Measured Tremolo…HUH?

Some of the string players are happening upon strange-looking notes that have one, two or even three slashes through the stems of the notes. These notes are referred to as “measured tremolo.” They are used to indicate that notes are repeated, either individually or in sequences of multiple notes. Using tremolo strokes instead of notating each notehead can save horizontal space and make fast passages easier to read.

With this in mind, if there was ONE slash over a WHOLE note, what kind of notes would you be playing? What if there were TWO slashes? Or THREE slashes? Let’s talk about it at our next lesson, okay? 🙂

String Theory T-Shirts Available To Order!

String Theory t-shirts are available to order! If you’re a voice or piano student and not sure who String Theory IS, click here to read all about them.

String Theory members are working hard and looking forward to performing around the community this upcoming holiday season. The shirts are being made to give the group a more professional, unified look without having to coordinate wardrobes with everyone. T-shirts are available not only for students, but for siblings, parents, grandparents and anyone who would like to support and promote String Theory.

String Theory members must purchase their shirts during this first order so we can get them at cost. If I have not already filled out an order form for you online, please DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM HERE. Complete and remit to me with payment and I will put the order in. Shirts will be available in time for holiday performances.

Wearing your shirt is also a form of promotion, to make the community aware of our presence. I believe the music combined with the shirts may create a lasting positive impression on those we come in contact with.

Summer 2018 Instructors Ready To Teach!

Hello Piano and Violin Parents!

Want to give your child a break from the electronics at least once a week during the summer? Music is an option! Yes, I’ll be back in Hawaii for the summer, but I have been working with piano and violin teachers that are available to teach your student during that time.

Please visit the following website for more information about these talented teachers and to get on their rosters for the summer:

If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them. No information for cello teacher available at this time, but I will have that soon.

Summer approacheth…happy learning!


**FINAL** End-of-Year Recital Information

Wachter Music’s End-of-Year Recital will be held at the Watson Baptist Church. Strings need to be at the venue by 10:00am to tune and set up. Recital starts promptly at 10:30am. Honors and awards presented immediately following recital. Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a generous finger-food to share.

The sanctuary is large and will accommodate us better than the recital venue last year where people were standing. Please feel free to invite whomever you wish. As is the custom, please bring a generous finger food to share.

In Other Words…APRIL 2018 Vocabulary

ADAGIO: A tempo having slow movement; restful at ease. (not everyone got this word last month so I’m reissuing it. If you passed off on it, don’t worry — it’s a freebie if you can remember what it is this month :))

ENHARMONIC: A single pitch with two different names. The notes occupy the same position in music, on the keyboard, or on any stringed instrument. For example: C sharp and D flat.

CHROMATIC SCALE: A scale that includes all twelve notes of an octave.

D.C. AL CODA: Let’s break it down. D.C. = da capo, which means “the head” or in this case “the beginning.”

CHORD: Derived from the Old French word acorde, meaning “to agree.” Three or more tones played together form a chord.

In Other Words…FEBRUARY 2018 Vocabulary

2/06  – (composer) WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART. An influential Austrian-born (Salzburg) composer of more than 600 works of the classical era including the years between 1750-1820. Mozart died at the age of 35 in 1791.

2/06 – “PICK UP TO MEASURE…”. Students will hear this a lot from me when we’re doing phrasing and starting at certain portions of a song that include a note or two before they start. They need to understand that the “pick up to measure…” means the notes before the measure that I name that will start the phrase out properly.

2/22 – TRIPLET. Three eighth or quarter notes played in succession (right after each other) which are equal to one quarter note. In the example below, the triplets are the notes that look like 8th notes with “3” written above them. Each set of triplets gets ONE BEAT, not 1-1/2 beats as three 8th notes in succession would suggest.

Gearing Up for Nationals in February NOW!

For those of you participating in Nationals at LSU, we are now actively working on your two pieces (required and chosen), as well as your Theory tests. During Christmas break it is imperative that you exercise  self-discipline and practice to keep in line with the time table for meeting the goals for Nationals in February which are:

  1. Memorizing your required song. If you have not done so, this is your primary concern at the moment. Putting time into practicing your piece over and over is what will help you with memorization. You will have specific realistic goals outlined for you weekly that we will go over together (e.g. make sure these 3 lines are memorized by next week, etc.).
  2. Introducing you to your chosen song. By now all chosen songs have been, well…chosen :). They are considerably easier than your required songs and you should breeze through them with little or no difficulty.
  3. Cracking down on Theory tests. If you have already mastered your Theory practice test, you are ready for Nationals in February. To make sure that nothing has fallen out of your head, we will revisit the Practice Test again in the middle of January 2018. If you are still struggling with concepts, I will have worksheets and activities for you to do to make sure you have complete understanding of these musical rules and concepts. I do my best to explain to you, but if you have any question about what is what, please let me know!

DECEMBER and JANUARY are the months where you will want to start cashing in on your free lesson times. There are many make up days available on the calendar that are waiting just for you! If you suspect you are going to need the time, I urge you to reserve those days now so you don’t miss the chance to do so later.