This week, memorize the viola parts (Essential Elements, pg. 2).
Also, practice holding the viola (see Essential Elements, pg. 3). Place the viola on your left shoulder. Put your lower jaw in the chin rest and try to keep your head straight (not tilted). Hold the viola by the upper bout with your left hand, keeping your left elbow pointed towards the floor. Try to keep the viola level with the ground.
Finally, memorize the string names (Essential Elements, pg. 3), and practice plucking them. To pluck each string, put your right thumb against the right corner of the fingerboard, and use your right index finger to gently pull each string.
I will be out of town on Friday, so you will have substitute teachers. I am excited to work with all of you this year!