In class we started with dictation in the bass clef. Everyone recognized the major scale right away! This week at home your child will practice 5-finger patterns in 4 keys. What an amazing musician they are becoming!
Next week for private lessons have your child come 5 minutes early. If you haven't already, start writing in possible elements to your child's existing composition—a bridge, a coda, an introduction. Or at LEAST talk to your child about adding some elements and I can work my magic on my end. Either way, send their old composition (with any new notes) in addition to the homework booklet so I can still check practicing and homework.
P.S. I have openings in Sound Beginnings (ages 0–4) and my 1st year Let’s Play Music classes for the Fall. If you know of anyone who is interested, please send them my contact information or direct them to the studio website: http://www.infusingmusicstudios.com/group-classes.html.
Homework: pp. 24–27 Students identify the introduction, bridge, coda, and repeats for our new puppet show, "The Circus".
The official name of this puppet show is Symphony No. 1, 2nd movement by Gustav Mahler.
Mahler named his entire first symphony 'The Titan'. It was originally written as a symphonic poem, meaning that the music followed a "plot," in five movements instead of the traditional four. The second movement, the finale of which we use as our circus puppet show, is labeled "Set With Full Sails." Interestingly, this melody is in an Austrian folk dance form called a ländler (in 3/4 time). For those of you who like trivia, this is the dance from The Sound of Music during which Maria and Captain Von Trapp fall in love.
Check out this youth orchestra performing the music to our Circus puppet show live. These performers aren't a whole lot older than your child! When you click on the link, listen carefully for some new music not on our album. Ask your child if it makes them think of a possible new character/theme for our show!