Thanks for coming to Station Day. What an amazing semester! It has truly been magical ;)
I hope your child enjoys their Christmas music. Encourage them to follow the Purple Magic Christmas Plan to keep up on their playing skills. Merry Christmas!
The Orange Roots schedule can be found on the website: Calendar. Lesson 1 starts on Wednesday, January 18 — with parents again!.
Homework: p. 48–51 Students label the "Skaters" puppet show.
Now that we know all the lines and spaces on the staff, we will introduce the 'In a Flash Club' in our orange semester. Check out this online game to quiz your student over the semester break on all of the treble and bass clef notes we have learned so far! Watch out for what clef it is!
For an added bonus try this version and have your student 'Say it, then play it.'
Parents attend next week for our fun Station Day! Remember, Station Day offers a chance for me to meet one-on-one with you both (parent and student) to celebrate your child’s accomplishments thus far! Just like last year, students will enjoy a sort of “progressive dinner” approach to several stations set up in the studio to enjoy and review skills learned throughout the semester. Let’s Play Music is a results-based program and Station Days are a fun tradition to highlight and celebrate those accomplishments. It is also a fun reminder that we are halfway through the process that is working to develop complete musicians!
Your child did great on the Theory Quiz we did together in class this week! It is so fun to see how everyone is progressing.
Homework: p. 46–47 Students follow the instructions to color, label, and draw musical notation on the staff.
Like our previous puppet show, Skaters (Banditen Galopp by Johann Strauss) has 2 distinct sections and follows the classic ABA form. Listen for the Main Theme (A section-skaters/fallers) and the Lyric Theme (B section- specifically the girl who never falls). There is also a repeat at the end of the B section. (“Dot-dot-do-it-again.”)
Here is a full orchestra performing our Skaters puppet show live!
Thank you for coming and for your ongoing support. Your children LOVE to have you next to them in class!
Next week is Showtime for Twinkle, Jingle Bells, and Away in a Manger. For Twinkle, Twinkle, have your child focus on one 'variation' to play for you — maybe they can even come up with their own minor or fancy variation. Here is one of our very own Let's Play Music graduates playing their 'snazzy' variation of Twinkle Twinkle.
There will be a Theory Quiz during Lesson 14. Have no fear — I will walk students through each part of it during class! We want to celebrate all that they have learned this year so far. And to help with celebrating, we will enjoy Station Day for Lesson 15 (parents attend again) in a couple weeks.
Homework: p. 44–45 Students practice writing the chords in their HW Booklet and then transpose Jingle Bells to the Key of F in their Songbook. (They don't need to play it yet.)
Away in a Manger
This repertoire piece is a fun one that uses a unique hand position of both hands in the treble clef. It's kind of a bonus song along with Jingle Bells. We will show off that we understand the skills in class, but don't forget these fun songs and keep working on them over the semester break.
Check out these musical 'play on words' for you and your 3rd year student to decipher together! With the holidays approaching here is a Gift-Buying Guide for Musical Kids.
For my convenience, I have preloaded content for the whole semester. I will update each future post with specific time-sensitive info before I send the link each week. If you choose to read ahead you might see details that don’t apply to your child’s class. For this reason I do not recommend reading ahead. Thank you!
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