Holiday Listening Challenge 2014

Happy holidays all!

I want to send a message wishing all my students and their families a safe an joyous holiday season!  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to teach to you or your child the violin.  I love this work and appreciate all the time that you put into learning to play.  I hope the coming year will find you with renewed excitement to play and expand your abilities and repertoire. There is much to look forward to in the new year for the studio!

I also want to take this chance to throw down a Holiday Challenge - if you choose to accept.  The scheduled winter break will be a chance to step back from routines in order to celebrate and be with family.  I don’t expect you to keep up with your violin studies entirely  (but of course wouldn’t mind if you did).  I do see an opportunity to get some good ear training/theory work in. 

This challenge is about listening and identifying INTERVALS. An Interval is simply the relationship between 2 notes. When playing two separate notes on the violin, the second note is either higher, lower or the same (unison) than the first. The distance is measured in DEGREES. We determine intervals on the violin by the distance between our fingers.  Learn more about intervals HERE.

Holiday Listening Challenge 2014: Match the Interval Degree of the melody’s first two notes of the following songs:

  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  2. Joy to the World
  3. Greensleeves
  4. My Favorite Things (from the Sound of Music)
  5. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Possible Answers: Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th 

Tiebreaker: Create a list of Holiday Songs that you hear on the while you’re out and about and determine out the interval of the melody’s first 2 notes.

Feel free to ask for help with this from parents, musical friends but try to grasp as much of the concept as you can. If you would like I can point you to good exercises online to help you understand intervals more.  I will judge the submissions and the winner of this challenge will receive a gift card to a local Columbia City business.

Good luck and have a Happy Holiday season!