Vivienne should practice 4-5 times per week for 20-30 mins per session.
- Practice section B hands together, and review section A
- Review C, G, D and F major scale in contrary motion, chromatic scale starting on any key (1 octave)
- A natural/harmonic/melodic minor scales
Ellis should practice 4-5 times per week at 10 – 15 mins per session
- Review and practice Rodeo and Russian Folk Dance
A Dozen a Day
- First 2 pages of exercises
- Review and practice the melody with RH
Chantal should practice 4-5 times per week at 20 – 30 mins per session
A Dozen A day
- Weekly assigned exercises
- I Am the King – learn and practice this piece hands together
Popular Selection Book
- Review the pieces we have learned, and try a new piece!
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
- Practice and polish up the little mistakes, with dynamic changes, and start working on memory
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
- Fingering, fingering, fingering! Avoid using random fingers!
Allegro in D
- Practice and polish 4 bars phrase at a time – especially the ending
- Do not play the accented chords too harsh – play on and into the keys, not pushing down from above the keys
- Dynamic and phrasing – take a ‘breath’ between phrases
Maria should practice 4-5 times per week for 20-30 mins per session.
- Goodbye, Old Paint – review and polish up the whole piece hands together, don’t rush the ending, you’re suppose to slow down (rit.)
12 Days of Christmas
- Practice and review the whole piece – repeat the phrases that repeats often, ex. “and a porcupine in a pine tree”.
Simone should practice 4-5 times per week for 15-20 mins per session.
- Lightly Row
- Forest Drums
- 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 and musical form analysis