Monthly Archives: February 2013

Game Week Highlights…so far

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Vangi finds the major/minor chords

Caroline and I play Steps/Skips

Caroline and I play Steps/Skips

Julia plays Falshcard Derby on the ipad

Julia plays Falshcard Derby on the ipad

Allison names the major and minor keys

Allison names the major and minor keys

Addison and I play the Funny Farm Game

Addison and I play the Funny Farm Game

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Note Bingo!

Quintin plays Snowman Skips and Steps

Quintin plays Snowman Skips and Steps

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Maddy matches the notes to their rests

Maddy works on Bass clef ledger lines

Maddy works on Bass clef ledger lines

Maddy speeds through Easter Egg Vocabulary Match-up

Maddy speeds through Easter Egg Vocabulary Match-up

Julia and I play the Interval Garden Game

Julia and I play the Interval Garden Game

Claire and I play Spooky Intervals

Claire and I play Spooky Intervals

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Evelyn plays Simon on the ipad

Evelyn and I play the What's Missing Rhythm Game

Evelyn and I play the What’s Missing Rhythm Game

Baroque Concert Practice

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Allison practices her pieces on the harpsichord for the Baroque Concert on Mar 10.

Annabelle practices 3 pieces for the Baroque Concert on Mar 10.

Annabelle practices 3 pieces on the harpsichord for the Baroque Concert on Mar 10.

It’s Game Week!

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Its game week! And that means all my students will have tons of fun at their lessons this week while they do nothing but play musical games that reinforce musical note reading, keyboard geography, time signature counting, triad inversion, key signature identification, and a whole host of other fun musical activities. This is a wonderful opportunity to work on a deeper understanding of the concepts that my students need to progress and REALLY fun way to learn!

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Remember- Practice sessions are the same length as their lesson.

Theory Workbook assignment should be done first, Lesson assignment as written next, and the rest of practice time on a Fun Book!

Here is a parent guide for what type of FUN book of music to buy- 

(Lesson Book 4 and Classical students)-

PVG or Piano Vocal in the upper right corner of the book cover is for intermediate to advanced players

(Lesson Book 1B, 2A, 2B, 3)-

Easy Piano is for Beginning/Early Intermediate players

(Lesson Book 1A)-

Big Note is for Beginning players

*Don’t buy anything with letter names written inside the music notes (EZ Play)- this won’t help them advance as musicians.
*Be aware that some Rock music on the piano can sound like elevator music even when the best of musicians play it. 
*Sometimes pop music has such complex rhythms, it has to be just sounded out. Beginning and Intermediate students aren’t able to negotiate the 32nd and 64th notes and syncopated rhythms in this type of music. Choose carefully! 
*Music with inappropriate lyrics (language, inappropriate sexual content) won’t be entertained in the studio.