Work on assignments written in Practice Journal, and log practice time each day you plays piano. We have a chart on the studio door to keep track of each student’s first 100 days of practice, and so far I only have Ava down for one. I would love to update that number! Notate how many days of practice Ava has total at home so far in her journal this week so she get credit for her practice! 🎵
Ava said she didn’t like the version of High-Wire Tune she wrote last week, so I included a blank one for her to try again! Please make sure to also do the written activity in her journal before our next lesson, and a parent sign practice journal at the end of the week.
She has 3 songs to do this week, and should be able to play through each of them a few times in around a 10 minute focused practice session. Aim for 2 or 3 sessions this week!
I will have a more formalized print-out for her Rudolph recital piece at her next lesson, in the meantime use the video I texted as she plays from memory.
Please feel free to text me with *any* questions about her assignments, I’m happy to provide any additional guidance, including audio or video recordings.
Have fun! 🙂
Ava is really off and running with her lessons so far! She has a great innate understanding of keeping a solid rhythm. I’m really impressed with her progress each week!
We are working on memorizing the name and meaning of the symbol for quarter notes (1 beat), half notes (2 beats).
We are also working on the difference between Right Hand (RH) notes and Left Hand (LH) notes. RH note stems go up towards the high side of the keyboard, and LH stems go down towards the low side of the keyboard.
There is a written exercise combining both of these concepts in her practice journal this week!
We are also working on maintaining a rounded hand shape for all fingers when playing, not letting our fingers flatten out as we push down on the keys. This is one of the most challenging things all new students face, but it gets easier with time as long as she has consistent reminders when she practices at home.
Students under 16 typically need a parent’s help establishing a routine time for practice and completing their written theory work 🙂 Help her choose a consistent time to play so practice becomes part of her normal routine. Keeping the days of the week consistent is the easiest way to do that. Ex: Monday-Thursday, Tuesday Thursday Saturday, etc. It also helps to have a set time of day! Ex: When she gets home from school, in the morning before school, or while dinner is being made. If you’re mixing weekdays and weekends, still try to keep a set time. Example: Tuesdays & Thursdays right after school, Saturday mornings before play/internet time, etc.
Set a specific day to do theory assignments (the earlier in the week the better). Some students do written work best with a parent sitting with them or nearby. She hasn’t completed any of the assigned theory work yet, please let me know if any of it isn’t making sense!
A lot of families use a home practice chart, where students earn a special privilege for meeting their goal for the week or a certain number of days over a few weeks. This can be an awesome incentive on days where enthusiasm is lacking. (I definitely balked at having to play on more than one occasion growing up, it’s perfectly normal!) Let me know whether or not you’d like me to make one, I can have it ready by next lesson!
Make sure to log practice days in her journal and sign it at the end of the week 📝✔️
Ava has shown interest in participating in our holiday recital, and has chosen to perform Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! (We started this piece as a rote memorization, but will be transitioning to reading it out next lesson.)
Due to COVID, in lieu of a traditional recital with 100+ attendees, we will be doing a “virtual” performance this year. I will be meeting with students individually in December to record a video of their piece, and then editing a movie compilation of everyone’s performances.
Some students are opting to dress up for their recording, and I love to encourage their festive creativity! Ava’s song would be perfect for a reindeer headband and a red makeup nose if you are up to planning for that, but any holiday attire would also be great. 🦌🎄
Please let me know if there questions I can answer, or anything I can do to help make Ava’s recital piece a success!