I hope you had an amazing week! Just a quick note about fingerings with broken chords: this week we played broken chords with the LH. It is imperative we
play all chords with correct fingerings as this transfers over to every chord structure with all 12 major and 36 minor keys!!! If your kiddo is still
resistant to breaking a "bad habit" they may have gotten into, please let me know, and we'll work together on a challenge.
A few ideas to bring playfulness to practice time!
One day this week, have Mom or Dad be the student. Show them where to place their hands, what chord/note to play, how to look up at the notes, and YOU
point to each note as they play. Watch for nice bubble hands! Sometimes being a teacher is the best way to prove that you've learned something!
Play your piece backwards. Start on the last measure and work your way to the front.
Play through your piece replacing Mr. Rests with a "shh".
The Wheels on the Bus sing Melodic Patterns
Melodic patterns are found in every song. How many Sol-Mi-Do’s and Sol-Sol-Do’s can you hear in this version of a favorite childhood song?
I Gotta Shake
Get ready to play the rests in this silly song! Our fingers must rest from playing or holding down the note when we see a quarter rest sign. 1st say ‘sh’ or ‘rest’ while playing. Then play
again hearing the rest inside while playing the silence in the song.
How to Skip
Keep skipping with fingers 1-3-5 in the RH saying the middle anchor notes. Play the LH separate while singing 1st the chord color and 2nd the melody with
this favorite song. We will put hands together soon!
Duet time with shakers! Invite your child to play the chords on the piano while you or a sibling play shoot-the-bug-bug rhythm with a shaker. Switch! Make your own
shaker with rice, beans, pennies, small beads, etc. in a plastic egg, empty spice container, or baby food jar. Shake away!
Charles Gounod was born in 1818 in Paris, France. His mom was a piano teacher and his father was an artist, so he started receiving music instruction very
early in his life. He attended excellent musical schools. By the time he was 21, he was receiving awards and prizes for his compositions. He also taught
other musicians, most notably, Georges Bizet. Today people still recognize his songs, O Divine Redeemer, Ave Maria, and Funeral March for a Marionette (our
current puppet show known as March of the Gnomes!) Can you hear the kings heavy down beat in this recording?