Suzuki Group 1 (6-7 y.o.)
1. Told a scary story each, some true some made up (no reason)
2. Played Batman – of course!
3. Focus on rhythms: clapping, tapping, playing on open strings, reading off the board, writing on the board. After a rhythm was conquered, it was erased off the board. When the board was completely clean, the kids came up and wrote rhythms for each other to play/clap.
Types of note durations: ta (quarter), ti-ti (eighth), ta-a (half), ta-a-a (dotted half)
From Let’s Play Music
The car race game:
The kids took turns with reading/tapping/speaking/playing/writing rhythms. Each turn allowed them to move their car one space ahead. Everyone won a sticker!
Each turn, someone was the doer and someone was the listener.
Suzuki Group 2 (10 y.0)
1. Each talked about something cool that happened this past week.
2. Participants played for each other (there was lots of enthusiasm, so we did it first)
3. Reviewed one octave G scale, added C and G scales in lower register I position. Found the tonic (1st note of scale) and dominant(5th note) in each of them.
4. Talked about technique, what it is and why we need it. Learned/reviewed three exercises:
– RH walking on open strings
– LH walking on frets
– Chromatic 4-finger scale on one string
5. Reviewed intervals from 2nd to 5th: reading, playing, writing.
6. Watched the following guitar performances and tried to guess the composer’s country and time period:
Ana Vidovic plays Vals Venezolano No. 2 by Antonio Lauro
Rachel Schiff plays Sonate K 322 by Domenico Scarlatti
Grisha Goryachev plays Almoraima by Paco de Lucia
Marcin Dylla plays Prelude no.1 by H. Villa-Lobos