Parents, thank you for coming to class! It was so fun to transpose (play a song in a different key or place on the keyboard from where it is originally written) and improvise (play notes not exactly as they are written on the page, such as playing a broken chord instead of a block chord). These skills are incredibly important for our complete musicians. Encourage your young musician to create their own music and play around with the music on the page in addition to learning how to play exactly what is written. Both skills are needed!
Next week is Showtime for Halloween Night. I will be assessing if students can play the C minor red, blue, and yellow chords, and if they understand 3/4 time.
I love that Let's Play Music is more than a piano course. Our ultimate goal is to teach full musicianship. Singing on pitch, hearing the pitches in our head (audiation) and internalizing the words in the songs to cement music concepts, will help bring about a top quality musician. Keep listening to the album and singing along!
Homework: p. 36–37 Students write the note names on the blanks.
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Wait a minute ... This song isn't new! Using a song that our ears and fingers are VERY familiar with is a perfect stepping stone for being able to transpose. That's just a fancy word for reading notes in one key and playing in another. And it's kind of a big deal!! All of the foundational learning we've had in solfege, intervals, and skips and steps makes transposing super easy. We’ll have many more chances to transpose it this year.
Yep, you probably already guessed it. Similar to our 'Scratch My Back' game, this helps us feel that unresolved half cadence with our whole bodies! But, this time we will have the opportunity to play it with our hands as well.
Now that we have introduced the spaces in the bass clef, you will appreciate this educational parody of Meghan Trainor's music "All About That Bass" that reinforces the notes of the bass clef in a fun way! And just for fun, I have attached some coloring pages for our new 'Skaters' puppet show. Enjoy!
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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