Suggestions specific to this lesson:
Welcome everyone back from summer and be excited for the 2nd Year: Keyboard Time!
Outline the practice process for this year:
Here at the beginning, practice only needs to take as little as Outline the practice process for this year:
Here at the beginning, practice only needs to take as little as 2 to 5 minutes, 5 times a week! The goal is let your child get the idea that
sitting at the keyboard is brief and pleasant.
Remember that listening to CD often is part of the weekly practice assignment and will enhance your child's learning process: Listen, Listen, Listen to the
You should have received an email with instructions for how to download this semester's music. If you did no for some reason (and can't find it in your
spam folder), you can find it by going to https://playmusic.customerhub.net and logging in using the same login you used to register. Let me know if you
have any problems.
Think of ways you can focus on making practice time as fun as possible – give your child warm, friendly eye contact, smile with your voice, be a little
silly, show you are relaxed and happy to sit with your child, and look for the good in your child's effort. Notice the joy in your child's eyes. Verbalize
the good you see and hug your child often. This is the beginning of the practice relationship that will be essential to your child's success in Let's Play
Music (and beyond!). The more you invest your energy into positive interaction, the more solid and successful this habit will become.
After doing your assignment for class, allow your child to fool around and experiment if he wants to, and play a song you know -- no matter how simple.
This can be done anytime or multiple times throughout the week. Model joy as you play the piano. If you make a mistake, smile and show that you are relaxed
and enjoy trying again to fix the mistake. Celebrate your effort to give him the idea his efforts are something to enjoy and celebrate.
Just a reminder to put one RED STICKER on Middle C (Do is Home) this week on your piano or keyboard. Each practice time should begin with
THINKING OF middle C, then SINGING it, then PLAYING it! This will continue to strengthen the goal for each student to acquire relative pitch.
I've included an image below (at the bottom of this post) to help you find middle C on any keyboard or piano you may have. (The one on the left in each
example is middle C.)
Kit Kat Keyboard
The first verse of this song emphasizes the black keys in groups of 2 and 3. Dividing the keyboard this way helps build 'keyboard geography' in our minds:
a mental image formed from visual conclusions. As we look, study, and play at the keyboard, a mental map is formed. Use the entire hand to see, feel, and
hear the black keys!
Practice with the bubble to build finger strength and good form. Finger numbers will be emphasized more next week. For now make sure their elbows are close
together and their fingers are aligned with each other, spread apart and not overlapping.
Attached (below) are some fun puppet show coloring pages. Print them out, and turn on "Spring Bees" and have your child listen while they color.
We're so excited to have our parents
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