Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the fall 2020 semester. Here you will find your homework each week. I will also suggest how long to practice and provide a few helpful hints to get you prepped for the following week. This will provide you with some guidelines to allow your child to progress. Good luck practicing and have fun!

Sidonie

Recommended daily practice time is 5-10 minutes per day

Technique:

This week we learned about

  • 1. Groups of 2 black keys and groups of 3 black keys
  • 2. The musical alphabet forwards and backwards – ABCDEFGA
  • 3. Finger numbers 1-2-3-4-5
  • 4. Groups of 2 go down to C

For homework I have provided a couple worksheets to help you practice!

Songs:

This week we learned a new song! Mary Had a little lamb. This one uses finger numbers and is on the group of 3 black keys. You can use the handout provided to help you practice this one!

How parents can help: Encourage your child to have a daily practice routine and ensure that they are filling out their homework logs correctly. In addition to the online homework posts, I recommend that each student keep and maintain a homework journal where they can fill in how long they practice and what they worked on that week. You can decorate it to make it fun!

Camille

Recommended daily practice time is 5-10 minutes per day

Technique:

This week we learned about

  • 1. Groups of 2 black keys and groups of 3 black keys
  • 2. The musical alphabet forwards and backwards – ABCDEFGA
  • 3. Finger numbers 1-2-3-4-5
  • 4. Groups of 2 go down to C

For homework I have provided a couple worksheets to help you practice!

Songs:

This week we learned a new song! Mary Had a little lamb. This one uses finger numbers and is on the group of 3 black keys. You can use the handout provided to help you practice this one!

How parents can help: Encourage your child to have a daily practice routine and ensure that they are filling out their homework logs correctly. In addition to the online homework posts, I recommend that each student keep and maintain a homework journal where they can fill in how long they practice and what they worked on that week. You can decorate it to make it fun!

Sara

Recommended daily practice time is 25-30 minutes per day

Technique: 

Work through C, D and G major scales with both hands 2 octaves. If only one octave is comfortable, than only play one this week.

Songs: 

This weeks song selections include Minuet in a minor. For this one, be sure to keep your eyes on the page and work on memorizing. This week in class there was some hesitation and pausing in the minuet, but that will improve over time. The next on the list is Swinging Leprechaun. In this piece be sure to accent the strong beats to really feel the swinging rhythm. The final song on the list is Red Satin Jazz. This is a new piece and following the steps to learning a song will assist in learning this piece. Try tapping and counting the rhythm for any trickier spots and remember to learn it in sections.

How parents can help: Encourage your child to have a daily practice routine and ensure that they are filling out their homework logs correctly.

Olivia

Recommended daily practice time is 25-30 minutes per day

Piano:

This week we have D Major and A Major triads to work through, both broken and solid triads.

Songs:

This week there are two songs, Allegretto and Courageous cat. These songs are in the learning stages, so continue to work through the steps to learning a song and repeat the trickier sections.

Voice:

We are in an experimental phase. Trying out different areas of our voice and learning how to describe sensations. We have both pop selections and a classical selections! Do some listening and we will continue to develop in different genres.

How parents can help: Encourage your child to have a daily practice routine and ensure that they are filling out their homework logs correctly.

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