- May 5 – Regular Class
- May 12 – Regular Class
- May 19 – NO CLASS
- May 26 – Regular Class
- June 2 – RECITAL
- Meet at 5:30 for rehearsal
- Recital Starts at 5:45pm with a party afterward
Lesson Book pgs. 52, 54-55 (We are skipping pg. 53. You can play it at home if you want to.)
- Hey, Hey, Look at Me! pg. 52
- Elephant Ride pg. 54
- Yankee Doodle pg. 55
Lesson Book pgs. 50-51 – Come See the Parade!
Choose a second piece from this list:
Theory Book pg. 34
- We completed the note recognition activity.
Theory Book pg. 33
- We practiced recognizing musical patterns and writing them on the staff. Pattern recognition is important for developing musical fluency. It is equivalent to reading whole words instead of sounding them out letter by letter.
Lesson Book pg. 49 – Russian Folk Song
- Please read the Discovery triangle suggestions and follow them. Can you think of another way to play the song?
We learned some tips for playing repeated notes.
- Use your wrist to help play them.
- Which notes are the most important? (Usually beats 1 & 3)
- Emphasize the more important notes.
Pterodactyls, Really Neat from the Gold Star Performance BookGold Star Performance Book
There is no class next week
Meter: 3/4 vs 4/4
- We looked at some rhythm cards and divided them into 3/4 and 4/4 groups.
- We bounced our balls on the downbeats and identified which rhythm card was being played on the piano.
- We learned Bass B today. Bass B sits on top of the Bass Staff.
- We completed pg. 30 and 31 in the Theory Book.
Lesson Book pg. – Let’s Play Ball!
Catch a Falling Star (handout)
We are using the Faber I Can Read Music: A Note Speller for Piano to help drill our reading skills. Today’s topics were:
- Sight Reading Bonanza #1
- Three short phrases using time signatures 4/4 and 3/4 and notes Middle C and Treble G
- Learning Bass F, Learning C,D,E
- Not everyone is recognizing notes on the staff so we did some review
Meter & Time Signatures
- Theory Book pg. 29 – Risky Rhythms!
- We completed the top section
- We bounced balls to help us discover the meters being played. For 2/4, often used for marches, we marched and bounced our balls on every “1”. For 3/4 we waltzed and bounced our balls on every “1”.
Technique and Artistry Book pg.18 – Dance Band Drummer
- This is a note reading exercise. Please note that the right hand uses only finger 3.
Technique and Artistry Book pg. 19 – Finger Hops
- Please Follow the instructions
Lesson Book pg. 45 – Frogs on Logs
- Make sure you change your hand position as the music indicates.
Daily Sight Reading for Frogs on Logs
Extra Piece – Ode to Joy
This version has the entire theme.
More Rhythm Independence
Salami Game and playing what we hear
Time Signatures– A Time Signature in music tells musicians what Meter the piece is in. Meter determines where the stresses are in a group of notes. The first beat of a measure, or the Downbeat, is a stressed beat and helps give organization what we hear. (In non-classical music the second beat is the stressed beat.)
As you can tell from their names – whole note, half note, quarter note – rhythm notation is all about fractions. Time Signatures are written as fractions at the beginning of every piece. The top number (numerator in math speak) tells us how many beats are in a measure. The bottom number (denominator) tells us which note represents the beat. For our purposes the quarter note will always represent the beat.
In The Dance Band, the time signature is 4/4. There are four beats in each measure and the quarter note represents the beat. To count the beats we say 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, giving emphasis to the 1.
Lesson Book pg. 44 – The Dance Band
- Find your hand position and check your posture before you start playing.
- Sing the note names as you play. I will ask everyone to sing the note names for me in class.
Extra Piece – Rex the Tyrannasaurus (from the Performance Book)
Theory Book pgs. 26-27
School Days Worksheet
Sight reading from the board
Rhythm Independence stepping & clapping two different rhythms simultaneously
Lesson Book pg. 42 – March on D-E-F
Lesson Book pg. 42 – Mr. Bluebird