Pentascales – hands separately, legato and staccato, C major, G major, D major, and A minor. Triad sequence in C major, solid and broken. ALSO pick a pop song, figure out the chords, and arrange them with acceptable voice leading as discussed – moving as little as possible, keeping common tones in common, contrary motion where possible between bass and other voices.


Review time signatures as we discussed today. Choose 5 songs (any genre) and identify A) what you think the time signature is, and B) why you think that. Also continue to practice repertoire from your two books and all your scales. As an extra challenge, listen to Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck (available on YouTube) and clap along.


Practice the triad sequence and pentascales in C and G major. Experiment with other keys if you want that challenge. Focus on form. Keep your fingers on the keys where they’re supposed to be. Make sure to use your arm weight, rather than finger power, to play each note.


Practice what we did today: basic rock beat with your hands, and pick (at random) 2, 3, or 4 spots on the 8th note grid to put the bass drum in 1 bar. Practice the beat you produced with those randomly generated rhythms. You can also practice the basic jazz beat (just quarter notes, no skip beat).