Hello everyone in or supporting Year 2!

Do have a read of this page and watch the introduction video together for your instrument. Backing tracks for use later in the programme are also on this page. Enjoy using them and performing at home!

Violins - Friday. Cellos - Thursday.

Introduction from Mark Taylor, Director of Music

Violins – Strings Training Programme – Introduction

Cellos – Strings Training Programme – Introduction

Violin backing tracks

Cello backing tracks

Tuning a violin

The ethos behind our String Training Programme for Year 2 is ‘little and often’.

At the start of the programme, children will learn how to hold and use the violins or cellos. Later on, they will pluck the strings and use the bow, as well as learning to read music. This reading of music is also being learnt gradually in the class lessons with Mrs Nunn.

On Fridays, the instruments should go home. Practice 2 or 3 times for 10 minutes over each weekend. Bring back in for the lesson on Thursday or Friday next week to the music room. Days of learning in school: Cello - Thursday, Violin - Friday.

Practice – you sitting with your child, helping them to get out the instrument and hold it. Get then to play a few notes and please praise them at every stage – take an interest yourself! They cannot be left alone initially to work on this – that will come after Christmas!

If you have any questions, please email me. music@simonballe.herts.sch.uk

We will regularly publish pictures and recordings of work so you can again celebrate and praise. Without your help and support, this will not work!

Enjoy the music!

Mark Taylor, Director of Music