Suggestions specific to this leWelcome everyone back from summer and be excited for the 2nd Year: Keyboard TiOutline the
practice process for this at the beginning, practice only needs to take as little as Outline the practice process for this
We can play a red chord now! With the Right Hand (sometimes it'll be referred to as RH in your books), we use the THUMB (finger #1), MIDDLE FINGER (finger
#3), and PINKY (finger #5). As a fun visual reminder, I put a little red Sharpie dot on those nails.
I sent your child home with 3 red sticker - you will need to place those on middle C, E and G on your piano (see the image below to see where to place
them - let me know if you need any help). If you prefer not to use stickers, you can purchase a set of "Chord Helpers" on my website here:
Here are some ideas to bring playfulness to practice time!
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Kit Kat Keyboard: with the stopwatch on Mom or Dad's phone, time yourself (and Mom or Dad) to see how fast you can play all the C's! Now all the
Primary Chords: When you play the red chord this week, sing, "Red" each time your play it. Now try
singing red in a different language: French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German...ng Old Paint with a western accent.
Kit Kat Keyboard: With the stopwatch on Mom or Dad's phone, time yourself (and Mom or Dad) to see how fast
you can play ALL the C's! Now allPrimary Chords: When you play the red chord this week, sing, "Red"
each time your play it. Now try singing red in a different language: French, Spanish, Japanese, Ch
Now that we know the black keys ‘sol’ well we are ready to master the white keys! Notice that the grouping of the black keys influences the grouping of the
white keys. It is important for them to look closely and frequently at the keyboard in the beginning to reinforce keyboard geography. When they are hunting
for those C's and F's refrain from giving too many verbal cues- or talking too much. Just keep singing the key phrases "find a group of 2 down one is C"
and "a group of 3 leads to F Yippee!" and saying, "look again" "does that look right?"
C Position Chant
We learned ‘C POSITION’ this week which means our right “Thumb’s on Middle C and a finger for each key!" When we are in ‘C Position’ each finger is
assigned to play the note it is sitting on. We will sing this chant A LOT in class! This week we practiced floating our bubble hands over the keys and then
letting them land on ‘C Position’. Continue this at home!
Don’t feel frustrated if it’s tricky for your child at this point to
press down ONLY the 1,3,5 fingers… we’ll keep strengthening those fingers and soon it will be easier. Learn more here on how muscle
memory works when learning to play the piano and why is it soooo important to emphasize that correct fingers are used when learning chords from the