Avril – Keep working on your scales and Czerny pieces. In addition, here is a poem made of nonsense words. Imagine that you are a songwriter and someone has given you this poem as ‘lyrics’. Write a melody that goes with the first stanza (first four lines) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42916/jabberwocky

Julie – For the Bach, focus on those ornaments. You can practice mordents from 85-104 BPM but no faster. For the Chopin, focus on making those left hand chords nice, light, and together, solid. Also, highlight all dynamic and tempo markings, and start thinking about where it might be appropriate to employ rubato (time stretching).

Kristen – Practice your ii-V-I chord progressions in all 12 keys. Start from the 3-7 position as well as the 7-3 position. Scroll down in this link and you’ll find a chart for There Will Never Be Another You in the proper key of Eb. Try playing through the tune by: singing the melody, playing the root notes with your left hand, and playing guide tones with your right hand. MAKE SURE your guide tones are guided by good voice leading. Also, avoid voicings that are too low (muddy) or too high (thin). Use your ear and your judgment. https://m.blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=pianolatte&logNo=220631248471&proxyReferer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F In addition to this, play all major scales, 4 octaves. ALSO, check out some Ahmad Jamal and let me know what you think of his playing and which tunes you thought were the best.

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