Vivienne should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session.

Betty Ragtime

  • Review section A, and focus and practice more on the first 8 bars of section B

Lesson book

  • Review C, G, D and F major scale in contrary motion, chromatic scale starting on any key (1 octave)
  • A natural minor and A harmonic minor scales


Ellis should practice 4-5 times per week at 10 – 15 mins per session

Lesson book

  • Review and practice the pieces we played in class

A Dozen a Day

  • Review all exercises we have done


Chantal should practice 4-5 times per week at 15 – 20 mins per session

A Dozen A day

  • Weekly assigned exercises

Lesson Book

  • Elf’s Silver Hammer

Popular Selection Book

  • ABC – don’t get confused with the music notes and the lyrics!


Alyssa should practice 4-5 times per week at 30 mins – 1 hr per session.


  • Use the correct fingering, play with accuracy, and clarity on everything with the metronome
  • Keep your knuckles and fingers up

Sunset in Rio

  • Practicing starting softer at the “p cresc.” passages
  • Polish of from bottom of first page to top of second page

Sonatina in C

  • Practice the running scales with the CORRECT fingering

Scherzo in C

  • Practice and play with the suggested FINGERING
  • Start practicing hands together


Maria should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session.

Lesson Book

  • Goodbye, Old Paint – practice and review hands separately, and start practicing hands together

12 Days of Christmas

  • Practice and review the first 2 phrases, but go ahead and try to learn further!


Simone should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session.

Lesson Book

  • Newly assigned pieces


  • Weekly assigned pages


David should practice 4-5 times per week for 30 mins – 1hour per session.

Pathetique 2nd movement

  • Look and think about the piece in a horizontal singing line (look at the direction of the melody), and phrase the piece with written dynamic changes
  • Change the pedal more often, for each harmony change
  • Listen to a few recordings, think about the musicality in all aspects

Maple Leaf Rag

  • Try practicing with staccato OR detached 8th notes

Rialto Ripple

  • Keep working on learning the notes
  • Detach the quarter notes (except the slurred ones), play the accented notes (syncopation), march-like, playful character, the opposite of Pathetique


  • Section A – voicing the top notes in the R.H.
  • Section B – always keep your R.H. fingers ‘open’ for the running 8th’s
  • L.H. – don’t push down on the notes, but to lightly tap and bounce off the keys


  • Harmony analysis/fugue analysis – you’re welcome to find extra music for these!



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