Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day
What to practice: Thumbs on C and C position (hands together) piano warmups, songs in your new piano book up until the whole note page, BeyBlade Burst Evolution, 2 vocal warmups (ya ya ya, and 5-note position), Baby Shark
How to practice it most effectively: The thumbs on C warmup is the one where finger 1s start on middle C and then we walk the fingers out then back in. In the C position warmup please play hands together, matching Cs together, then Ds together, etc. up and back down. For the piano book, please play all the short songs until the whole note page, filling in the worksheets on the half note and whole note pages as well. Use the “hand position” piano diagram to find what keys to put your fingers on. Remember that RH’s stems point up, and LH’s stems point down. Continue playing RH only for BeyBlade Burst Evolution, getting the fingerings and counting very comfortable. The new vocal warmup we learned today starts in C position, where we sing C-D-E-F-G, then back down on “ooh”. After C position, shift up to D position, then E position, etc. Once you get high enough, go back to C position and make your way down to A position. Before singing the vocal warmup, play the notes once on piano first so you can hear what pitches to match. Baby Shark uses notes D-E-G and once in a while F#. Try singing and playing it together!
Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes a day
What to practice: Runaround Sue
How to practice it most effectively: In the A sections (beginning and end) of Runaround Sue, use the common notes between RH’s intervals to help you make transitions easier and quicker. Playing with the written finger numbers will also help here. For the B section, please isolate bars 9, 11, and 13 for rhythm – make sure you’re playing the correct number of RH notes, and lining the hands up on beat 3. Continue playing this middle section slowly and use your Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, FACE in the space sayings for RH notes, and Good Birds Don’t Fly Away, All Cows Eat Grass for LH notes.
Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day
What to practice: Thumbs on C and C position warmups, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Old MacDonald
How to practice it most effectively: For your two warmups, go slowly and focus on connecting between the fingers. Today we learned about dynamics, which are the f and p that tell us to play loud or soft. Try playing the first page of Jolly Old St. Nicholas loud, and the second page soft. Always watch the stem direction so you know which hand’s turn it is to play. For Old MacDonald, the complete song is once through the first page, then the second page, then go back to the first line of the first page. Use the “hand position” piano diagram to find what keys to put your fingers on. In everything we play, please make sure your wrists stay flat and fingers are bent.