Vivienne should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session.
- Review section A, and focus and practice more on the first 8 bars of section B
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!