody opening, then viola. REVIEW to bar 52

NEW LEARN bars 53 to 68

Perfection is unattainable, but if we chase perfection,

we can catch excellence!

Vince Lombardi