We all had a great time at the Halloween Party. Everyone played a creepy Halloween song and the we did a very scarey Halloween Word search and scavenger Hunt!
Over the summer all of my students completed 5 one-hour lessons to keep up their technical skills, theory, and sight reading which get them ahead of the game for the new school year. They were all SO ready for September piano lessons and back-to-school! Right now they are busy with school activities and homework but they all make time to practice for their lessons. After all, music is an equal part of their educations- if Math isn’t optional, neither is music! Just look back to the ancient Greeks and their educational systems- we still base our education on these subjects today: grammar, rhetoric, and logic, geometry, arithmetic, MUSIC, and astronomy.
This year, our piano hands are becoming filled with stars (see photo)- each star represents one year in piano. My students are dedicated and have been studying with me for years! I couldn’t be more proud. This year we are working on memorization skills- our “practice” beads have been traded in for “memorization” beads. Every time my one of my students memorizes a page of music, they receive a bead for their chain…and the chains are growing already- WOW
October is time for Halloween party music, so each year we take a lesson to go “shopping” for a piece. This means that I play through a number of Halloween songs and the student gets to choose which piece they want to play at the party. I think its a tie between this and Game Week for my students all-time favorite lessons of the year!
I know it feels too early for Christmas, but not in the piano studio! Some of my more advanced students have already been preparing their Christmas pieces for a couple of months- it going to be a great concert this year; bell choir, percussion ensemble, Jazz Christmas songs, as well as our favorite traditional Christmas pieces. Stay Tuned!
Everyone played beautifully at the recital on Saturday night.
Here is what we do at the party:
We all had such a great time.
I want to especially like to thank Heather, Denise, and Mia for their help. I can assure you I could NOT have done this without them! THANK YOU!!!
Enjoy the photos….I’ll let them speak for themselves!
Click on the link below for the music program.
In this game, students match the words of the 12 Creepy Days of Halloween to a rhythmic pattern. Grace did a great job and matched them all up perfectly. Then she recruited Sarah to help her sing the words! Having piano friends is so much fun!
Annabelle is our latest MASTER SKULL MASTER! Congratulations AB!
Sarah had a lot of fun with the pumpkin patch at her lesson.
First, she picked a card from the pile and planted her pumpkin
on the correct place on the music staff (the pumpkin patch).
Then she went through the pile a second time, picking the pumpkins
from the pumpkin patch and placing them on the correct piano key.
This week students are matchiing scarey halloween lyrics to rhythmic patterns. This ear-training exercise accomplishes two musical skills; understanding quarter, dotted quarter, and eighth note patterns, and using the ear to match words and syllables to each rhythmic pattern. Let’s see how everyone does!
I don’t know who wrote the lyrics, but Jennifer Fink at Pianimation.com created the rhythm cards. Here is the link: