Week 27 (Spring 12)

End-of-Semester Schedule

  • May 5 – Regular Class
  • May 12 – Regular Class
  • May 19NO CLASS
  • May 26 – Regular Class
  • June 2RECITAL
    • Meet at 5:30 for rehearsal
    • Recital Starts at 5:45pm with a party afterward

At Home

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



Week 25 (Spring 10)

In Class

Note Reading

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.



At Home

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.

Extra Piece 

Pterodactyls, Really Neat from the Gold Star Performance BookGold Star Performance Book

Week 23 (Spring 8)

There is no class next week

In Class

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.

Note Reading:

  • We learned Bass B today. Bass B sits on top of the Bass Staff.
  • We completed pg. 30 and 31 in the Theory Book.


At Home

Lesson Book pg. – Let’s Play Ball!

Catch a Falling Star (handout)

Extra Piece

Cowboy Joe

Week 22 (Spring 7)

In Class

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. 29Risky 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”.


At Home

Technique and Artistry Book pg.18Dance 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.



Week 21 (Spring 6)

In Class

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.


At Home

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)


Week 20 (Spring 5)


In Class

Theory Book pgs. 26-27

School Days Worksheet

Sight reading from the board

Rhythm Independence stepping & clapping two different rhythms simultaneously

At Home

Lesson Book pg. 42 – March on D-E-F

Lesson Book pg. 42 – Mr. Bluebird