Eliana should practice 4-5 times per week for 30-45 mins per session.
- articulation -> staccato playing on the 8th note chords; play to imitate the witch with “darkness”
- R.H – be more accurate on the triplet 8ths rhythm, and be mindful of the quarter notes following the 8ths
- L.H – work on the notes and fluency
Sunset in Rio
- Work on dynamic and phrasing – crescendos/decrescendos. keep the staccatos lively and light, but play the chords with emphasis and brightness
Sonatina in C
- Start playing hands together!
Anastasia should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session.
- Do exercise No. 1-7 -> keep your eyes on the music as you play (looking at the direction of the notes, steps, skips, jumps), and count the rhythm.
- Practice the L.H alone like what we did in class today! Try and learn the R.H at home!
- Get “Keyboard Theory Preparatory Book A by Grace Vandendool
Vivienne should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session.
Maple Leaf Rag
- Great work on this piece so far! Keep working on R.H. alone on the 2nd page, and playing hands together for the 1st page!
Chantal should practice 4-5 times per week at 15 – 20 mins per session
A Dozen A day
- Review and perfect our old and new exercises from A Dozen A Day.
- Our right hand is improving on playing the melody! keep working on the notes with fluency!
- Work on hands separately first, and then play hands together – read the music and be mindful on where to hold and change the L.H. chords!
Alyssa should practice 4-5 times per week at 30 mins – 1 hr per session.
- Work on F minor harmonic/melodic scales with the correct fingering. For all scales, chords, and arpeggios, practice with metronome at the required tempo with finger accuracy and clarity.
When Rivers Flowed on Mars
- Work on phrasing (like if you were to sing the melody, with expressiveness) of the soprano voice while maintaining the correct articulation of everything else
Minuet in E
- Keep “dancing” on the detached quarter note chords in every phrase, and also be mindful to detach the quarter notes in your L.H.. Remember, we don’t want to push the keys down, but to tap and lightly lift your fingers off the keys.
Sonatina in F
- Stay at the current tempo (80) until we can play comfortably, and polish up and maintain the correct articulation and phrasing
Maria should practice 4-5 times per week at 15-20 mins per session.
- Great work on the L.H. part today! Keep working on L.H. separately until we can play it as well as your R.H. part, and starting playing hands together for the first half of the piece!
Claire should practice 4-5 times per week at 15 – 30 mins per session.
- You played and know your notes very well! Start working on playing with the correct articulation this week (staccatos, accents, slurs, and dynamic changes), and be mindful of the Coda jump after repeat!
Anna should practice 4-5 times per week at 20 – 40 mins per session.
- Like what we talked about in class, this is a very sweet, smooth, and singing-like piece, so be sure not to break any of the phrases in the middle, and keep your L.H. accompaniment smoothly connected at all time
- Work on fluency and fast movements in your R.H. between cross-hand jumps, as well as the accented articulation!
- We talked about the term “rubato” (robbed time) in class to help us playing with more expressiveness. Keep working on the fluency of the piece, and play with dynamic changes and expressiveness