Thank you for taking strings with me

this year! I hope you have a wonderful


Mrs. Rucker's phone number is 571-207-6617
Please leave a voicemail and I will return your call.

Here is the link to my FlipGrid:
Mrs. Rucker's FlipGrid

This week I go over how to wipe off rosin from your instrument, and remind you how to loosen your bow before you return your instrument to school. 
Details about when to return school owned instruments to Mrs. Rucker will be shared soon!

You can also go to or

download the FlipGrid app, type in

RuckerStrings for the flip code, and

login with your student school

email for this week's activities!

Watch a professional orchestra concert for FREE! Berlin Philharmonic Concerts
  This week I recommend:

Hector Berlioz
Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

Alternative String Groups to Check Out!
(You won't be sorry!)
Black Violin-Classical Hip Hop Duo Black Violin videos
Lindsey Stirling Solo Artist Lindsey Stirling's website
Time For Three trio Time for Three website

 Home Practice

Go to the link above to view this week's activities. I also put a video on Flipgrid demonstrating how to tune your instrument using your fine tuners. Go to and use the flipcode RuckerStrings. After that, use your student school email address to log in.  Make sure to watch my other videos too!
Go to my Files and Documents section to view all music sheets!

Things to do if your strings are REALLY out of tune:
Have your parent email me and I can set up a time to talk them through the process of tuning with your pegs. My email is
In the meantime:

Practice making a correct bow hold with your bow
Practice putting your left hand fingers on the tapes while you look and say the note names to the song our loud.
Airbow and say notes out loud with our songs.
Hold your instrument up in playing position and practice using just left hand fingers to keep your muscles strong.
Watch these great videos that demonstrate how to tune your instrument!!

Beginner violin tuning video
Beginner viola tuning video
Beginner bass tuning video
Beginner cello tuning video

Strings Word Search (It's FUN!)

Try playing this note reading game! Click on the link below, then click on the free button. Select easy level to start. Violin, click treble clef, violas click alto, and cello/bass click bass clef. 
Note Reading Game

Click on the link below for PBS kids to make music and play games!
PBS Kids

Proper Instrument Position Tips
Statue of Liberty violin/viola
Violin/viola position
Violin and Viola Left Hand Position
Proper Cello Position
Bow Hold Position
Itzhak Perlman Bow hold

Check out the PDF Fingering Chart for your instrument in my Files and Documents section!

If your strings are still in tune, please check out these practice suggestions:
Try these play-a-long videos!!

Baby Shark!
Best Day of My Life
Star Wars!
Dance to the Music

I love rock n roll

Eye of the tiger

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Monday/Thursday 3:00PM-3:30PM
Ms. Salazar's and Mrs. Putnam's classes

Tuesday/Friday 3:00PM-3:30PM
Ms. Hurtado's and Ms. Robertson's classes
Daily Schedule 

9:00 9:15   Morning Work
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3:45 4:00   Dismissal