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Homework Post April 10-17

Anna Anna should begin her practicing with a warm-up in A major, playing both staccato (detached) and legato (connected). In the lesson, we worked on it hands separately and I recommend she practice it that way at home as well. Entry of the Gladiators: Anna had some trouble with connecting the right hand notes when the left hand was detached. [...]

2018-04-12T21:28:38-04:00April 12th, 2018|

Homework Post April 5-12

Helen Begin your practice sessions by playing one or two of the warm-ups at the beginning of your book for the left hand and right hand. Make sure to play with "strong fingers" (emphasizing each note) to build strength in your fingers! Work on the songs from page 20-21 with strong fingers. These songs introduce the time signature. For now, [...]

2018-04-06T23:08:33-04:00April 6th, 2018|

Homework Post April 3-10

Anna At home, Anna should be playing the D major scale as a warm-up. She can play hands separately. In the lesson, I made sure to emphasize the importance of playing with weight in the fingers (emphasize each note). This will help strengthen the fingers and solidify the notes in her brain. Over the Hurdles: In the chromatic sections of [...]

2018-04-05T21:30:39-04:00April 5th, 2018|

Homework Post March 27-April 5

Rachel We began the lesson by doing a light warm-up and playing Twinkle Twinkle. Rachel then showed me her progress on Old Pig Donald. She had some hesitations with playing some of the notes, so I suggested she review it for next week too. We also took a look at Shepherd Count Your Sheep and did some review in her [...]

2018-04-01T17:30:51-04:00April 1st, 2018|

Homework Post March 26-April 3

Anna We began by working on a warm-up of D major hands separately. I noticed Anna kept twisting her hand as she tucks her thumb under, so I worked for a bit with her on keeping her hand still as she tucks her thumb. Anna showed me the Chromatic Etude, which she did a great job with! We then moved [...]

2018-03-29T23:08:33-04:00March 29th, 2018|

Homework Post March 15-22

Chloe We began the lesson by reviewing the songs from last week "A Train" and "Tooth Fairy." We also reviewed all the notes we've learned so far. Chloe is doing really well learning these! She had some trouble with A and E, but as the lesson progressed, she self-corrected when she called A an E (and vice versa). We then [...]

2018-03-17T23:31:08-04:00March 17th, 2018|

Homework Post March 8th-15th

Rachel We began the lesson by doing some stretches and played a previous song, Monsieur Mouse, as a warm-up song. We then played the song Mary's Pets. Rachel did an amazing job with this! She's even begun to play with the hand position instead of using one finger for every note! We wrote in some dynamics (loud and soft) for [...]

2018-03-10T23:05:57-05:00March 10th, 2018|

Homework Post February 6th-End of March Break

Anna We began the lesson by doing the chromatic scale warm-up. I noticed that Anna's left hand had less power when playing these than the right hand had. We did some work on playing the warm up while curing the pinky finger and keeping the wrist up. Anna had some questions about the minor scale, so we briefly talked about [...]

2018-03-08T21:00:44-05:00March 8th, 2018|

Homework Post February 27-March 6

Anna We began the lesson with the chromatic scale warm-ups. I emphasized the importance of strong fingers as Anna played and we repeated some of the warm-ups using our strong fingers. I noticed that Anna had the tendency to let her wrist cave in after she finished playing the exercise. I asked her to try and keep the wrist up [...]

2018-03-01T19:03:21-05:00March 1st, 2018|

Homework Post February 24-March 1

Rachel We began the lesson by doing some stretches and playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. We then reviewed Monsieur Mouse, the song we looked at last week. Rachel did a really good job with this, and even used all the correct fingerings! We played the song a few times with much success. We then looked at the next song in [...]

2018-02-24T22:30:24-05:00February 24th, 2018|
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