Excellent lessons and progress today, all of you!!!

Mazin

Good luck at tomorrow’s recital, Maz, just remember to BREATHE and CONCLUDE ends of phrases before moving onto the next.  BE IN CONTROL OF THE RHYTHM, don’t let it be control of you.

Minutes to practice: 45 minutes per day.
What to practice: All of your pieces (excluding your recital pieces after tomorrow), including the new jazz duet!
How to practice it most effectively: Be aware IN ADVANCE of HOW you’re going to move to strong beats, and what the wrists are doing then (usually pushing forward).
How parents (and Grandparents) can support practice: Find lists of jazz and classical concert pianists concerts coming up in Toronto for next week, so we can choose which concerts are best for Maz to go to!

Kingsley

Awesome attention in the lesson, and I hope you can at least attend one of the school recitals tomorrow.

Minutes to practice: 30 minutes per day.
What to practice: ALL of the songs in your book marked with today’s date (April 28).
How to practice it most effectively: Make sure to be MOVING to the piece’s rhythm BEFORE your fingers touch the keys, and then continue moving to that rhythm as you play.
How parents can support practice: Read Kingsley’s notebook and check in on his practicing to make sure he’s following the instructions correctly.

Briel

Excellent improvement on your flexibility while moving and variations in sound production, Briel!  Even though you weren’t able to practice as much as you wanted to these past 2 or so weeks, your progress did continue.  Keep it up.

Minutes to practice: 45 minutes per day.
What to practice: All of the songs in your book marked with today’s date (April 28).
How to practice it most effectively: Be sure to be MOVING to the piece’s rhythm BEFORE you start, and then if you are unsatisfied with how you played, stop, fix it, then attempt the section again from an earlier point.

Olivia

Remember to ‘tickle’ the keys AS LONG AS YOUR FINGERS ARE HOLDING DOWN THE KEY(s)!!  This keeps the sound ‘alive’, making the keys ‘sing’.  Practice, dear, practice!

Minutes to practice: 30 minutes per day.
What to practice: Not only ‘Part of Your World’, your other songs or new songs too, please!!
How to practice it most effectively: Be sure to be MOVING to the piece’s rhythm BEFORE you start, and then if you are unsatisfied with how you played, stop, fix it, then attempt the section again from an earlier point.
How parents can support practice: Check in with Olivia to make sure she’s practicing 30 minutes per day and is practicing properly, please.

 

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