Hi, everyone! For piano students: David will be replacing me for the next 2 lessons as I will be away in Spain and Portugal doing workshops and concert with 120 middle and high school singers for a festival. Lessons are on as usual and I will see you when I return for June 14 lessons.
Warm up: “the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue”
Tomorrow: clear words, breathe at the right places, and make sure you have lots of mouth space
Continue writing a plan for your daily home practice. Use the reminders I wrote as a guide on the goals for each item.
*important* Make sure to follow the steps & reminders in your notebook when you’re practicing your pieces. Very important!
Recommended practice: at least 3 times a week, 20mins each time
Recommended practice: at least 5 times a week, 30mins each time
Pg 54 & 55 (music track 28): revise. make sure to keep singing the letter names as you play.
Pg. 58 & 59 (music track 30): new. Make sure to check where your fingers go before you begin. Also remember – notes in treble clef and has stems up, play with right hand; notes in bass clef with stems down, play with left hand. Make sure to play page 58 twice because of the repeat sign :||
Recommended practice: daily practice, 15mins each time
Bach Minuet – Use metronome at 70. Focus on clean articulation and clear differences between legato, detached, and staccato notes. Also, shape the phrases.
Handel – revise RH & LH separately with proper fingering. Focus on LH, second part of the music. Practice in small phrases so that it’s not overwhelming. Remember to keep your eyes on the music!
Recommended practice: daily, at least 30mins each time
Flute (pg. 32): new, make sure to check which hand is playing. Also be careful of the octave shift at the end.
Rabbit (pg. 33): new, say the letter names as you’re playing to become more familiar with the notes.
Waltz: relax your wrists when you do turns. Make sure you add pedal, and check dynamics.
Coconut shuffle: difference between staccato & accent. Play a little faster!