Thanks for coming to class. We love having you here. You are such a vital part of your child's music education!
Reminder: Lesson 15 will be Station Day and you get to come again! Also, we have a special recital rehearsal scheduled the following week.
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!
This Old Man
How exciting to see the culmination of the last two 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. However, feeling and chanting the dotted quarter note (the bull's0-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!
Have the practice blues set in at home? Jazz up practicing by adding some variety by opening up the Green Turtle Shells Songbook and playing all of the chords in the LH while playing the melody with the RH. Celebrate the wonderful progress your child has made throughout this year!
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