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Summer Lesson Fun

Summer Lessons are in full swing and my students are working on advancing their music theory knowledge, technical skills, and sight reading skills…not to mention few fun lesson additions like our SUMMER LESSON CHALLENGE.

Students can choose a challenge from any of the clothespins- but they MUST do the challenge if they pick it. Challenges can include naming and playing all 88 keys on the piano, playing scales prestissimo and staccato, or even sight reading Happy Birthday. Two of the clothespins have a prize of NO HOMEWORK for the week!

“Oh, but I LOVE homework in the summer!”, said no one ever.

More Upside Down Week Adventures

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Caroline and I played a Mozart duet composed to be played rightside up and upside down!!

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Tommy played his recital piece upside down

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Emily did a great job identifying intervals and writing the size upside down!

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Emily and I played the Mozart duet sitting on opposite sides of the table using the same copy and a two-sided keyboard on the iPad! She was upside down and I was rightside up!

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Aaron did a great job with upside down intervals

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Noah wrote his letters upside down and he’s not even in Kindergarten yet!!

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Tommy read the upside down sign, upside down!! (oops! I forgot the word “down” ! haha!)

It’s Upside Down Week!

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Isabelle does some music theory upside down- first she turned the book upside down, then she had to write the letters upside down!!

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Josie worked on a music quiz by reading AND writing the answers upside down!

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Josie plays her lesson assignment upside down! Great job, Josie!!

May Studio Happenings

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This is how we sight read in my studio. (Hands together and NO peeking!) Great job, Sarah!! My students have to read between 150 and 200 lines of music to receive the studio Sight Reading Trophy.

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Aaron did a great job transposing at his lesson. He picked all the best keys out of the key bag too: f# minor, a-flat minor, A major, C-flat Major, and B-flat Major. Show me a 3rd grader who can do that!! Way to go, Aaron!!

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Quintin (shown on snare drum) not only finishes his 4th year of piano, but has also completed his career in the Belvedere Elementary School band on percussion. But thats not the end for him! He will be continuing piano and percussion into Middle School this fall! Way to go, Quintin!!!

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Colleen has been accompanying at Belvedere Elementary for a few years now and the chorus director Mrs. Supko (far left) sure will miss her now that she’s graduated!

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Oops, I forgot to change lenses on my camera, but Annabelle and Colleen are accompanying for the Severna Park Middle School chorus concert. Annabelle has been accompanying since 5th grade and she will continue as she enters high school in the fall.

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Colleen is rehearsing for her Senior Recital scheduled for THIS Saturday June 4 at 1:00pm at St. Margaret’s Church Annapolis.

October Student of the Month

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Congratulations Juliette!

Congratulations to Juliette- October Student of the Month!

Juliette has been hard at work this month. She not only earned a perfect rating of 5 beads every week, but she also earned more bonus beads than any other student this month!

Juliette is a 2nd grader and working on her 2nd year of piano. When she isn’t practicing for bonus beads she is busy on the Navy Swim Team and she also likes drawing.

Juliette will have her picture on the Studio Wall of Fame and receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to buy some fun music to play at home or anything else she wants.

Want to be student of the Month? Here is what you have to do:

Have a lesson rating of 5 for each week of the month.
Have perfect attendance for the month.
Have an encouraging spirit toward other students.
Have a positive attitude in lessons and look ahead in your piano materials.

Severna Park Chorus Concert

I am so proud of my students who are accompanying for school choruses! Annabelle (7th grader at SPMS), Colleen (Senior at SPHS), and Delaney (8th grader at Chesapeake Bay Middle) are old pros now. Between them they’ve more than a dozen concerts! Last week Annabelle and Colleen played for a HUGE concert at Severna Park High School where both the high school chorus and the Middle School Elite Chorus had a performance of several opera arias and other operatic selections.

It was a great “night at the opera” and the girls played beautifully!

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Annabelle accompanied for the Severna Park Middle School Elite Chorus

 

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Colleen accompanied for the Severna Park High School Chorus

 

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Colleen plays for the HS chorus

 

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Annabelle plays for the MS chorus

 

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Great job, AB!!

Halloween Games

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Anju plays the Candy Corn Game

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Aaron plays the Pumpkin Patch Game

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Annaliese plays Skull Master

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Cool!

 

Happy Birthday Project

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Aaron completed his own harmonization!

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Sarah sight reads Happy Birthday- nicely done!

 

September Student of the Month

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Congratulations Emily!

 

Congratulations to Emily- September Student of the Month!

Emily has been hard at work this month. She not only earned a perfect rating of 5 beads every week, but she also earned 5 BONUS beads!

Emily was the first student to complete the Happy Birthday Memorization requirement and is well on her way to finishing completely.  For working hard and achieving her goals, she has earned recognition as “Student of the Month”.

Emily will have her picture on the Studio Wall of Fame and receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to buy some fun music to play at home or anything else she wants.

Want to be student of the Month? Here is what you have to do:

Have a lesson rating of 5 for each week of the month.
Have perfect attendance for the month.
Have an encouraging spirit toward other students.
Have a positive attitude in lessons and look ahead in your piano materials.

What’s The Happy Birthday Project?

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As ambassadors of the piano at home, my students are in charge of playing ‘Happy Birthday’ for their family and friends. This year everyone will take part in our project designed to help them achieve that goal.

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Students who have accomplished the goal by completing all 3 objectives of the Happy Birthday Project will receive a special birthday tassle to hang on their practice chain and a birthday gift valued at $10…(hmmm, I think I’ll memorize Happy Birthday, myself this year!)

Congratulations Emily!

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Emily is the FIRST student to have completed the memorization requirement for this year’s Happy Birthday Project. When she came to her lesson this week she played the whole thing from memory! WOW! Congratulations!

Practice Chains

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This year’s practice chains are off to a great start. They all look great!

Ready for the School Year!

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New Practice Chains

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Welcome Back!

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Updated Assignment Sheets

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New notebook covers

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“Key” Chains

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…And some new projects!

Summer Piano Fun

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Colleen (back row center) begins the Interlochen Performing Arts Summer Program.

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Cole works on his note reading skills.

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Juliette confirms that she is the “Ice Cream Interval” Champion!

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Aaron is the best Fly Swatter EVER!

The Yearbook is here! The yearbook is here!

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Tons of fun on each and every page!

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This year’s yearbook

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Summer Lesson Games

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Isabelle reviews steps, skips, whole steps, and half steps

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She beat me in BOTH games!!

Summer Lesson Fun

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Colleen gets ready for a fantastic 7 weeks!

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Josie learns to count eighth notes!

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Emily spells some pretty tough minor scales (with some very cool key-toppers)

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