Archive for July, 2011

Web Challenge #7

Help write a note story for the summertime!

1. Go here to download your worksheet.

2. Print the worksheet.

3. Complete the worksheet.

4. Bring the completed worksheet to your next lesson.

Contact me (or leave a comment) if you have any questions about the worksheet.

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Thinking about the schedule

We have passed the midway point of the summer break (and I’m not sure how I feel about that!). While we are still spending a good portion of our weeks at the pool, eating popsicles, and reading good books, I have also been thinking about our fall schedule.

As you think about your own schedule for your family (and consider how many extracurricular activities to enroll your children in), I would recommend reading Laura’s article on Time Management. She walks the reader through  an exercise in visualizing the 24hr days in a week, getting serious about making sure the right priorities are making it on to the calendar. As you think about the commitment involved in piano lessons, remember that learning to play the piano doesn’t happen once a week. For your child to be successful and to find joy and satisfaction in their piano endeavors, daily practice time (approximately 30 minutes, depending on age and level) is essential!

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Web Challenge #6

Tonic Tutor is an online music program for students and teachers, and we are going to explore it for the web challenge this week. Here is what you need to know to play:

1) To access the games, go to http://www.tonictutor.com and click login in the top right hand corner. Or click here to login.

2) Enter the temporary login and password that I gave you during our weekly lesson.

3) You will then be prompted to create a user name and password that will replace the temporary login and password I gave you . You will then use your new user name and password whenever you login to Tonic Tutor. Make sure you remember (and write it down!) your new user name and password.

4) Explore the games in Freeplay, there are ten to choose from. Try level 1 to start with, but if you want to challenge yourself, select a more difficult level.

Try as many of the games as you like, they are all pretty short. If you don’t know how to play a game, look for the instructions box in the bottom right corner.

5) Write down the name of your three favorite games on your assignment sheet.

Please email me or leave a comment if you have any questions about the games, or if you have any difficulty logging in.

Have fun!

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Antonin Dvorak was a Czech composer of the Romantic Era. This is one of his most well known symphonies, composed during his three year visit to the United States.

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Web Challenge #5

Review your bass clef notes by playing the note naming challenge. I have customized the challenge for my students–find your initials (in the brackets) to know which level is for you and then play away!

Please note: This game will keep playing forever and ever. You are only required to play for five minutes, but you are welcome to play longer if you like.

Beginner students (AO): Bass C to Middle C, play for five minutes and then record your score (percentage). Click here to begin.

Level 1, Intermediate (CC, AT, EH, KC, LS, CW): Bass G to Middle D, play for five minutes and then record your score (percentage). Click here to begin.

Advanced (AO, AO): Low Bass C to middle E, play for five minutes and then record your score (percentage). Click here to begin.

Super Advanced (anyone who really wants a challenge): Low Bass C to middle E with accidentals, play for five minutes and then record your score (percentage). Click here to begin.

Note: On the note naming screen there is a little gear shift icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Click that and select No under Remember Score if you would like to play the game again. You’ll also notice there is a timer, as well as a little keyboard you might have fun with.

Contact me (or leave a comment) if you have any questions about the game.

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Alfred Brendel: Beethoven Piano Sonata

The composer of the week is Ludwig Van Beethoven.He is remembered as an important composer in the transitional period between the Classical Era and Romantic Era in music and continues to be one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

The peformer in the video is Alfred Brendel, an Austrian pianist.

For more information about Beethoven (and to download free music and activity pages) visit Making Music Fun.

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Web Challenge #4

This weeks web challenge is all about rhythm, with a fun frozen yogurt theme.

1. Go here to download your worksheet.

2. Print the worksheet.

3. Complete the worksheet.

4. Bring the completed worksheet to your next lesson.

Contact me (or leave a comment) if you have any questions about the worksheet.

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