Hi everyone! Exam folks, now would be a good time to be listening to videos on youtube performed by teachers and seeing if you can play along with the recordings, or just comparing your performance to theirs and emulating parts you want to improve.
Great channels include Piano with Beth, Lisa Tahara, Da Capo Academy of Music, and Amy’s Piano Studio 2.


Use your 4 star sightreading book and ask your parents to watch you play after you’ve looked it over silently so they can give feedback. This is only necessary if you are unaware if you’re getting it right – do not expect yourself to get everything 100% correct! Just try and get as many things correct as you can. Rhythm and generalllllll shape are most important.

Fingering charts for scales found here


Wunderkeys “Hide and Seek” unit – all 4 pieces.

Zum Gali Gali

Warmup with your C and G major scales, both hands seperately. Then do your C major triads, both hands seperately.


Sunset in San Pedro

Zum Gali Gali


Entertainer sounds great. Notice what chords the LH is playing and when they repeat, or how they change slightly in different sections.

Air in Bb – Nice job! You fixed any memory issues and I like your dynamics. Check with the metronome.
Sonatina in C – Nice dynamic variation on the repeat! Don’t rush and lose control.
Nighttime – I’ll hear next week.
Cloud Dance – I’ll hear next week. Listen to her shaping and phrasing.
Ballade – I’ll hear next week.

Technique is great and right on tempo.
Remember intervals are only worth 2 marks, DON’T SWEAT!


Sightread from your old books.


Minuet – Quarter notes vs 8th notes was great today! Good job! Keep working to eliminate any hesitation at the ends of phrases. Listen here. Memory.

The Snake – Be sure the hands are overlapping when necessary and you’re not adding any pauses in between phrases. Memory.

Song of the Dark Woods – Lovely job! Still work to lightly release the LH final note, and not let it be staccato. Memory.

Morning Fanfare – Your tempo is bang on. However, we’d rather a clean and controlled performance at any tempo, then a rushed one. Hold the fermata note that ends the intro longer, like the trumpet is echoing off the hills. You can use the book for this one. Listen to it and try and play along.

Technique – Great tempos. EVERY scale you have uses the same fingering, except for RH F major. Your mom will show you fingering charts. Remember natural means plain old notes borrowed from major scale, harmonic means raised 7th note (the snake sound).

Sightreading has really improved. Remember don’t stop for anything, even mistakes! Who cares, push onwards, do your best! Here’s more resources:


Periwinkle – Beauty. Ensure you have the quarter rest in the final measure. Memory.

Breezy – Great! Even bigger dynamics. Notice the accent on the first note of each phrase. Memory.

Entree – When reaching the end, go back to the beginning and play until the “fine” so your muscle memory learns that. It will be like playing the song 1.5 times and that’s how you will do it in the exam. It doesn’t have to be that fast. Your RH and the trill is not the “problem”, it’s the LH reaching down to the octave for beat 4. Easy fix. The metronome clicks every half note for this piece, so two clicks per measure. Play with the recording even. Memory.

The Wind – Nice tempo! I think you can linger longer on the fermatas to create more drama. Remember the ending goes from ppp to fff so go crazy with it. You can use the book for this one.

Technique – nice consistent fingering. Everytime you play a minor scale, think “what’s its relative major? who does it steal its notes from?” Eminor = Gmaj. Dmin = Fmaj. Gmin = Bb major. Harmonic is just raised 7th, melodic has raised 6th and 7th going up (like a major scale) and then lowered 6th and 7th going down (like a plain old minor scale.)

Sightreading – Remember don’t stop for anything, even mistakes! Who cares, push onwards, do your best! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKwIBNc23Lk&list=PLBjX9Vsck-ADCQngA9YdL4fFaaI3h0mSZ&ab_channel=ClassicalSqueak



*New* Mist – LH is entirely triads which we labelled. RH is quite high up, notice the 8va marking that means to play that same note one octave higher than written. When the dotted line goes away, it is back to normal. Notice the 3/4 time, and the clef changes. Listen to it here.

*New, bonus* – This Guy’s Disguised – first line only. Notice the Bb in the key signature. Listen to it here.

Think of any song requests you have!