Your child will be standing on stage singing and playing soon in the End of Year Recital. Hope them have a confident and successful experience by continuing to CONSISTENTLY practice each week! Recital details will be in a separate email.
A few ideas to bring playfulness to practice time!
Homework pp. 26–27: Students trace and color in the marching chords on p. 27 in the HW Booklet AND color in the marching chords in the Songbook on p. 26–27 for "When the Saints Go Marching In."
Scale In and Out
This song is teaching contrary motion where the same finger numbers are played together moving in opposite directions. RH pinky (5) begins on Treble C and LH pinky (5) begins on Bass C. Play and sing IN the major scale with fingers 5 4 3 2 1 POP 3 2 1. Both thumbs will land on Middle C. Then play back OUT using fingers 1 2 3 POP 1 2 3 4 5.
Oh, When the Saints
March 2, 3, 4! We can march with our feet AND our fingers. A marching chord is a type of stylized chord that will make this song sound much more like a march. To play a marching chord, play the bottom note of the chord alone and the top two notes together. Now the fingers are MARCHING! Feel free to march around the house as your child plays marching chords with this energetic song!
To practice Tinga Layo, play the block chord as written with the calypso rhythm. An example of how to play this rhythm is at the bottom of the page in the songbook. Follow the chords and CHANT in rhythm Shoo-oot the Bug Bug or Ting-a Lay-O while playing!
With Spring in the air, your blooming musician can hop on this life-size keyboard practicing the music alphabet in the sunshine!
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