Avril: Work on playing pentascales, and try to compose some melodies with the notes available to you within that pentascale. Continue composing variations on ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, and check out what Mozart did with it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyhxeo6zLAM

Haven: Identify notes on the piano. ‘Can you find C? G? D? How do you know that’s a D?’ etc. Play ‘Mary’s Lamb’. Try to identify middle C and G on the treble clef.

Maleeya: Continue to play ‘Two Note March’, and focus on keeping your left hand from getting too loud. Also try Bass Clef Melody (it’s on the next page). Continue to compose your song. Try a song from the Disney book (any one, it’s up to you).

Julie: Continue to play Sicilienne. Play with a metronome, and focus on voicing (bringing the melody out), pedaling, and accurate rhythm. You can also try to play through a little bit of Bach’s 2 voice invention in C major (http://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/1/11/IMSLP00747-BWV0772.pdf). Focus on keeping voices distinct, and bringing out the subject when it appears.

Kristen: Keep working on what you’re working on, everything that’s written on the sheets I gave you: major scales in C, G, D, A, E, and you can also try B and F (but don’t stress them too much). Both hands separately, but you can try to put them together if you want. Only one octave at first, then if you’re comfortable, continue to a second octave. Do not go past that point. Check out the modes, too, but don’t focus on them too much. Try playing the Chopin prelude in E minor but don’t stress it too much either. If you want to see a great jazz pianist in action, you should really go to The Rex on Saturday at 9:45 to hear the Dave Young quintet. The pianist, Bernie Senensky, is something special. I will not be there, but I’d still like to guide your listening: see if you can hear the head (the melody played at the beginning of the piece) running through the heads of the improvisers while they play. If you do go, write down any observations and bring them on Thursday so we can discuss.

Tanya: Play Beauty and the Beast, as well as the exercises we discussed: pentascales in C, G, and D major, as well as A minor, and solid/blocked chords on C major, one octave.


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