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.

Please go to the link below to access my FlipGrid:

Mrs. Rucker's FlipGrid

This week I show you how to wipe off rosin from your instrument and remind you how to loosen you bow before you return your instrument to school. I also have a video for Bel Air students going over details for instrument drop off.

If you 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 
Check this performance out 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

I put a video on Flipgrid demonstrating how to tune your instrument using your fine tuners. Go to and use the flipcode RuckerStrings. Next, use your student school email to log in. Be sure to check out my other videos while you are there! Please post a silly hello for the video on the bottom of my FlipGrid.

I heard that the FlipGrid App is now free through Play Store and the Apple store.

Go to my Files and Documents section to view or print off music sheets!

And watch these other great videos that demonstrate tuning:
Beginner violin tuning video
Beginner viola tuning video
Beginner cello tuning video

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.


Statue of Liberty Violin/viola
Violin/viola position
Violin/Viola Left Hand Position
Proper Cello Position
Bow Hold Principles
Itzhak Perlman Bow hold

Check out the PDF fingering chart for your instrument in my Files and Documents section!
Strings Word Search (It's FUN!)
Play this note reading game! Click on the link below, then click on free version. It will teach you the notes if you do not know them. Violins click on treble clef, violas on alto clef, and cello/bass on bass clef. Have fun!
Note Reading Game

Make music with these music games on the link below:
PBS Kids

If your strings are still in tune, please check out these practice suggestions:

Try these fun play-a-long videos!

Baby Shark!

Best Day of My Life

Star Wars!

I love rock n roll

Eye of the tiger

Dance to the Music