Thank you for a FANTASTIC 3rd year! I am so proud of all the students and what they have accomplished. It will be such a joy to hear them play their compositions at the recital!
If you have any friends interested in music classes, the best compliment is a referral. Fall classes are now open for enrollment to the public. Classes fill up quickly, so share the music love!
Finally, continue your child's music education with Bridge or Presto. Enroll now on the IMS website!
If you choose to move to private lessons, be sure to give your new piano teacher the Connections book and introduction letter for a smooth transition.
Parents come next week for Station Day! Please have your child ready to play their composition for me during our Celebration Station meeting. We will meet briefly to celebrate your child’s progress and make sure they feel comfortable for the performance.
Homework: pp. 36–37 Students answer theory questions straight from their "Magic Keys" song.
We had fun this week completing the Theory Quiz and practicing for the recital. Remind your child to practice the following:
Do you know the lesson of the bamboo?? It is no coincidence that our 6th and final semester is called Orange Roots. This is not the end of your child's musical journey, we’ve built the roots for them to continue to grow every day in every way as a musician! By now, your child has attended at least seventy-five classes: 3,675 minutes of classroom instruction. You've found babysitters for siblings so you could be in class on parent week. You've arranged schedules and meal-times and errands so your child could get to all seventy-five classes on time. You set up a daily practice plan and played with your child and assisted in hundreds of hours of practice. You helped with homework. And now something wonderful is finally happening: your child is learning some serious music theory, performing some fantastic songs, and even composing and transcribing their own music. Finally, your bamboo has sprouted!
Parents, thanks for joining us this week! Your children are continuing to grow as mini-musicians, thanks to your continuing support. Keep up the practicing and remember, your child benefits from you sitting by their side every week!
Lesson 15 will be Celebration Station Day. We have an recital rehearsal lesson scheduled. Please help your child have an AWESOME experience by practicing with them the next few weeks!
***Recital Prep: Use HW Booklet pp. 54–55 to help your child prepare for the recital. Choose three different locations/pianos for your child to play their composition. Be sure to have them practice their composition introduction using p. 29. Fill in the Recital Practice Log for each time they play. Complete the log and your child will ROCK the RECITAL!***
Homework: pp. 34–35 Students transpose a short melody into the key of F Major. Transposing means moving the melody to a different starting and keeping the intervals (or note relationships) the same. This might take a little parent help :)
This familiar favorite will have us adding chords to a melody and learning to improvise in a varied accompanying style!
Our Let's Play Music blog has a fun post all about Yankee Doodle and gives all sorts of little known facts as well as ideas to continue practicing through the summer!
As a music educator of 25 years, my passion is infusing others with music!