Reyna’s Assignments

Updated 2/16

General

  • Text me results you’re proud of for each exercise. 🙌 If you feel like you’re doing really well with the first bass clef exercise (at least 20 correct) and want to keep going, you can add in the second one. Primary focus should be on the notes we’re using in our pieces, and working on some of the theory book.
  • I’ll work on sending the accompaniments for your pieces tomorrow (Thursday) 🎶

Note Reading

Ear Training

Major & Minor Triads

  • Major + Minor triads
  • This exercise helps us hear Major (happy) or minor (solemn) root position chords.👂(We’ll chat more about what all that means next week, for now just try to listen for the difference).

Major 2nds & 3rds

  • Major 2nds & Major 3rds
  • We didn’t have a chance to talk about this is in this week’s lesson, but it’s a great supplement to our study of seconds and thirds. At first, try humming the starting note out loud (this makes a big difference!), and then try to figure out what the next note would be based off a familiar melody. Tap the speaker icon to if you want to hear the interval again. Most people use Happy Birthday for 2nds, and one of the first few examples for 3rds. (Alternately, if scales are intuitive for you, just use Do-Re for 2nds, and Do-Mi for 3rds). Please let me know if you give this a shot and it’s super hard, I will change the exercise to ease us in a little slower.
Major 2nd Examples
  • Happy Birthday to You – youtube
  • Do-Re-Mi/Do, a Deer (The Sound of Music) – youtube
  • Silent Night – youtube
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – youtube
  • Frere Jacques – youtube
  • Major scale (ascending) – youtube
  • Linus and Lucy – “Peanuts Theme” (Vince Guaraldi) – youtube
  • Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra)- youtube
  • The Nutcracker – Marche (Tchaikovsky)- youtube
Major 3rd Examples
  • Oh, When the Saints – youtube
  • Kumbaya – youtube
  • Ob-la-di Ob-la-da (The Beatles) – youtube
  • Four Seasons: Spring (Vivaldi) – youtube
  • Morning has Broken – youtube
  • Blister in the Sun (Violent Femmes) – youtube
  • Michael Row the Boat Ashore – youtube
  • From the Halls of Montezuma (Marines’ Hymn) – youtube

Recital

  • I haven’t chosen a date for our spring recital (probably April/May), but the theme will be “A Night at the Movies”. Brainstorm on that this week, and let me know if there’s anything that interests you! 🎞
  • In lieu of a traditional recital, we are doing “virtual” performances. (I’ll meet with each student to record a video of their piece, and then edit a compilation of everyone’s songs).
  • Some students opt to dress up for their recording, and I love encouraging that creativity.
  • As we get further down the road, please let me know if there are questions I can answer, or anything I can do to help make your piece(s) a success!