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Children's String Ensemble Feb. 13th, 2005 @ 02:16 pm
I'm looking for easy arrangements for a children's string ensemble from beginner to intermediate level. Any suggestions?

Group Lessons Jan. 26th, 2005 @ 01:29 pm
Just wondering if any of you are involved in group lessons for book one students and what your experiences are like. I've been doing pre-Twinkle and bk. one group lessons since September but I don't really have anything to compare my groups to, so feedback from others would be nice.

Nerves!! Jan. 4th, 2005 @ 07:07 pm
I am starting my first pre-twinkler on Thursday this week. I completed my training through book 2 in December and am super excited to use my new found knowledge. However, I have one small problem:


Do you guys have any suggestions for 1st impressions, meeting the student and the parent, ideas for the 1st lesson, etc? I have a bunch of materials and ideas from my training, but any others (for a 5 year old) would be greatly appreciated!
Current Mood: excitedexcited

Dec. 31st, 2004 @ 01:23 pm
Hi! I'm not sure if this community is quite up and running anymore...but...I'm joining anyway! I'm Sarah and I've been playing violin for...almost, 9 years now? Up until very recently I was doing Suzuki, and I'll probably go back to it once I'm back with my regular teacher. In Suzuki I'm in book 7 playing the Bach Concerto. With my new teacher I'm playing Mozart 4 and the Presto of the Bach unaccompanied sonata # 1 (I think). Anyhow, just thought I'd say hi!

Pen Pals Nov. 8th, 2004 @ 09:48 pm
I have several students between the ages of 7-11 (all are girls) who are interested in writing to a pen pal of around the same age who also plays violin. If you know any 7-11 yr old violin student who would like to write back and forth, let me know!

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i just want to say, adult students rock my socks. it's really cool to see a huge shift in attitude - most times they start out thinking they'll never be able to get to where they want to get, and when they end up going past where they ever even wanted to it's just incredible.
» Ducky Days
Twinkle idea: Ducky Days

Ducky Days - what a fun way to work on Twinkle Variations! Create a "duck pond" with some simple materials and motivate kids to play well while having fun.

The "duck pond" is laid out like a large board game, the pond being a large sheet of blue felt with each game square depicting a duck in action (for each Twinkle variation).
For example:
Var. A - "Mississippi Quack Quack" - a duck swimming in the pond with her beak wide open quacking.
Var. B - "Rubber *shh* Duck" - a rubber duckie floating in a bath tub.
Var. C - "Swim Ducky, Jump Ducky" - one duck swimming while another duck jumps anxiously up and down on the shore.
Var. D - "See the duckies swimming quickly" - ducks racing down the river.

Each ducky square is worth a certain amount of "points". The student rolls a dice and steps from square to square, playing the Variation for whichever square she lands on and accumulating the points for that square/variation if there are no flaws. The goal is to accumulate as many points as possible, and all students are rewarded when they reach the end regardless of their point balance.

You can make your own duck pond.

- Large sheet of blue felt
- Colour printer
- Laminator or clear plastic project sheets
- Scissors
- Sewing supplies

What to do:
- Print colour pictures of ducks for each Twinkle Variation. Make each picture the same size and laminate each or cover with clear plastic (this will keep the pond in good condition as the kids step from square to square).
- Sew each square (yes, right through the plastic!) to your large piece of blue felt in a game-board fashion.
- Decorate your duck pond!
- Lay your completed duck pond out on the floor of your studio and get the Twinkle party started!
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