Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20min/day
What to practice: Blue skies (2nd time through, with variations) 
How to practice it most effectively: Focus on the ending “all day long” (G-A-C) first on “na” and then “ah” and then the words. Try to get your “ah” longer and more open as you move up each note. Try to sing through without looking at the page and see how it feels.

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20min/day
What to practice: “If I ain’t got you” by Alicia Keys & “Ain’t no sunshine”
How to practice it most effectively: listen to the recording of “If I ain’t got you” and try to copy the way she forms her phrases. Also sing the chorus for now in your head voice. 
Listen to Bill Withers “Ain’t no sunshine” and try to sing along. Next week we will practice it in Gm.

Daniela B.
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “Firefly” – the first piece in your book. Focus on the first four bars for now. Practice slowly, and refer to the sheet I gave you (or the page right before the song in your book) for note names and positions on the staff. 
*Optional: get the game ‘NoteRush’ and practice identifying notes on the treble clef (Middle C – G)

Recommended minutes to practice: 10min/day
What to practice: Listen to “A little help from my friends” by The Beatles and “Baby Beluga” by Raffi
Also practice using your fingers 2,3,4 on RH and LH playing the black keys (2,3 for the group of two black keys and 2,3,4 for the group of three black keys)

Recommended minutes to practice: 10min/day
What to practice: Sing “D.R.E.A.M” 
Also practice writing lyrics when you come up with ideas – you can bring these to class and we can incorporate them into our songs!
Practice warm-ups: brr (lip trills) and “meow”

Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20min/day
What to practice: “Always remember us this way” from ‘A Star is Born’ -listen to the recording and sing along – identify challenge areas that we can tackle in our next lesson
Listen to “Ill be seeing you” by Billie Holiday

Recommended minutes to practice: 15min/day
What to practice: scales (C, G, and D major)
How to practice it most effectively: practice hands separate, pay attention to fingering (RH 12312345,54321321 & LH 54321321,12312345) 
Look out for a piano book that you feel matches your skill level and goals – I will also brainstorm ones I think will be suitable!
Next week we will look at a Beatles song, jazz or blues, and a beginner classical piece to gauge interest and skills to work on!