MAKE PLAYING THE PIANO SOMETHING YOU'LL DO FOREVER, NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU DO FOR NOW

Circle of 5ths Game

In my Circle of 5ths game, the players roll the die to see what key they get to place on the circle. Play begins by rolling the die to determine the interval above C for the first key. Subsequent rolls determine the key based on the interval from the previous key. For example: if the player’s last key was E, and they roll a 3, their next key is a G; a third up from G. The player can choose if the letter has more than one key (G or G-flat) But once the player has all the keys of that letter, they forfeit their turn if they roll into that letter again. The first player to complete the Circle of 5ths wins!

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Grace won by a landslide! I still needed the keys of A-flat, C-flat, A, and C#

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What do you think? Pepperoni pizza or chocolate chip cookie?

Finger Twister

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Josie and I played Finger Twister today!

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We had a great time getting all twisted up.

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Great Job, Josie!!

You can download this game from Joy at Color in My Piano Blog:

http://colorinmypiano.com/2012/02/20/just-added-piano-finger-twister-game/

5-finger scale Game

Here’s how you play: Each player rolls the die to determine the scale they have to create. If both players roll the same number, the 2nd player must create either the flat or sharp of that scale. When play begins each player rolls the die. Numbers between 1-5 represent the interval above the tonic of your scale. For example: if the player rolls an initial 6, they must create the A major scale. On each subsequent roll, numbers between 1 and 5 represent the interval above the tonic of their scale. (Sixes don’t count in a 5-finger scale, so the player rolls again.) If the player rolls an interval they already have, they forfeit their turn. The first player to complete their scale wins.

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Who will be the first to complete their 5-finger scale??

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While Molly is still recovering, we played our scale game. She got lucky with C major. Not me…I got stuck with C# major!

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Aaron gets ready for his first piano event!

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Updating Notebooks and Key chains

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Josie looks on as Annaliese and I play a duet.

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Delaney plays a Burgmuller piece.

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Caroline plays Sand Castles.

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April plays Lady Bug Waltz.

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Quintin and Isabelle listen to the performances. Isabelle is my youngest student ever! She begins lessons this week.

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Grace and I played Winter Waltz in G minor.

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Annabelle plays a Burgmuller piece.

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Addison plays Seaside Lullaby.

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Molly got some help from a left hand volunteer! Thanks Gracie!

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Annabelle also stepped in to be Molly’s left hand. Its always nice to have a piano buddy nearby!

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April and Josie – piano buddys!

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Molly and Claire- piano buddys!

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Delaney and Annaliese- piano buddys!

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Annabelle runs to get her shoes on in the “shoe game”.

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Shoe mayhem!

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We have our winners: Annabelle, Claire, and Delaney. Each won a $5 Five-Below gift card. Lucky!

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Everyone is hard at work on their practice chains.

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Emily, Aaron, and Sarah pick out their letter beads.

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Grace is working on her chain.

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Claire and Molly work together on their chains.

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April and Josie work together on their chains.

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Molly makes her tag for her practice chain.

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Great job, Abby!!

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Everyone is hard at work.

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Colleen serves ice cream- thanks for being a great teacher-assistant today!

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Isabelle, Quintin, and Addison wait in line to for their make-your-own-sundae….yummmm

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Gracie has the right idea! ICE CREAM!!!

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yummmy, Caroline!!

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Welcome Back to the Studio!

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Welcome to my new students!

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The practice chains look AWESOME!!

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Many hands producing wonderful music this year.

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….and with 3 birthdays coming up. (Look out birthday stickers, here we come!)

It’s almost time for back-to-school and my studio will be gathering together on Sunday for our 5th annual back-to-school party! My returning students start by performing a song for their friends. All of my students (old and new) will be updating their lesson binders, piano key chains, some will receive new materials, meet their new “piano buddy”, make some great sidewalk chalk pictures, play some games, make their own ice cream sundae, and generally have lots of fun!

In the meantime, I am hard at work organizing and getting everything ready for the new school year. In the photo below, I have organized the flashcards I use most often. Photo boxes marked with the contents gives me easy access to topics I may want to cover with a student in their lesson.

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In the meantime, I am still organizing my crafts and other supplies to create some new fun games, have materials ready for our party, and introduce some new fun projects for this year.

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A big hit in my studio are the practice chains. Each year my students begin a new chain at the back-to-school party by adding their name, a handmade treble clef, and some decorative starter beads. Then throughout the course of the school year, they add more beads each week depending on how well they demonstrated a completed assignment. Here are the new practice chains….oh, not much to see right now (they look so lonely), but just wait until after the party… they’ll be AWESOME!

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Ha! Guess what Joseph’s challenge was? ….needless to say, he rocked it!

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Who said summer lessons weren’t fun??

Thank you Colleen!

This week Colleen was co-teacher with me at the St. Margaret’s Vacation Bible School where around 100 children participated in music class along with their other activities. The theme was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. The children sang 2 large choral pieces and 2 service pieces for the Children’s Mass on Friday. Colleen not only acted as pianists, but she was also organist and teacher for the week and worked with several children’s groups to teach them the lyrics of their songs. She did a fantastic job and anyone who has ever participated in Vacation Bible School know just how much ENERGY and work there is to teaching this many children for 5 days! I could not have done this without her- thank you Colleen!

Colleen is a Junior at Severna Park High School and is a member of the National Association of Music Educator’s Tri-M Honors Music Society.

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Colleen and I taught around 100 children this week!

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Colleen waits for her cue to begin playing during the Children’s Mass on Friday.

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Group 3 were acting as angels during everyone’s favorite song “My Father’s Angels”.

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Colleen teaches several groups of children and assists them in learning lyrics.

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Colleen put in around 5 hours of organ practice and 10 hours of piano practice this week just rehearsing all the pieces!

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