December was a busy but beautiful month! We spent hours of practice time preparing for the recital. I personally spent an extra amount of time in daily practice as I was challenged by family members to do an advent calendar of piano music! For each day of practice we all did, we added a link to a paper chain. You can see our Christmas Practice chain really filled out!
Our recital went off with only one technical hitch and the audience enjoyed dozens of beautiful piano solos, several festive ensembles and a ukulele led carol sing!
We wrapped up 2019 with Christmas Master Classes the week after recital! It was a fun way to celebrate and bond!
We played a few rounds of Holiday Who Am I.
Then we reviewed note naming (key naming for the preschool class) with a Snowball Fight Game. Teams raced their way up the mountain to see which team would be the first to declare “snowball fight”!
We did a little improvising utilizing the “snowflake technique” a repeating pattern found in The Piano Guys video “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”.
And we did a little solo playing.
We wrapped up our class with popcorn and one more favourite Piano Guys video:
School’s out and sun’s out! Some of you have already hit the road for summer holidays, some of you have been enjoying some exciting day camps and some of you may have just been enjoying some lazy days of summer (my son falls into this latter category!). A special few of you actually spent some of this week with me doing a summer lesson and what fun we had!! This year I decided to offer summer lessons in the form of a three lesson package OR a la carte, this week was our first installment and it was a beach theme. We enjoyed it all, from beach themed games and music to a tasty beach themed treat!
For those of you who weren’t able to sign up for this week I’ll be sharing one of the games we played in case you’d like to print and use it at home over the summer to keep some concepts reviewed. It’s not too late to join the fun over the summer! Our next summer lesson will be the week of July 18th and the theme for that week will be CAMPING! There will be one more during the week of August 2nd and that theme will be ROADTRIP. Email if you are interested in some piano lesson fun for your student and a little help and review/practice motivation over the summer.
No matter where you are or what you are doing, I hope music is a part of it! Over the past several weeks on our Facebook page I have been sharing some resources and tips to help keep up that practicing over the summer. Practicing the piano is a little bit like climbing a ladder, every time you practice you go up a rung, but when you don’t practice you end up going down a rung and long extended periods of practice can mean going down several rungs before lessons resume in the fall. Even the use of some great music apps can help the slip and slide!
For those of you who haven’t yet liked the Facebook page or are not on Facebook, here are some of the resources that have been shared over the past few weeks:
- A fun beach themed printable game from Teach Piano Today (instructions at the bottom of the post: beachdaycardpacks BeachDayGameBoard
- Some great apps to keep up the note naming skills: Note Rush, Ningenius, Flashnote Derby (name AND play the key—these can be used with your acoustic OR digital piano at home OR if you are on the road traveling you can use the little attached keyboard setting!)
- Creating an awesome practice nest that will help keep up that practice motivation over the summer: https://mmmusicstudio.com/2017/06/26/creating-a-practice-nest/
I can’t possibly share them all so if you like to keep up to date, like the Facebook page! Enjoy and have a wonderful summer!!
Beach Day game instructions:
Single Player: Place your game marker on the “Start” circle and draw a card. Complete the task on the card. If you complete it correctly, move forward the number of spaces shown on the card. If incorrect, move back two spaces and re-draw a new card. If you draw a “beach gear” card, keep it and put it to the side of the board. If you land on an “Oops” circle then you lose one piece of your beach gear and the card is returned to the pile. If you land on the “Shopping Spree” circle, you get to take back one piece of your lost beach gear. If you reach the finish with at least 3 pieces of beach gear you win and head to the beach! If you do not have 3, stay on the last space and continue to flip over and complete cards until you collect the 3 needed pieces of beach gear. (single player ideas from teach piano today.)
Multi-player (Mrs. Miller’s version): Place game markers on the start circle and roll a dice to see who goes first. Draw a card and complete the task on the card. If completed correctly, move forward the number of spaces on the card. If incorrect, turn goes to next player. If you draw a beach gear card, keep it and draw another card. If you land on an oops return to the beginning! If you land on a shopping spring you can “shop” from another player. If you make it to the end with the most beach gear, you win!
Spring is in the air–off and on, at least! It seems that one day we have beautiful spring sunshine and the next day is a snowfall/blizzard warning!
Regardless of the weather, Spring is usually a time for cleaning and organizing for me. I’ve been sorting through the closets in our house, rearranging my studio and putting together my schedule for next year and opening up registration for the next term–September 2012.
As we begin to wrap up this year, we also start to plan for next year! Funny how that works. So, if you are planning your schedule and looking at registering or re-registering, you can check the schedule on: