Here at the beginning, practice only needs to take as little as 1-3 minutes per day, 5 times a week! Think of ways you can focus on making practice time as fun as possible - smile a lot, be a little silly. This is the beginning of the practice relationship you will be building this year that will be essential to their success in Let's Play Music. The more positive interaction, the more solid 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 for him if you know one. Start getting him used to the idea that sitting at the keyboard is pleasant and brief. Emphasize listening to the CD often: Listen, Listen, Listen to the CD.
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Do is Home
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.
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 are some fun puppet show coloring pages. Print them out, and turn on "Spring Bees" and have your child listen while they color.
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