Ruby

Theory/Technical:

  • 2 notespelling sheets from Cora Ahrens’s Rudiments of Music. These two pages focus on treble clef (also known as the G clef) line notes (E G B D F) and space notes (F A C E). Get to know where the notes live on the treble staff! This will help you with the note reading you’ll be doing in your piece “Firefly”.

Repertoire:

“Firefly” (p. 8):

  • This is our review piece! In our lesson we reviewed the three different note values you’ll find in your piece: quarter note, half note, and whole note. This week, practice “playing” the rhythm. This mean, tap a steady beat with your foot while you clap and say the rhythm using those fancy rhythm syllables we learned.

Rhythm syllables:

  • quarter note: ta
  • half note: ta-ah
  • whole note: 1-2-3-4.

Then, once you’ve practice playing the rhythm, go through the piece and name each note. Once you’ve done this, try playing through the piece paying careful attention to the rhythm and the note. See how far you get this week! We’ll review some more in your next lesson.

Reminder!: Make sure you find a tote bag for your music books! 

Claire

Re-posting homework from last week (lesson on April 13)

Theory/technical:

  • Theory book, pp. 10-11 (continuing with transposing).
  • Sarnecki notespeller, p. 15

Repertoire:

  • New piece!: “Fiesta España” – this week, focus on R.H. only. Figure out the rhythm first! Then visually read through your notes before you try to play. Make sure you’re counting aloud when you play. In order to do this, play s-l-o-w-l-y!
  • “Energico” – Focus on dynamics and articulations (we’ve highlighted these in your music!). If you’re having trouble playing and following dynamic and articulation markings, make sure you practice hands separately.

Also, Claire – start thinking about a piece or two that you’d like to play at the Spring recital! See you next week!

Happy practicing!

*Make sure you’re setting aside at least 10-15 minutes every day to practice!

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