Group Lesson, 2018-2019

8th-12th Grade Students:  Tuesdays, 5-6pm

4th to 7th Grade Students:  Tuesdays, 4-5pm

*New! Kindergarten to 3rd grade: Fridays, 3:45-4:30 * (see unique schedule below)

Week of October 23: K-3 class learned about Schubert (world’s fastest composer?), Line & Space Notes, Rhythms/Rests and Barlines, Performance Etiquette. 4th to 12 graders learned about Scarlatti, Copland and Bernstein; 6/8 time; Major, minor, diminished and augmented chords; performance practice; rhythm snacks and Finger Frenzy!

Week of November 20: Improvisation & Piano Pal introduction; Performance practice; Rhythm; Note ID & Key signatures

Week of January 29: Piano Pal compositions are due! We also discussed metronomes and tempo definitions; hand position; the story of Chopin; Slapboards with musical symbols; cupcakes for snack!

Week of March 11: (Due to Music Artistry Program, group lessons are on MONDAY this month!): This month is all about performance, as we get ready for M.A.P.! Each student had the opportunity to act as a “Visiting Artist”, and what thoughtful and insightful comments! I’m so impressed! Maybe one day we will see you as a Visiting Artist. Composer of the month: Brahms (comparing Hungarian Dance #5 and the famous Lullaby). Theory: Key signatures and how to remember them. Posture at the piano/hand position. Spring cookies and popcorn for snacks!

Week of April 30: Our K-3rd Group Class learned about Georg Phillip Telemann and how he could play just about every instrument and composed in 8 parts as fast as most people write! We also learned about 1/2 and whole steps, intervals, and harpsichords.

Week of May 28: Scale Olympics! Get those technical phases ready for Guild Auditions on May 30! These include Scales, Chords & Cadences, and Arpeggios. K-3rd: This group practiced recital/performance etiquette; heard about Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream; learned about the clarinet; FACE & All Cows Eat Grass Review!

*K-3rd grade classes will be these dates: October 19, November 30, January 25, March 8, April 19, May 17. All classes will be Fridays, 3:45-4:30.



Group Lesson Dates 2017-18

7th-12th Grade students:  Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15

1st-6th Grade students:  Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15

October 24, Tuesday:  Topics included--How to tell YOUR story in your performance!  Preparing mentally and physically for performing; Music Theory--intervals and steps; Birthdays of avant-garde composer George Crumb and the "Waltz King" Johann Strauss, Jr.

November 21:  Storytelling through music, improv; motivic development--sequence, repetition, transposition, retrograde, etc; Piano Pal composition ideas.

January 30:  Presentation of Piano Pal/composition project!  We will also be discussing French music and composers and practicing effectively.  Of course, music theory games and French snacks!

March 13:  Preparation for M.A.P. performance; Performance Anxiety as an Asset; Projecting through our pieces--color, mood, dynamics, tone, story; Edvard Grieg; Shape-note singing.

May 1:  Listening Guide, Score Analysis, Franz Liszt, Benjamin Britten, British tea and digestives.  

June 4:  One last performance opportunity before Guild tomorrow, and our Spring Recital!  Plus, end of the year music games!



Group Lesson Dates 2016-2017

7th-12th Grade students:  Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15

1st-6th Grade students:  Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15

October 11--Mozart, Practice Techniques that Really Work, M/m/dim/Aug Chords and Lead Sheets

November 22--Lead Sheet performances, Improvisation, How Music Study Affects Your Life, and Piano Pal assignment!

January 31--Piano Pal performances!  Plus, Schubert/Mozart comparisons, Musical Terms, Musical Forms

March 21--Bach's 332nd Birthday!  Plus Performance Prep/Bulletproof Musician, Adjudications performances 

May 2--Introducing the new Steinway!  It's all about that Piano....

June 5 (Monday--please note the change!)--Getting ready for National Guild exams the next day!  Birthdays of Martha Argerich and Kenny G!  Technique Races--Scales, Chords, Cadences, Arpeggios; Performance Tips; Fun Summer Project Ideas.