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Dear Orchestra Students,

While we do not know whether or not we will be able to have our district-wide 5th grade concert, Ms. Driscoll (middle school orchestra director at both Memorial and Shore Middle School) and I would like you to continue to practice your instrument until we are able to meet again. 

Please see the concert songs listed below and practice it on your own. Next week, Ms. Lo will be posting videos where you will be able to play along with me together. When you're done with the practice, please fill out the Practice Survey on the bottom of the page to let Ms. Lo know what did you practice.

Grade 5 Orchestra Online Practice 


Assigned Date: 04/14/2020






Our Goal(s): 

  • Focus your practice on the three songs listed below 

  • Work on getting smooth sound, knowing the notes and rhythm

  • Practice playing the songs with the recording

  • Attend a virtual orchestra concert hosted by the well known London Symphony.

  • Visit the DID YOU KNOW area after practice. Laugh it out! Enjoy!

What We Need:

  • Essential Elements Book 1

  • Fiddler's Hoedown sheet music 

  • Instrument

  • Mobile device or laptop to play the practice sound tracks 

  • Speakers

  • Music stand (optional, as long as you can prop your music up to an angle where you can see while playing)

  • Our focused mind with a positive attitude

  • Our body


  1. Practice: Focus only on the three pieces listed below. Pay close attention to your bow hold, keep your bow hair flat on the strings and relax your shoulders when you play.

  • #57 Tribal Lament

  • #60 Elevator Down

  • #43 A Mozart Melody


Click here to review the bow hold using the BUNNY method!!! (Yes! The Bunny~)














    2. ATTEND:

Attend: Go to  a virtual orchestra concert by choosing a concert that you haven’t attended before from the 5 Virtual Orchestra Concerts Menu provided by London Symphony Orchestra. Be ready to share your thoughts on the concert from the point of an observer. You may choose to observe from a section of the orchestra that has the instruments you play. **The concert cannot be the same piece as last week.


  • Click on the link below to choose your concert:



If your instrument is out of tune or has been out of tune, please 1) get a pack of extra strings for your instrument (just in case if the 

strings pop), 2) watch the tuning video for your instrument with your parents, and 3) ask your parents help you tune your instruments by following the guidelines in the video. ***Please do not tune your instrument by yourself and before you watch the video with your parents.



  • **Caution

    • Unless a string on your instrument has popped, please don’t try to replace your strings.

    • These videos are meant to be viewed with your parents and the procedures are meant to be carried out by your parents only.

    • DO NOT take off all 4 strings at once. Please change the broken string only and one string at a time.

    • Bridge position (from the player’s view): TALL side on the LEFT (on the G-string for violin, on the C-string for viola, on the C-string for cello), SHORTER side on the RIGHT (on the E-string for violin, on the A-string for viola, on the A-string for cello)



Did you know you can be an orchestra and comedian at the same time? Check out an episode from a Poland-based string quartet!


Comedy Notes:

Finding out how a musician’s health “plays” a big role in their daily life. As usual, the story is interwoven with many snippets of popular songs. Pay attention and see how many songs can you recognize and yes...stay healthy!


Click on the video below to view:


Did you know there are some home-made instruments that actually work? Check out an episode from a London-based comedy orchestra called, The Rainer Hersch Orkestra, performing with a Hosepipe soloist!!


Click on the video below to view The Rainer Hersch Orkestra.

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