Thank you for a FANTASTIC 1st year! I cannot wait for the next one! Look for a Welcome email in August! And if you have any friends interested, I am opening two Year 1 classes for the Fall. Share the music love!
Don't let summer strip away all of your child's skills and knowledge. Enroll now in Let's Play it Again! Fun, playful activities review skills and concepts taught in Year 2.
Parental attention is a powerful driving force of motivation. Choose to make your attention toward your child's developing musicianship overwhelmingly positive. Notice and cheer when they sing. Let them know you love to hear their voice. Allow your child to overhear you telling a friend or family member something positive about their hard work this year, or the happiness you see in them when they are playing, singing, or making music. ALL your positive reinforcements will pay dividends for years to come.
Turn out your toes and celebrate the conclusion of a REMARKABLE year of singing, playing, and learning how to play the piano! Hooray!
With summer vacation on the horizon it’s great to have a Practice Plan to keep your little musician's skills sharpened to be ready for Purple Magic in the fall!
Parents come on Wednesday for Station Day! Please have your child ready to play their recital pieces for me during our Celebration Station meeting. We will meet briefly to celebrate your child’s progress and be sure they feel comfortable for the performance.
Homework: pp. 32–35 Students cut out and glue on pieces for the “March of the Gnomes” puppet show. This will also help them get ready for the recital.
Mom and dad, did you know I can play all the Primary Chords with BOTH HANDS with my eyes shut? The goal is to have their eyes on the music while they playing as much as possible, with only quick glances at their fingers. With their favorite song, invite them to memorize it and "see" the chords in their minds while they play with their eyes closed.
Mastering Playing Hands Together
This is likened to patting your head and tummy at the same time! Play hands separate until each hand is mastered, then put hands together one measure at a time. Slow and steady wins the race!
Enjoy reading about the lasting positive musical effect of a Let’s Play Music graduate years later!
Thanks for coming on Wednesday, parents! We love having you here. You are such a vital part of your child's music education.
A few ideas to bring playfulness to practice time!
HOMEWORK: pp. 30–31 Students draw primary chords on the staff. ALSO, be sure to complete p. 31 in the Songbook and add chords to This Old Man, then enjoy playing the chords while you sing the melody!
Lesson 15 will be Celebration Station Day. We have a special recital rehearsal scheduled for May 17. Please help your child have an AWESOME experience by practicing with them the next few weeks!
This Old Man
How exciting to see the culmination of the last 2 years of chord study when writing the accompaniment for this song! We use our ears to hear what sounds correct, then use our staff knowledge to write the correct chord on the staff.
You can play scales anywhere on the keyboard! Begin on any C. Choose to play OUT & IN or IN & OUT. Play each hand separate with various bugs. So many possibilities!
Dotted Quarter Eighth Note
A.K.A “Shoo-oot the”! This rhythm is tricky to count though feeling and chanting the dotted quarter note (the bulls eye) and eighth note (arrow feather) with “shoo-oot the” will place each note exactly where it needs to be played in time. Pull out your own beat box to practice the various rhythms!