Interval Darts Game

The unanimous favorite game during May's theme of Mystery Interval of the Week was interval darts, using my magnetic grand staff white board. Students had a blast aiming their darts at the interval of the week and competing against me (you'd think that I would have really improved my skills over those weeks...) This game will definitely make a reappearance after summer session begins next week!



May 2016 Student of the Month: Lizzie

Congratulations to our May student of the month: Lizzie!

Lizzie actually started lessons with me a little over a year ago with an interest in the melodica, a small keyboard instrument that you blow into to move air through reeds. It sounds a lot like the accordion. Over time, we expanded to the piano as well. Lizzie really likes to improvise, and always has lots of creative ideas for ways to play warmups, and new ways to play pieces more expressively. She always comes excited to learn and is conscientious about marking spots to work on in her assignments.


Mystery Interval Games [video]

Each week this month, different games are featured for each Mystery Interval of the Week. This week we're doing Toss-a-Note, trying to land two notes on the staff so that they form the right interval (spoiler alert: this week it's a 4th). Lizzie demonstrates the process here: 

May 2016: Mystery Interval of the Month

This month we're building on last month's theme (Mystery Notes of the Week) - 2 mystery notes form a mystery interval (distance between two notes) of the week, which students are searching for in pieces and playing games with. Each week a different interval will be featured. Identifying intervals is one of the most important skills which leads to fluent reading of music.

So far this week we've found 51 of the mystery many will we get to by the end of the week?


April 2016 Theme: Mystery Note of the Week

Students are having fun using their musical detective skills to figure out the mystery note of the week this month. Younger students are highlighting the notes of the week in their pieces (totals so far are shown below), and older students are using them as a vehicle for playing scales, chords, arpeggios, rhythms, and improvisation.


March 2016 Student of the Month: Emilia

Congratulations to our March student of the month: Emilia! In addition to taking piano for almost 5 years, she also sings in her church choir and has experience with playing the flute. Emilia always comes to lessons with tons of enthusiasm - she recently cheered in response to being assigned new scales (a rare reaction in the studio.) She has also taken on extra performances without hesitation and taken the initiative to learn new, challenging music that she found at home. Emilia's zest for learning makes her a joy to teach!



Spring Recital: March 18

Our spring recital is coming up this Friday! We'll hear a great variety of tunes from Schifrin (Mission: Impossible) to Sondheim and Schumann to Star Wars (no, not everything starts with an S). Everyone is sounding good, and we're looking forward to it!

Rhythm Dance Revolution

Even though rhythm month is over, we're keeping the Rhythm Dance Revolution game out because it's so fun! Students step the rhythm with each box representing one beat in a measure - they love it!

Sydney dances a rhythm in 4/4 time

Sydney dances a rhythm in 4/4 time

Mail A Motive Part 2: Sound Files

I finally got around to recording and posting all of the group compositions that students wrote during our second round of the Mail-A-Motive collaborative composition project - this time each beginning motive was given to two different people, so each composition has two interesting outcomes. Click below to listen!

Here's the first round of our Mail-A-Motive project from May: view and listen.

January Sight Reading Chain: 325 Links!

During the month of January all 25 of the kids in my studio participated in our sight reading challenge. Sight reading is playing a piece that is being seen for the first time (at first sight), which helps develop music reading skills. In this challenge, each link of the chain represented one short sight reading example completed. I challenged students to see how many times they could make the chain wrap around the room, and we made it to 2+ times around the room, with 325 links! Thanks to a great suggestion from student Oliver, we'll be making this a standard January activity, and continue to see if we can beat our average.



January 2016 Student of the Month: Reagan

Congratulations to our first Student of the Month in 2016: Reagan!

I appreciate that Reagan always comes ready to work hard, and consistently has creative ideas for interpreting pieces beyond just the printed notes on the page. She also recently became the second member of the One Minute Club (naming all 24 notes on the grand staff in a minute). I really enjoy having her in the studio!