It was a fun candy filled day today! Yay!
Liam, Sara, Marco and Danny you will be performing this Sunday – see you then!
Katarina and Marita – we implore you to come cheer on and be inspired by your peers! There will be guitar, drums and violin students there too!


Sonatina in G major – Really nice! I liked your dynamics and your balance between hands is really improving. Memorize now.

Walk the Talk – Beauty! Think dynamics dynamics dynamics these next few days so you can really wow Sunday’s audience. Memorize now.

Minuet in G – Big improvement! Great work. Let’s not do the ornaments. Memorize now.

Witches and Wizards – We did it to 108bpm and it was awesome! The only part you tend to miss an 8th note is transitioning out of the middle part and into the descending RH scale. Watch the B and A in the LH at the very end!

Prelude VII – 1. Pedal – you can practice the pedal with just the LH to get it easier, think as soon as your LH pinky plays, raise and lower the pedal. Try and do it only enough that the sound breaks, and not big enough that the actual pedal mechanism makes a clunk. 2. Rhythm of dotted half note and then quarter note, just play on beats 1 and 4. 3. Fix the RH rhythm at the end, quarter note needs its full time. Listen here.

***Technique – Today we did a candy challenge by reviewing alllll the technical requirements. The only things that needed work and did Not earn you candy were as follows:
F major scale – under tempo. Work to get to 8th notes at 80 bpm.
B minor harmonic scale – fingering was goofing you up. LH is 4321 4321. RH is normal.
D formula pattern – fingering was messing you up
G minor triads


Today we played C and G major scales a bunch AND you learnt the F major scale. It is all white keys except for Bb. LH is normal fingering. RH goes 1234 1234.

We sightread a ton of stuff together too.

Next week we’ll play the game that concludes the current unit in your Wunderkeys book.


Today we played a jazzy blues piece in a high level piano adventures book.

You also played ALL 12 MAJOR SCALES!!! And won candy because of it. Congrats!


Air in Bb – Great! I would start slightly louder so when it comes back, you can play it softer. “Go to” the bubbles in the A section a bit more (grow to them).

Sonatina in C – Yes repeats and yes dynamic variation. Isolate beat 3 of m7 (where the trill is, and where I wrote beat to beat) to ensure you are exiting the trill at the same time with both hands. Balance is sounding a lot better.

Nighttime – I’ll hear next week.

Cloud Dance –  Great. Find a way to make the opening line and final line different dynamics, one is mp, one is p.

Ballade – LOVELY! You also were able to self reflect and course correct your own balance while playing! :)

Technique is all great, you got candy for everything today because it was all accurate and you could play it immediately after I specified what to do.

Ear mock exam 2.


Minuet – LOVE the steady and slow work you’ve put in! SO helpful. This week, when you get to line 2, remember that the quarter notes are still the SAME tempo, just now the RH is playing 8th notes. It will switch from walk-walk-walk to run-ning-run-ning-run-ning to fill one measure. It is only going to go about 10 bpm faster than you are currently playing so don’t stress.

The Snake – I’ll hear this next week! eliminate hesitation between when one hand stops and the other ends. LH line I circled some notes you forgot to play.

Song of the Dark Woods – I’ll hear this next week! LH fingering in the 3rd line is necessary for legato. Do not bump the last LH note of each line, float off beautifully. Start quiet so you have somewhere to grow.

Morning Fanfare – Great job! As far as the dotted rhythm goes, you eliminated it from over half of the LH spots! Yay! Remember the 16th note in the RH is ALWAYS alone.

SupermanWatch this video of me to see the one thing you need to practice these next few days, otherwise you’ve got this!

*** Technique – Great! Today the things that did NOT earn you candy and need more practice are:
F major scale – LH is normal fingering (Bb, otherwise all white keys), RH is 1234 1234.
E minor harmonic scale – Remember what it’s relative major is = G major. Therefore, always F#. Then we raise the 7th note to make it harmonic and snake sounding.
D minor natural scale – Remember what it’s relative major is = F major. Therefore this is just an F major scale starting on D. DEFBA Bb CD.


Periwinkle – OH heck yeah! This is great. Be a little more dramatic with the getting quieter each time dynamics, and then SPOOK the audience with the big “rest, DA DUM!” ending,

Breezy – I’ll hear this next week. Attention to detail.

Entree – Nice job with everything, just be sure you are not late to LH quarter notes when doing the trill, or the final repeated RH notes. LH must always be on time.

The Wind – Nice job getting the LH fingering. For the last line, each hand and each clump of 8th notes is in a different octave, they do not “overlap” or “repeat” each others positions.

*** Technique – Great! Big improvement! Today the only things that did NOT earn you candy and need more practice are:
Bb major scale – fingering. RH is 4123 1234. LH is 321 4321 3. Cues are Don’t start with thumbs, fingers 3 and 4 on the black keys.
D minor melodic scale – always has a minor 3rd, but the top portion of the scale going UP will be major, and then get lowered when going DOWN.


Minuet in F – Nice! This week, play through it once and then lightly circle all the places that you have to hesitate to find the next note. Then, just practice going between those 2 or 3 notes without hesitating. Loop it multiple times until it’s easy. Then do that to the other circles.

Follow the Leader – I’ll hear this next week.

Red Satin Jazz – This week let’s pay close attention to the rests. I like to see what note IS played when my other hands rest begins, and coordinate it like “when I play that note, I stop holding down this note”. Keep your eyes on the page.

Detectives – Nice reading! Practice the opening line RH by itself. 42 13 42 35. You can also practice doing this on your lap/desk and you want the two notes to go down at the same time, not “split”.

***Technique – Today you did great in the candy challenge. The things you did NOT earn candy for and need more practice are the minor scales. Before playing all scales, think, what black keys will I play?
A minor natural and harmonic – relative major is C. Natural will be C scale notes, but starting on A. harmonic will be that PLUS a raised 7th note.
D minor natural and harmonic – relative major is F. Natural will be F scale notes (including Bb), but starting on D. harmonic will be that PLUS raised 7th.
E minor natural and harmonic – relative major is G. Natural will be G scale notes (including F#), but starting on E. harmonic will be that PLUS raised 7th.