Updated: Sep 29, 2020
Thank you for coming to class today and having fun with your child. They love having you there to cheer them on!
As it starts getting cooler, please send your kiddos in sweatshirts. I'd like to keep the garage door open as long as possible. If it does start getting cooler than a sweatshirt will help, I will close the garage door and turn on space heaters, which will keep it roasty-toasty warm for us.
The kids are quickly learning the keyboard basics. You may be yearning to hear your little one playing beautiful pieces, but remember, this is not just a piano course. We are learning harmony, ear training, singing, and classical music. In time, it will all come together in a more complete and satisfying way than just playing a piece. Please make sure your child is using the correct fingers for the red chord - as we add more, it will be best if muscle memory has been well-established. Enjoy this journey with your child!
Kit Kat Keyboard:
Playing all the C's and then all the F's as fast as we can builds our spatial awareness of the keyboard (octave spacing). Mix it up this week by racing the song up the keyboard, or racing down the keyboard. Suggest they look at their fingers, then look away or even close their eyes!
Sol Fa Mi Re Do
“Who sits on your SOL-FA? MI and RE eating cookie DO!” A catchy phrase to remember the new melodic pattern we are learning. Our big goal is to HEAR and Recognize and also to SEE and Recognize and PLAY the melodic patterns. We will begin playing Sol Fa Mi Re Do next week!
Sally Go Round
This is a fun game to play at home! Emphasize all landing together on BOOM! It is the whole body experience of the same kinesthetic energy that it takes to lift the hand and come down on the beat when you play a song.
We are training the ear to hear layers of sound with the aquatic canon, Solfege Seafriends. By studying each individual part, we will be able to hear them distinctly even when they are played together. This is a great skill that a lot of adults haven’t yet acquired, with exception of Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon!