Sept 25,2019


  1. Calendars are NOW out in parents’ hands. This is your FINAL WORD for - EVERYTHING MATT is doing. Keep it close and check it often!

    WARMEST THANKS to Roopa Robinson for creating them for us, in very short time also!


  • Beginners: T-shirt order-name and size needed -see Yogita

  • Private Lessons start this week for all Advanced and all Intermediates. now due : $20 lesson surcharge- for 4 lessons in session 1 @ $5 per lesson Please pay Yogita/Admin. parent at next class

    Absence Policy has been sent to all Parents who have the privilege of private lessons

  • Small Ensemble sign-up starts next week for Adv and Intermediates. An email invitation has been sent.

  • Theory sign up is required for all Advanced and Intermediates not in ensembles No charge, Times are set on same day as classes for your convenience.

  • Private lesson surcharge @ $5 per lesson now due: Advanced and Intermediate Parents

3. ADVANCED CLASS PERFORMANCE INVITATION for Saturday afternoon Nov 9: 5oth Anniversary Celebration at Shoppers World Invitation email has been sent to all Advanced students for immediate reply please..

4. ROSE and ROSEBUD Orchestra Concert Saturday October 26th : For the love of Musicals. “ Hear Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and more. We know how inspiring it is for our students and parents to experience a live orchestra performance.

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

PRICES:Adult :$20 For up to 4 children inclusive $10.00

ALL students must attend at least one of these series concerts to receive year- end certificate.

Order from Yogita or class Admin. by October 8th. Payment in advance.





  • BOW exercises : check for a perfect bow grip as learned and reviewed last week Then do “windshield wiper”, Twinkle eraser game

  • violins/violas: Howto put on shoulder rest large end over chin rest/ Cello use rock stop

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

    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 instrumnet 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.

  • Bring chart to class with you every week, to have checked.

REVIEW : BOW GRIP : .RIGHT HAND RH: bow grip position

Remember the “Bunny” - and his CHIN!

wiggle his nose

hop onto the bow, at the frog

2 middle fingers cover the frog’s “eye

                                                    all fingers rounded,

                                                    2 middle fingers firmly around the frog



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

                             NEW: Strictly Strings: p 1 8: 5,6 and 7

p 19: on A STRING 1 to 3

                          CONTINUE Bow division  Review Long Long Ago


INTERMEDIATE II: (5:15 class) Review G and D scales- TWO octaves

  Vivaldi :- bars 1-12

                                A La Media Noce: bars 1-12!

NEW: How to play in an orchestra book: March by Corellito FIRST ENDING

ADVANCED : treat for students who bring pencils to class!

CONCERT COMING Nov 9th! We will bring back some of last year’s faves to play a 20 to 30 min. concert!

Sheep May Safely Graze Bach: Review to bar 40 lots of viola melodies!

NEW quick tempo!!

NEW Work on learning notes to bar 64

Country Wedding Dance, Smetana: ALL, add correct articulations (short notes, separate slurred pairs) NEW \practice fade in/fade out dynamic markings

MacPherson’s Lament :cello melody opening, then viola. REVIEW to bar 36

NEW LEARN bars 37 to 52

Perfection is unattainable, but if we chase perfection,

we can catch excellence!

Vince Lombardi