Week #1

Violin Review List:

Mississippi Hot Dog Twinkle, Mississippi Mississippi Twinkle, Go Tell AR (happy and sad), Allegro, Etude, Happy Farmer, Hunter’s Chorus, Two Grenadiers, Minuet in G, Gavotte in G Minor, Bach Bourree

Violin Reading:

Cabbage Easy (Recording below): Fairfield Fiddle Farm Vol. 1 pg. 4

Cabbage Hard (Recording below): Fairfield Fiddle Farm Vol. 1 pg. 32-33; If

Violin and Piano

Rhythm Practice (Winning Rhythms): Pg 2, a-e; try to do the rest of the page by yourself. Keep a steady beat and keep counting!!!



Brahms’ Violin Concerto

Mozart Piano Concertos


I know some of you have started reading our book Nurture Shock and I wanted to share a little bit of it with you. I hope you all can read it. It is great! If you haven’t found a copy of it yet you can order it here or I know the library has several copies of it.

In the first chapter “The Inverse Power of Praise” we read:

“The presumption is that if a child believes he’s smart (having been told so, repeatedly), he won’t be intimidated by new academic challenges. The constant praise is meant to be an angel on the shoulder, ensuring that children do not sell their talents short.

“But a growing body of research…strongly suggests it might be the other way around. Giving kids the label of “smart” does not prevent them from underperforming. It might actually be causing it.”

A bold statement! And one that I did not agree with originally. Bronson goes on to share the findings of a woman named Dr. Carol Dweck from her studies on praise. He talks about different kinds of praise. When praised for innate ability or talent, children react one way and when praised for effort, children react another. I find these studies fascinating. Another article about Dr. Dweck’s work can be found here.

Have any of you read this?

What are your thoughts?


There was an article in the New York Times titled “Is Music the Key to Success?” I encourage each of you to read it, Do you believe there is a connection?

This fits right in with our discussion on the Non-Musical Benefits of music study–providing us with prominent successful examples of playing an instrument. 


I received this email from another mom (who happens to be my mom…) and thought it was particularly appropriate with our recital coming up on Saturday:

In today’s fast-paced and over-wired world of Iphones, Ipads, computers, video games, etc. etc. we have become a society with very short attention spans. In addition we have become a society with heads buried in electronic devices, giving half attention or none at all to what is being said or to what is going on in real time in the real world.

Music education gives us as parents an opportunity to combat both of these problems. We want something more for our children and participation in music lessons as well as music appreciation can lead us in a better direction. We turn away from electronics when we practice the violin or piano. We turn away when we participate in group lessons and recitals. We sit still. We let the music (at every level) speak to us and fill us with delight. If children play with Ipads or other electronic gadgets (because parents think it is keeping them quiet and still) during recitals they are missing the opportunity to grow and mature. If parents overbook family activities so that it is necessary to rush in at the last minute or even worse, late, or leave right after their child performs, again they are missing the opportunity to grow and mature.

We must slow down. It is important for our children and it is important for us.

So we can add to our list:

How to pay attention
Being still
Appreciating the work/effort of others
Scheduling/recognizing when a schedule is too packed
Taking a time out to experience something beautiful