Vivienne should practice 4-5 times per week for 20-30 mins per session.

Betty Ragtime

  • Focus and practice the entire section B, especially from the middle to the end of the section

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

  • First 2 pages of exercises


Chantal should practice 4-5 times per week at 20 – 30 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 45 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 and review the running scales with the CORRECT fingering
  • Play L.H. repeated chordal accompaniment lightly, do not let it overpower the R.H.

Scherzo in C

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

Allegro in D

  • Practice and polish 4 bars phrase at a time

In Church

  • Do not play the accented chords too harsh – play on and into the keys, not pushing down from above the keys
  • Dynamic phrasing


Maria should practice 4-5 times per week for 20-30 mins per session.

Lesson Book

  • Goodbye, Old Paint – practice hands together, and pay attention to your L.H. to avoid playing extra notes

12 Days of Christmas

  • Practice and review the first 3 phrases


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

Lesson Book

  • Runaway Rabbit – review, faster and livelier
  • Lightly Row – practice hands together


  • 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


  • Analyze and listen to the other 3-voice fugue piece